Executive Institute 2010

20th Anniversary

Sacramento Marriott, Rancho Cordova January 20-21


Shaping Crisis Into Opportunity    


Wednesday, January 20th


7:30 – 8:30

Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 8:45


Chief Co-Hosts:

Steve Rushing, Denise Blair

8:45 – 9:45

Keynote: Phil Gerbyshak



Recession Proof your life

Make a plan and make it great!


Host: David Harris

Phil Gerbyshak: The Relationship Geek

Phil currently serves as Vice President of Information Technology at a financial services company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His daily responsibilities include managing the internal and external Help Desk for a company which is nationally recognized as a best place to work, 6 years running.


He is also a dynamic speaker who is passionate about building successful business relationships. Phil’s first book, 10 Ways to Make It Great!, has sparked a fire within the hearts of thousands of people as they take charge of their lives and relationships.

9:45 – 10:15



10:15 – 11:15


Speaker: Martha Dorris (GSA)

Navigating the Big Ship: Driving IT Innovation in Federal Government


Host: PK Agarwal         

The Federal government is engaged in IT innovation at a scale and intensity never witnessed before. On the technical front, they are advancing the agenda of Web 2.0 and Cloud computing. On the programmatic front, the book is being re-written for civic engagement and governmental transparency. Martha Dorris is in the “eye of the storm” driving this innovation and change. She is coming to Sacramento to share her perspective on this exciting transformation in the Federal government.


11:15 – 11:45


ITMA XVII Presentation


Host: Mike Nguyen


11:45 – 1:15   





1:15 – 2:15


Speaker: Tom Sheehy

The Future of California


Host: Mark Weatherford

Tom Sheehy has two decades of experience in public policy issues and management. He served as the Deputy Director of Finance from 2006 till 2008 representing the Administration before the Legislature testifying on hundreds of bills. Prior to that, he was the western Regional Vice President for TIAA-CREF state government affairs from 2004 to 2006 where he led the successful effort to improve teacher’s retirement investment options in California.


2:15 – 2:45





2:45 – 3:45


Panel Discussion

Making Lemonade: Dealing with Budget Challenges



Jim Lombard, CAO, Controllers Office 

William Maguire, CIO, CSU San Jose 

Chad Kirpatrik, Arizona State CIO


Host: Ann Barsotti

Virtually every organization, public or private is dealing with the reality of budget cuts. This economic reality provides an unprecedented opportunity to streamline operations and think more strategically.  The more innovative CIO’s see this as an opportunity rather than a crisis. “Never let a crisis go to waste” is the operative phrase of the day. Interact and learn from three such leaders.


3:45 – 4:45


Speaker:  Brian Gruber


Host: Joe Camicia

Brian combined his dual passions — new media and public ideas — to found FORA.tv in late 2005. As the first head of marketing for C-SPAN, Brian built the network’s affiliate sales and marketing organization, which launched C-SPAN II with the largest subscriber base ever for a cable network at the time.

4:45 – 5:00


Wrap up -  Steve Rushing and

Denise Blair



5:00 – 5:45


Networking Session



5:45 – 7:00   

Dinner - Teri Takai

Host: Christy Quinlan 

Teri is the California State CIO       


THURSDAY, January 21ST


7:30 – 8:30


Continental Breakfast



8:30 – 9:45

Keynote: Vivek Wadhwa



The “Golden Goose” of the

Golden State

Host: Dale Jablonsky     

Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization and Exec in Residence, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Law School, Columnist, BusinessWeek


Silicon Valley occupies a very unique place in the global IT economy. It is a hub of innovation like none before and will continue to be a centerpiece of California economy for the decades ahead. This innovation is driven largely by immigrants and a very strong culture of collaboration and networking. California State government would be well served to nurture and pay attention to this “golden goose” for sake of the future of all Californians.


9:45 – 10:15





10:15 – 11:15

Panel Discussion - The Future of California Work force  



Evelyn Milani (Infosys)

Carol Ong (SPB)

Dave Rechs (DPA)


Host: Christy Quinlan

Two years ago everybody heard the death knell for retaining skilled workers, the baby boomers are retiring, the baby boomers are retiring! Surveys showed that by the year 2012 - 62% of CEAs, 50% of managers /supervisors and 35% of rank and file staff are eligible to retire! We worried about survival of government as we knew it!  What if that really happened? 

11:15 – 12:15


Speaker:  Linda S. Adams


Host: David Harris

Linda Adams was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2006 as

Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency – making her the first

woman to serve as head of the agency.


During her time as Secretary, Adams served as lead negotiator on AB 32 – the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 and is now working closely with states, provinces and countries to reduce the effects of global warming. She launched the Green Chemistry Initiative and the State’s biomonitoring program, and has also made air and water quality a top priority.

12:15 – 12:30

Closing Remarks