iOpener Innovation Conference 2019

This year, the iOpener Innovation brings together CxOs, entrepreneurs and alumni of i.c.stars to discuss the intersection of Technology with Talent Acquisition and HR.


The ​annual ​i.c.stars' ​iOpener ​conference ​brings ​together ​CIOs, ​entrepreneurs, ​students, ​alumni ​of ​i.c.stars on Friday, August 23rd at the BCBSIL Building at 300 E Randolph, 30th Floor Chicago IL. 8:00am- noon.

This year's iOpener conference theme is: The Intersection of Technology with Talent Acquisition & HR”

Joe Andrews

Business Information Security Officer Director

Virginia Aylesworth

Director of Talent Acquisition
Ulta Beauty
Virginia is a creative, strategic, results driven Talent Acquisition leader that thrives in connecting top talent with amazing opportun...

Molly Barrett

Vice President of Technology
AIM Specialty Health

Maryann Byrdak

Feeding America

Ramnath Cidambi

Chief Information Officer
Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)
Ramnath Cidambi is a technology professional with over 25 years of experience. He is Chief Information Officer at Illinois Student Assistanc...

Michael Cruz

VP Engineering
SwipseSense Inc.

John Falsetti

Director of Information Technology
Maryville Academy
John is an I.T executive that has spent most of his career helping Non-Profits solve business problems through technology.

Mark Forbes

Vice President of IT and CIO
D&W Fine Pack
Mark Forbes is the Vice President of Information Technology at D&W Fine Pack, an innovative manufacturer of food packaging and tableware...

Tom Forkenbrock

Chief Information Security Officer
Central States Health & Welfare and Pension Funds
Tom Forkenbrock is currently Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Central States Funds which is the largest multi-employer Taft-Hart...

Joe Giannetti

Vice President of Information Technology
Applied Systems, Inc.
Senior Information Technology leader and strategist with over 20 years of success building and leading technology operations which provide c...

Stuart Hannay

Chief Information Officer, Computing Information Services
Argonne National Laboratory
As CIO for Argonne National Laboratory, Stuart is responsible for all platforms and systems relating to business and operations including ap...

Saira Harcus

Business Information Security Officer
Allstate Technology and Strategic Ventures
Saira Harcus brings over 10+ years of access management experience to her role as the Director of Cybersecurity Service Operations.
John joined Enova as Chief Technology Officer in 2014.

Darin Hurd

Chief Information Security Officer
Guaranteed Rate
Darin is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and an Information Technology General Manager at Guaranteed Rate, a top 10 national mortg...

Andy Jurczyk

Chief Information Officer
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Andy Jurczyk is the Chief Information Officer of Seyfarth & Shaw.

Christopher Kapcar

Vice President of Technical Delivery
Senior Global Technology Executive / CTO / Chief Technology Officer with over 20 years experience across Technology, including digital trans...

William Kappas

Chief Information Officer
NannyPak. LLC
CIO - NannyPak LLC Bill is an IT executive possessing more than 25 years of management, technical and international experience within diver...

Kathie Koch

AVP/Chief Information Officer
Columbia College Chicago
Kathie Koch is AVP/Chief Information Officer at Columbia College Chicago.

Robert Kress

Managing Director, Accenture Security & Global Security Quality & Risk Officer
Robert Kress is the Global Security Quality & Risk Officer at Accenture, responsible for identifying, assessing and managing risk in Acc...

Ann Madea

Ann Madea serves as Chief Information Officer for HSBC US, the U.S. operations of one of the world’s largest banks.

Scot Marcotte

Chief Technology Officer
Scot is Buck’s Chief Technology Officer. For 28 years he has helped organizations solve human resources issues through the strategic use of...

Amy McGraner

Senior Manager IT
Adtalem Global Education

Kevin Mehta

Chief Operating Officer
Payformance Solutions, Inc.

Sean Nealon

Senior Director, Cyber & Information Security
Brookfield Properties
Sean Nealon has led the information security program at GGP for the last year including establishing the program, building the team from the...

Chet Phillips

Chief Information Officer
Senior Information Technology Executive with expertise in both public and private companies spanning manufacturing, automotive, healthcare,...

Jim Pierce

Vice President, Business Systems
Medline Industries Inc

Lori Powers

SVP, Global IT Operations & Service Management
Lori Powers is a delivery-focused, results-driven Information Technology Executive with over 25 years’ experience in application development...

Julie Ragland

SVP & Chief Information Officer
Navistar Inc
Julie joined Navistar in September, 2018 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Krishna Ramachandran

Vice President, Health Data Exchange, Provider Reporting and Value Based Care
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois
Krishna has been a leader in health care for more than 15 years.

Diane Randolph

SVP, Chief Information Officer
Ulta Beauty

Michael Rapken

Chief Information Officer
Roadrunner Transportation Systems
As a senior technology executive (CTO, CIO) with leadership experience in the manufacturing, telecom, transportation, healthcare and consult...

Carl Snyder

Senior Director & Chief Technology Officer
Central States Funds
Carl Snyder is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Director for Central States Funds.

Christine Stone

VP, Office of Program Management
Brookfield Properties Retail
Christine Stone is VP, PMO for GGP – a REIT with 2.3B in revenues focused on innovation in the retail sector.

Ron Swan

Information Technology Director
An award-winning global IT leader, Ron Swan is Director of Information Technology at the American Society for Clinical Pathology, a medical...

Jason Van Den Eeden

Oak Street Health

Tim Walter

Chief Information Officer
Randa Accessories
Tim Walter is an Information Technology business leader with over 20 years of experience and a proven record operating large scale e-commerc...

George Wang

Arx Nimbus
George Wang is a business technology leader, innovator and translator, having held senior roles in both technology and business areas.

Gary Zeal

Senior Manager, Collaborative Sourcing

David Ziegelski

Vice President of Information Technology
National Material L.P.

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