Mastercard CIO to Keynote at CIO Summit U.S.

Ed McLaughlin Confirmed as Keynote Presenter on “The Role of the CIO: Business Challenger, Innovation Driver”

ed-mclaughlin_mastercardWe are pleased announced Ed McLaughlin, CIO of Mastercard, as a keynote speaker for the CIO Summit U.S. from November 6 – November 8, 2016. The event will run alongside the CISO Summit U.S. and will take place at the Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, AZ.

Ed McLaughlin is CIO for MasterCard. As part of the company’s Management Committee, he leads technological innovation across the globe, ensuring that the business achieves strategic value from the use of technology. Mr. McLaughlin is also responsible for driving IT transformation through an efficient global collaborative software development & integration model.

Prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. McLaughlin served as group VP, Product and Strategy at Metavante, a financial services technology company. The Metavante payments group included issuing and acquiring processing services, prepaid program management, the NYCE regional debit network, ACH processing, card production and other payment processing services.

Takeaways will include:

  • CIO’s are at a fork in the road; they can continue to be Operational or evolve and become transformational
  • Transformation efforts cannot stop at the boundaries of the IT department, they must reach into the business as a whole, addressing process and defining new capability
  • Visionary CIOs will move their departments from cost centers to value creators, and move themselves from executive afterthoughts to true organization leaders

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Julia Davis to Keynote CIO Insurance Summit

CIO of Aflac to Lead as Keynote Presenter on “Bridging Gaps Through Trimodal IT”

julia-davis-aflacWe are pleased to announce Julia Davis, CIO, Aflac, as a keynote speaker for the CIO Insurance Summit from November 8 – November 10, 2016. The event will take place at the Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, AZ alongside CIO Insurance Summit and CISO BFSI Summit.

Julia Davis joined Aflac in July 2013 in her current position as senior vice president and chief information officer. In her position, Davis oversees the day-to-day operations and the strategic initiatives of Aflacs Information Technology Division.

Before joining Aflac, Davis most recently served as chief information officer at American Safety Insurance (ASI). Prior to her tenure at ASI, she served as chief information officer of the Equipment Finance Division for GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services and GE Capital Business Productivity Solutions. Additionally, she held IT leadership positions at GE Energy, Armstrong World Industries, Information Builders, Ogden Government Services and CRSS Services, Inc.

Her keynote presentation will cover “Bridging Gaps Through Trimodal IT”. Takeaways will include:

  • Blend bimodal and trimodal IT to find a model that fits your company’s culture and needs.
  • Tackle projects in segments and demonstrate incremental change and success with each successive step.
  • Adopt a big picture approach and allocate resources such as funding across a project’s entire lifecycle instead of on an annual basis.

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Discover Financial CIO to Keynote at CIO Summit U.S

Glenn Schneider Confirmed as Keynote Presenter on “Connecting Customers with the Future”

glenn_schneider_14087We are pleased to announce Glenn Schneider, EVP & CIO of Discover Financial, as keynote speaker for CIO Summit U.S., which will take place on November 6 – November 8, 2016. The event will run alongside the CISO Summit U.S. at the Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, AZ.

Glenn Schneider is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, for Discover Financial Services, and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Schneider provides leadership for all application development, advanced analytics, infrastructure support, technology operations and cybersecurity.

Prior to his promotion to CIO in December 2008, he was responsible for Application Development, including research, new development, maintenance, and support of all business systems and web applications. Schneider holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University with a major in Economics/Computer Science and a minor in Statistics. His Keynote presentation will cover “Connecting Customers with the Future”.

Takeaways will include:

  • Skyrocketing mobile adoption is influencing every aspect of customer needs and expectations
  • Digital transformation must have a customer focus at its core, leveraging real-time data and events to drive a personalized approach
  • CIOs must mobilize the organization to embrace change – cultural alignment is equally as important as platform modernization

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Tim Callahan to Keynote CIO/CISO Atlanta Summit

Global CISO of Aflac as Keynote Presenter on “The Future of the CIO in the Coming Digital Economy”

timcallahanWe are pleased to announce Tim Callahan as a keynote speaker for the CIO/CISO Atlanta Summit on October 27th, 2016. The event will take place at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, GA.

Tim Callahan joined Aflac as the Chief Information Security Officer in April 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the Aflac Information Security Program, which includes Threat and Vulnerability Management, Security Operations and Incident Response, Information Technology Compliance and Risk Management, Security Engineering, and Disaster Recovery. Prior to Aflac, Callahan was Senior Vice President, Business Continuity and Information Assurance at SunTrust Bank.

A sought after and frequent speaker, he is a recognized thought leader on leadership, technology, information security, information governance, governance risk and compliance, and cyber security, He has chaired the annual IT Governance Risk and Compliance Summit for six years and has won numerous awards, including Information Security Executive of the Year- Northeast People’s Choice Award, 2007 Digital ID World Industry Award, 2006 Information Security Executive of the Year- Southeast People’s Choice Award and the 2006 Digital ID World Industry Award.

At the CIO/CISO Atlanta Summit, Callahan will lead a keynote presentation on “The Future of the CIO in the Coming Digital Economy”. Takeaways will include: 

  • Change is, if not already hear, certainly coming and CIOs that don’t prepare for the change may not like the results when it arrives 
  • Digital transformation is all about connecting enterprise system to information technology to drive productivity and performance improvements 
  • Be prepared to tackle the tasks that no-one wants to do, but everyone needs done; establish relevance to cultivate importance

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Trust in Sharing Information Begins with a Trusted Sharing Environment

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By David Bisson

Organizations have been sharing digital threat information with one another for decades. But much has changed in how those strategic partnerships operate.

Perhaps no one understands these developments better than John Carlson.

As chief of staff of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), Carlson is integrally involved in building an organization that fosters trusted information and analysis sharing among the FS-ISAC’s 7,000 member financial institutions and partner organizations. Carlson is also involved in the development of cybersecurity exercises to simulate cyber attacks and improve the ways financial institutions and government agencies might respond.

Companies didn’t used to share information with one another so openly. Carlson describes this change as nothing less than “remarkable”:

“20 years ago, organizations shared information only with other companies that they trusted. As such, most of these sharing channels were informal and did not adhere to defined rules with respect to how information should be shared. Those rules didn’t exist, after all. But things have changed considerably since then. With over 7,000 member organizations based in over 38 countries, FS-ISAC serves as a distribution platform by which companies can gain a sense of what’s happening in the environment at any point of time regarding the volume and severity of various attacks and key vulnerabilities.”

Carlson intends to expand upon the work of FS-ISAC at Borderless Cyber Europe 16 on 8-9 September at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Specifically, he will discuss FS-ISAC’s commitment to automating the sharing of information and the corporation’s support of other sectors to create information sharing frameworks, among other points of interest.

Ultimately, Carlson sees strength in organizations being able to share with one another:

“By creating a trusted environment where organizations can share information, and by promoting techniques through which companies can shape the way information is shared, FS-ISAC creates trust among enterprises in sharing information without them fretting over legal liability.”

He hopes attendees will see the benefit of a private sector organization fulfilling an important role regarding information sharing, and he encourages any company who’s currently not part of an intelligence sharing organization to join one.

Carlson also hopes his presentation will help reveal how robust membership in information sharing corporations helps communities stay on top of changes in the threat environment and opens the way for broad collaboration on a number of initiatives.

In his mind, collaboration is indispensable when it comes to defending against digital threats:

“Going forward, the best model for success is collaboration. Collaboration among FIs, collaboration with government agencies (such as law enforcement agencies), collaboration with the broader technology community and other interdependent sectors such as telecom and power and a focused effort on updating laws and regulations to better match the realities of our inter-connected industries, government, and lives.”

For more information on Carlson’s upcoming talk, click here.

You can learn more about and register for the Borderless Cyber Europe conference here.

This post comes courtesy from one of CDM Media’s trusted partners. Whether it be an industry association or a news outlet, our partners provide a fresh perspective on trending topics in innovation. The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is a nonprofit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for security, Internet of Things, cloud computing, energy, content technologies, emergency management, and other areas. For more information, visit

Happy Administrative Professionals Day: We’re Hiring!

Happy Administrative Professionals Day! We are currently seeking an Administrative Assistant for our lively office in the Flatiron District. Interested? Check out the below job description and email Becky at for an immediate interview. We hope to meet you soon!

Our office is located at 920 Broadway in the Flatiron District.

Our office is located at 920 Broadway in the Flatiron District.

We are seeking a welcoming and sociable Office Assistant in our fast-paced NYC office! This individual will perform a wide range of administrative and office support activities for our loft-style office in the Flatiron District.

Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Answer, screen and transfer inbound phone calls
  • Greet and direct visitors, interviewees and clients
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings, appointments and travel arrangements for managers or supervisors
  • Assist in the arranging of all aspects of delegate event participation, including transportation
  • Oversee office supply inventories and maintenance of office equipment
  • Handle records for all staff, telephones, parking and petty cash
  • Assist in the day-to-day management of all client and delegate relationships
  • Assist in the collection of deliverables for sponsors and delegates for assigned events
  • Record and transcribe meetings to distribute to teams
  • Ongoing sales support to the office
  • Sort and distribute mail
  • Maintain filing system
  • Prepare and modify documents including correspondence, reports, drafts, memos and emails
  • Handle requests for information and data

Education and Experience:

  • Computer skills and knowledge of relevant software
  • Knowledge of operation of standard office equipment
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of basic office management
  • Knowledge of PR or some PR/marketing experience would be a bonus

Key Competencies

  • Communication skills – written and verbal
  • Planning and organizing
  • Prioritizing
  • Problem assessment and problem solving
  • Information gathering and information monitoring
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexibility
  • Customer service orientation
  • Teamwork and a positive attitude!

Read about our amazing benefits!

For an immediate interview please email with “Admin Assistant NYC” in the subject line. We are interviewing immediately.

More about CDM Media

We are a leading B2B technology marketing and media firm that produces C-level executive events all over the world. We specialize in technology summits and custom events for C-level executives from Fortune 1000 companies, together with major technology solution providers. In 2016, CDM Media will host 85+ events in over 26 markets. These events are driven by industry, region, organizational role and current hot topics, enabling attending delegates to address current issues and trends, learn from one another, network and generate key takeaways. CDM Media is headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York City and Cardiff, U.K.

Meet Jamie!

CDM Media employees come from all over the world and from different educational backgrounds. We want to not only celebrate the diversity and successes within our company, but share them! We will be starting to highlight some of our team’s success stories, starting with Relationship Manager, Jamie!

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Q: What was your major in college?
A: I double majored in Global Studies and Spanish at the University of Illinois.

Q: Did you have a plan to go into sales? If not, would you say sales was a good move for you?
A: I really didn’t plan on going into sales! While searching for jobs during my senior year, I was careful to find something that sounded like me on paper. I came across CDM Media, and while I did not have a background in B2B sales, I thought it seemed like a lot of fun. And I was right. The environment is fun and exciting, and there are new opportunities every day to grow as a salesperson. But more than anything, it’s been a fantastic learning experience. Not only have I learned about such an incredible and rapidly growing industry, but I’ve also developed numerous useful skills as a young, new professional.

Q: How long have you been with CDM Media? What did you notice right away when you started?
A: I’ve been with the company about 10 months. I started just two weeks after graduating! I quickly noticed everyone in the office is really helpful when you need it, which is great because I love to ask questions!

Q: You just won a trip to Aspen through CDM Media – tell us about it!
A: The Trip to Aspen was amazing! I got to bring a guest and we had a blast! We aren’t big skiers but loved spending time exploring downtown Aspen and trying out new restaurants. Aspen is so beautiful and so was the resort. It was such a nice, relaxing extended weekend! I felt privileged to have already won such an incredible trip!

Interested in joining our team? Apply here.

Favorite Event Venues

Finding the perfect venue for an event that will not only meet the expectations of your attendees but also look the part can be difficult but with 80 annual summits, CDM Media has this perfected. While we use venues from San Francisco to Paris to Cape Town and everywhere in between, we definitely have our favorites!

With the help of our event management and delegation teams, we have narrowed down the list to our top 5 favorite venues!

1. Ritz-Carlton Montreal: Fun fact – the Ritz-Carlton Montreal was the first Ritz-Carlton built! Our team all agreed this was their favorite venue! Not only does it have a historic presence but is also top-notch with their customer service.

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2. The Landmark London: This luxury hotel is one of the most popular 5 star hotels in London and among our events team. The combination of British elegance and amazing facilities has us swoon!

landmark london

3. The Westin Paris – Vendome: What’s not to love about Paris? Especially if you’re staying at the Westin Paris. It’s centrally-located and is walking distance from shopping and sightseeing. This hotel mixes Parisian chic with modern design and technology.

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4. The Phoenician: This award-winning luxury resort has our hearts! Not only is the weather superb but the view is amazing! Guests can enjoy the exquisite gold course, also!

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5. JW Marriott Chicago: Located in one of the world’s most powerful financial districts and in the heart of one of the largest cities in the U.S., the JW Marriott Chicago is a downtown favorite. This landmark Chicago luxury hotel displays the renowned architecture of world-famous Daniel Burnham.

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Find out where else our CDM Media team travels for our global portfolio of events here!

Top 5 Travel Accessories

If you’re hyper-organized and a frequent-flyer like the gals from our Client Services Event Management team, you know all the tricks of the trade for efficient and stress-free traveling! In case you’re not, we have broken it down to the top five most valuable travel accessories, according to Event Manager Kelsey Freese.

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1. Portable phone charger: “We always carry fully-charged portable phone chargers with us to the airport. A dead phone is not an option! Plus, they barely take up any space in my purse or carry-on.”

2. Something cozy: “A scarf that doubles as a blanket is the perfect item to keep you comfortable and warm in the airport and during the plane ride.”

3. Vitamin C: “I always make sure to not only drink Emergen-C before traveling but I pack a few packets, too! It’s inevitable one of us usually gets sick after travelling but this helps keep us healthy and moving.”

4. In-flight entertainment: “Before I head to the airport, I double check that I have my headphones and my iPad. The other girls bring their books, too. We make sure we have something to keep us entertained.”

5. Refillable water bottle: “If you’re an avid traveler, you’re probably spending quite a bit of money on water bottles and snacks. I always have an empty refillable water bottle in tote. After security, I fill it up and avoid purchasing a bottled water. I bring my own snacks, too!”


Curious about where our team is globe trotting to around the world? Check out our global portfolio of summits here!

The Media is Talking About: Importance of Technology Integration for SMBs

CDM Media’s Senior Director of Content & C-Suite Communities, James Quin is regularly cited in various media stories across a variety of industries. But leading up to these article inclusions are many conversations and insightful commentaries which don’t always make the publication. In this weekly (or more!) new section, James shares his responses to a myriad of tech topics he discusses with journalists. 

The Media Wants to Know-

As 2015 creeps towards the end, businesses of every size should be reflecting on plans for technology integration. James Quin shares some thoughts on what small to mid-sized organizations should consider in the new year:

“Technology integration, whether it be infrastructure, applications, or data, is perhaps the biggest challenge facing companies of all sizes today if the information we capture from our clients is anything to go on, more so even than the constant security pressure everyone faces. And while it is an issue for companies of all sizes, it’s the smallest companies that face the biggest struggle because while budgets and resources are proportionally smaller than those at larger companies, technological complexity isn’t. So, as a result, smaller companies really do have to do more with less. Traditionally SMB IT departments have been able to exert a modicum of control over this by carefully selecting their technology (and I say “modicum” because budget often constrained choices to cheaper ones rather than those that integrated best) but disruptive technologies such as cloud and mobility, that put power in the hands of end users, have blown this out of the water. SMB IT departments need to get in front of the cloud and mobility rush and recognize that it actually represents salvation, rather than damnation, and make a shift to well integrated cloud systems to hope to have any chance of managing the problem.”

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