CIO Virtual Thought Leadership

October 14, 2020

Smarter Together Exec Connect


What does it take to accelerate your digital transformation? From being bold, to gaining influence, to leveraging a community of experts to create and innovate.

Using personal stories and images, Dr Garrett Reisman will bring to life the vision you need to thrive in a world where technology is accelerating faster than ever. We’ll discuss his time at NASA, lessons learnt, innovation at SpaceX and look ahead to the next era of human spaceflight.

We’ll also welcome Mickey North Rizza, from IDC, for a discussion of what CIO leadership looks like today and how challenging the status quo can help you take the lead in accelerating digital transformation in your organization.

You’ll join a small group of around 10 executive-level IT peers. With time for networking and questions for Dr Garrett Reisman and Mickey, this could be a great opportunity to become smarter, together.

Speakers Include...

Mike Schanker
Coupa Host

Mickey North Rizza
Program Vice President, Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce, IDC

Dr Garrett Reisman
Former NASA astronaut and former Director of Space Operations at SpaceX

Speaker: Mickey North Rizza, Program Vice President, Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce, IDC

Mickey North Rizza is program vice president for IDC’s Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce research practice. She leads a team of analysts responsible for IDC’s coverage of the next generation of enterprise applications including ERP, financial applications, procurement, supply chain automation project and portfolio management, enterprise asset management, services resource planning (SRP) and related project-based solutions software and the digital commerce business network. In her role, Mickey and the team advises clients on ERP and i-ERP systems and associated applications, and digital commerce with a focus on the key trends, opportunities, innovation and the IT and Business Buyer concerns and requirements.

Coupa Software (NASDAQ:COUP) is the cloud platform for business spend management. We deliver “Value as a Service” by helping our customers maximize their spend under management, achieve significant cost savings, and drive profitability. The Coupa platform empowers companies around the world with the visibility and control they need to spend smarter and safer. Customers – small, medium, and large – have used the Coupa platform to bring billions of dollars in cumulative spend under management. Learn more at

Digital Transformation In Business Spend Management

How IT Can Sit at the Big Table

Coupa for IT Execs Datasheet

The Power Behind Coupa’s SAP Integration

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12:00pm-12:10pm (EST)

Opening Remarks & Executive Introductions

12:10pm-12:50pm (EST)

Dr. Garrett Reisman Roundtable Discussion

NASA experience – His journey plus highlights and experiences
Lessons learned – Being ok with taking risks/freedom to fail
Breaking the status quo – Innovation at NASA vs SpaceX
Looking forward – ML/AL advancements, the need for a “human in the loop” and a golden age of human spaceflight

12:50pm-1:00pm (EST)

Roundtable Q&A and Customer Journey

1:00pm-1:30pm (EST)

Host discussion

Title Representation

  • C-Level
  • SVP/VP Level
  • Sr. Director Level

Industry Breakdown

  • Finance & Insurance
  • Media
  • Healthcare & Pharma
  • State & Federal Government
  • Retail & Manufacturing
  • Other

Org. Size by Revenue

  • 250M - 500M
  • 500M - 1BN
  • 1BN +

Got questions? We’ve got answers!

Why should I attend?

Your time is valuable and we make sure to make the most of it! We take the time to figure out your challenges and customize your experience to meet your needs. Our agendas are tailored to your feedback and we pride ourselves in covering the most cutting-edge content delivered by renowned industry experts. Look forward to building enduring partnerships and together we’ll go straight to the top.

Where is the event taking place?

The event is by invitation-only. The location will be released to all attendees once your registration has been confirmed. 

What is the dress code?

We recommend business attire. Most attendees wear suits or comparable attire. Ties are optional.

Can I bring a colleague with me?

Yes! We always urge our members to refer their colleagues! We love adding new members to the community, especially if they come highly recommended by a current member. Either have them reach out to your Apex POC or have them fill out the Member Registration Form.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

No problem! Please let your Apex POC know as soon as possible in order for us to work with the venue on providing alternate options for you at the event.

What if I want to speak at an assembly?

Apex is always looking for speakers that can contribute their valuable insight. If you would like to speak, please contact your Apex POC or fill out the Speaker Registration Form on the Assemblies page. Please keep in mind that we receive many inquiries for speaking and sessions are available on a first come first served basis. But no need to worry, we have plenty of opportunities available at future assemblies.

I plan on being in attendance, but what if something comes up and I have to cancel?

We understand that something may come up on your calendar! Before canceling with us, please know that we will have a separate room for attendees to step out for work-related activities (meetings, emails, conference calls, etc.). If you must cancel, we just ask that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance so that we can open up the waitlist for another member.


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