Technology Thought Leaders to Tackle Innovation and Business Opportunities at CTO & CIO Forum

Chief Technology Officers (CTOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), and industry-leading technology executives of Fortune 1000 Corporations and Federal as well as Houston government officials will gather to discuss business opportunities available to minority and diverse suppliers during the CTO & CIO Forum, from 9:30 am – 11:00 am, on June 5, 2019 at the Hilton Americas-Houston in Texas.

Leading the panel of experts will be Guru (Guruprasad) Vasudeva, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Program & App Services, Nationwide. He will be joined by Gary Hayes, SVP and Chief Information Officer, CenterPoint Energy; Claus Jensen, Chief Technology Officer, CVS Health; Evan Lee, VP Strategy and Modernization (former HHS CTO and DHS Chief Solutions Architect), ICF International; Ronald Clayton, Deputy Chief Technologist, NASA Johnson Space Center; and Catherine Allshouse, Global CIO and Head of Operations, Veeva Systems, Inc.

“The advent of disruptive technologies such as blockchain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence has given rise to the use of innovative and new solutions by businesses on all levels – from startups, small and medium enterprises to Fortune powerhouses,” said USPAACC National President & CEO Susan Au Allen. “A must-attend session if you want to hear what technology thought leaders, drivers and diverse innovators think of this transformative frontier, the CTO & CIO Forum will tell you why ‘business unusual’ from here on out.”

They will cover domestic and global trends in information and technology high-growth industries, risks involved, big-picture outlook amidst existing and potential global disruptions, supplier innovation, and what small businesses must do to align with the strategic needs of the corporations in today’s global marketplace.

This session is part of CelebrASIAN 2019 Procurement + Business Conference – the country’s largest and most established flagship B2B conference convened by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) on June 5 – 7 in Houston, Texas.

Conference Chair is Angie Klett, Senior Vice President IT CFO and Chief Procurement Officer at Nationwide. Conference Co-Chairs are Ampcus, Bank of America, Pyramid Consulting, T-Mobile, and Wells Fargo.

Conference theme “Be Unique, Ignite Leadership, Deliver Exceptional ResultS : BUILDERS of the American Dream,” aims to help Pan Asian American entrepreneurs to create a brighter and more prosperous future through procurement and business growth.

Business growth and innovation programs include the CPO Forum, CTO & CIO Forum, Prescheduled 1-on-1 Business Matchmaking Meetings, Guanxi* Business Fair, Industry Builders (i-Builders) Marketplace, “What’s Your Pitch: Innovation Meets the Market” Competition, Doing Business with Corporations in Energy and Cybersecurity Sectors, Doing Business with Government, C-Suite Executives Academy: War on Talents, Lessons Learned: Reflections of Corporate Executives, Managed Service Providers (MSP) Panel Discussion, How to Grow Your Business Program, and more. (*Guanxi is a business term meaning “connections” or “relationship”).

High-level networking events with Fortune 1000 CPOs, CTOs, CIOs, Directors, Managers, Small and Medium Enterprise CEOs, Presidents and VPs, seasoned entrepreneurs, community leaders, industry disruptors, venture capitalists, etc., will be held for the duration of the Conference.

In addition, more than 500 pre-scheduled 1-on-1 Business Matchmaking Meetings will be held between top-caliber suppliers and serious buyers from Fortune 1000 corporations, government agencies and large nonprofits.

For more information on CelebrASIAN 2019, visit

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