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SCSIM Winter Forum | March 15, 2018

by Jason Henning on December 14, 2017

Registration Is Now Open!
First 100 registered will receive a free copy of Chris Laping’s book People Before Things

The Change Leader CIO

March 15, 2018 – 3:00pm-8:30pm | Long Beach Marriott

The CIO role has undergone several transformations in the last three decades — from custodian of back office systems to digital leadership in the era of analytics, machine learning and many other differentiating technology trends. One thing has not changed however: CIOs must act as a change agents and leaders if they want to drive game-changing outcomes that inspire loyalty in the business organization.

The SCSIM 2018 Winter Forum will feature keynote speaker, Chris Laping, a veteran CIO and author of “People before Things.” Chris will talk about the human dimensions that shape the work of IT leaders, and ultimately become decisive factors in the success or failure of technology-led change initiatives.

Thank you to our event Gold sponsor:


3:00 – 3:45 Registration and Networking

3:45 – 4:00 Opening Remarks

4:00 – 4:45 Chris Laping, Inspiring Crazy Loyalty

4:45 – 5:15 Networking Break

5:15 – 5:45 Group Exercise (each table will have assignment)

5:45 – 6:15 Groups Share – Report Out

6:15 – 6:45 Panel Discussion (applying what we learned)

Scott Cadwalader
Helen Norris
Bassam Fawaz

6:45 – 7:00 Announcements and Closing Remarks

7:00 Dinner



Author, Speaker & Founder, People Before Things

Chris Laping brings 27 years of information technology and business transformation experience to his change leadership company and book, People Before Things. His best-selling book highlights the powerful connection between human experience and business outcomes. And his company has already helped thousands of leaders with a simple and repeatable model that gets to the root cause of change resistance.

Chris enjoyed 14 years as a Chief Information Officer across three different brands. The work of his teams has been spotlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, and CIO Magazine among others. Prior to People Before Things, Chris was the Senior Vice President, Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers-where he was a highly contributing member of a management team that completed a successful turnaround of an $8 stock to $89.

Chris has received several awards for his work in the IT industry. This list includes being named a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader, three InfoWorld 100 awards, InformationWeek’s Social Business Technology Leader award and recognition as The Economist’s Top 5 Social Business Leader. The work of his teams has been spotlighted in three books: The Engaged Leader, Mobile Mind Shift, and Implementing World Class IT.

Chris is originally from Jacksonville, FL. He received a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems at Florida State University and his Master of Business Administration at the University of Florida.


Scott Cadwalader
Managing Partner | Diligent Partners, LLC

Scott is co-founder and Managing Partner of Diligent Partners, LLC and the firms IT practice leader. For 14 years, he held the position of SVP and COO at another retained executive search firm based in Southern California. Prior to entering executive search, Scott was a founding Principal at Transition Management Consulting, where he led client engagements in Organizational Assessments, Information Technology Strategy, Architecture and Platform Migration. Scott also was a Managing Consultant at SHL Systemhouse (now EDS). At Gartner Group, Scott was a Managing Director in Consulting Services. Scott began his Gartner career in sales as an Account Executive and then as a National Account Manager.

Scott is a board member and membership chair for the Southern California chapter of SIM and serves on the Advisory Board for HMG Strategy.

Scott has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Los Angeles, and a certificate from the UCLA Andersen Graduate School’s Managing the Information Resource program.

Helen Norris
CIO | Chapman University

Helen Norris is the Chief Information Officer at Chapman University. She has almost 30 years’ experience working in IT leadership roles. Originally from Ireland, Helen has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and a Master’s degree in Computer Resource Management and Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis.

Helen holds a project management certification (PMP) from Project Management International ( and is a fellow of the Educause Leading Change Institute. She serves as a board member of the Southern California Society of Information Management ( and a trustee of the National Endowment for Financial Education ( Helen also previously served as the Director of the Sacramento Women in Technology International network (

Bassam Fawaz
Managing Principal | Qualidas

Bassam Fawaz is Managing Principal at Qualidas, Inc., a strategic IT advisory firm, and a senior IT executive with broad international and business operations experience who has served as CIO for international organizations with revenues of up to $6.5 Billion, in the logistics, professional services, consumer goods, aerospace, and manufacturing industries, and held various IT and business operations responsibilities including heading worldwide operations for one of the world’s largest makers of premium products.

As CIO, he has presided over global systems implementations, acquisitions integration, transformative initiatives, and building multi-national teams on four continents. Mr. Fawaz was ranked among the InformationWeek 500, the information technology magazine’s listing of the top 500 innovator users of technology in 2006 and again in 2010.

Bassam holds a BS degree in Aeronautical Technology and an MBA, and is a Certified Professional in Business Process Management. He has held senior executive positions at Swiss-based Agility Global Integrated Logistics, EMAK Worldwide, B/E Aerospace, AAR Corp, and most recently at PAAMCO, an institutional investment firm based in Irvine, California.

Members $30 | USC & UCI Guests $70 | Guests $100

at the door
Members $45 | USC & UCI Guests $95 | Guests $115
SCSIM Winter Event
March 15, 2018 | 3:00pm-8:30pmLong Beach Marriott
4700 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815
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