FutureIT | Chicago

Building the Digital Business with Cloud, AI and Security

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FutureIT in Chicago was held on June 22, 2023. For the next FutureIT events in New York, and beyond, check out the 2023 FutureIT events calendar here.

With a packed agenda of engaging sessions, valuable networking opportunities, and thought leadership content, this event helps IT's best and brightest stay ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving landscape.

PLUS: Guests leave with comprehensive leadership development including a professional headshot studio, a hands-on Persuasive Communication workshop, 1:1 consultations, networking, and a lot more.

At FutureIT events, you’ll be empowered to step into the future for your company and your career.


You will learn:

  • New perspectives to assess your career, your team, or your organization's growth, and what to do to correct mistakes
  • Professional development and leadership skills many IT decision makers are lacking to enable advancement
  • Persuasive communication techniques that will get you what you need when you need it
  • About your local peers with time to meet during immersive networking exercises and over lunch, breaks and cocktails

Featured Sessions Include

  • Adapting to Unexpected Change while Upholding Your Digital Mission
  • Persuasive Communication: Negotiating Better Outcomes in Any Setting
  • The Evolution of Maintaining Tech Advantage – Do You Have What it Takes?
  • AI-Based Security: A FutureIT Keynote
  • Enterprise Automation 2.0: The Connective Tissue of the Digital Business

Featured Keynote Speaker

Laura Kohl

Chief Information Officer


Laura Kohl is a recognized technology leader with extensive global business experience across multiple industries, including financial services, travel and transportation, retail, supply chain, and quick service restaurants. She is the Chief Information Officer for Morningstar (Nasdaq: MORN) a global financial services firm providing an array of investment research and investment management, including software and data platforms for investment professionals.

Most recently she joined Morningstar as CIO, to lead its global technology efforts by transforming employee experience and tools to be growth ready. Laura’s responsibilities include a cloud migration strategy, deploying new capabilities for contact center, transforming service and support, content management, and managing and upgrading global corporate systems, infrastructure, cloud services, security and operations. She has previously held senior IT positions at Ulta Beauty, United Airlines, WW Grainger, and McDonald’s Corporation.

Prior to Morningstar, as the Senior Vice President for Applications, Data and Integration at Ulta Beauty, Laura led a team of team of more than 400 associates with budget of over $70M. With responsibility for all enterprise application development, (including eCommerce, enterprise and guest mobility, loyalty, marketing, merchandising, finance, HR, supply chain, store and distribution center technology), Laura helped create the next generation omnichannel business by integrating and optimizing digital and physical experiences for store, supply chain, digital operations and store of the future, while pivoting with business changes due to COVID.

In 2023, she was names Chicago Orbie CIO of the Year along with being named one of the top 100 Women in Tech to Watch.

Chicago's local experts:

  • Larry Bonfante - Senior Consultant, Ouellette & Associates

    Larry Bonfante
    Senior Consultant
    Ouellette & Associates

  • Christopher Boone
    Vice President, Global Head of Health Economics and Outcomes Research

  • John Brandt
    MPI Group, Author of “NINCOMPOOPERY: Why Your Customers Hate You—and How to Fix It”

  • Dani Brown
    SVP & CIO
    Whirlpool Corporation

  • Alexandra Burns
    Recruiting Manager
    Robert Half

  • Sabina Ewing
    VP & CIO

  • Laura Kohl

  • Vince Marin
    Global CIO
    Sidley Austin LLP

  • Mark Pfeiffer
    VP & Practice Director
    Robert Half

  • Dan Roberts
    Host, Tech Whisperers Podcast; CEO, Ouellette & Associates

  • Swati Shah
    Chief Information Officer, US Markets Technology

Coming to a city near you:
FutureIT's Persuasive Communication Workshop

"Negotiation" — it's what stands between you and what you want. Learn techniques to communicate strategy, goals, ideas, and budget needs persuasively with board members, vendors, colleagues, and teams.