Event Details

Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park

3111 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA

December 6, 2019

7:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Meet the 2019 ORBIE Winners!

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Award recognizes CIOs who have shown excellence in technology leadership in the Capital Area. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

2019 Awards Season

CIO of the Year nominees & finalists are honored at a series of executive events, beginning with the Nominee Reception and ending with the CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards breakfast.


2019 Keynote

James Dallas, Two-Time Fortune 500 CIO

James Dallas is an accomplished senior executive with extensive experience as an agent of change in large domestic and international corporate settings. Previously serving as the SVP of Quality, Operations & IT at Medtronic Inc. and VP & CIO at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Dallas has over 30 years experience in business operations roles & CIO positions. The majority of Dallas’ career has been focused on bridging the gap between strategy and execution, using IT both strategically and entrepreneurially. He is currently the President of James Dallas & Associates, where he consults and speaks to companies about managing change & executive leadership development in a digital world.



Capital CIO of the Year Awards sponsors are highly valued partners invited by local CIOs to experience the unique opportunity of recognizing the senior technology leadership of top organizations in the Capital Area through a series of year-long events.


2019 Capital CIO of the Year Awards Agenda

7:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
7:00 a.m. VIP Reception*
8:00 a.m. CIO of the Year® Awards Breakfast
10:15 a.m. Q&A with Keynote**

*Access limited to CIOs and select sponsor representatives.
**Access limited to CIOs, their direct reports, and select sponsor representatives.

Leadership Award Recipient

Carol Zierhoffer, Retired SVP & Global CIO, Bechtel

Recently retired, Carol Zierhoffer was the SVP & Global CIO for Bechtel Corporation, a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, and project management with signature projects including the Hoover Dam, Bay Area Rapid Transit, and Hong Kong International Airport. Prior to joining Bechtel, Carol was VP & Global CIO for Xerox Corporation, ITT Corporation and Northrop Grumman where she was responsible for all aspects of I.T. Carol currently serves as an Independent Director for Vizient, Inc. and chairs the Governance committee for “A Little Compassion," a non-profit company whose mission is to create work experience & employment for young adults with disabilities, building a bridge to adulthood.

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