Executives in IT Panel 2023

Join us for an exclusive IT Executive Panel, where industry leaders converge to discuss the future of technology in business. Featuring top IT executives from a diverse array of sectors including manufacturing, services, and law, this panel promises to provide unparalleled insights into the challenges and opportunities shaping today’s IT landscape.

From talent acquisition to budgeting innovation, and the evolving roles and responsibilities within the tech sphere, our esteemed panelists will delve into the critical issues that are defining the next wave of technological advancement. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with the minds driving innovation in the heart of Chicago’s bustling tech community.

Thursday, Sept. 28th, 2023 - 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Gibsons Steakhouse, 2105 South Spring Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523

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Our Panelists:

Christine Pedersen

Chief Technology Officer, Amundsen-Davis

Christine Pedersen has over two decades of experience in IT, including three years as Chief Technology Officer for Amundsen Davis law firm in Chicago. Her career reflects a strong alignment of IT priorities with business objectives, showcasing her expertise and leadership in the technology sector.

Tom Drez

CIO/CPO/CSO, Christian Brothers Services

Tom Drez joined Christian Brothers Services in 1987 and now serves as Chief Information Officer, Chief Privacy Officer, Chief Security Officer, and Managing Director of Information Technology Services. With a BA in computer science, he leads the ITS division, focusing on technology operations, software development, and education.

Thomas Irvine

Director of IT, Monosol

Thomas Irvine, Director of Information Technology for Monosol, has a distinguished career in technology strategy. Previously serving as the VP and Chief Information Officer at The Chicago Community Trust, he's known for implementing innovative solutions that enhance efficiency and reduce costs. His leadership has transformed operations and saved thousands of work hours.

Our Moderator

Tad Gralewski


Tad Gralewski is the CIO and COO of Mindsight. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and has been in the IT industry for over three decades. At Mindsight, Tad focuses on both delivering Mindsight’s services to our customers and working with them to help develop strategies, roadmaps, and solutions to solve their issues. To Tad, “We don’t sell things – we solve problems”. A self-proclaimed “outdoors person," Tad enjoys camping, hiking, and riding motorcycles in his spare time.

What you'll Learn:

  • Business Insights

    Understand the current and future technology priorities that are shaping the business landscape for IT.

  • Talent Solutions

    Learn how top IT leaders are tackling talent challenges in today's landscape.

  • Innovative Strategies

    Discover how budgeting and strategic planning foster innovation and growth.

  • Evolution of Roles

    Grasp the transformation in roles and responsibilities within the IT sector.

Other Event Highlights

  • Engaging Panel Discussion

    Hear from seasoned IT executives as they share their insights and strategies on business and technology integration.

  • Networking Opportunities

    Connect with professionals and thought leaders, forging connections that could shape your career.

  • Complimentary Lunch & Dessert

    Enjoy a delightful lunch and delicious dessert, on us, as you mingle with fellow attendees.

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