Join a global community of CIOs at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo™

The CIO Experience is an exclusive program designed for chief information officers to focus on their business, technology and leadership development during these uncertain times. This program is the ideal opportunity for CIOs to gain new perspectives on future challenges and opportunities.

2020 program highlights

  • CIO-exclusive interactive sessions designed to provide valuable how-to insight
  • Access to CIO-only keynote presentations from visionaries and market leaders
  • Priority access to book interactive sessions and a one-on-one meeting with a Gartner expert
  • CIO Concierge services to help you make the most of your virtual experience

2020 insights included:

  • Growing the business: Learn how to mine the value from “business moments,” reorient systems and processes around the customer, and create value by elevating every customer and citizen experience.
  • Creating a world-class organization: Transform the enterprise into a vital digital workplace, engage and collaborate with IT-savvy business stakeholders and demonstrate the entrepreneurial mindset of a bold new startup.
  • Staying competitive: Embrace innovation and scale new ideas, fully exploit the opportunities presented by real-time analytical decision making and prepare to leverage emerging trends.

How to apply

Applicants must meet the following qualification criteria to participate:

  1. Enterprisewide CIO, or
  2. Business unit or regional CIO responsible for:
  • Private sector: $250 million+ in revenue
  • Public sector: 1,000+ employees

Qualifying CIOs from a technology vendor or consultancy must be involved exclusively in their organization’s internal IT/IS operation.

You can apply during registration, and you will be notified by email once your application is approved.

Already registered? Log back in to your registration profile and complete the qualifying questions.

Please note: Gartner Executive Programs Primary Members attendees will automatically be qualified for the CIO Experience; no application is required.

2020 exclusive sessions

As part of the 2020 CIO Experience, attendees had access to exclusive sessions throughout the conference. Below were the sessions exclusive to the 2020 program:


  • Designing the Future: From Digital Narrative to Strategic Plan
  • Smarter Spending: Sourcing-Enabled IT Cost and Value Optimization
  • Designing the Digital Workplace: Prioritize and Enable Your Digital Workplace Transformation
  • Driving Enterprise Value: Migrating From Projects to Products
  • Building a Transformation-Ready Workforce
  • Communicating Cybersecurity and Risk to the Board
  • Talent and Marginalization: The Behaviors That Impact Your Ability to Attract and Retain Talent

Workshops exclusive to the Midsize Enterprise Program

  • Designing the Future: From Digital Narrative to Strategic Plan (Exclusive to Midsize Enterprise Attendees)
  • Getting Started on Product Management at a Midsize Enterprise

CIO-exclusive roundtables

  • Designing the Digital Workplace
  • Building a Transformation-Ready Workforce
  • Migrating From Projects to Products
  • Effectively Communicating Cybersecurity and Risk to the Board
  • Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for Women