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November 19-21, 2024
JW Marriott Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

Combining two reputable, legacy events into one new national premier event!

New Format, New Location, New Content & Expanded Audience!

We are excited to announce a new chapter for the nation’s longest-running government technology conference. The Government IT Leadership Summit & Symposium, produced and hosted by the Public Technology Institute, combines two legacy events into one unique and not to be missed event for government technology leaders and their teams. Join us!

New Format!

The GOVIT Leadership Summit, taking place on November 19, will bring together hundreds of local and state government IT executives and emerging leaders from across the country for a day filled with valuable information sharing and conversations about current and future trends, challenges and opportunities. The GOVIT Symposium, taking place on November 20 and 21, will include even more government technology professionals from diverse functional areas to learn and exchange ideas and solutions on a broad set of topics.

Participating in the GOVIT Leadership Summit & Symposium extends your organization’s opportunity to build knowledge, gain insights, share solutions and create invaluable relationships with colleagues across sectors, localities and function areas.

New Location!

Taking place at the JW Marriott at the Mall of America, the GOVIT Leadership Summit & Symposium is a destination location that is easily accessible by car or air travel. In addition to being minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, the JW Marriott is attached to Mall of America, making dining, shopping and entertainment options plentiful without having to leave the building! Enjoy beautiful and intimate conference facilities, well-appointed accommodations and a variety of amenities to round out your experience.

New Content & Expanded Audience!

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) has been a national leader since 1971 offering cutting edge professional development programs, educational events, services, research, and certifications to government technology leaders and professionals. This expertise and reach combined with the deep knowledge and experience of the members of the Symposium’s planning committee will offer new insights and information on rapidly changing technologies such as A.I., machine learning, cybersecurity, digital services, leadership, workforce – and the intersection between all of them!

JW Marriott Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

Join us in our new location, JW Marriott Mall of America, Bloomington, MN, on November 19-21st for the GOVIT Leadership Summit & Symposium to recharge, get inspired, and address our challenges… Together!



  • Diverse, cross-sector & cross-function attendance
  • Format & setting designed for peer learning & engagement
  • Facilitated roundtable discussions
  • Keynote speaker & mainstage panel discussions
  • Over 40 “byte-sized” learning sessions
  • 2-hour deep-dive sessions
  • Fireside Chats
  • Multiple curated networking events
  • Awards program
  • Convenient, destination location


  • CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, CBTOs
  • IT Directors and Managers
  • City/County Managers
  • Top Administrators
  • Accessibility and Equity Management
  • Data and System Analysts
  • Network Administrators
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Software/Systems Development and Engineers
  • Business Intelligence/Quality Assurance
  • Web and Applications Developers

Higher Education


Jonathan Reichental, PhD

Founder, Human Future

Dr. Jonathan Reichental is a multiple-award-winning technology and business leader whose career has spanned both the private and public sectors. He’s been a senior software engineering manager, a director of technology innovation, and has served as chief information officer at both O’Reilly Media and the City of Palo Alto, California. Reichental is currently the founder of advisory, investment, and education firm, Human Future, and also creates online education for LinkedIn Learning. He has written three books on the future of cities: Smart Cities for DummiesExploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids, and Exploring Cities Bedtime Rhymes. His latest books include Data Governance for Dummies and a Cryptocurrency QuickStart Guide.

Jonathan Reichental
More About Jonathan Reichental, PhD:

For over 30 years, Dr. Jonathan Reichental has been successfully helping organizations leverage the value of information and communications technology to solve business problems, increase effectiveness, and support revenue growth. He has a track record of delivering a high-volume of successful, multi-million-dollar projects and initiatives in both the private and public sectors.

Reichental is recognized as a global thought leader on a number of emerging trends including smart cities, the fourth industrial revolution, blockchain technology, data governance, and digital transformation. He is an in-demand board advisor, global keynote speaker, educator, and writer who has written three books on the future of cities: Smart Cities for DummiesExploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids, and Exploring Cities Bedtime Rhymes. His latest books include Data Governance for Dummies and a Cryptocurrency QuickStart Guide.

Reichental is currently the founder of Human Future, a global business and technology advisory, investment, and education firm.

He is formerly a multiple award-winning Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, focusing on modernizing the technology environment and pushing the possibilities of innovation in local government. He had oversight for over $50M in technology funds per year, and during his seven-years at the city, successfully delivered over 250 technology projects.

Under Reichental’s leadership, Palo Alto was named one of the top five digital cities in America four years in a row, including the top spot in 2013. Reichental was awarded the distinction of being one of the 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in Government in America in 2013.  He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. In 2016, he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO’s in the United States and in 2017, he was named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world.

Prior to joining the City, Reichental served as CIO of O’Reilly Media, an integrated media company. During his tenure he led the successful technology effort to deploy a new global ecommerce platform, enhanced the financial system, maintained PCI-compliance, implemented an IT governance process, and made several strategic upgrades to the network infrastructure.

Before O’Reilly Media, he spent almost 15 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in a variety of technology-related roles including leading technology innovation for the US firm.

Reichental holds several degrees including a Ph.D. in Information Systems. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco and instructs at several other universities.

His work has been featured on US and international television and radio, in magazines, newspapers, and online publications, that include CNN, BBC, NBC, CBS, NPR, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Irish Times, CIO magazine, InformationWeek, Government Technology, Mashable, and many others.

Rachel Lockett

CIO, Pohlad Companies

Rachel is an accomplished technology leader who excels at building high-performing teams. Rachel believes technology can solve many of the most pressing problems in government, business, communities and the world. She also understands that the most important component of any technology initiative is people, and will present and lead a panel discussion that aligns with our theme of Exploring the Future of HumanIT called “The Technology Doesn’t Matter: Prioritizing People in Government IT Business Alignment”.


Rachel Lockett
More About Rachel Lockett:

Rachel Lockett is an accomplished business leader with a technology background who excels at building high-performing teams. Rachel believes technology can solve many of the most pressing problems in business, communities and the world. She understands that technology management is really just good business management and the most important component of any technology initiative is the people.

In 2020, Rachel was recognized as the Twin Cities Enterprise CIO of the year. Just 2 years later, Rachel was also nominated for the 2022 National Large Corporate CIO Of the year.

Rachel is an award-winning CIO with a passion for leadership development. With over 25 years of experience in IT leadership and 10 years in the C-suite, she has guided companies in diverse industries through transformational change. Rachel has held a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification for the past six years, as evidence of her depth of experience in cybersecurity. Hands-on experience leading the Human Resources, Quality Assurance, Training and Accounting functions at various companies makes her an incredibly well-rounded business leader.

Leveraging her love of writing and her business successes, Rachel decided to capture the most instructional stories from her career, along with insights and anecdotes from her peers, in The Technology Doesn’t Matter. Infused with humor and humility, Rachel’s first book offers guidance to technology leaders AND business leaders, helping them align with each other in order to achieve business objectives and drive success.

After high school, Rachel set aside her involvement in theater to pursue a career in technology. While she has never regretted that decision, she still loves the opportunity to take the stage and share her perspective with audiences of any size. Her skill as a storyteller and ability to engage with the crowd will delight your event attendees, while her decades of experience and practical approach will provide them with actionable takeaways.


Barry Condrey

Director of Technology Services, Public Technology Institute

Barry has worked in the IT field for over 40 years holding a wide range of technology leadership positions in the public and private sectors and was most recently the CIO for Chesterfield County, VA for 17 years. Barry holds advanced degrees in public leadership, economics and computer science in addition to certifications in CIO leadership and cyber security. Barry has been adjunct faculty for Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently adjunct faculty for the Public Technology Institute in the certified government CIO program.

Barry Condrey

Adam Frumkin, MBA, CGCIO, PMP, Prosci

CIO, Franklin County, OH

Adam Frumkin is a results-driven leader with more than 25 years of experience in developing, directing, and executing business transformation and strategies. He has an established record collaborating with other executives to bring clarity to strategic business decisions and implementing technology to transform business processes.

He has focused experience in strategic planning, cultural and organizational development, emotional intelligence, process reengineering, enterprise system implementations, cybersecurity, and disaster recovery and business continuity planning.


Rachel Lockett

Chetan Ganatra

CIO, Ramsey County, MN

Chetan Ganatra serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Ramsey County, MN, where he leads the strategic direction and implementation of information technology initiatives across county departments. With a robust background in IT management and public administration, Ganatra brings extensive experience in driving innovation and enhancing service delivery.

Before assuming his role as CIO, Ganatra held pivotal positions in IT leadership within both public and private sectors, focusing on infrastructure optimization, cybersecurity, and digital transformation strategies. His leadership is marked by a proactive approach to leveraging technology to improve operational efficiency and citizen engagement.


Rachel Lockett

DeWayne Gordon

Deputy CAO, City/County of Philadelphia, PA

DeWayne Gordon serves as the First Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Philadelphia, bringing extensive expertise in public administration and strategic leadership to his role. With a career spanning over two decades in municipal governance, Gordon has been instrumental in implementing policies that enhance operational efficiency and service delivery across various city departments.


Rachel Lockett

Darryl Polk

CTO, Riverside County, CA

Darryl Polk serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Riverside County, CA, overseeing the strategic direction and implementation of technology initiatives across various county departments. With a career dedicated to leveraging technology to enhance public service delivery, Polk brings a wealth of experience in IT management and innovation.

Prior to his current role, Polk held senior positions in IT leadership within the public sector, where he spearheaded transformative projects aimed at improving operational efficiency and citizen engagement. His expertise spans infrastructure management, cybersecurity, and digital transformation strategies tailored to meet the diverse needs of Riverside County’s constituents.


Rachel Lockett

Doug Robinson

Executive Director, NASCIO

Doug Robinson serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), a position he has held since 2004. NASCIO is the leading organization representing state CIOs and IT executives across the United States.

Under Robinson’s leadership, NASCIO has been at the forefront of advocating for effective use of information technology in state governments, promoting innovation, cybersecurity, and digital government initiatives. Robinson brings extensive experience in public policy and government affairs, having previously served in advisory roles related to IT governance and management.


Rachel Lockett

Dr. Alan Shark

Executive Director, Public Technology Institute

Alan has headed the Public Technology Institute (PTI) for some 19 years and brings 30+ years of experience in technology and public management. He is a recognized author, speaker, blogger, and podcast host, and has spent most of his career in nonprofit management. He also teaches Technology & Public Management for over 14 years and is currently associate professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. In addition to PTI and teaching, Alan is co-chair and fellow of the Standing Panel on Technology Leadership for the National Academy of Public Administration.


Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director, PTI

Jaime Wascalus

CIO, City of St. Paul, MN

Jaime Wascalus serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of St. Paul, MN, where she plays a pivotal role in overseeing the city’s technological infrastructure and digital initiatives. With a career dedicated to leveraging technology to enhance government services, Wascalus brings a wealth of experience in IT management and strategic leadership.

Prior to her current role, Wascalus held key positions in IT governance and project management within municipal administrations, demonstrating a strong commitment to innovation and efficiency. Her expertise spans cybersecurity, data management, and the implementation of transformative IT solutions tailored to meet the needs of St. Paul’s diverse communities.


Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director, PTI



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2024 Steering Committee

  • Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
  • Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
  • Sue Wallace, Quantico Consulting
  • Amy Middendorf, Morrison County
  • Adam Larson, Washington County
  • John Gamades, OrangeBall Creative
  • Amy Kretsch-Ward, Fortinet
  • Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
  • Dave Andrews, Minnesota State Services for the Blind
  • Jim Hall, Hallmentum
  • Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
  • Derek Engelking, City of Saint Paul
  • Tia Kropf Beringer, State of Wisconsin
  • Tim Herman, Online Business Systems and Minnesota Infraguard
  • Chetan Ganatra, Ramsey County
  • Patty Hartwig, LOGIS
  • Rebecca Dennis, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Matt Bailey, IBM
  • Sarah Mixdorf, Google