7 Inspirational TEDx Talks Every CIO Needs To Watch


TED talks have always been a great source of inspiration professionals who wish to solve their organizational challenges. Listening to the speeches helps you to rethink, restructure (if required) and provides a different perspective.

As the world’s fastest-growing digital adoption platform, we at Apty, believe in helping companies tackle the challenges of an increasingly digital business world. As a result, we’ve compiled some of our favorite TED talks given by CIOs at various TEDx events.

We believe these talks will be inspiring for the CIOs of today and for future CIOs too.

CIOs listed down here with their experience and their journey have a lot of learnings and insights to share with the world and we all have a lot to clasp from them.e

1. Frontiers on IT organizations | Francesco Del Greco | TEDxSantAnnaSchool


Francesco Del Greco is currently the CIO and CDO – VP Digital Operations at Avio Aero, a GE Aviation Business. After several years in Stonesoft Oy working as a Security Engineer, Francesco joined GE in 2002, as Acquisition and Integration IT lead. After a quality role as an OTR Black Belt, he has been Marketing CIO and Engineering CIO. Before taking the charge as the CIO and CDO – VP Digital Operations at Avio Aero, Francesco was the TMS Global Service CIO, supporting the Transactional and Contractual businesses as well as Global Operations (Parts Fulfillment, Repairs, and Global Field). In these roles, he was responsible for the Field Force Automation program, Contractual Service Automation and the so-called Services 2.0.

In this talk, he explains how the data-driven world is affecting business and organizations and shares his thoughts on where the digital industrial revolution leading us to and what a CIO supposed to do in the upcoming years. 

2. Your Data is Your Voice | Doug McCollough | TEDxColumbus


Doug McCollough is the CIO of the City of Dublin, Ohio. Through collaborations and partnerships, he has worked to connect people to opportunities, remove barriers, and promote change in initiatives ranging from Smart and Connected Cities, IT Workforce Development, expanding broadband access, and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

In this speech, Doug McCollough talks about how public and personal data will make our lives better in Smart Cities if we get past our fears.

3. The Five Laws of Cybersecurity | Nick Espinosa | TEDxFondduLac


An expert in cybersecurity and network infrastructure, Nick Espinosa has consulted with clients ranging from small businesses up to the Fortune 100 level. Nick founded Windy City Networks, Inc in 1998 at age 19. The company was acquired by BSSi2 LLC in 2013 where he now works as CIO. In 2015 Security Fanatics, a Cybersecurity/Cyberwarfare outfit dedicated to designing custom Cyberdefense strategies for medium to enterprise corporations was launched. Nick is a nationally recognized speaker, member of the Forbes Technology Council, regular columnist for Forbes, on the Board of Advisors for both Roosevelt University’s Center for Cyber and Information Security and Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, award-winning co-author of a bestselling book “Easy Prey”, and host of “The Deep Dive” radio show on 101.3FM WHIW.

Nick is known as an industry thought leader and sought after for his advice on the future of technology and how it will impact everyday businesses and consumers.

In this talk, Nick shares the 5 laws of Cybersecurity which should be recognized and worked upon to not only make your business safe but also to make the world stay safe online.

4. Becoming your own CIO | Amy Brady | TEDxHBSWomen


Amy G. Brady is Key’s Chief Information Officer, leading the company’s Technology and Operations organization. In her role, Brady oversees all of Key’s shared services for technology, operations, data, servicing, security, and procurement. Technology and Operations are comprised of more than 5,000 individuals and plays a significant role in Key’s ability to win in the marketplace by enabling the company’s goal to build enduring client relationships through innovative solutions and extraordinary service. Brady also serves on the company’s Executive Council and Executive Leadership Team.


Before joining Key in 2012, Brady served as Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology and Operations, at Bank of America. Moreover, in the years 2016 through 2019, Brady was recognized by American Banker as one of the “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.” (Source)

In this speech, Brady talks on the topic “Becoming your own CIO” and urges to adopt technology as it is critically vital to everyone’s success. She compares the job role of a CIO in an organization with the CIO of oneself. She says - The CIO in an organization is responsible for all the IT and systems of that organization and is responsible for making sure that they get the most value out of their IT. Similarly, if you’re your own CIO, you need to make sure that you understand the trends of technology and personally leverage that technology for your own benefit to create more value for the situation.

5. Building a Human Network, a CIO's Real Job | Maya Leibman | TEDxClayton


Maya Leibman is the EVP - Chief Information Officer at American Airlines. Maya is responsible for all technology efforts including software development, infrastructure, operations, and security. Maya led the systems integration of American Airlines and US Airways and now leads the organization’s next-generation strategic initiatives including transitioning to the cloud, advanced analytics, machine learning and the advancement of DevOps tools and principles.

Maya serves on the board of the Dallas Theater Center as well as TalkSTEM, a non-profit that seeks to connect STEM with the real world. She also volunteers for several local organizations, including the So SMAART program, where she works with minority girls ages 9 to 12, teaching them about technology and life.

Hear from a Chief Information Officer who presents an interesting paradox on the role of technology to encourage and support human connection within any organization. With examples from Abraham Lincoln to the open-office concept to Dungeons and Dragons, Maya Leibman, CIO of American Airlines discusses how to encourage connection that leads to more meaningful relationships, at work, and in our personal lives, that might just be what the world truly needs.

6. The Power of How | Mohamed El Erian | TEDxOrangeCoast


Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian is a Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz and President-elect of Queens' College, Cambridge University. A Financial Times contributing editor, Bloomberg Opinion columnist, Gramercy senior advisor and part-time Practice Professor at Wharton, he has authored two New York Times bestsellers.

Dr. El-Erian formerly served as CEO/co-CIO of PIMCO (2007-2014) and as chair of President Obama's Global Development Council. (2012-2017).

He first joined PIMCO in 1999 as head of emerging markets portfolio management. He re-joined the firm at the end of 2007, having served two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company, the entity that manages Harvard’s endowment.

Dr. El-Erian has published widely on international economic and finance topics. His book, "When Markets Collide," won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs 2008 Business Book of the Year and was named a book of the year by The Economist and one of the best business books of all time by the Independent (UK). His second book, "The Only Game in Town," also was a bestseller. He was named to Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” four years in a row. He's also been widely recognized for his philanthropy.

In this TEDx talk recorded in 2011, he talks about understanding innovation from the perspective and analysis of the "How" rather than the "What". Observations of how fundamental shifts are changing our society and why new thinking is necessary to navigate this historic period.

7. From Wall Street to Your Street | Sanjib Sahoo | TEDxIIT


Sanjib Sahoo is an award-winning CTO/CIO for the online retail options and stockbroker, tradeMONSTER, instrumental in taking it from a small startup to the top 2 in North America (Barrons:2013) through various groundbreaking innovations. Respected worldwide for his visionary leadership and approach towards innovation, Sahoo has been instrumental in raising the bar in trading technology. Sahoo has won several industry awards including 2013 CIO of the Year by Executive Club of Chicago. He has contributed articles to Harvard Business Review,, NBC Chicago, etc and has spoken at several national conferences in North America.

Sanjib Sahoo has responsibility for digital innovation, transformation, and overall technology for XPO Logistics’ global transportation orgs incl brokerage, intermodal, last mile, truckload, expedite, managed transport, freight forwarding, etc.

In this talk, Sanjib talks about how technology and the internet are changing the world today. He also shares his journey and his lessons from life. He says - being disciplined, ability to take calculated risks, try things out and if it does not work, fail fast! This holds true for anything you do, be it in technology innovation, in investing or in anything else.

What inspires you?

We hope you like these TEDx talks. Do you have a TEDx talk you’d like to share? Let us know at

Originally posted on February 7, 2020

Mohd Azam
Written by Mohd Azam

Azam is the Sr. Marketing Manager at Apty. When he is not busy ideating, you’ll find him playing one of these- chess, pool, or the guitar. An ardent start-up and tech geek, Azam is a big fan of all things relating to marketing. You can get in touch with him at

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