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Enabling IT Leaders to Become Better Business Leaders

September 26, 2019 @ 6:15 pm BST

Chief Wine Officer Presents:

Enabling IT Leaders to Become Better Business Leaders

Date: Thursday September 26th from 6.15pm
Venue: The Edgewater Hotel, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98121
Guest speaker: Joel Friedman, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace

Master of Wine: Joel Butler
What’s on the agenda

B2B networking specialists Chief Wine Officer and host Rackspace, invite you to attend an extraordinary evening. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion led by Joel Friedman (CTO, Rackspace), a 5-star gourmet dining experience, and a premium fine wine and champagne tasting hosted by a Master of Wine (1 of only 384 in the world).

Throughout the night our guests will have the opportunity to network amongst their peers, learn why & how IT leaders must become business leaders, and discover how to stop thinking about cloud as an infrastructure upgrade and start thinking about it as a way to drive business outcomes and boost innovation.

IT leaders are tasked with making decisions about new technologies that will drive their businesses forward to a post-digital world. From technology to infrastructure and from processes to people, each of these are crucial elements when driving change. We will talk through why a ‘process-first, technology-second’ mindset can help you transform your environment and make you a digital leader. Guests will gain strategic insight on leveraging multi-cloud strategies and the various services and support needed to turn disruption into true transformation.

Guest Speaker

Joel Friedman – Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace

Joel is the Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace where he is responsible for product engineering, setting the long-term technical strategy and driving technological innovation around the company’s portfolio.

Joel has been a technology professional for nearly two decades, including 14 years in the hosting industry, specializing in information security and cloud technologies.

In 2015, he was named CSO of the Year by The New Jersey Technology Council, thanks to his innovation and creativity in planning and deploying enterprise systems, future IT goals, management philosophy and service to the industry and community.

Who’s attending

This dinner is exclusively limited to 15 C-level & SVPs working in IT and Technology.

 Your hosts:

Rackspace is modernising IT in today’s multi-cloud world. Rackspace deliver certified expertise and integrated managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and enterprise applications.

Dell is a powerhouse of seven technology leaders, and is committed to transforming businesses, shaping the future of innovation and developing technologies to drive human progress.


Champagne will be served in…

Chief Wine Officer

We will mix business with pleasure: the serious business of wine tasting together with the pleasure of connecting with senior peers, colleagues and friends from your industry. Alongside the four-course gourmet dinner, there will be a wine tasting, hosted by entertaining wine speaker.

This part of the evening involves some light-hearted wine-related team competition, with the winner receiving the ultimate accolade – the Chief Wine Officer.

Master of Wine

Joel Butler is the first resident Master of Wine in the US, and has been in the wine industry for 44 years. He’s been involved in all facets: retail, wholesale, import, restaurant wine-buying, journalism, winemaking/growing, and education. He judges at wine shows across the world, and co-authored ‘Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age’, which won the 2012 Gourmand UK Best Wine book award.

 9 Fine Wines & 1 Winner


One sparkling wine, one champagne


Paired with two white wines

Main Course

Paired with two red wines

Cheese Course

Paired with two red wines


Enjoyed with a dessert wine

CWO Final

Winner announced

“The venue, food, entertainment & wine were all great. Well done and thank you!”

 Your venue

The Edgewater Hotel, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98121

Located on Seattle’s waterfront, the Edgewater Hotel boasts views over Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The historic hotel features rustic-chic decor and offers guests award-winning Pacific Northwest cuisine.

““Very enjoyable and informative! Much appreciated.”

Franklin Templeton, San Francisco 2018

“Thank you for an amazing event. It was a great pleasure to join. All very well organized and executed.”

Lufthansa Group, New York 2018

“CWO does a fabulous job of welcoming everyone and I am always delighted to be in attendance.”

BNY Mellon, New York 2017

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Paulina Sinander
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Event Host

Craig McCartney, 

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Event details

Chief Wine Officer & Adobe

Enabling IT Leaders to Become Better Business Leaders
The Edgewater Hotel, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98121

Date: Thursday 26th September
from 6.15pm

“Best networking event in a long time.”


September 26, 2019
6:15 pm
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Edgewater Hotel
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121 United States