Award Events

ORBIE winners from chapters across the US will participate in the National CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards.

Nominee Event

March 15, 2022 · 4:00–5:30 p.m. EST

All CIOs nominated for the CIO of the Year Awards are invited to attend the Nominee Event. The event will take place digitally, with attendance limited to CIO nominees, CIO members, CIO guests and select sponsor executives.


Finalist Event

April 6, 2022 · 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST

The Finalist Event is a digital event honoring CIO finalists in categories such as Nonprofit/Public Sector, Corporate, Enterprise and Global. Gold sponsors introduce the incoming CIO of the Year finalists. Attendance is limited to CIO finalists, CIO members, CIO guests and select sponsor executives.

Finalist Dinner

July 27, 2022
  • The Hotel at Avalon
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. EST – Reception
  • 6:30–9:30 p.m. EST – Finalist Dinner

Taking place at Converge, the most exclusive event in the CIO of the Year program is the Finalist Dinner. This themed event, “The Most Interesting CIOs in the World”, is a multi-course experience, with a chef-introduced menu and sommelier-selected wine pairings, led by CIO finalists and attended by CIO members and select sponsor executives. All Gold and Silver level sponsor executives are introduced by a CIO, who has the opportunity to share personal anecdotes and serve as an advocate for their most trusted business partners. The collegial format of this dinner is often the most highly-rated event of the year, creating a unique opportunity for strengthening existing relationships and establishing new connections.

ORBIE Awards

July 28, 2022
  • The Hotel at Avalon
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. EST – Blue Carpet Reception
  • 6:30–8:00 p.m. EST – Black Tie Dinner
  • 8:00–10:00 p.m. EST – ORBIE Awards

Taking place at Converge, the ORBIE Awards is a broadcast-quality, professionally produced awards ceremony honoring the CIO finalists and revealing the ORBIE winners. The program features a high-profile executive keynote along with video introductions of the finalists and select sponsors. Sponsor executives are invited to attend an exclusive pre-event VIP reception for CIO finalists and a post-event Q&A featuring the keynote and/or CIO winners.

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