Testimonials

The opportunity to meet and interact with people who have created success in IT and learn from them what is working and what isn’t. That chance to get exposure to their ideas and experiences (either one-on-one or at the group level) has absolutely been a influencer in the ideas and approaches that I have taken back to the enterprise as well as how I have approached my career. I’m not sure one can put a dollar amount on that."

Michael Kohlman, Information Systems Manager
Cook Group Incorporated

Council resources and peer discussions help us refine our strategies and develop key leaders."

David Wright, CIO
Capital One PLC, Europe

Pathways has been a wonderful experience for me. I have found the webinars to be excellent and timely. Other Pathways participants interact with you with an enthusiasm that I haven’t found in other programs. The best part for me however, was the mentor program. It is such a gift to spend a little of our precious time with someone who will be frank and interested in you, rather than what you can do for them. It is always difficult to get relevant feedback as a leader. Everyone laughs at our jokes. Someone always seems to open the door for us. These are dangerous behaviors. A Pathways mentor operates outside of these dangers. The mentorship program wasn’t just sitting around shooting the breeze for a year either. We designed tangible goals and interacted in achievement of those goals. This relationship even led me to become a speaker for the Executive CIO Council. "

Chris Tozier, Director of Administrative Systems
International Speedway Corporation

“I have been a pathways participant for the last two years and have found this program to be an integral part of helping me move my career to the next level. The mentoring program helped me build a network of trusted professionals with whom I could openly discuss similar opportunities and challenges across industries. The mentors who volunteer their time are among some of the top CIOs and are dedicated to helping their mentees grow through the sessions. The ability to leverage the tools that the pathways program provides makes the program an extremely powerful leadership development tool for IT professionals on a path to Executive roles. The ‘Mapping Your Leadership Journey’ program available to Pathways participants helps them think about moving into their next role in real terms through a series of exercises coupled with online material and group discussions. I highly recommend the Pathways program to anyone looking pursue a path to an Executive Level IT position.”"

Shelley Lineham, Head of Solutions
Direct Energy

Mentoring is a critical element of the developmental process for emerging IT executives. Having access to trusted advisors who are already operating at the C-level can provide valuable insight to those seeking a similar journey."

Robert Urwiler, CIO
Vail Resorts

As CIO of a mid-market company, it has been very useful for me to hear from peers in larger organizations, to learn best practices and strategies from those who can get some distance from the day-to-day small company challenges and summon a wider variety of resources. Peer consultations also gave me new ideas for dealing with some of our issues and has helped a great deal in our vendor negotiation strategy - especially important in a difficult economic year."

Mark Schwartz, CIO
US Department of Immigration Services

My experience with Pathways has been rewarding, enlightening and a lot of fun. I have connected with a diverse group of smart professionals who have helped to shape my future direction. Whenever there was something I was trying to seek guidance on, the level of expertise was tremendous and invaluable. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to think, collaborate and strategize! I needed that push and got it. Nice...."

Paulette Foxx Dawodu, Applications Manager
American Federation of Teachers

The Pathways program in its entirety has given me a great awareness of what is going on in the industry and the transformation that we are currently going through. The transformation has become apparent through the networking opportunities with other IT executives, through the programs and presentations at the conferences, and through the volumes of materials and discussions made available to us."

Garrett Gleason, Vice President IT
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

The CIO Executive Council Pathways Program has been invaluable and a lot of fun. I have met some real cool professionals, dynamic speakers, amazing colleagues and a CIO staff who have been instrumental in my professional growth. The consistent approach to information sharing and collaboration has been remarkable. The idea of sharing a problem, discussing a trend, reviewing best practices and striving for excellence with a group of IT professionals have been most rewarding and educational. The Harvard Business School journey along with the mentors have helped to position me to the next level. I am so pleased to be a part of a program that has demonstrated compassion, thoroughness, leadership, commitment and the determination to help others achieve their professional goals."

Paulette Foxx Dawodu, Applications Manager
American Federation of Teachers

I joined the Council to contribute. I believe that we, as CIOs, have a responsibility to develop and grow the future of this profession. I want to generate a next generation of CIOs that have the business background they need to be indispensable to the organizations that hire them. "

Bob Fecteau, VP/Business Technology Officer Intelligence & Security
BAE Systems

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