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
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
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
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
One 30-minute conversation easily saved me probably 10 to 20 hours of research."
Washington State Department of Health
One of the most rewarding opportunities that I feel is provided by Pathways is the CIO mentorship program. I have been more than fortunate to have been a part of two mentorship workgroups, both led by two outstanding CIOs, during my early Pathways sessions (Steven John & Steve Finnerty). This year that was followed by dedicated one-on-one coaching time with one of the best CIO’s in the business today, Larry Bonfante. Being able to engage with leaders that are at the pinnacle of their game is an invaluable educational resource. Learning from those masters makes the Pathways program truly unique in what it provides to developing leaders. What I have gotten out of the program so far has been so rewarding that it instills in me the goal of becoming one of the mentors for future Pathways participants (if the Council will have me). I cannot recommend the mentorship program enough."
Michael Kohlman, Global Infrastructure
The Pathways Program has provided a solid foundation to start my journey to reach my goal of becoming a future CIO. Its critical to not only understand the needed skills to make a successful CIO but to learn them from an existing CIO. The direct feedback and ability to network with an established CIO is not only useful for future opportunities but I have found myself using these skills in my job today. Any individual who seeks career growth in IT, I would highly recommend the Pathways Program. "
Doug Saunders, Director
I needed to understand how other CIOs implemented policies around who gets what wireless device, so I asked for a call with a fellow Council member. The call enabled me to start creating efficiencies by identifying potential pitfalls. The conversation has probably saved my company thousands of dollars per year."
James Burdiss, Former VP & CIO
Affinia Group Intermediate Holdings, Inc.
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
Thank you for how you built the CIO Executive Council, that you started EWIT and supported members in so many different ways to help me learn and grow and to get me where I am now."
Ursula Soritsch-Renier, CIO