I believe one of the responsibilities of a leader is to share experiences and prepare the next generation of leaders to continue our progress as an industry. Mentoring is one small way to give back for the wonderful experiences I have had. "
Larry Bonfante, CIO
United States Tennis Association
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
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 was looking for policies that support higher education learning in a secure environment and wanted to speak to technology experts across the country. My call with another member about security in higher ed environments was very helpful and allowed us to save approximately $40,000 by leveraging our new joint operations and shared resources. "
John McGuthry, CIO
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)
The program has allowed me to focus on me, development of my core leadership competencies, and evolve specific areas like personal branding, networking, developing executive presence and being more strategic to generate greater value. The program offers many resources and tools, and great new perspectives. The timing of the program and my move to a new role within our company has been opportune as well…as I am leading a change initiative, for year two I have completed the Leading Change Forum course."
Deepa Turner, Director IT, Global Infrastructure Services North America
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Actually discovering that I’m part of IT. I’ve always just been a technical mind trapped in a creative body. And thought I was unique in that respect. Being in the Pathways program has introduced me to all sorts of other people and groups who are not only teaching me that I’m not as unique as I thought, but also how to extend my capabilities into the larger IT arena. The networking and general sharing of information have made the most direct impression upon me."
Erin Dailey, Director of Project Process & Business Standards
Hearst Magazines Group
The Council provides a noncompetitive, nonthreatening environment for CIOs to exchange information, discuss challenges and opportunities, and share experiences, which can and do make a difference in each of our professional lives. "
Helen Polatajko, Senior VP and CIO
CIBC Mellon, Canada
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
CIO Executive Council's Pathways provides unparalleled access to CIOs, a peer network of IT rising stars and current, captivating, relevant content. In a word - WOW."
Nicole Nitowski, Senior Director
Association of American Medical Colleges
One 30-minute conversation easily saved me probably 10 to 20 hours of research."
Washington State Department of Health