The Executive Women in Business workshop proved to be an excellent session for our group. Pamela Rucker brought down to earth and personal stories to the session which helped everyone in the group relate to the information. Everyone walked away with several action items to implement. Don’t be misled by this event being sponsored by the CIO Executive Council, the content is for all women! "
Twila Day, Former SVP CIO
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
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
There are so many great facets to being a CIO Council member; an exhaustive list of relevant content, local, regional and global conferences to meet and network first hand with some of the industry giants, the Pathways Mentoring groups which allow for experienced professionals to give back to the IT community and most important the impressive collection of world class practitioners."
Steven R. Hanna, VP & CIO
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
This is exactly what I'm looking for. I can read it quickly to decide to get more information, hand it off to someone or discard it. The demographics are very important and put everything else into context. I would definitely participate in the benchmarking study and volunteer to be a case."
Lon Anderson, VP, Corporate IT
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
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 executive coaching component of the Pathways program proved to be instrumental in helping me navigate the transition to a new role. Larry Bonfante brought energy, intelligence and a conviction to mentoring to every meeting. He is a skilled listener able to blend business and technology frameworks with personal anecdotes and realistic actions. Since the sessions ended, I’ve found myself reflecting on a number of our conversations as I weigh a course of action or prepare to lead major initiatives. As my responsibility and visibility continue to increase, Larry’s counsel will continue to influence my professional development."
Mark Michaud, Senior Director, Technology Business Development
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority