Testimonials

I have greatly benefited from the Pathways program. The mentorship program gave me the opportunity to learn from the experience of an accomplished CIO. 'MY leadership Journey' program provided a structured framework that helped me prepare for my next role. Finally, the webcasts and roundtables are a valuable resource on how to on address a variety of present-day IT challenges."

Haroon Taqi, VP of IT
Centric Group, L.L.C.

Having access to such a vast array of industry leaders has in some cases validated an adopted strategy or identified a new approach that I can incorporate in my business."

Rich Rodriguez, VP-AIM Shared Services
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

“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

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

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
Kennametal Inc.

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

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 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
Republic Services

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
ICF International

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

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