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
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.
Progressing in your career is not something you can just do on your own. The CIO Executive Council network is an invaluable support structure, sparring partners and sources of information that gives you exactly that edge above others."
Ursula Soritsch-Renier, CIO
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.