Testimonials

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

“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

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

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

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
Vail Resorts

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)

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.

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 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

Council resources and peer discussions help us refine our strategies and develop key leaders."

David Wright, CIO
Capital One PLC, Europe

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