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 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
Thank you for how you built the CIO Executive Council, that you started EWIT and supported members in so many different ways to help me learn and grow and to get me where I am now."
Ursula Soritsch-Renier, CIO
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)
I joined the Council to contribute. I believe that we, as CIOs, have a responsibility to develop and grow the future of this profession. I want to generate a next generation of CIOs that have the business background they need to be indispensable to the organizations that hire them. "
Bob Fecteau, VP/Business Technology Officer Intelligence & Security
Pathways has provided me with the tools needed to make me a better employee, leader, and person. The relationships built along the way and the real world experiences we all share help us each to grow not just as one, but as a team within the Pathways program. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow alongside my peers."
Dave Zapcic, Director, Enterprise Data Management
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
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