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
One 30-minute conversation easily saved me probably 10 to 20 hours of research."
Washington State Department of Health
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 peer interaction provided by the Council brought many of our objectives at A&E into focus. It helped solidify our thinking as well as corroborating our experiences."
Martin Gomberg, CIO
A&E Television Networks
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.
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.
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.
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