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
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
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.
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
The opportunity to share experiences with peers in the industry, the opportunity to blog on issues and ideas, and obtain input from your peers, then receiving perspectives from CIOs outside your company all combine to provide new awareness and perspectives to personal management and leadership roles. I then ensure that I take this exposure to those that I manage and mentor which provides a cascade of knowledge sharing throughout the organization."
Scott Cooper, Global Service Delivery Manager
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.
My involvement in the Council's Pathways program has been invaluable to me as I lay the groundwork for my professional development. The mentoring and collaboration with so many accomplished individuals creates a network of experience, counsel and guidance that is vital to the progressive development of any CIO. I believe the connections I have made through the CIO Executive Council will be viable throughout my career. "
Matt DeJohn, IT Director
Christian Science Publishing Society
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
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