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
“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
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
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
The Executive Women in Business workshop proved to be an excellent session for our group. Pamela Rucker brought down to earth and personal stories to the session which helped everyone in the group relate to the information. Everyone walked away with several action items to implement. Don’t be misled by this event being sponsored by the CIO Executive Council, the content is for all women! "
Twila Day, Former SVP CIO
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
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.
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
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
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