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 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
Council resources and peer discussions help us refine our strategies and develop key leaders."
David Wright, CIO
Capital One PLC, Europe
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
This is exactly what I'm looking for. I can read it quickly to decide to get more information, hand it off to someone or discard it. The demographics are very important and put everything else into context. I would definitely participate in the benchmarking study and volunteer to be a case."
Lon Anderson, VP, Corporate IT
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
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
One 30-minute conversation easily saved me probably 10 to 20 hours of research."
Washington State Department of Health
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.
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