Testimonials

“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
Direct Energy

Pathways has been a wonderful experience for me. I have found the webinars to be excellent and timely. Other Pathways participants interact with you with an enthusiasm that I haven’t found in other programs. The best part for me however, was the mentor program. It is such a gift to spend a little of our precious time with someone who will be frank and interested in you, rather than what you can do for them. It is always difficult to get relevant feedback as a leader. Everyone laughs at our jokes. Someone always seems to open the door for us. These are dangerous behaviors. A Pathways mentor operates outside of these dangers. The mentorship program wasn’t just sitting around shooting the breeze for a year either. We designed tangible goals and interacted in achievement of those goals. This relationship even led me to become a speaker for the Executive CIO Council. "

Chris Tozier, Director of Administrative Systems
International Speedway Corporation

One 30-minute conversation easily saved me probably 10 to 20 hours of research."

Frank Westrum,
Washington State Department of Health

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

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

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 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

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

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
ICF International

As a group we identify the realities of career advancement, inspiring and teaching the best practices of successful C-level females who have overcome challenges of their industry and taken charge of their careers. We employ new tactics that boost confidence, provide a broad view of the business, and exercise our highly collaborative spirit while balancing all we choose to enjoy in life."

Pam Stenson, SVP & GM, CIO Executive Council, Chair
Executive Women in IT (EWIT)

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