CIO Leadership Academy

Next Class Begins February 2019

Testimonials

I liked that it wasn’t just one and done. It was a program that spanned several months and prompted you to continue your leadership journey. All to often we come back and lose our excitement. This allowed you to come back and continue with gentle prompting.

The last time I participated in a leadership session was 2007. I was able to see how I have changed and grown since then. The Capstone event – for many reasons – from hearing what my peers say about me via evaluations and the certificate presentation – filled me with a confidence I haven’t felt in a while. Our roles today are so FULL and there is SO much to do. Being able to take the time to focus on myself had an incredible impact on me and I look forward becoming a more confident leader.

The CIO Leadership Academy opened my mind and forced me to identify areas outside of my comfort zone. I met great people, learned so much, and valued my time with my mentor. It is an amazing program!

As a VERY new manager there was A LOT that I needed to learn and be exposed to and this program did a great job of covering many of the basics. The number of times we were together in person and virtually seemed just right; it didn’t impose too much on our duties and time yet kept us engaged and connected instead of just going to a one time conference and then back to our “real” work at our respective campuses. The SUNY360 – Leadership Skills Inventory was so helpful to me to see how other perceived me at the various levels. Not only was the content right on target for me, networking and meeting colleagues in the same (and similar) positions at other institutions was invaluable. The mentors did an amazing job of listening, offering advice and suggestions and sharing their expertise. All of the sessions were engaging and very informative. Thank you all for all your work in running this program and preparing us as leaders!

I loved hanging and living with folks in my own world.

The CIO Leadership Academy has helped me to rediscover my leadership voice!

About Academy

NYSERNet and the SAIL Institute have partnered to provide a custom academy designed around a series of workshops to help aspiring and current CIOs and IT professionals develop and strengthen their leadership abilities. This cohort-based program moves participants through a journey of self-discovery, skill development and knowledge creation. A variety of pedagogical approaches are used to ensure that learners of all styles are able to engage in and contribute to the program.

The program is largely interactive, using a variety of small group discussions, role-playing opportunities, simulations, leadership assessments, panel discussions and case studies all situated within the context in which the modern CIO exists. The faculty for the program will be a combination of leadership development experts and experienced CIOs.

Intended Audience

  • New and aspiring chief information officers, chief digital information officers and information technology directors.
  • Current directors, coordinators, research directors with significant responsibility for information services, including information technology, computing, software support, information security, data infrastructure, library services and so forth.
  • Those who provide the coordination and leadership for ensuring quality and success of information-related activities on their campuses.

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand their personal leadership style and behavioral impact on others;
  • More effectively use communication and relationship-building skills to motivate others;
  • Lead and develop teams within complex organizations;
  • Understand the position of the CIO as a senior leader in their setting;
  • Identify new and future challenges confronting CIOs and develop proactive action plans;
  • Create a unifying vision for their organizations and learn strategies to collaborate across organizational silos.

 

Why Attend?

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) Leadership Academy enables current and aspiring CIOs to strengthen their leadership ability by:

  1. Gaining new understanding of their personal leadership styles;
  2. Knowing when to use different leadership skills based on the situation;
  3. Being able to articulate a vision and turn the vision into implementation;
  4. Learning how to build and lead a team;
  5. Developing new collaboration skills; and
  6. Advancing their understanding of key issues confronting CIOs (e.g., information security, institutional data management and new data-enabled student success technologies).

Applied Learning Experience

As part of the learning experience, each participant will be expected to develop a plan to lead the implementation or development of an initiative, project or sub-project on his or her campus. Participants should come to the opening retreat with an idea for a project that they could move forward in a three- to 12-month time-frame. A planning framework will be provided and discussed during the opening retreat and participants will be expected to work on the development of the plan with pre-assigned learning groups during the duration of the meeting. Each participant will present his or her action plan as part of the capstone event. Plans should be developed by each individual in collaboration with other participant(s).

Instructional Philosophy

This cohort-based program moves participants through a journey of self-discovery, skill development and knowledge creation. A variety of pedagogical approaches are used to ensure that learners of all styles are able to engage in and contribute to the program. The program is largely interactive, using a variety of small group discussions, role-playing opportunities, simulations, leadership assessments, panel discussions and case studies all situated within the context in which the modern CIO exists. The faculty for the program will be a combination of leadership development experts and experienced CIOs.

Opening Event

 

Two-Day Workshop

February 5& 6 2019

Albany, NY

 

Mid-semester Workshop & Networking

March 27, 2019, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. –
We will get together in person in the middle of the program for a workshop event and networking with the 2017 academy graduates.
SUNY Oneonta

 

3 Virtual Growth Sessions

Growth Session 1: Leading a Multi-generational Workforce
March 5
Morning: 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Growth Session 2: Situational Leadership & Predictive Analytics
April 10
Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Growth Session 3: Communicating as a CIO – Faculty Mentor Panel Discussion
May 2
Morning: 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

 

 

Capstone Event & Graduation

May 23

University at Albany, IT Building

 

Past Mentors

Simeon Ananou

Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer
University at Albany

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Amy Berg

Associate Provost for Information Resources
SUNY Cortland

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Denise Burbey

Executive Director of Technology
Jamestown Community College

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Michael Cato

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Bowdoin College

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Karlis Kaugers

Chief Information Officer
SUNY Oneonta

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Dave Powalyk

Chief Information Officer (retired)
State University of New York System

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Christopher M. Sedore

President
New York State Education and Research Network

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