Getting There: How Your Network Can Help You Get Your First CIO Job (and Succeed at It!)

Thursday, October 17 | 5:30PM–6:20PM | Meeting Room 304C/D
Session Type: Professional Development
"How do I get from here to there?" Your professional network can help you find the right job, land it, and succeed in it. In this interactive session, five first-time CIOs will share their experiences on the path, including how they were supported by mentors, role models, and friends.

Learn how to identify mentors and types of mentoring important to a CIO position. | Hear how to find and develop a leadership network. | Gain insight into the first-time CIO experience for those considering the CIO career path.


  • Mara Hancock

    CIO, Senior VP-Operations, California College of the Arts
  • Kirk Kelly

    Vice President, Vantage Technology Consulting Group
  • Matt Riley

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and CIO, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Bo Wandschneider

    Chief Information Officer, University of Toronto
  • Melissa Woo

    Executive Vice President for Administration & CIO, Michigan State University

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