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CIO Solutions Gallery Breakfast December 2017


December 6, 2017

The Ohio State University
The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center


 Eventbrite - CIO Solutions Gallery Practicum Dinner


Future-Focusing Your Talent Development Process


We repeatedly hear that hiring and retaining top talent perennially ranks as one of the “top five” toughest challenges facing senior IT executives today.  It is said that nearly 70% of CIOs are struggling with shortages in the availability of high quality tech talent, with one in four further saying that this shortage is significant.  Here is a provocative question worth considering.  Are we making this tougher than it should be? 

That answer just might lie in where you spend your time.  Are you still in a traditional reactive cycle of filling slots as they surface, or are you instead proactively building for what you will need before that demand arrives?  

Keep in mind that access to talent and the development of talent are not necessarily the same thing.  They are related perhaps, but they are still different, and thus worthy of different strategies.  As resource demands continue to rise, simply reacting to emerging staffing needs can be a loser’s game, for you may never catch up as the supply-side cards stacked against you.  Instead top tier executives are now getting in front of the problem through demonstrating the proactive discipline to think forward about quantifying their future needs, and then re-shaping their associated staffing practices and developmental pipelines to reflect that.

Please join us in this final session of 2017 where you will not only expand your own sense of the possible, but also learn more about this transformational approach, as well as begin to explore how these opportunities can also extend your value to your enterprise.

The CIO Solutions Gallery™ series is an ongoing nationally acclaimed forum where senior IT leaders and their business peers come together in a comfortable setting to share their experiences and insights, as well as collectively and collaboratively attack common issues.  Uniquely organized around “peer learning”, this provocative program has received high praise among participating CIOs and other senior executives in the technology and/or operations leadership community.   It helps to build an improved and creative personal network of peers and executives devoted to sharing best practices, renewing their skills on an ongoing basis, and raising the level of technical “literacy” and effectiveness within their organizations.   


There is no cost to invited senior leaders. 

Sponsoring opportunities are available for invited technology product and service providers.




7:00am   Breakfast Available   


8:10am   Welcome and Initial Remarks   


Speaker: Mr. Bob Mick

                Director; Professional Programs

                The Ohio State University College of Engineering


8:15am Introduction and Opening Commentary  


“Changing Priorities From Catching Up To Getting Ahead”


A recent MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) survey described how CIOs spend their time. It said that only 5% of a CIO's time is spent developing new IT management skills.  Likely the time spent in equally developing future-required technology skills within their teams is equally underplayed.  Likely your organization is not going to fund your (or your team’s) career development. The fastest and most affordable path to self-education is relating to and reaching out to thought leaders who are moving rapidly down the learning curve of emerging technology sets.


Speaker: Mr. Thornton A. May

                Program Co-Founder        

                Internationally Known IT Futurist

                Host For The Session


9:00am  “Shaping Staff Development From A Futures Perspective”


Science writers have told generations of decision-makers that human brain is divided into two halves, and we were either "left-brained" (logical) or "right-brained" (creative). The curriculum at many universities continue to be micro-parsed into ever-narrowing sub-disciplines and sub-sub-disciplines.  Similarly in parallel, the structure at many organizations separates those who work in IT from other employees in the enterprise.  Looking ahead from a team development point of view, this needs to be fixed, as all of this separation destroys value.


Speaker: Dr. Ty Henkaline

                Chief Analytics Innovator

                The Columbus Collaboratory


9:45am   Break


10:00am "Always The Balancing Act"


Obviously an effective approach to staffing is not an either/or situation, as effective leaders must focus on both immediate needs and future needs.  On-their-game IT organizations are divesting themselves of technologies that can be sourced elsewhere and practices that have become inefficient, and they are now becoming increasingly future-focused in reinvesting in actively developing the necessary IT skills and resources needed to achieve competitive institutional differentiation.  Listen to how one executive is successfully doing that.


Speaker: Ms. Kara Trott, J.D.

                Founder and CEO

                Quantum Health


10:50am  “This Is Bigger Than Just Staffing…It’s About Culture”


Future-focused talent development requires an inclusive environment that proactively and intentionally enables and sustains your IT staffs’ ability to grow, thrive, and be fully engaged in their work on behalf of your enterprise.  This relies on a natural culture that includes not only great leaders and job-related learning, but also collaborative communities and career development (…not just performance development).  How does one help to orchestrate such a vital transformational adjustment?


Speaker: Dr. Tony Rucci

                Distinguished University Professor

                Fisher College of Business

               The Ohio State University


11:40am Session Wrap-up and Summary Of Key Points/Action Items


Speaker: Mr. Thornton A. May

                Program Co-Founder        

                Host For The Session


Noon       Adjournment