Real leadership is a result of actually facing problems, pressures and pain points, leading change initiatives that matter and making positive leadership choices. There is no real checklist to become an effective leader. While coaching and other help is available, how can aspiring individuals become intentional about doing vs. just learning and identify a clear path to making constant improvements in their own leadership performance?
Helen Norris, Chief Information Officer, Chapman University
Helen Norris is the Chief Information Officer at Chapman University. She has almost 30 years’ experience working in IT including several years in the private sector in a variety of industries including advertising and consumer products. M... More View all posts
Helen Norris is the Chief Information Officer at Chapman University. She has almost 30 years’ experience working in IT including several years in the private sector in a variety of industries including advertising and consumer products. Most recently, however, Helen's experience has been in higher education IT, where Helen has a proven track record of successful project delivery and a demonstrated ability to effect change. Helen has a unique blend of senior operational management skills and technology vision used to develop and implement organizational IT strategy, and prides herself on her collaborative and communication skills. Originally from Ireland, Helen has earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and a Master's degree in Computer Resource Management and Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis. Helen holds a project management certification (PMP) from Project Management International (pmi.org) and is a fellow of the Educause Leading Change Institute. She servesas a board member of the Southern California Society of Information Management (scsim.org) and a trustee of the National Endowment for Financial Education (nefe.org). She also previously served as the Director of the Sacrament Women in Technology International network (witi.com). Less View all posts
Jim Smith, CIO, Office of Information Technology, State of Maine
Jim Smith CIO, Office of Information Technology, State of Maine Jim Smith is currently the Chief Information Officer for the State of Maine. As such, he will direct and oversee all Information Technology policymaking, planning, arch... More View all posts
Jim Smith CIO, Office of Information Technology, State of Maine Jim Smith is currently the Chief Information Officer for the State of Maine. As such, he will direct and oversee all Information Technology policymaking, planning, architecture, strategy, and standardization throughout the state. He will provide central leadership and vision in the use of information and telecommunications technology on a statewide basis, and provide risk assessment on disaster and business recovery, and cyber security. Jim has been in the Information Technology field for over 30 years, and he has held senior IT leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Sun Life Financial, and Unum Corporation. His background spans multiple aspects of IT, including development, operations, workforce planning, vendor management, strategy, and innovation. Jim has significant international experience, having overseen multiple projects in India, the Philippines, and England, and he has developed two technology operations in Ireland. Jim has a particular interest in workforce planning and in helping to develop and mentor the next generation of IT resources. At Unum, he created the ‘Tech Night’, where to date over 500 high schools students have learned about information technology careers. Less View all posts