CIO Executive Council and CIO Magazine Launch Women in IT Workshop Series on Leading With Impact

FRAMINGHAM, MA – April 14, 2011 – IDG's CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory community of over 750 global enterprises comprised of more than 1,400 information technology (IT) leaders, in conjunction with sister company CIO magazine, announces a multi-city workshop series, focused on advancing female executives in the male-dominated profession of IT. The advice stems directly from the Council's Executive Women in IT (EWIT) community of practice, formed in 2008, and comprised of over 200 women, dedicated to advancing the profession of information technology and mentoring women.

The workshops will focus on the following topics outlined by the community at large:

Gaining a broad view of business Being a trail blazer and risk taker Identifying the impact of your personal life on your career journey

"The Executive Women in IT community looks for ways throughout the year to encourage members to learn from each other and forge judiciously into the challenges female senior IT executives face day-to-day. Based on community feedback from our 2010 world tour, this workshop expands the passion our members have to advance the IT profession and the women within it," states Pam Stenson, SVP and GM of the CIO Executive Council, and chair of the EWIT community of practice.

Pamela Rucker, President, The Rucker Group and co-chair of the Council's Executive Women in IT community of practice will lead the program providing background to the Council's Top 10 Most Important Pieces of Advice for Executive Women in IT, created by female senior IT executives around the world to document their most important advice to women at all stages of their career.

"We want women to develop strategies that showcase their abilities and help them succeed as executives regardless of the environments they face at work or at home. Through interactive dialogue and group activities we will share real life scenarios and success stories with our attendees. We will also outline executable strategies they can immediately apply to their current business role to further their own career aspirations," said Rucker.

The workshop series features prominent speakers including:

Mary Finlay, Professor, Simmons School of Management, former Deputy CIO, Partners HealthCare Systems and former CIO at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Leslie Jones, Senior Vice President and CIO, Motorola

Kris Singleton, Vice President & CIO, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, Inc.

Karen Quintos, CMO, Dell

Angela Yochem, Corporate IT Executive and Divisional CIO, Dell

Rhonda Gass, Vice President, IT Strategy, Technology and Governance, Dell

Dell is the workshop sponsor for Boston May 10th, San Francisco June 9th and Chicago July 12th. For more information or to register for a workshop visit: []

About CIO Executive Council

The CIO Executive Council is a global community comprised of hundreds of the world's leading chief information officers who together form the most unbiased and reality-tested peer-advisory resource available to the profession. The Council's membership represents leaders from Fortune 500 and mid-market organizations committed to helping one another save time and money, avoid mistakes, and make better more informed decisions. Collectively, the Council is a bellwether for the profession and voice of influence in the IT industry, around the world. For more information, please visit []. CIO magazine and the CIO Executive Council are part of IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group company. Company information is available at [].

About CIO

CIO produces award-winning content and community resources for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of business, as well as create opportunities for information technology and consumer marketers to reach them. The CIO portfolio includes, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 200 awards to date, including the American Society of Business Publication Editor's Top B-to-B Magazine since 2000 and two Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards. CIO websites and printed publications appear in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, Finland, India and Sweden. CIO Executive Programs — a series of face-to-face conferences including the CIO 100 Awards & Symposium™ — provide educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified corporate and government leaders. The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at []