CIO Leadership Academy - 2019


  • Opening Retreat, Feb. 5 to 6 (in-person TBA)
  • Growth Sessions 1 - March 5, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (online)
  • Mid-semester workshops/networking - March 27 (in-person SUNY Oneonta)
  • Growth Session 2 - April 10, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (online)
  • Growth Session 3 - May 2, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (online)
  • Capstone Event - May 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (in-person TBA)

The three-hour Growth Sessions are designed to allow participants to gain greater depth of knowledge about particular topics. These sessions will be delivered in an online format, with optional gathering places set up around the state for participants to meet and work through the session together.

Detailed Description of Opening Retreat
The focus of the opening retreat is to initiate the personal leadership development journey through intensive discussions, cultural simulations, leadership assessment feedback, and small group discussions. Day 1 focuses on discovering leadership and Day 2 focuses on interpersonal and team mastery.

Day 1 Topics (Discovering Leadership)

  • Introduction, Welcome, Overview of the CIO Leadership Program (Jason Lane)
  • Setting the Higher Education Context (Jason Lane)
  • What lies ahead in the CIO world (setting the leadership context)
  • Discussion of the Applied Learning Project (Jason Lane)
  • Exploring Personal Leadership
  • Using Stakeholder Feedback on Leadership Performance: 360 Survey Steps (Garry Sanders)
  • Introduction to Coaching and its Utility for Leaders (Garry Sanders)
  • Evening Dinner and Speaker (we would look for a high profile speaker from the CIO field to talk about leadership)

NOTE: Prior to the Retreat, each participant would be requested to complete the SUNY360 self-assessment. The results would be provided to participants at the end of Day 1 as part of their personal leadership development.

Day 2 (Interpersonal and Team Mastery)

  • Examining Challenges of Leading as the 21st Century CIO
    • Panel Discussion with current CIOs
  • How to Build your Team (Faculty: Chris Sedore, NYSERNet)
    • Building Trust
    • Small Group Dynamics
    • How to Provide Feedback to your Team 
    • How to Effectively Manage Conflict
  • Understanding how to lead in a diverse environment (interactive simulation) 
  • Group discussions focused on the applied learning project