With a focus on cutting-edge technology trends, building a skilled and diverse talent pipeline, and the economic development of Chicago, The Executives’ Club’s Business Technology Forum, sponsored by Accenture and CDW, has a long-standing history of bringing together some of the best minds in technology, data, and information security for robust discussions about how technology continues to impact many facets of business development and growth.
Each season, this Forum hosts four technology-related programs. With topics including the rise of A.I., cyber resilience, consumer trust in the internet and highlighting women in technology, to name a few, the Business Technology Forum is proud to annually present the CIO of the Year Award, which recognizes technology leaders who are driving technological innovation, business partnerships and creating a best in class workplace for IT professionals.
For Forum Co-Chairs Bob Kress, Managing Director at Accenture, and Mark Lafferty, Director of Federal Sales at CDW, leading this Forum is about bringing together technology leaders and working to build a stronger community in Chicago. “Being a Forum Co-Chair gives me an opportunity to give something back to the Chicago community by helping to bring educational and networking opportunities that are current, relevant, and of interest to the Chicago area,” notes Bob.
Mark’s interest in co-chairing came after he “attended a few Forum events when I first joined The Club and quickly realized that the topics were interesting, the people were welcoming, and I also left with some good ideas and thoughts relevant to my career.” Mark also went on to highlight that Forums have “allowed me to connect with other professionals within my industry and outside my industry.”
Both Bob and Mark note that the Business Technology Forum has been met with great response from members, who enjoy suggesting programs, speakers and connecting with one another at events and beyond.
If you’d like to learn more about this and other Forums, please contact Justin Berkowitz.