Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to conduct hundreds of face-to-face interviews for clients – from students to CEOs, politicians to priests, and numerous more in between. But, over the last few weeks, I conducted my first (and then subsequently 26 more) interviews via videoconference, necessitated by COVID-19, for the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s upcoming CIO of the Year Awards. While most of my interviewees were CIOs or CISOs, all were technology leaders at companies across Western Pennsylvania. Throughout the interviews, I had the opportunity to talk to each of them about the pandemic and how it has affected their roles and business continuity for each of their organizations. It was fascinating. Truly, these have been some of the most interesting interviews I’ve conducted with people over the past twenty years. Maybe it’s because the pandemic is such a unique time and we dove into topics I’ve never had to broach before, but the efforts, tenacity, adaptability, and commitment of these leaders and their teams to support their organizations during this crisis is remarkable. And, to hear what things they think companies will need to continue doing in the months and years ahead were truly insightful.
Thank you to the Pittsburgh Technology Council for the opportunity to interview each of these individuals. If you’re reading this post, I hope you have the opportunity to register for this year’s online CIO of the Year awards event, scheduled for July 15 (bit.ly/2020CIOreg), where you can hear for yourself the insights and accomplishments from all of these dedicated tech visionaries.