In This Issue:
Today, we are breaking out of our silence with two big announcements:
  • The MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award will be presented May 19 as part of a free webinar. Sign up today
  • Symposium Cancelation Policy
  • Introducing Allan R. Tate as the new Executive Chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
Register Today for the  MIT Sloan Leadership Award  Webinar
May 19, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
MIT Sloan Leadership Award , a centerpiece of the Symposium program since 2008, honors executives who lead their organizations by delivering exemplary levels of business value through innovative use of IT. The Award is traditionally presented as part of the annual Leadership Award Dinner, held the night before the Symposium.

In this webinar, the Award nominees will share their IT stories and lessons learned during the panel,  Insights from the Leadership Award Finalists, which Dr. George Westerman will moderate.

Dr. Westerman is the co-Chair of the CIO Award team and the author of the book,  Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value , which provides the measurement criteria used to evaluate the Award.
Cancelation Policy of the 2020 Symposium
We are optimistic that COVID-19 will be behind us by 2021. Therefore, you can look forward to attending the next MIT Sloan CIO Symposium on May 12, 2021 . If you take no action you will be automatically registered with your existing ticket.

However, you may cancel your registration before May 15, 2020. As previously announced, cancelation fees have been waived. Click this link for instructions to cancel your registration. If you’ve requested a refund on EventBrite but have not received a response, please email us directly at info@mitcio.com .
Allan R. Tate Named Executive Chair, Takes Over From Lindsey Anderson
I want to personally thank Lindsey Anderson for all he has done to make the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium what it is today. Lindsey led the Symposium for 7+ years, beginning as the chairman for the 2014 event, and prior to that was both a volunteer and member of the board of directors. Since 2014 the number of registrations has grown from 685 to 914 and attendee satisfaction has remained strong (with approximately 90% reporting satisfied or very satisfied year after year). Lindsey built strong relationships with sponsors and grew the Symposium into an event that attracts senior executives from around the world. He will continue as a volunteer and will remain on the 2020 CIO Award team as a judge.

Lindsey and I met in the fall of 2013 at an MIT presentation and he asked me to come to the kick-off meeting for the 2014 event. Since then I’ve been on the panel team, chair of the marketing team, co-chair of the technology team, and Associate Chair this past year. As a technologist with years of experience in the IT Industry, I found volunteering for the organizing team to be a rewarding experience. Our pivot to a virtual format, having canceled the 2020 in-person event, provides me with an unexpected and unique opportunity to bring my experience in film, tv, acting, audiobook recording and sound engineering to my new role as Executive Chair.

The world is changing, and we are changing too, but the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium will continue to bring together the best academic and industry thought leadership for insightful discussions about our digital world. Stay safe.

Best regards,

Allan R. Tate
Executive Chair, MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
MIT Center for Information Systems Research

MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association

MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy