This year's conference is just over the horizon...

The conference aims to advance leadership on campus by bringing together professionals to learn, listen, and collaborate on leadership topics impacting UW–Madison and the higher education community. Join us on November 30, 2021 for our eighth iteration of the Information & Technology Leadership Conference. This year’s theme:

Lead with bold IDEAs

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access(ibility)


Information & technology professionals are leaders and collaborators. When leading in times of disruption, at the forefront or behind the scenes, in person or virtually, or somewhere in between, we all have the opportunity to drive change. Guiding change toward greater inclusion, diversity, equity, and ​​access(ibility) has the potential to improve the lives of our teams, the people we serve, and the broader community.

Wherever you are on your leadership journey, join your colleagues from across UW-Madison to learn, share, and develop bold IDEAs at this year’s Information & Technology Leadership Conference.

Join the planning committee for the 2021 conference!

Are you interested in joining an enthusiastic team from across campus in promoting leadership in information and technology? We’d love for you to participate as a member of the planning committee for the Information & Technology Leadership Conference (I&TLC)! The conference aims to advance leadership on campus by bringing together professionals to learn, listen, and collaborate on leadership topics impacting UW–Madison and the higher education community.

The planning committee is responsible for giving life to the I&TLC and directs the format, theme, and speakers. The time commitment is one to two hours per week throughout the planning phase and more as the conference approaches.

If you are interested in joining us, please submit the survey below by the end of the day on Thursday, July 1.

Submit the five-question interest survey

In the event that interest exceeds the current needs of the planning committee, members will be selected to ensure broad representation from across UW–Madison.

Set the PACE: Leading through transformation

Prepare. Adapt. Communicate. Execute.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Thank you to all the presenters and attendees who made the 7th annual Information & Technology Leadership conference a success. If you weren’t able to attend all the sessions you wanted, recordings of each session will be posted to this site shortly. Stay tuned.

Prepare. Adapt. Communicate. Execute.

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When we anticipate change, we prepare to respond to new demands, expectations, and roles. This work may come in the form of intentional recruitment, retention, and workforce development strategies; building a talent pipeline; or using data to forecast changes that will impact the group or organization.

Learn how you to prepare yourself, your team, or your organization to respond to change.

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When change comes, we adapt. We learn to accept–and even appreciate!–failure, develop better strategies to support our teams, leverage partnerships and resources, and cultivate resilience.

Learn how to adapt in times of crisis, failure, transition, or overwhelming success.

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During periods of change, decisions we make about communication can significantly influence attitudes and outcomes within our teams and larger communities. We communicate intentionally and unintentionally through the avenues of engagement and forms of communication we employ.

Learn how to communicate before, during, or after transformation.

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Change necessitates action. Regardless of how we have prepared, adapted, or communicated, we must move forward. Execution encompasses how we support our teams, delegate tasks, and document the process for decision-making, implementation, and iteration.

Learn how to execute a project or idea.

CIO Leadership Panel

The 2019 UW–⁠Madison Information & Technology Leadership Conference (ITLC) featured an esteemed CIO Leadership Panel, comprising:

Lois Brooks, CIO of UW-Madison

Sue Traxler, CIO of UW-Stout

Shawn Belling, Interim CIO of Madison College

David Cagigal, CIO State of Wisconsin

Attendees participated in an interactive Q&A with these top IT leaders, who shared their experiences and perspectives on various leadership topics.


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