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A few words from our Forum Members

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Erik J. Anderson

IT Application Analyst, Principal Financial Group

"I was apprehensive when I first learned that my leader had recommended me for the Paragon IT Leadership Forum, but knew it would be a great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a leader. The small size of the forum and industry diversification of the participating leaders allowed us to get to know each other at a personal level. This allowed for a comfortable setting and generated more in-depth discussions. Both the frequency (one afternoon each month) and the structure of the forum were great! Each meeting consisted of an icebreaker, followed by a guest speaker and Q&A session, and we wrapped up each month by discussing real-world issues/situations/questions that the forum members were dealing with on a daily basis. It was interesting to see, that regardless of the industry each leader came from, we all deal with very similar issues as IT leaders. Each guest speaker left me with a handful of takeaways,from podcasts to books to other items for me to dig into further. Joel did a great job of organizing the forum and moderating each session to make it a valuable use of my time. I looked forward to this meeting each month and highly recommend this forum to every IT leader – you will learn something in every session."

Amy Lueck

Director, Technology Business Partner - Northern Tool + Equipment

"The Paragon IT Leadership Forum provides members with the unique opportunity to meet several times a year to collaborate and share thoughts, ideas, best practices. The forum has given metime away from day-to-day business activities enabling me to dedicate time to grow personally and professionally. The immersion with thought leaders, both presenters and participants, have sparked fresh ideas and an opportunity to calibrate some aspects of my work so that I can be more effective and successful."

Rich Colestock

Rich Colestock - CIO Post Consumer Brands

"My experience with the Paragon leadership program has been fantastic.  Joel does an amazing job bringing together a diverse group of IT leaders for the program and it creates a rich environment for learning and sharing from each other's experiences.  Tom and Joel do a great job weaving in their own experience and knowledge along with relevant and impactful outside speakers.   I would definitely recommend this experience for both aspiring and seasoned IT leaders alike."

Catherine Hosamine

Associate Director of Systems Engineering - SullivanCotter

"At first I was skeptical joining the forum thinking that I will be getting the same thing from various organizations. But after two sessions, I knew that this is giving me a great impact on how I managed and lead people. The forum is unique because it’s not a one-time thing that you come and go. There are real cases to solve and follow ups. The attendees are constant and knowledge sharing is great. Having a focused group with everyone’s not afraid sharing their experiences made the discussions very real and open.  As the session progresses, the participants become more and more involved."

Jason Naverud

IT Services Manager - LifeSource

"The IT Leadership Forum hosted by Paragon IT professionals is one of the best and most useful collaborations that I have participated in.  The speakers and topics that are discussed with other professionals in the field is something that very helpful for day-to-day operations to helping ideate strategic plans.  I have found the framework that Paragon has established encourages open and honest conversation that helps leaders grow by challenging preconceived ideology in a safe environment that encourages vulnerability and courage."

Janette Smrcka

IT Director - Mall of America

"Participating in the IT forum with Paragon has exceeded my expectations. My initial goal was to simply connect a bit deeper with a few IT leaders in the community. I have had the privilege to get to know some incredibly talented peers who I am now honored to call friends. In addition, I was Blown Away By the quality and relevance of the speakers that were curated. Each session was time well spent."


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