An unparalleled opportunity for premiere technology leaders

What we do

Membership

We bring together a dynamic, carefully selected group of technology leaders from across industries. Our members are the best and brightest executives (all are CIOs or higher) from Fortune 70 companies in every business sector except computing and communications (excluded to avoid potential conflicts of interest). Our established policies encourage participation and continuity to nurture a highly engaged community and ensure the quality of our content and meetings. We adhere strictly to best practices to avoid any conflicts with anti-trust and competition laws. Membership is capped at fifty executives divided into two groups of twenty-five to preserve intimacy. Membership is by invitation only.

Meetings

We carefully curate our biannual meetings to foster productive rigor and an exceptional community of peers. Each session features provocative thought leaders and relevant CEOs of major industry firms. Marc Benioff, Aneel Bhusri, Jamie Dimon, John Donahoe, Larry Ellison, Reid Hoffman, Andy Jassy, Bill McDermott, Satya Nadella, Ginni Rometty, Sheryl Sandberg, Randall Stephenson, and many more have addressed the group in candid, boardroom-style conversations. We also select CEOs of promising start-ups to share perspectives on emergent areas of innovation and disruption. To round out the meetings, we discuss our member-exclusive research and interact with leading authorities on special topics from economics to neuroscience.

Research

We produce insightful reports to anticipate and explore ever-evolving enterprise needs at the bleeding edge of technology. We interview our members, leading technology vendors, and other topical experts to ensure depth and relevance. Recent studies have included mobility, big data, cybersecurity, workforce evolution, machine learning, and the evolution of the technology stack, among others.

Exclusive and Proprietary

CIOSE is a unique and exclusive membership program for executives in charge of technology and digital initiatives at global, forward-looking enterprises. We provide an environment for these leaders to access and contribute to proprietary research, engage in direct dialogue with leading IT industry CEOs, and participate in peer-to-peer discussions on innovative practices in large enterprise management.

Our TEAM

Monte Ford, Principal

Monte is Principal Partner of CIOSE. He is widely regarded as a leader in the field of technology. His accomplishments are marked by his passion for innovation and thought leadership. Monte has been an Industry Partner for Brightwood Capital Advisors, served as CEO of Aptean Software, CIO of American Airlines, CIO of Associates First Capital Corporation, and has held senior executive positions at Bank of Boston and Digital Equipment Corporation. Monte has served on several community and corporate boards and is currently a director of several publicly held companies. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University. Full Bio.

Christina James, Research

Christina is the Director of Research at CIOSE. She has worked in a variety of roles in telecommunications marketing, strategy, and research. Christina is the co-author of two books on the changing role of technology in the lives of consumers, Identity Shift: Where Identity Meets Technology in the Networked-Community Age and The Shift: The Evolving Market, Players, and Business Models in a 2.0 World. Christina has Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and English from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Arts degree in American literature from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Badger, Programs

Michael is the Director of Programs at CIOSE. Previously, he was a project manager at the Glocal Technology Cooperative, where he oversaw development of a platform that was recognized by DHS as an innovative and effective element of the disaster relief efforts in NYC after Hurricane Sandy. Serving as faculty at Leadership That Works, he taught courses on designing social change initiatives and group facilitation. For over a decade, Michael was a renowned, contemporary dancer touring internationally with the Stephen Petronio Company. He received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors and was awarded the President’s Fellowship Award for Academic Achievement from the University of California, Berkeley.

Janette Zabransky, Finance and Operations

Janette is the Director of Finance and Operations at CIOSE. Since graduating from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting, she has held a wide variety of roles within Finance and IT organizations at Fortune 500 companies in the energy, financial services, and airline industries. For the past two decades her passion for excellence has been largely focused on improving IT vendor relationships, engaging in contract negotiations that result in superior value for both buyer and seller, and advocating for enterprise agile adoption.

Ingrid Ford, Finance

Ingrid is the Financial Analyst for CIOSE. She provides strategic financial assistance as well as tactical analysis, including budgeting, forecasting, risk management, reporting, and operational support. Prior to CIOSE, Ingrid held several managerial and analytical positions in corporate finance within various corporations and non-profit institutions over the past 37 years in Boston and the Dallas area. A Licensed Massage Therapist, Ingrid is also Certified in Oncology Massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. She currently owns Peace of Life Massage, which specializes in providing pain and stress relief as well as comfort for patients during and post treatment. Ingrid is, and has been, very active in community and philanthropic organizations at all levels. She is a founding member of two such organizations in the Dallas area. Ingrid graduated with Honors in Finance from Northeastern University in Boston.

Michelle Donatto, Coordination

Michelle Donatto is CIOSE’s Member Coordinator. After attending The University of Texas at Arlington, she worked in radio as a Talk Show Host, Research Director, Community Relations Liaison, and Entertainment Reporter in the DFW market. She worked as Marketing Liaison for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and was key in securing national anthem singers, including LeAnn Rimes, Charlie Pride, and The Dixie Chicks for home games. She is certified in non-profit management and is currently an Executive Director with The Miss Keller Scholarship Organization and serves on the executive board of the local Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. Additionally, Michelle is a certified Etiquette and Protocol Consultant and is a founding member of The Etiquette Trainers Network.

Michael Cinquino, Logistics and Support

Michael is the Logistics and Support Director for CIOSE. He has been a CIOSE team member for over a decade. He has managed logistics and support for forty CIOSE meetings. Michael is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Detroit deployed with the Theodore Roosevelt battle group for her 14th Mediterranean deployment. The Detroit performed operations in the Adriatic Sea, as well as transiting the Suez Canal, joining the U.S. 5th Fleet in support of Operation Southern Watch. Michael was Honorably Discharged from service and pursued undergraduate and graduate studies on the GI Bill. He holds a B.A. from DeSales University and a M.F.A. from Rutgers University. Michael currently lives and works in New York City as a professional photographer and on-camera coach.

Amy Hutchison, Executive Administration

Amy has served as an Executive Administrator to Monte Ford and CIOSE since 2017. She spent the previous thirteen years in administrative roles for the nationally ranked Westlake Academy and at the Keller Independent School District. Amy has a diverse background in event planning and photography, and she is a certified wedding planner. She attended Texas A&M University-Commerce.