Programs in Management & Technology
Fisher CIO Leadership Program

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CIO Landmark Community Events
The Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership
CIO Roundtables
Haas Technology Challenge – Case Competition
CIO Workshop
Executive Seminars

CIO Landmark Community Event

Every year the Fisher CIO Leadership Programs and Gartner Group host a half-day seminar on current technology topics which is followed by the Renaissance CIO Banquet and awarding of the Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership.

Previous years seminar keynote topics included:

2012: New Leadership Skills For CIO’s To Thrive In The Next Decade

2013: Technology-Enabled Business Breakthroughs

2014: Evolving the Digital Enterprise: Evolution or Revolution

2015: Becoming a Digital CIO

For more information, please click here.

The Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership

The Fisher CIO Leadership Program established the Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership in 2012:

  • to honor the lifetime achievements of two extraordinary individuals, Don Fisher and Max Hopper
  • to annually honor a currently active CIO for his or her lifetime achievements in CIO leadership
  • to ensure by the addition of the annual prize winner to the list of Renaissance CIOs, the “in perpetuity” continuance of the Renaissance CIO group.

In late 2008, Max Hopper expressed his concerns regarding the future of the CIO profession and suggested the writing of a well-researched, peer-reviewed article outlining the factors that led to the extraordinary achievements of those CIOs who were widely viewed as being “the best.” Fourteen such CIOs were selected and their careers were studied and reported on in a Winter 2012 article in the California Management Review (CMR).  These fourteen were called Renaissance CIOs in keeping with the meaning of that term as originally used by Prof. Richard Nolan of the Harvard Business School when he described and analyzed the career of Pete Solvik, the then CIO of Cisco.

The winners of the Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership are:

2012: Filippo Passerini, Group President of Global Business Services and CIO, Procter & Gamble

2013: Chris Hjelm, Senior VP and CIO, The Kroger Company

2014: Patty Morrison, CIO of Cardinal Health

2015: Rebecca Rhoads, CIO of Raytheon

2016: Karenann Terrell, CIO of Walmart

For more information, please click here.


CIO Roundtables

In the mid 1990s, Executive Director Jim Spitze founded what is now our Fisher Silicon Valley CIO Roundtable, the oldest, and possibly the largest, continuously operating monthly gathering of CIOs in Northern California.  Members include the CIOs of Intel, LSI, Rambus, Meru Networks, Marvell, Juniper, KLA-Tencor, See’s Candies, Altera, Marvell, Spansion, Aptina, SGI, eSilicon, Logitech, Symantec, Infinera, Actelion, PureStorage, Facebook, and several others.

Our San Francisco CIO Forum was founded in 2004.  Like its older sibling in Silicon Valley, it too meets monthly – but in downtown San Francisco instead of downtown San Jose.  The members of our SF group include the CIOs of, The Gap, Delta Dental, Charles Schwab, Safeway, Dolby Labs, eSurance, Navis, Bio-Rad Labs, Franklin Templeton, BeBe, Carmico, Cost-Plus World Markets, William Sonoma, and several others.

The East Bay CIO Roundtable was established by CMI and Central Garden and Pet in 2013 to serve the CIOs who live or work in the East Bay Area. The Roundtable provides idea exchange and thought leadership on Strategic Information Technology topics in a peer-only environment.  The meetings offer the membership a 90 minute forum to discuss relevant topics in an informal environment that is fully focused on learning through each other’s experiences.  The membership of the group has grown to over 55 CIOs and the meetings are now monthly.  In 2014 CMI and Central Garden and Pet were thrilled to have their Roundtable affiliate with the Fisher CIO Leadership Program that resulted in the joining together of the Silicon Valley and San Francisco CIO Roundtables with the East Bay CIO Roundtable.

At the monthly meetings of these groups, a member CIO leads a discussion on a topic selected in advance by the membership. Membership is limited to the most senior IT executive of a member company. No proxy attendees are permitted although they may be invited from time to time as long as the senior IT executive (typically the CIO) also attends.

Some of the recent topics have been:

  • The Internet of Things
  • Marketing IT to the organization
  • The Strategic CIO: Why? How?
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Project Portfolio Management
  • Meaningful Benchmarking
  • Security (several meetings on this)
  • Big Data (several meetings on this)
  • Managing IT for R&D
  • What happened to work/life balance?
  • The Virtual Workforce
  • Strategic Planning, Visioning, Engaging the Organization
  • CIOs as Culture Change Agents
  • Socialization of IT: Bringing the Consumer Experience into the Enterprise
  • Acquisition Integration
  • How to engage the new workforce – Millennials
  • The role of vendors/partners going forward
  • Rebooting IT: Transforming the IT organization

Haas Technology Challenge – Case Competition

The Haas Tech Challenge is an MBA case competition centered on the technology industry. The Challenge is organized by the Haas Technology Club, supported by the Fisher CIO Leadership Program and hosted at the U.C. Berkeley campus. Eight teams from the world’s top business schools solve a real-world business challenge, gain hands-on experience in the technology industry, and network with industry professionals and student peers.

Every year since 2011 the Technology Club at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley has put on a Technology Case Competition. Our value proposition is simple: we get the best MBA minds from around the country to ask the right questions to solve a business problem in the technology industry. Positioned as a “hackathon for MBAs,” we attract MBA students from the top programs who are passionate and interested in technology careers. This opportunity allows MBAs to solve real-world business challenges, gain hands-on experience in the technology industry, and network with leading technology companies. Previous sponsors include Intel, Dell, Booz Allen Hamilton, GAP, IBM, and VMware.

For more information about HTC please click here.

In 2015:

  • The topic was: “Using Data to Build a Socially Responsible Initiative with Global Impact”
  • The protagonist firm was Facebook.
  • The winning schools were Yale, Wharton, and Kellogg.
  • Read more about the event.

In 2014:

  • The topic was: “Internet of Things and Smart Cities”
  • The protagonist firms were Intel Corp., Dell, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
  • The Haas School team were the first place winners.
  • Read more about the event.

In 2013:

  • The topic was: “Consumerization of IT”
  • The protagonist firms were IBM & The Gap
  • The winners were
    • 1st place = Harvard
    • 2nd place = Haas (UC-Berkeley)
    • 3rd place = Stanford
  • Participating schools were Harvard, Stanford, Tuck (Dartmouth), Wharton (U of Pennsylvania), Booth (U of Chicago), Columbia, and Haas – the host school (UC-Berkeley).

In 2012:

  • The topic was: “Leveraging Big Data”
  • The protagonist firm was GE
  • The winners were
    • 1st place = Fuqua (Duke U)
    • 2nd place = Ross (U of Michigan)
  • Participating schools were Fuqua (Duke U), Ross (U of Michigan) , Stern (NYU),  Haas – the host school (UC-Berkeley) and two others

In 2011:

  • The topic was: “Cloud Computing”
  • The protagonist firm was vmWare
  • The winners were
    • 1st place = Anderson (UCLA)
  • Participating schools were Booth (U of Chicago), Sloan (MIT), Wharton (U of Pennsylvania), Kellogg (Northwestern), Anderson (UCLA), Haas – the host school (UC-Berkeley)

With four students on each team and six or seven schools participating each year, this leads to an annual gathering at Haas of almost thirty of our nation’s “Best & Brightest” IT-interested business students.


CIO Workshop

The Fisher CIO Leadership Program of the Institute for Business innovation (at the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley) and the Integrated Innovation Institute of Carnegie Mellon University jointly present a timely and very special workshop on:

Becoming a Digital CIO
A Workshop for Aspiring Post-Social-Mobile-Cloud CIOs
(planned for early November, 2016)

UC-Berkeley’s Institute for Business Innovation and CMU’s Integrated Innovation Institute believe that Technology-fueled Innovation has become a top priority for 21st Century business. With that new priority, the old world of the CIO as the manager of a service has become history and been replaced. Now, the CIO is the trusted advisor to the CEO regarding innovation and is the person who orchestrates it across the business units. Cross-functional, innovative business transformation through technology has become a survival skill for both CEOs and CIOs. Those CIOs who lead it today will be CEOs tomorrow.

Thus, we are presenting this workshop as a brief but carefully structured outline of what is required for an aspiring CIO to succeed in this new world. Additionally, we see this as a first step towards a full menu of for-credit courses that will evolve, within our respective institutions, into Certificate Programs in Technology Management.

More information will be posted here soon.


Executive Seminars

The Fisher Executive Seminars invite regional IT executives to UC Berkeley for an all-day seminar on current topics in technology led by senior executives and thought leaders.
We have held four of them:

2009 – CIOs: Leaders of Change, Drivers of Innovation


2010 – The Emergence of the Virtual Enterprise

[Read about the event – presentations available]

2011 – The Global Impact of Social Networking 

[Read about the event – presentations available]

2012 – Big Data Analytics: Making Data Work

[Read about the event – presentations available]

Our speakers for these seminars have included the top-tier of experts on each topic including:

  • Industry speakers from Google, Linkedin, Facebook,, Intel, GE, Juniper Networks, Schwab, Splunk, IBM, and several others
  • Renowned thought leaders such as Tom Davenport (Harvard), Bruce Rogow (ex EVP of Gartner), Geoffrey Moore (of “Crossing the Chasm” fame), Ian Morrison (Institute for the Future), and David Patterson (UC-Dept of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), and Bill Vass (hi-tech guru)