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Tech Whisperers: Inside the Playbooks of the Best Digital Leaders, is a podcast for CxOs and industry leaders looking to hear conversations that unpack the leadership philosophies, decision making thought processes and unique expressions that differentiate the best. If you’re looking to gain an edge, instill new mindsets, and move out of your comfort zone, you’ve found the right community.
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Tech Whisperers: Inside the Playbooks of the Best Digital Leaders Ouellette & Associates

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Tech Whisperers: Inside the Playbooks of the Best Digital Leaders, is a podcast for CxOs and industry leaders looking to hear conversations that unpack the leadership philosophies, decision making thought processes and unique expressions that differentiate the best. If you’re looking to gain an edge, instill new mindsets, and move out of your comfort zone, you’ve found the right community.
Welcome to Tech Whisperers!

    CDO Brian Abrahamson Drives Value Creation by Delivering What Matters

    CDO Brian Abrahamson Drives Value Creation by Delivering What Matters

    The most effective digital leaders today have a clear vision and a laser-like focus that allows them to focus on delivering what really matters. They’re also able to connect the dots for their organization in a way that elevates their team members and accomplishes their goals. It requires both the willingness to look where others aren’t looking and the empathy to understand how new initiatives will impact everyone involved.
    Brian Abrahamson is a great example of one of these top digital leaders. As the Chief Digital Officer and Associate Laboratory Director for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Brian is responsible for leading PNNL’s digital transformation strategy and technology innovation to maintain its position as a globally recognized research institution.
    Tune in to discover:
    How Brian manages communication for internal stakeholders and end users alikeBrian’s method for shaping the narrative around computing at PNNLHow Brian balances his purpose and goals (the “why” and the “what”) with execution (the “how”)The value of simplification and how to achieve itHow PNNL is approaching the disruption caused by AINew technologies PNNL is implementing to accelerate its work
    Featuring submitted questions from:
    Jerry Cochran, Division Director for Cybersecurity and Digital Operations at PNNLMary-Lynne Giordano, Executive Assistant at PNNLBrian Vladimiroff, Enterprise Solutions Architect at PNNLKirby Amacker, Change Management Architect at PNNL

    • 52 min
    Red Sox SVP & CTO Brian Shield Honors Tradition, Innovates for the Future

    Red Sox SVP & CTO Brian Shield Honors Tradition, Innovates for the Future

    It’s not every day you get to record an episode with a superstar guest at a superstar location, so when we had the opportunity to interview a legendary CIO on location at the historic Fenway Park, we couldn’t resist!
    In this episode, recorded inside NESN’s onsite studio at Fenway, we are shining the light on the career journey, leadership philosophies and super powers of Boston Red Sox & Fenway Sports Management SVP & CTO Brian Shield. With his success at renowned companies like FTD, the Weather Channel, and now, the Boston Red Sox, Brian has earned his reputation as an industry innovator whose wide breadth of experience has helped him lead each organization through digital transformation with confidence.
    Tune in to learn:
    How Brian has found success solving business challenges through building and maintaining a trusted networkHow leading with empathy has enabled Brian to lead his teams to breakthrough outcomesWhy newer leaders should answer the call when given “stretch opportunities”The biggest benefits Brian has received from working in a variety of industriesHow Brian crafts a winning data strategyHow to cut through the hype of AI to determine its real, tangible business value for your organization
    Featuring submitted questions from:
    Jamie Head, Chief Digital & Technology Leader, Founder at JRH AdvisoryBill Phelan, Chief Product Officer at BrillionRobert Strickland, Chief Executive Officer & Founder at M37 VenturesKathy Kountze, Global Chief Information Officer at Bose CorporationAnne Margulies, Former Vice President & University Chief Information Officer at Harvard University

    • 31 min
    The CC&TO Featuring Bhavani Amirthalingam as Chief Customer & Technology Officer

    The CC&TO Featuring Bhavani Amirthalingam as Chief Customer & Technology Officer

    Bhavani Amirthalingam’s career spans more than 25 years of experience in key technology and executive leadership roles across a multitude of industries and geographies. She currently serves as EVP, Chief Customer and Technology Officer at a Fortune 500 company. She initially joined the company as Chief Digital and Information Officer before also taking on customer experience and operations after five years in that role. Along the way, she has also answered the call to join a public board.
    What are the differentiators that have made Bhavani so successful in her role as a CDIO and also set her up to take on broader business accountabilities? On the latest episode of the Tech Whisperers, Bhavani is sharing her journey and highlighting the leadership philosophies and differentiators that have been instrumental to her success, with insights you can apply to your own career journey.
    Tune in to learn:
    Why CIOs can also make great Chief Customer OfficersHow to leverage both the CIO and CCO roles to enable and enhance the customer experienceBhavani’s approach to energizing and inspiring her teamThe value of board experience in improving operational skills as an executive leaderA situational leadership approach to influencing decisionsHow to ensure the right leaders are in the right place at the right timeWhy leaders must build the “DNA of change” in themselves and their teams
    Featuring submitted questions from:
    Linda Jojo, EVP & Chief Customer Officer at United AirlinesJennifer Wischnowsky, Senior Director of Data, Analytics, & Transformation at AmerenLisa Nichols, Chief Executive Officer at Technology PartnersBonnie Timms Hagemann, Chief Executive Officer at EDA, Inc.

    • 57 min
    Seeing Around Corners with Ally’s Sathish Muthukrishnan & Donna Hart

    Seeing Around Corners with Ally’s Sathish Muthukrishnan & Donna Hart

    Ally Financial is the nation’s largest all-digital bank, serving 11 million customers with a full suite of online banking services, investment advisory, and securities brokerage. In this episode, we are going to give you an inside look at why Ally has been able to achieve so much success.
    Host Dan Roberts sat down with Ally’s Chief Information, Data, & Digital Officer (CIDDO) Sathish Muthukrishnan and Ally’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Donna Hart to discuss their successful partnership and unpack their individual and collective leadership superpowers.
    Tune in to learn:
    The benefits of a strong CIO/CISO partnershipHow Ally earned the CSO50 award and gained executive supportBalancing a direct communication style with open approachabilityThe current state of Ally’s AI and data journeyHow to be in the right place at the right time
    Featuring submitted questions from:
    Dan Lemont, Divisional CIO for Tech Strategy & Enterprise Tech at Ally FinancialNeal Sample, Chief Information Officer at Walgreens Boots AllianceRaj Kalahasthi, Chief Digital & Information Officer at Baldwin Risk PartnersLawrence Belton, Director, Cyber Security Engineering at Ally Financial

    • 53 min
    The Blueprint for CIO Success with Xerox CEO Steve Bandrowczak

    The Blueprint for CIO Success with Xerox CEO Steve Bandrowczak

    This week is a special one for Tech Whisperers, because not only do we have an incredible guest, but an incredible guest host, as well!
    In this episode, a longtime friend and colleague, Brian Watson, talks with Xerox CEO Steve Bandrowczak. One of the nine powerhouse leaders featured in Confessions of a Successful CIO, Steve is known as being a fixer–someone who will answer the call when their company needs it most and who knows what it’s like to start from humble beginnings to build something great.
    Brian will shine the light on Steve’s origin story, how he arrived at Xerox, and so much more.
    You will learn:
    How to “prepare” for the CEO roleSteve’s philosophy on running toward greatnessThe reality of loneliness as you rise in leadership rolesHow to tailor communication to different business leaders' languages and attention spansWhy it’s important to preserve a company’s legacy
    Featuring a submitted question from:
    Vicki Hildebrand, CIO & SVP at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

    • 51 min
    Thriving in “Chapter 2” with Diana McKenzie & Karenann Terrell

    Thriving in “Chapter 2” with Diana McKenzie & Karenann Terrell

    No matter where you are in your career journey, there is always a need to plan for “The Great Pivot,” that moment when you hang up your day job and move into retirement. But many leaders struggle to adequately prepare for the transition as they approach retirement because they’re so heads-down balancing their work, family, and other responsibilities life throws at them.
    We’ve invited two incredible leaders, Diana McKenzie, a former CIO for Amgen and Workday, and Karenann Terrell, a former CIO at Wal-Mart and CD&TO at GSK, to share their own experiences and lessons learned when it comes to making a successful transition into the next phase of your professional journey. They sat down with Dan Roberts to discuss how they prepared for the pivot, how they’re spending their time in “Chapter 2,” and what you can do to make the most of your time now to plan for a great pivot of your own.
    Tune in to learn about:
    When it’s time to start considering how and when you will retireWhat retiring successfully looks likePreparing for retirement while still working full timeLeaning on your digital leadership expertise to help boards make informed digital decisions
    Featuring submitted questions from:
    Sal CompaniehKirk BallChris NardecchiaSue-Jean Lin

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Dan1777999877 ,

Amazing.

It’s obvious Dan puts extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in tech- the insights they bring to bear are still mind-blowing every. single. time.

Lalit A. ,

Unique content and exceptional host

There is a lot of content out there for me as a listener. I am glad that I choose to listen to the Tech Whisperers podcast. Dan is an incredible host who not only brings exceptional guests but also has a unique way of interviewing his guests. The topics are timeless, yet so relevant in our daily lives. With every episode, you’ll feel that you’re getting actionable insights from the industry best. I know I learn something new from every show. Keep up the great way, Dan and team.

BDolliver99 ,

Exceptional Podcast!

Wonderful insights from the best digital leaders. Dan Roberts, the host of the Tech Whisperer podcast, expertly engages each guest to unlock pearls of wisdom. Highly recommend listening to all episodes!

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