Becoming a CIO - Claudia Gentner

WITI gives you an opportunity to network, meet other members and hear real stories of how women succeed in technology. This meeting is the kickoff of the FOOT STEPS program which brings in successful women CIO's to share some of their journey and observations. Claudia Gentner, CIO of Lee Hecht Harrison will talk about the success factors she believes are important to those in IT careers. She'll describe why non-technical people get ahead in technology, how to build satisfying mentoring relationships, and how a librarian became CIO.

finger food & soft drinks will be provide.

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Claudia is the Chief Information Officer of Lee Hecht Harrison, the global career transition consulting firm headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, with over 180 offices. LHH is a division of Adecco, a $16 billion Swiss-based employment services company.

In this role, Claudia has conceived, launched and championed new businesses that have information technology components, specifically LHH@HOME and ExecuPlanet. She represents the firm to major customers and prospects, particularly Fortune 1000 purchasers of outplacement services. She also recently presented the firm’s capabilities to securities analysts in Madrid. Her responsibilities include a wide range of information services such as Sydney, the corporate Intranet, and LHH’s Career Resource Network, an extranet used by over 100,000 clients annually. She is a member of the Executive Committee of LHH.

Claudia joined LHH in 1997 with the acquisition of Seagate Associates, a New Jersey-based career transition consulting firm she co-founded in 1983. There, she led the industry by establishing information services as a critical component of the outplacement process and started a world-class Business Information Center to serve both clients and consultants. She had an active role in the growth of the largest career transition network, Outplacement International, a corporation owned by independ-ent outplacement firms, serving as its President from 1991-92.

For 20 years, Claudia has been powerfully devoted to helping people realize their potential by finding work that they love and do well. She has hosted a 12-part cable TV series, HR Issues, and has written for a variety of publications including the Dow Jones National Business Employment Weekly.

A native of New Jersey, Claudia was graduated from Rutgers School of Communication, Information and Library Studies in 1979 with an MLS in Information Science. A librarian by profession, she has worked in public libraries and in special libraries and is a member of the Special Libraries Association and the newly-formed Rutgers SCILS Advisory Board. She has been a Board member of both the Bergen County Cooperative Library System and the Printmaking Council of New Jersey.

Claudia served as President of the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots and was instrumen-tal in starting the ecumenical Christian airplane ministry, On Eagle’s Wings. She travels most summers to teach in a Dogrib Indian village in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Claudia lives in Glen Rock, NJ with her husband Ken who is an IBM M&A executive.

Schedule of Events

5:30 - 6:00 Registration and Networking
6:00 - 6:15 Chapter Announcements/Introductions of the NJ Chapter Chairs & Advisors
6:15 - 6:40 Novartis' Executive Director of Diversity, Laurie Pelligrino
6:45 - 7:30 Ms. Claudia Gentner
7:30 - 8:00 Informal Networking

Meeting Notes

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