Marian Cook

  • Digital Transformation Consultant & Educator

  • 2U

Marian is currently a solutions principal for Slalom Consulting, as well as the head facilitator for MIT's blockchain certification course and a strategic advisor to the Chicago Blockchain Center. Immediately prior, she was the chief strategy officer for Innovation and Technology for the State of Illinois, having moved from the private sector to public service in 2015. She started as a systems engineer with IBM, re-engineering processes, implementing systems, and creating business and technology strategies. Moving to international consulting firms, she worked globally, developing business growth and turnaround strategies, as well as the client side as the head of IT for a top healthcare organization.



  • December, 2020

Change Is the Constant, Technology Is the Driving Force, and a Plan is for the People

  • June, 2019

M&A Beyond Deal Heat: Execution is Everything

  • June, 2019

Mergers Can Ignite Innovation

  • April, 2019

Women’s History Month: Thoughts on My History as a Woman in Technology

  • March, 2019

Convergence: Mixed Reality = Virtual Reality + Augmented Reality + IoT

  • March, 2019

Convergence: Blockchain, IoT, AI, Security - Beginning of Web 3.0

  • February, 2019

Interviews That Inspire: People Are Not Plug & Play . . .

  • January, 2019

Building Internal Data Analytics Talent: Digital Transformation in a Tight Labor Market

  • December, 2018

Elevating the Conversation: Advice to IT on Communicating Their Value to the Business and Board

  • November, 2018

Emerging Technology + Org Design + Process Change = Burning Down the House

  • October, 2018

Convergence: The Internet of Things + Blockchain = Trust Gets Physical

  • September, 2018

Convergence: Big Data + IoT + Artificial Intelligence = Your Time Has Come

  • August, 2018

Artificial Intelligence in Government: Current Examples Part Two

  • August, 2018

Artificial Intelligence in Government

  • July, 2018

Robot Spirits: How Religion and Culture Could Impact Automation Acceptance

  • July, 2018

Outwork & Outlearn Everyone . . . Yes!

  • June, 2018

Zigzagging to Success: A Career in Motion

  • June, 2018

Change Management Meets Org Design: Building a Borderless Culture

  • May, 2018

Stretch, Tackle & Question: One CTO's Career Advice

  • May, 2018

Board Development Brief: Quick Tips for Improving Board Member Selection & Performance

  • April, 2018

Looking in the Right Places: Getting Real About Finding Women Tech Talent

  • April, 2018

Interviews That Inspire: Neerja Raman

  • April, 2018

Digital Transformation of You: How to Get into Blockchain

  • March, 2018

Interviews That Inspire: Beena Ammanath

  • February, 2018

Interviews that Inspire by Marian Cook, with Milena Berry CEO and Co-Founder of

  • December, 2015

Interviews that Inspire with Marian Cook: Colleen Pietrobono

  • October, 2015

Interviews that Inspire: Marian F. Cook with Dr. Darlene Solomon, CTO for Agilent Technologies

  • October, 2015

Healthcare and Big Data: Don't Toss Out the Rules of the Road

  • August, 2015

Opening up to Self-invention, Opportunity Creation and Even Golf

  • July, 2015

HIT legacy systems: Outrunning the Zombie Apocalypse

  • July, 2015

Tackling Tough Transitions: Advice from a Top IBM Executive

  • June, 2015

Elevating the conversation: How to better communicate with business

  • May, 2015

Practical innovation: Getting real on getting creative

  • April, 2015

My Reaction to Old News: Women in Technology or How did I Get Here?

  • April, 2015

Inspire and Be Inspired: 20 Mentor / Mentee Activities

  • September, 2012

Inspire and Be Inspired: 3 Steps to a Mentoring Action Plan

  • September, 2012

Selling a Business is Easier When The Business Depends Less on You: Quick Tips

  • March, 2010

Selling a Business and Designing a New Life: 10 Questions to Your Best Future

  • February, 2010

WITI Showcases Corporate IT Women Leaders

  • April, 2008