Maryfran Johnson

Contributing writer

Maryfran Johnson is the host of IDG's CIO Leadership Live video show & audio podcast, and author of the “Boardroom Bound” column series on CIO.com. The former editor-in-chief of CIO magazine & events, Maryfran is an accomplished public speaker and virtual event moderator, well known for her extensive network of CIOs and her deep knowledge of digital leadership issues. She currently serves as CEO of Maryfran Johnson Media, where she continues her work connecting senior technology executives with opportunities to expand their business leadership brands.

Seeking opportunity in crisis, boards uphold digital growth agendas

Seeking opportunity in crisis, boards uphold digital growth agendas

Determined to find opportunity in the COVID aftermath, boards are leaning in with more management support in addition to their usual strategic oversight. Navigating the post-pandemic world will amplify IT leadership in agility and...

Podcast: CIO Leadership Live with Anupam Khare, CIO at Oshkosh Corp.

Podcast: CIO Leadership Live with Anupam Khare, CIO at Oshkosh Corp.

Anupam Khare, CIO at Oshkosh Corp., joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview, which is jointly produced by CIO.com and the CIO Executive Council. Listen now as they discuss service desk innovations, creating...

Episode 3: Learn how to build a killer LinkedIn profile

Episode 3: Learn how to build a killer LinkedIn profile

Podcast Episode 3: Listen now as author and resume expert Brenda Bernstein helps you develop and perfect your personal brand on LinkedIn.

Executive Development: When CEOs help their CIOs prepare for board roles

Executive Development: When CEOs help their CIOs prepare for board roles

It may seem counterintuitive for CEOs to encourage (and even coach) their CIOs and senior business leaders to serve on outside boards, but doing so can deliver real business benefits.

Podcast: CIO Leadership Live with Michael Smith, VP & CIO, American Academy of Family Physicians

Podcast: CIO Leadership Live with Michael Smith, VP & CIO, American Academy of Family Physicians

Michael Smith, VP & CIO at American Academy of Family Physicians, joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview, which is jointly produced by CIO.com and the CIO Executive Council. Listen as they discuss the...

Podcast: CIO Leadership Live with Nicholas Colisto, CIO, Avery Dennison

Podcast: CIO Leadership Live with Nicholas Colisto, CIO, Avery Dennison

Nicholas Colisto, CIO at Avery Dennison, joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview, which is jointly produced by CIO.com and the CIO Executive Council. Listen as they discuss crisis management during the COVID-19...

5 key ingredients for the ideal board resume

5 key ingredients for the ideal board resume

Whether it’s a DIY rewrite of your executive CV or a professionally produced document, every board candidate needs a resume that shines.

Episode 2: Survive and thrive during the Covid-19 crisis

Episode 2: Survive and thrive during the Covid-19 crisis

Listen now as executive coach Ryan Halverson offers advice on how to manage your career (and your life) during the coronavirus pandemic and how to excel after it.

Podcast: CIO Leadership Live with Jesse Carrillo, SVP and CIO at Hines

Podcast: CIO Leadership Live with Jesse Carrillo, SVP and CIO at Hines

Listen now as Jesse Carrillo, SVP and CIO at Hines, joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview. They discuss IT leadership during the coronavirus outbreak, the impact on Hines' business and Carrillo's plan for going...

Passion over profits: What nonprofit boards have to offer CIOs

Passion over profits: What nonprofit boards have to offer CIOs

Count on gaining useful experience and connections, but not the right skills to qualify for a corporate board seat.

Tech Career Ladder podcast: Start your climb to EPIC leader

Tech Career Ladder podcast: Start your climb to EPIC leader

In Insider Pro’s inaugural Tech Career Ladder podcast, Sandy Silk -- director of Information Security, Education, and Consulting at Harvard University -- joins host Maryfran Johnson to discuss what it takes to become an EPIC leader....

Briefing the board on security: Put data in the driver’s seat

Briefing the board on security: Put data in the driver’s seat

Skip the scare tactics and cultivate “tech champions” among your board directors via data-driven stories and cybersecurity scorecards.

CIO Leadership Live with Ken Piddington, VP and CIO, U.S. Silica Co.

CIO Leadership Live with Ken Piddington, VP and CIO, U.S. Silica Co.

Ken Piddington, VP and CIO at U.S. Silica Co., joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview. Listen as they discuss 100% cloud vs. legacy, running IT like a startup and more.

4 strategies for board presentation success

4 strategies for board presentation success

Veteran execs share their best advice on understanding the mindset of the board.

CIO Leadership Live with Jason Nairn, CIO of Concordia University

CIO Leadership Live with Jason Nairn, CIO of Concordia University

Jason Nairn, CIO of Concordia University, joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview. Watch as they discuss IT leadership in higher education, risk management and more.

Playing the

Playing the "long game" of networking to earn a board seat

Landing your first board director role is often a multi-year effort. Be prepared to expand the diversity of your connections while building your breadth of business experience.

Why seek a board seat?

Why seek a board seat?

For those who want to go deeper into what it takes to run a company, being on a board can be a natural career progression. What it's not: easy money.

Episode 38: Michael Salas, SVP, CIO at SUEZ North America

Episode 38: Michael Salas, SVP, CIO at SUEZ North America

Podcast Episode 38: Listen now as Michael Salas, SVP, Chief Information & Digital Officer at SUEZ North America, joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview, to discuss IT strategy, digital transformation and more.

Episode 37: Greg Simpson, CIO of Synchrony Financial

Episode 37: Greg Simpson, CIO of Synchrony Financial

Podcast Episode 37: Listen now as Greg Simpson, CIO of Synchrony Financial, joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview. They discuss IT strategy, digital transformation and more.

Episode 36: Steven John, CIO at Aramark

Episode 36: Steven John, CIO at Aramark

Podcast Episode 36: Listen as Steven John, CIO of Aramark, joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview. They discuss data integration, robotics, sustainable innovation, and more.

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