Tambellini Symposium

Empowering the CIO

April 27, 2023
Virtual Event

The Tambellini Symposium is all about you: the higher education executive focused on strategic transformation. Join us for interactive discussions with fellow higher education leaders and Tambellini analysts. 

This exclusive, virtual Symposium is designed to focus on the top priorities of IT leaders and the most impactful challenges needing solutions in higher education technology today.

The Tambellini Symposium is complimentary. This invitation is non-transferable.


1:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks from Vicki Tambellini, CEO

1:10 p.m. Panel: Empowered CIOs in the Real-World

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Workshop: Planning for Modernization to the Cloud

4:00 p.m. Conclusion and Next Steps

4:30 p.m. Limited Analyst Sessions 

Session Details

Panel: Empowered CIOs in the Real World

Institutional technology leaders can put themselves in the best position to orchestrate and enable transformational initiatives by engaging their network around real-world experiences. Interact with CIOs that will share and discuss specific actions they took to execute on a strategy—aligning to institutional mission, navigating staffing issues, and more.

Focus will be given to lessons learned and “aha” moments. Tambellini looks forward to facilitating the sharing of broader insights from your peer groups via access to the network of institutional leaders attending the virtual Symposium.


Workshop: Planning for Modernization to the Cloud

Research has surfaced numerous challenges faced by institutions in pursuing a modernization effort, centered around gaps in planning and identifying obstacles to navigate. As a strategy that’s bigger than IT, modernizing includes not only the “big rocks” of your Finance, HCM, and Student systems, but all the other projects—and their stakeholders—on the CIO’s whiteboard.

This workshop will guide attendees through the elements of developing personalized modernization strategies to make technology selections best suited for your institution. Through breakouts and activities, you’ll have the groundwork prepared for planning a successful journey.

Tambellini Symposium Speakers

Timothy Chester
Timothy Chester
Interim Vice Chancellor and CIO
University System of Georgia
Vice President for Information Technology
University of Georgia
Kristen Eshleman
Kristen Eshleman
Vice President for Library and Information Technology Services
Trinity College
Dave Kieffer
Dave Kieffer
Principal Analyst
Tambellini Group
Mur Muchane
Mur Muchane
Vice President of Information Technology and CIO
Wake Forest University
Paul O'Brien
Paul O’Brien
Senior Analyst
Tambellini Group
Tressa Ries
Tressa Ries
Vice President of Finance and Administration
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Matt Winn
Matt Winn
Principal Analyst
Tambellini Group

Higher Education Institutions


Solution Providers & Investors

market insights
Michael Bisson: Vice President of Student Product Strategy at Workday
Michael Bisson
Vice President, Student Product Strategy
Workday logo

Michael joined Workday in 2013 seeding the Student project team and contributing to its initial architecture and design. Michael led the Product Management team as they designed the core student product and facilitated a three-year customer design partner program. Today, Michael leads the Product Strategy team responsible for determining market fit, competitive market intelligence, and overall product direction. Prior to joining Workday, Michael worked 16 years at Peoplesoft and Oracle in support of the Campus Solutions product in Product Management, Development, and Support. Michael has committed his professional career to the improvement of higher education management through the design and development of Student Information Systems.

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