We can’t always make the right choices on our career path, but if we learn from our mistakes, we have a much better chance at future success. In this episode, we ask higher ed IT leaders, what was your biggest career misstep and how did you course correct?
Orlando Leon serves as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, overseeing all things relating to technology at Fresno State. He was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Orlando attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Management Science, and Computer Science and Engineering. He has over 20 years of experience in the information technology field with 16 years in higher education. Orlando spent his initial years after graduating from college as a software programmer and a product manager at Oracle and has spent the past 16 years in various technology leadership roles in higher education, first at UC San Francisco, then Stanford University, and now at Fresno State. He has the privilege and honor of working directly with students to help raise the next generation of leaders through technology, digital literacy, mentoring, coaching, and sharing life.
Orlando is married to his wife, Rebecca, and has a 9 year old life-loving boy. He enjoys cooking, baking, photography, volleyball, nature, cars, all things electronics, and deep conversations about life.
This article describes IT partnerships and collaborations on a mission-driven, in-progress project: the innovative development and rollout of My Degree Plan, a tool for mapping the path toward graduation for Fresno State students.