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?
Wendy Woodward is a Senior Consultant for Moran Technology Consulting (MTC), partnering with institutions to advance digital and operational transformation that will position them for continued success. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in higher education technology and customer service organizations, at large and small private colleges as well as within a state system.
Prior to joining MTC she has successfully lead the advancement of transformative initiatives as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay; the Chief Information and Campus Services Officer at Wheaton College in Illinois (leading the areas of information technology and auxiliary services); the Chief Information Officer for the Wheaton College Trust Company; and Director of Enterprise Technology Support Services at Northwestern University. Wendy's previous experience includes executive management responsibility in customer focused, technologically enhanced operations. She is known for being an energetic, strategic thinker who solves problems collaboratively by thinking out of the box and being willing to look at issues with a fresh perspective.
She has an M.S. in Communication, emphasis on systems, strategy, and management, from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Organizational Management from North Park University in Chicago.
Over the course of her career in higher education, she has been actively involved in EDUCAUSE, CLAC, HESS, CCCU, REN-ISAC and other collaborative organizations. She has also served on several technology company advisory boards.
Her support of her local community includes serving on the local Library Board; leading initiatives to advance women and underrepresented people groups for a local Rotary Club; and other volunteer work for a variety of organizations and causes.
A private liberal arts college created a stakeholder-based technology governance structure that focuses on robust decision-making. In addition to ensuring transparency, the new IT governance process emphasizes strategic, operational, and technically sound decisions to facilitate innovative and powerful technology solutions.