Leaders have a stewardship responsibility to build and sustain a compelling work culture. We all want to be in the middle of vital work, to be a part of a winning community, to be personally valued and to grow. But as leaders, how do we execute on this desire? This session will provide a meaningful framework for leaders to follow that will help create and sustain a compelling work environment. Participants will be able to assess their work environment against the presented framework and then select action steps that best address possible opportunities for improvement.
Butch Leonardson has 40 years in Information Technology (IT) leadership. His initial 12 years in the profession was in strategic IT consulting and large-scale systems implementation. He served as a Practice Director for the financial services industry with Arthur Andersen & Company (Accenture). From 1988 to 1996, he was the Associate Executive Director and CIO for Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. He then spent two years at Harvard Medical School exploring a pilot program for a global disease management system. In 1999 he was appointed the SVP & CIO for BECU. He retired from BECU in December 2014. Since retiring he has been actively involved in helping to build IT Leadership capabilities for organizations.
Butch earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Seattle University. He served as a Member of the Board of Regents for many years and was Board Chair for the 2012-2014 term. He also has served on the Board of Trustees at Franciscan Highline Medical Center. During both the Governor’s Gregoire and Inslee administration Butch served on the Technology Services Board in the Office of the CIO.
In 2011 he was recognized by Seattle Business Magazine as a finalist for CIO of the year. In 2014 he was recognized as an Elite 8 Banking IT executive by the Bank Systems & Technology journal. He is helping to facilitate the 2017 SIM Regional Leadership Forum in Seattle and Portland. He also leads an annual IT Leadership School for the CU Industry.