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Hi! I’m Mackenzie Brown, your Executive Director for MichiganCIO.

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Build trust. Foster relationships.
Gain leadership advantage.

MichiganCIO is a peer-based approach to helping CIOs maximize their leadership effectiveness, create value, reduce risk and share success.

Connect. Recognize. Inspire.

By convening Michigan’s leading CIOs in environments and experiences where members own the program agenda, CIOs build meaningful professional relationships with colleagues facing similar challenges.


Join leading Michigan CIOs to collaborate and share best practices, solve problems, and accelerate executive learning.

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The Michigan CIO ORBIE Awards recognizes technology executives for leadership, innovation and excellence.

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Invest in your team through Inspire Leadership Academy, offering leadership development programs for Executive Leadership Teams & high-potential leaders in your IT organization.

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Meet the CIOs leading MichiganCIO

MichiganCIO is led by an advisory board of CIOs from prominent organizations in Michigan who set the direction for our events, membership, and annual awards program.

Anita Klopfenstein

Little Caesars Enterprises and Ilitch Owned Companies

Bill Fandrich

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Darlene Taylor

Superior Industries International Inc

Milos Topic

Grand Valley State University

Carrie Shumaker

University of Michigan - Dearborn

Ryan Talbott


Jason Joseph

Corewell Health

Cathy Curley

U of M College of Literature, Science and the Arts

Inspire Your Team

Attracting and developing talent is fundamental to the success of every great leader. An exclusive benefit of Inspire membership is access to the Inspire Leadership Academy, offering leadership development programs for CIOs, CISOs, Executive Leadership Teams & high-potential leaders in your IT organization.

You can’t find a higher class of talent and great people than what is now currently encompassed within DallasCIO. I don’t call these people colleagues, I call them my friends and for me that’s important to be part of an organization like that.

Sherif Mityas, Chief Experience Officer

There’s no textbook that tells you how to be a good CIO. The best way you can learn and keep up with what’s going on is to talk to your peers and share best practices. I think our companies are much stronger because we have this incredible network.

Becky Blalock, CIO (fmr)

I have 100+ people now that I can reach out to you and say, “I’ve got this did you handle it?" And sometimes getting advice on what not to do is as important as getting advice on what you should do.

Lee Crump, Group VP & CIO

Senior executives are pressed for time. So, we have to be very picky about what we attend and what we sign up for. With InspireCIO, there are so many good opportunities to connect with CIOs. There’s never really a lack of opportunity to meet and greet or just spend quality time with other CIOs.

Jay Ferro, CIO

InspireCIO gives me the opportunity to ask my peers their feedback on different vendors, technology challenges, and how they are solving problems. I very seldom deal with significant technology challenges without reaching out.

Brian Shield, VP IT

The answer is in the room.Are you?

Connect Across Chapters

Interact with Inspire members and attend events at any InspireCIO chapter.

Attend National Events

Connect with prominent CIOs from across the country at national events exclusive to Inspire level members.

Develop Your Team

Receive credit toward enrolling direct reports in Inspire Leadership Academy.

MichiganCIO is limited to the CIO or equivalent executive role of a local organization with over $100 million in annual revenue. Organizations with over $1B in annual revenue may enroll additional CIOs who qualify.

Meet Our MichiganCIO Underwriters

MichiganCIO is supported by executive level, strategic sponsors known as Underwriters. Senior executives representing these organizations serve on MichiganCIO's Advisory Board and attend the CIO-led, non-commercial chapter leadership programs.


MichiganCIO member programs include:

Insider Events

CIO-hosted programs to showcase member organizations, executives, strategies & accomplishments

Leadership Keynotes

Exclusive, high-profile keynotes by C-suite leaders, best-selling authors & other inspiring leadership speakers

CIO Conversations

Member-led dinners at upscale, local restaurants focusing on CIO-selected topics & conversation


Structured methodology for CIO collaboration around initiatives, leadership successes & challenges

Innovation Showcases

Rapid-fire presentations from CIO-invited, innovative young companies, enabling efficient overview of potential solutions

Member Breakfasts

Casual, member-hosted gatherings connecting CIOs who work in close proximity