The Midwest is not as well-known as either Silicon Valley or Route 128 (in Massachusetts) for being home to a vibrant community focused on technological innovation and ideas/inventions in information technology and telecommunications.

Yet each year, for the last 4, an annual gathering of Midwest technology luminaries convenes; and it is a powerful, career-enhancing, life-changing event that affords unique opportunities for collaboration, networking, challenging discussion and exploration.

This year, on June 4th and June 5th, the fourth annual Midwest Technology Leaders 2008 is being held in Michigan at the MGM Grand Hotel. The website for further information is It is a gathering of CIO’s and those who report to them. The format allows for both formal and informal interactions; speakers and interactive roundtable gatherings; breakfast/lunch/cocktail reception opportunities to meet and be met.

The 2008 program features some amazing speakers including (but not limited to):

  • Tony Scott – CIO of Microsoft (and former CIO of The Disney Corporation)
  • Bob Paul – CEO of Compuware Corporation
  • Tom Peck – CIO of MGM Mirage (and former CIO of NBC Universal)
  • Tim Cox – CIO of GM’s innovative OnStar Division
  • Sam Kahan – Chief Economist, Federal Reserve Bank
  • John Crary – CIO, Lear Corporation
  • A panel hosted by Matt Roush, editor of the Great Lakes IT Report, and featuring prominent attorneys from Clark Hill, discussing eDiscovery and its implications
  • And many, many more.

Are there reasons for you to come? Well one that immediately springs to mind is the chance to interact with a stellar delegation of people in the Midwest concerned about the business implications of, and future contributions of, technology in the current economy. Another is that this outstanding line-up of executive faculty (including numerous CIO’s from prominent corporation) and community partners (including SIM, Automation Alley, ConnectTech, MACUL, MAFE, MiTechNews Networks, X-ology Magazine, and Michigan Mall) will probably not be gathered in one place, again, for at least another year!

But perhaps the most important reason to attend is to challenge your assumptions about the current state of technology in the Midwest; and share your ideas, with those who are making a difference.

Check out the Website: and feel free to post comments or questions. If you would like to attend, you need to submit an application; and the deadline for that is May 30th (fast-approaching). Please feel free to call or send e-mail –