Santa Clara University

Information Technology Leadership Program

Santa Clara University campus

The Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP) helps information systems (IS) professionals develop the necessary skills to be successful in their jobs and advance their career opportunities. This includes skills that will complement their technical skills, such as general management, leadership, strategy, interpersonal communication, relationship-building, effective consulting, and the ability to effectively influence managers outside the IT function and within the organization.

Program Benefits

  • Develop strategic skills essential for success-leadership, strategic vision, relationship building, interpersonal communication
  • Improve your ability to effectively influence others outside the IT function and within the organization
  • Become more effective in your current job and a more valued member of the corporate team
  • Ron Danielson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Engineering, Santa Clara University
  • Pete DeLisi, Academic Dean, Information Technology Leadership Program, Santa Clara University and President, Organizational Synergies

Guest speakers have included:

  • Patricia Anderson, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin (ret.)
  • Michele Goins, CIO, Hewlett-Packard
  • Ken Harris, formerly the CIO at Gap Inc., Nike and Pepsi Co.
  • Steve Heckler, CIO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Harvey R. Koeppel, Executive Director, Center for CIO Leadership
  • Barry Posner, Dean of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, and world renowned authority on leadership
  • Bill Raduchel, CIO, Sun Microsystems
  • Jane Rice, CIO, Ross Stores, Inc.
  • Tom Thomas, CIO, 3Com Corporation

Faculty bio's:

Pete DeLisi is the Academic Dean of the Information Technology Leadership Program at Santa Clara University and the President of Organizational Synergies. Pete has over 20 years of practical, hands-on experience in marketing, business strategy and organizational behavior. Some of his clients have included Hughes Aircraft, Intel, Microsoft, United Airlines, Wells Fargo Bank, and Johnson & Johnson.

Prior to his current position, Pete spent 16 years at Digital Equipment Corporation and 11 years with IBM in a variety of senior sales and marketing capacities. Pete's keen observations on the challenges facing IT organizations have been published in the Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review and Journal of Management Inquiry. He is co-author with Ed Schein of the book, DEC is Dead, Long Live DEC.

Pete has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Detroit and post-graduate work in Meteorology, Philosophy and Psychology. This rare and unique educational experience has provided Pete sensitivity for both the hard scientific, as well as, the "soft" dimensions of corporate success.

Ron Danielson, Ph.D., has been on the faculty at Santa Clara University for 29 years. He has been Chief Information Officer since July 2000, becoming Vice Provost in July 2007. As CIO, Ron leads the Information Services organization in offering academic and administrative computing networking and telecommunications, web, instructional and classroom technology, and library services. From 1984-1990 he served as Director of Information Systems and helped lead efforts that completely revised the academic and administrative computing environments.

Ron holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been honored by the university with the President's Special Recognition Award, in 1995 and the Brutocao Curriculum Innovation Award in 1997.

For more information about a custom program contact: Larry Robertson, Ph.D. at 408-554-4681 or

For more information about the program contact: Pete DeLisi at 510-490-1723 or

Q&A with Pete & Ron
Participant Quotes

"Best seminar for the IT professional. Gathered more ideas in 3-days than any seminar I've attended. Great 'take-away' value."

 "The ITLP distilled a decade of ideas into 3 days. The guest speakers were some of the best I have heard." 


Wall Street Journal

Why CIOs Are Last Among Equals

By Peter S. DeLisi, Dennis Moberg & Ronald Danielson

Wall Street Journal
May 24, 2010

Are CIOs doomed to forever be second-class citizens among top executives?

We don't think so, but they've got a lot of work to do to avoid that fate.

Read the complete article.

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