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The OETC CIO Summit

Summit is a one-of-a-kind event — intimate in scope, enormous in possibility.

October 10-12, 2019
Skamania Lodge – Stevenson, WA

We look forward to hosting and connecting with you — as an OETC Member and guest, your food, lodging and fees are all on us; we invite you to stay through the weekend and continue enjoying the community.

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This year’s theme is leadership

How do you make everyone on your team feel invested — and valued? How do you let people find their true potential, and then get out of the way to help them succeed?

We’re welcoming four incredible speakers:

Michael C. Bush Michael C. Bush

Keynote speaker Michael C. Bush is the CEO of A Great Place to Work for All®, a global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace culture that provides analytics to over 10,000 organizations in 57 countries.

Claire Lew Claire Lew

Know Your Team CEO Claire Lew will run an in-depth, hands-on workshop focused on actionable techniques leaders can use immediately to give and receive honest feedback, how to create a sustainable culture of feedback, and how to prepare for sometimes difficult one-on-one talks with team members.

Megan Bigelow Megan Bigelow

Megan Bigelow, the founder and board president of Portland Women in Tech (PDXWIT) will present the extensive — and often surprising — results of her organization’s 2019 State of the Community assessment. Using the data as a jumping-off point, Megan will discuss how to bring meaningful, needed change to diversity and inclusion initiatives to benefit both staff and students.

Kirk Kelly Kirk Kelly

PSU CIO Kirk Kelly will present a two-hour interactive workshop on Employee Engagement and Motivation. His presentation answers a question central to all leaders: in a world where only 33 percent of employees describe themselves as “engaged,” how can you empower employees to lean into their autonomy, develop their mastery and find their purpose?

What is Summit?

Peers + Conversation

OETC’s Summit is a retreat tailor-made for top-level technology leaders working in the education space. Bringing peers together to foster meaningful connections and conversation, Summit is the unique chance to discuss challenges and opportunities with your fellow CIOs.

Location + Hospitality

Every year, OETC selects a compelling location, then handles all lodging and meals logistics during the event for our members. Let us pick up the tab for lodging, food, and programming; stay through the weekend to socialize and enjoy the view.

Partners + Product

Each year, OETC curates a select group of sponsors. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience, we choose just one partner in each space — one that has not just the best technology, but also a proven track record with our members. It’s a unique opportunity to get one-on-one time, ask any questions you may have, and see the latest.


Thursday, October 10

3-6 p.m. Check-in
5-5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception
5:30-6:30 p.m. Megan Bigelow:
State of the Community 2019
6:30-9 p.m. Dinner

Friday, October 11

7:45-9 a.m. Breakfast
9-10 a.m. Michael C. Bush keynote
10-10:20 a.m. Break
10:20-11:20 a.m. Morning one-on-ones
11:20-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kirk Kelly engagement workshop
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. Afternoon one-on-ones
2:30-2:40 p.m. Break
2:40-4:10 p.m. Claire Lew:
Know Your Worth
4:10-4:20 p.m. Closing
5:20-6 p.m. Cocktail reception
6-9 p.m. Dinner and drinks

Partners with a
proven track record

We’re honored to work with organizations and companies across the spectrum. They represent everything from chromebooks to network security, and many of them have been with Summit from the start.


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Past Attendees

  • Anchorage School District
  • Arlington School District
  • Ashland School District
  • Beaverton School District
  • Bonneville Joint School District
  • Bozeman Public Schools
  • Camas School District
  • Centennial School District
  • Central Oregon Community College
  • Clackamas ESD
  • Coeur D’Alene Public Schools
  • Corvallis School District
  • Crook County Unit School District
  • Deer Park School District
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Everett Public Schools
  • Evergreen Public Schools
  • Federal Way Public Schools
  • Gresham-Barlow School District
  • Helena Public Schools
  • Highline School District
  • Hillsboro School District
  • Idaho Digital Learning
  • Idaho Falls School District 91
  • Intermountain ESD
  • Kellog School District
  • Kennewick School District
  • Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD
  • McMinnville School District
  • Mead School District
  • Medford School District
  • Methow Valley School District
  • Newberg School District
  • North Clackamas School District
  • Northshore School District
  • NW Regional ESD
  • Oregon City School District 62
  • Pasco School District
  • Portland State University
  • Redmond School District
  • Reynolds School District
  • Richland School District
  • Salem-Keizer School District
  • University of Idaho

Past Summits

2018 – Coeur d’Alene, ID

With a theme of security — both physical and digital — our third Summit was the best-attended yet.

Anchored by a keynote from Major General Brett T. Williams, attendees also heard from Dr. Wayne Machuca of Mount Hood Community College on staffing fort the cybersecurity void, while Leslie Golden ran a workshop on developing security priorities.

This year, we went a bit further afield to the beautiful Coeur D’Alene Resort, located right on the lake of the same name. Many attendees stayed the weekend to network further — and golf, kayak, boat, hike, fish …

Special thanks to our partners: Acer, HPE/Aruba, Securly, Freshworks, Pacific Office Automation, JAMF, Epson, Insight (IFS), Illuminate Education, SMART Technologies, GuideK12, and Classlink.

2017 – Skamania Lodge, WA

Our first Summit tackled a challenge central to every CIO: change leadership.

People — and institutions — are inherently averse to change; how can you effectively lead, communicate and empower staff and students to embrace newness?

Keynote speaker Sara El-Amine, who worked as President Obama’s national organizing director, shared 10 tips for change, while Leslie Golden spoke about TKTK and Beaverton Public Schools chaired a panel on their large-scale 1:1 Chromebook rollout — and how attendees can do the same.

Everyone gathered at Skamania Lodge, nestled in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, and many stayed to keep talking … or go on a hike.

Special thanks to our partners: Insight (IFS), GuideK12, Epson, Pacific Office Automation, Classlink, Nimble Storage, Illuminate Education, LocknCharge and Acer.

CIO Summit 2020
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