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PARAGON IT LEADERSHIP FORUM:

Collaborate | Innovate | Develop

The IT Leadership Forum is designed to enhance leadership skills through a professionally facilitated forum where peers come together to learn from one another and where leaders discuss trends, challenges and potential solutions. 


The Leadership Forum boasts more than 300 graduates across 40 businesses in Iowa and Minnesota.  

Professional Facilitator | Keynote Speakers | Peer Learning 

 

FACILITATORS

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JOEL JACKMAN

Co-Owner, Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer 
Paragon IT Professionals

JILL HAUWILLER MA, ACC

Professional Facilitator
Founder & Principal Consultant, Leadership Refinery

 

TESTIMONIALS

ERIK J. ANDERSON

IT APPLICATION ANALYST, PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP

"I was apprehensive when I first learned that my leader had recommended me for the Paragon IT Leadership Forum, but knew it would be a great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a leader. The small size of the forum and industry diversification of the participating leaders allowed us to get to know each other at a personal level. This allowed for a comfortable setting and generated more in-depth discussions. Both the frequency (one afternoon each month) and the structure of the forum were great! Each meeting consisted of an icebreaker, followed by a guest speaker and Q&A session, and we wrapped up each month by discussing real-world issues/situations/questions that the forum members were dealing with on a daily basis. It was interesting to see, that regardless of the industry each leader came from, we all deal with very similar issues as IT leaders. Each guest speaker left me with a handful of takeaways,from podcasts to books to other items for me to dig into further. Joel did a great job of organizing the forum and moderating each session to make it a valuable use of my time. I looked forward to this meeting each month and highly recommend this forum to every IT leader – you will learn something in every session."

AMY LUECK

DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS PARTNER - NORTHERN TOOL + EQUIPMENT

"The Paragon IT Leadership Forum provides members with the unique opportunity to meet several times a year to collaborate and share thoughts, ideas, best practices. The forum has given me time away from day-to-day business activities enabling me to dedicate time to grow personally and professionally. The immersion with thought leaders, both presenters and participants, have sparked fresh ideas and an opportunity to calibrate some aspects of my work so that I can be more effective and successful."

RICH COLESTOCK

RICH COLESTOCK - CIO POST CONSUMER BRANDS

"My experience with the Paragon leadership program has been fantastic.  Joel does an amazing job bringing together a diverse group of IT leaders for the program and it creates a rich environment for learning and sharing from each other's experiences.  Tom and Joel do a great job weaving in their own experience and knowledge along with relevant and impactful outside speakers.   I would definitely recommend this experience for both aspiring and seasoned IT leaders alike."

CATHERINE HOSAMINE

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING - SULLIVANCOTTER

"At first I was skeptical joining the forum thinking that I will be getting the same thing from various organizations. But after two sessions, I knew that this is giving me a great impact on how I managed and lead people. The forum is unique because it’s not a one-time thing that you come and go. There are real cases to solve and follow ups. The attendees are constant and knowledge sharing is great. Having a focused group with everyone’s not afraid sharing their experiences made the discussions very real and open.  As the session progresses, the participants become more and more involved."

JASON NAVERUD

IT SERVICES MANAGER - LIFESOURCE

"The IT Leadership Forum hosted by Paragon IT professionals is one of the best and most useful collaborations that I have participated in.  The speakers and topics that are discussed with other professionals in the field is something that very helpful for day-to-day operations to helping ideate strategic plans.  I have found the framework that Paragon has established encourages open and honest conversation that helps leaders grow by challenging preconceived ideology in a safe environment that encourages vulnerability and courage."

JANETTE SMRCKA

IT DIRECTOR - MALL OF AMERICA

"Participating in the IT forum with Paragon has exceeded my expectations. My initial goal was to simply connect a bit deeper with a few IT leaders in the community. I have had the privilege to get to know some incredibly talented peers who I am now honored to call friends. In addition, I was blown away by the quality and relevance of the speakers that were curated. Each session was time well spent."

 

GET IN TOUCH

For general inquiries about Paragon IT Leadership Forum or more information about speakers, dates and locations please get in touch today.

515.249.6871

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PARAGON IT PROFESSIONALS

Providing legendary service for more than 20 years.

Paragon was founded in 1997 by brothers Craig and Joel Jackman to change how search firms and clients interacted. With an entrepreneurial background and an innovative spirit, Craig and Joel set out to be more than just a service provider. They wanted to be a valued partner to their clients — helping them get the right people in the right roles, which in turn benefited each clients’ strategic initiatives. With two phones, a phonebook, and a fax machine and a whole lot of tenacity, they started Paragon with the mission to create a great company where people could thrive, love their work and make a meaningful contribution.


IT Solutions With International Reach

Today, Paragon is deeply connected to IT communities throughout the Midwest. Providing exceptional resources locally, nationally and internationally, we have enjoyed delivering success to organizations while leveraging our renowned experience, speed to market and industry knowledge. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, our presence includes hundreds of consultants in multiple states, as well as global partnerships, providing the best talent and solutions for our clients’ needs.

A Commitment To Talent And Leadership Development

Because of the deep commitment to nurturing the future of the industry, the IT Leadership Forum was founded in 2010 to support investment in talent. Through the IT Leadership Forum, our clients strengthen their leadership culture — leading to improved attraction, engagement and retention of the best people. Paragon is also an active member in technology association leadership initiatives. A passion of Paragon is looking to help resolve the challenge of a constrained IT workforce by investing in students’ education and opportunities. We are proud of our 501c3 scholarship fund, and believe deeply in creating opportunities for future change agents and leaders.