Expert Voices: Prudentials CIO on the Benefits of IT Mentors

By Debra D'Agostino  |  Posted 2006-06-23 Print this article Print

IT executives play an important role in developing the next generation of IT leaders. (

For Barbara Koster, IT isnt only about alignment and meeting business goals. The global CIO of Prudential Financial, a $37 billion financial services firm, feels a palpable responsibility to help a new generation of IT professionals into the fray, particularly at a time when enrollment in technological fields of study are declining. As part of a partnership with Workforce Outsource Services, a New York City-based non-profit thats helping to train and employ disadvantaged inner-city students in tech-related fields, Kosters IT team has taken on five interns, giving them the real-world experience theyll need to prepare for careers in IT.
Key to that experience, Koster says, is mentoring—creating special relationships, imparting words of wisdom and providing encouragement to rising technology leaders.
Koster recently chatted with Senior Reporter Debra DAgostino about her approach as a mentor; her edited comments follow. Why did you decide to work with Workforce Outsource Services? New grads globe-hop for IT training. Click here to read more. My involvement in WOS goes back to the fact that we dont have a large number of people going into technology careers today. At some point, you have to have a pipeline for that future. So how do we find ways to fill those jobs? Its through programs like these. I am hoping that it does change the tide and helps more people go into technology. Read the full story on Expert Voices: Prudentials CIO Barbara Koster on the Benefits of IT Mentors Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on IT management from
Debra D'Agostino was part of the original team that launched CIO Insight in May 2001, and has held several positions during her tenure, serving first as copy chief, then senior reporter, and currently as online editor, overseeing content and strategy for Prior to joining Ziff Davis Media, her work focused largely on travel and leisure, and her articles have appeared in Consumer Reports' Travel Letter, The Elite Traveler, Agenda New York, Travel Agent, Westchester, Wine Enthusiast and USA Today, among others. At CIO Insight, she has twice been a finalist for American Business Media's Jesse H. Neal Award, and has received three national gold awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. She holds a bachelor of science in journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

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