Learn Today! Online Class - Leading Digital Transformation

A Big Year for Feld Group Institute Learning & Development

Developing Next Generation Leaders

The Feld Group Institute provides training, mentoring and comprehensive support to help companies achieve IT-enabled business transformation. What makes our leadership programs different is that they are built on both decades of practical experience and the latest thought leadership from experienced operating practitioners.

Our Capstone

For Transformation Leadership Development (TLD), 2018 was a year of significant milestones. We ran three classes with 51 graduates, bringing our TLD Alumni total to 100. Over the summer, we enhanced the TLD curriculum to include more hands-on activities, as well as opportunities to learn from past participants and the always-evolving insights our practitioners are learning and developing with our clients. A key evolution happened this Fall: we welcomed, to the program, our first team of business/IT leaders who work together on a daily basis. They came to class together and learned shared mental models and frameworks to enhance their ongoing teamwork. We hope this trend will continue in future classes.

Expanded Offerings

In order to reach leaders at different stages of their career, or with various areas of deep focus, we are expanding our programs. Our newest class, Operationalizing Enterprise Architecture (EA), focuses on the belief that the dialogue about enterprise architecture must now take place at the highest levels—including a strategic focus incorporating both business and technical outcomes. Launched in May, the three-day program is designed for Enterprise Architects, Leaders of Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio/Domain Architects, and Business Architects. Based on the success of the first class, we offered a second class in October. In just our first year, we had 41 graduates of the EA program.

Custom Leadership Programs

In addition to our open enrollment programs, we also collaborated with clients to co-create a learning agenda that leverages the Institute’s frameworks and applies the key principles to the client’s situation. In one case, we worked with a TLD graduate to create a three-day class bringing together both IT and business leaders. The joint leadership team came away with a shared context and language to address multi-year business, architecture and productivity outcomes.

2018 Success

Our accomplishments would not be possible without the continued support from our Feld Group Institute Affiliates, distinguished colleagues, and partner ecosystem. Every day of every class, these individuals pass along and share first-hand knowledge of how transformations should be planned, led and executed.

Thank You

We owe a debt of gratitude to our graduates. As we approach 2019, we will place a particular emphasis on fostering the alumni community – ensuring that our graduates see tremendous ongoing value in being part of, and collaborating with, the growing community of next-generation leaders.

Author: Meredith Sasser, Feld Group Affiliate
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Russell Villemez

Affiliate, The Feld Group Institute

Head of Technology Strategy, Dialexa – a Feld Group Institute partner

Highly regarded CTO and change agent with IT strategy and enterprise architecture expertise.

Russell Villemez is an Affiliate with the Feld Group Institute and the head of Technology Strategy at Dialexa, a Technology Research, Design and Creation firm that works with organizations on initiatives such as Operational Transformation, Business Growth, and New Venture Creation.

During 17 years in operational roles and 15 years in consulting roles, Russell has worked across a variety of industries in both executive leadership positions and as a subject matter expert. Russell thrives on the scale and complexity of leading major change agendas in large corporate environments.

Recent consulting clients include AmerisourceBergen, the American Automobile Association, Brinker International, Cubic, Equifax, and Cox Automotive. A common thread is the client’s need for strong leadership during a period of change—whether motivated by acquisitions, spin-offs, competitive pressures, or other factors. Clients also benefit from Russell’s expertise in enterprise architecture, agile development, application portfolio rationalization, technology and architecture strategy, as well as business strategy and commercial software product development.

Recognized as a versatile IT executive, adept at solving complex problems with innovative solutions, Russell’s capabilities and achievements span a continuum from business-strategy formation to hands-on IT solution development. His extensive career achievements include pioneering the first use of relational databases in high-volume transaction systems in the ‘80s, applying voice recognition DSPs in public intelligent network services for consumer markets in the ‘90s, and leading large-scale adoptions of open systems, object technology, and middleware frameworks in complex business environments, often in advance of commercially available software products.

Prior to joining Dialexa, Russell served at HP as Enterprise Services Chief Technology Officer for the Americas, leading a global capability for embedded Account CTOs in large enterprises. Russell began his career at Accenture, where he first crafted his consultative problem-solving approach, later honed at A.T. Kearny and the Feld Group. Russell’s deep telecom experience is built upon numerous director and enterprise architect positions at AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Telstra, US West, Pacific Bell, and Sprint, and as V.P. and CIO for WebLink Wireless.

Russell has a BS in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. In his spare time, Russell participates in amateur auto racing, and is a driving instructor with the Porsche Club of America.