Hi! I’m Nina DiFrancisco, your Executive Director for SoCalCIO.
SoCalCIO is a peer-based approach to helping CIOs maximize their leadership effectiveness, create value, reduce risk and share success.
By convening Southern California’s leading CIOs in environments and experiences where members own the program agenda, CIOs build meaningful professional relationships with colleagues facing similar challenges.
Join leading Southern California CIOs to collaborate and share best practices, solve problems, and accelerate executive learning.Learn More →
The SoCal CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards recognizes technology executives for leadership, innovation and excellence.Learn More →
Invest in your team through Next Gen Leader, a leadership development program for CIO direct reports.Learn More →
SoCalCIO is led by an advisory board of CIOs from prominent organizations in Southern California who set the direction for our events, membership, and annual awards program.
Attracting and developing talent is fundamental to the success of every great CIO. An exclusive benefit of InspireCIO membership, Next Gen Leader is a six-month, cohort-based leadership development experience designed for managers and high-potential leaders in your IT organization.
You can’t find a higher class of talent and great people than what is now currently encompassed within DallasCIO. I don’t call these people colleagues, I call them my friends and for me that’s important to be part of an organization like that.
There’s no textbook that tells you how to be a good CIO. The best way you can learn and keep up with what’s going on is to talk to your peers and share best practices. I think our companies are much stronger because we have this incredible network.
I have 100+ people now that I can reach out to you and say, “I’ve got this problem...how did you handle it?" And sometimes getting advice on what not to do is as important as getting advice on what you should do.
Senior executives are pressed for time. So, we have to be very picky about what we attend and what we sign up for. With InspireCIO, there are so many good opportunities to connect with CIOs. There’s never really a lack of opportunity to meet and greet or just spend quality time with other CIOs.
InspireCIO gives me the opportunity to ask my peers their feedback on different vendors, technology challenges, and how they are solving problems. I very seldom deal with significant technology challenges without reaching out.
Access our national membership directory and attend events at any InspireCIO chapter.
Connect with prominent CIOs from across the country at national events exclusive to Inspire level members.
Receive credit toward enrolling direct reports in Next Gen Leader.
SoCalCIO is limited to the CIO or equivalent executive role of a local organization with over $100 million in annual revenue. Organizations with over $1B in annual revenue may enroll additional CIOs who qualify.