Collaborating with the business community is at the heart of the CU Denver Business School’s initiatives and overall strategic direction. The Information Systems Advisory Council forms long-term, lasting relationships between the Business School and the business community. The advisory council advises the Information Systems Department and assists in maintaining and improving its programs, the number and quality of its students, the success of its graduates, and its partnerships and other collaborations with the business community.

Member involvement in the advisory council helps build a strong infrastructure and enables the IS Department to attract high-caliber students and faculty to the University and support the many activities and services of the program. A strong, functioning Center generates benefits for all members.


The vision of the Information Systems Advisory Council is to facilitate a match between academia, private-sector business, and the public sector, where innovative solutions to IT issues can be explored and implemented. The council is involved in the design, deployment, staffing, and management of information technologies (IT). It also develops focused programs that address specific high-priority IT issues faced by employers in the region, such as the recruitment, retention, and training of IT workers. 

Goals and Priorities

The Information Systems Advisory Council accomplishes the purpose by:

  • Interacting with and counseling students and graduates of the Department, including mentoring, advising, and sharing information regarding careers and other important topics.
  • Advising the Department on trends and uncertainties facing the information systems profession.
  • Reviewing curricula and suggesting opportunities to enhance the skills and marketability of our students.
  • Advising and supporting efforts to raise funds for the Department.
  • Identifying project and research opportunities to advance thought leadership.
  • Helping establish business community outreach, connections, and other partnerships.


  • CIOs and CTOs from prominent organizations in Colorado and the Business School IS faculty
  • Membership includes 15-30 Colorado IT executive business leaders
  • Academically focused IT Center facilitating information exchange with business organizations to improve Colorado’s IT workforce

Membership Commitment

To remain in good standing members must:

  • Attend the semi-annual advisory council meeting held during the fall and spring semesters, or send a representative when unable to attend.
  • Actively participate in one or more of the consortia/committees
  • The council relies solely on membership dues from its members so that its mission and activities can be aligned with the Business School and its members.


  • Cybersecurity Consortium: Support MS/ Ph.D. programs in cybersecurity by collaborating with faculty and students to accelerate cybersecurity research, education, and community engagement.
  • Student Engagement Committee: The purpose of this committee is to interact with information systems students through classroom visits, by planning and attending events on careers in information systems (e.g. the Business Leaders with an Edge), interviewing skills, etc., and through mentoring.
  • Curriculum Committee: The purpose of this committee is to provide input and advice on professional needs and current information systems practices. This includes how best to prepare students for careers in IS.
  • Community Engagement Committee: The purpose of this committee is to assist the Department in creating and maintaining external relationships with the business community such as student internships, new council members, resources useful in the classroom (e.g. cases, projects), and financial support. Benefits of Membership

Benefits of Membership

Advisory council members enjoy networking opportunities, ample access to students for recruiting purposes, engagement with faculty, and the opportunity to impact the next generation of information systems professionals.