Forbes writer Steve Olenski interviews C-Suite Network CEO Thomas White at the C-Suite Conference in Marina del Rey. White discusses upcoming C-Suite Conferences, programs and what’s in store for the future of the C-Suite Network and its members.
One of the many, many things I love about being a Forbes contributor is it affords me the privilege – and it is without question a privilege, to engage with and form relationships with those who work in the C Suite.
Large company or small company or somewhere in between I have met, interviewed and become friends with some truly amazing, talented and passionate members of the C Suite. One of those folks is Thomas White, who is CEO and a co-founder (alongJeffrey Hayzlett and Karl Post) of C-Suite Network, billed as the home of the world’s most powerful network of C-Suite leaders.
Prior to C-Suite Network, White started 10 companies in the fields of technology, publishing, market research and corporate consulting. He also holds four patents and is co-author of a book on business process technology, executive producer of a syndicated radio program, and professional speaker.
I had a chance to sit down with Thomas not all that long ago to pick his brain, as it were on the origins of the brand, where it’s going in 2015 and so on.
Steve Olenski: Why did you and the co-founders decide to start the C-Suite Network?
Thomas White: There are a lot of organizations for the various roles we have in our companies There are CEO, CMO, CFO, President and other role based groups. They are valuable and yet, they often reinforce the orientation of the role without bringing the diversity of the perspectives of others who are vital to business success.
In the development of Jeffrey Heyzlett’s program on Bloomberg television, The C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett, we saw a need and interest in an organization that supports a cross-functional dialogue and relationships. We decided to start the C-Suite Network to meet that interest.