Professional Education


First cohort of the four-month program started February 8 with guest speaker Charlie Feld

DALLAS (SMU) – Current and aspiring technology leaders can now enroll in a new program at SMU that aims to help them excel in C-suite roles. The SMU Tech CxO Excellence Program, created in partnership with the Tech CxO Launchpad, welcomed its first cohort of students in early February. The program takes a unique approach to tech leadership education.

The innovative program, offered through SMU Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE), features curriculum taught by industry experts – current or previous CIOs and CTOs in top organizations across DFW. The next cohort begins September 5.

“This program provides our students with a distinctive opportunity to learn from seasoned chief information or technology officers, who will share valuable insights drawn from their extensive experience in technology leadership across various industries,” said Terry Teague, Senior Director of Corporate Programs at SMU Global, Online and Continuing Education.

During the initial class meeting, guest speaker Charlie Feld, founder and CEO of The Feld Group Institute and former senior vice president of EDS, said, “I.T. has moved from a function to a fabric of the business, and for companies that don’t understand that, it’s going to be a problem.” He emphasized the importance of the training provided by the SMU Tech CxO Excellence program and the critical role tech leadership plays in driving business success and innovation.

Developed in collaboration with Tech CxO Launchpad, the SMU Tech CxO Excellence Program is at the forefront of shaping the future of technology leadership. With a comprehensive curriculum covering leadership, cybersecurity, financial planning, and performance management, the program equips students, who are working professionals, with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of modern tech leadership.

“The program also facilitates networking opportunities for students,” Teague said. “We find these are instrumental in fostering information exchange and nurturing collaborative, innovative ideas. As Dallas emerges as one of the country’s leading tech hubs, this program equips students to effectively align business objectives with technological advancements. It reinforces SMU’s commitment to offering robust technology programs that provide benefits to working professional students and support organizations in the corporate community.”

More information about the SMU Tech CxO Leadership Program, including course and program descriptions, tuition and fees, and financial aid, is available online.