Since 2003, Executive Alliance has focused on creating a national community of IT executives across the U.S. through its portfolio of invitation-only regional Summits, national Symposiums, roundtables, and custom programs. These programs are attended by the most senior level technology executives from Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, government and education, and offer access and insight into the people leading these organizations. Executive Alliance’s flagship programs include the regional one-day Security Leaders Summits and the multi-day National Security Leaders Symposium, the multi-day National IT Leadership Symposium and the multi-day National Women in Technology Women’s Legacy Summit.
Executive Alliance launched a publishing arm of the company with the goal to promote the successes of technology executives across different industries. With content provided by leaders in information security from organizations such as DuPont, Unum, Hospital Corporation of America, LexisNexis Group, The Coca-Cola Company and Estee Lauder, two leadership books were released; There’s a New Sheriff in Town and Secure. In addition, the leadership book Data Center Insights, was published with content provided by heads of IT from companies such as Delta Air Lines, Global Payments, Equifax, and Travelport.
A fourth book, CIO Leadership Insights was published and released at the IT Leadership Symposium at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Naples, FL. CIO Leadership Insights is the work of veteran CIOs from across a range of industries and company sizes. Throughout each of the chapters in the book, these CIOs provide a glimpse into their leadership styles, the challenges they face, what they prescribe to drive change and innovation, and what they view as important in being a leader.
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As CEO of Executive Alliance, Mary Lou Heastings has responsibility for guiding the continued expansion of the company’s portfolio of technology related executive summits, roundtables, and custom programs across the country. To promote the success of technology executives across different industries, Ms. Heastings launched a publishing arm of Executive Alliance . With content provided by industry executives, four books have been published covering different areas of information security and IT.
Previous to Executive Alliance, Ms. Heastings had over 20 years of software experience in online business and global reservations systems for the travel industry with responsibilities for developing strategies and technologies in the business information environment. She lead a staff of financial and technical professionals at Worldspan (now Travelport) with responsibilities for implementing corporate business applications in the United States and 28 countries around the globe. In addition, Ms. Heastings has previous experience in strategic planning, finance, business development, and software development with companies such as Delta Air Lines and Holiday Inn.
Ms. Heastings is a co-recipient of the ATHENA Award for women business leaders having an impact on the workplace. She has been recognized in “Who’s Who in Technology;” in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, on the cover of Georgia Trend Magazine as an executive leading change, and featured in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution for her leadership role in developing IT strategies. Ms. Heastings is currently on the Board of the American Red Cross of Georgia and on the steering committee of the Tiffany Circle, a national women’s organization focused on supporting the Red Cross. An avid boater, Ms. Heastings has earned her Captain’s license.