Oct 18, 2012

"The CIO Academy is one of the most valuable events we have in Texas. It is a great opportunity for public sector technology executives and their direct reports to focus on leadership skills, and developing the next generation of public servants and leaders. The participation of our private sector partners is critical to making the CIO Academy a success. The conversations that take place throughout the day help leaders in Texas explore new and innovative ways of leading in the public sector. Your support ensures we can provide this important training."

- Karen Robinson, Executive Director, Texas Department of Information Resources

Speaker Profile

Dr. Rick Rigsby

International Motivational Speaker, Ordained Minister, and Author of "Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout"

Dr. Rick Rigsby is a favorite among audiences worldwide. Whether he is motivating financial giants on Wall Street or fifth grade teachers at an elementary school--Rick Rigsby encourages and empowers audience members to become great people who do great things.

Born and reared in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rick graduated from college in 1978 with a degree in communications and a goal to be a network correspondent.

Following a successful career as a television news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Northern California--Rick earned his Master's degree from California State University, Chico--followed by his Doctorate from the University of Oregon. Graduate school was followed by two decades as a college professor--the last 14 years at Texas A&M University--where Rick also served as character coach and chaplain for the Aggies football team.

Dr. Rigsby now devotes his full attention to empowering people worldwide--from presenting leadership principles in Nigeria to speaking to Fortune 500 companies in the Americas, Europe and Canada. In high demand among educational, business and service organizations and a favorite among professional sports organizations including the PGA and the National Football League, Rick offers common-sense wisdom to those desiring to rise to greater levels of excellence


Thursday Oct. 18 9:00AM

Opening Keynote - The Essence of Greatness

Its been said that the definition of insanity is repeating the same action and expecting a different result. Does this definition describe your work performance?... more