Professional Networks and Practice Groups
Made Stronger Through Collaboration

A key role Edge plays is in the ability to gather stakeholders to collaborate, interact, and strategize about the challenges and opportunities impacting our member institutions. This focus on networking and interaction reflects our commitment to promote collaboration and sharing of insights across the membership and among peers within our community.

Through regular interaction, our practice groups gather thought leaders that share a passion for their role in the education community and a commitment to share their knowledge with, and learn from, others. The Edge community flourishes by convening members around relevant topics to exchange best practices, learn new skills, and ask questions in an environment that fosters trust and professional growth for all involved.



Digital transformation in the 21st century impacts the entirety of the academic enterprise. In pursuit of excellence in enterprise technology that supports the complete ecosystem of the institution, the CxO Exchange is open to all C-level (Cabinet) executives.

CxO Exchange provides:

  • Social and professional interactions
  • Views and discussions of emerging technologies including two annual summits: Winter Summit (to be held in conjunction with EdgeCon in January) and Summer Summit (to be held in July)
  • Case studies of successful digital transformations
  • Powerful examples of how institutional digital transformation can positively impact institutional outcomes

Executive leadership will be informed by industry thought leaders through professional development activities, panels, discussions, and informational presentations. The roles of Chief Information Officers, Chief Innovation Officers, and Chief Digital Officers are highlighted as strategic partners with other C-level executives in bringing about achievement of institutional mission and vision in research and education through successful technology implementations.

For more information on joining this Senior Leadership Exchange, please email



Women Leaders in Technology, established by Edge in 2018 to advance the information technology profession for women, will officially launch in January 2019. Digital transformation in higher education will be the primary focus of the Professional Network with guidance from several esteemed Executive Sponsors.

New Jersey maintains a rich tradition of opportunities for women executives and leaders in technology departments, divisions, and organizations. Through the Network, group members have an opportunity to:

  • Meet, connect and share experiences
  • Give advice and provide mentoring
  • Discuss the unique challenges of succeeding as a female leader in a technology leadership role

This Professional Network meets quarterly around the state for a professional event that includes:

  • Social networking opportunities
  • A relevant industry guest speaker or program of professional benefit
  • Technology affinity groups
  • Technology industry perspectives

The first quarter January meeting each year is held in tandem with EdgeCon, Edge’s annual conference.

Membership is open to women who serve in a leadership capacity or role in a technology organization. Examples include:

  • Chief Information Officers
  • Vice Presidents of Technology
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Directors of Technology
  • Directors of Engineering, Directors of Educational Technology
  • Technology Services Directors and Managers
  • Related positions that engage in technology leadership

For more information on joining Women Leaders in Technology, contact Nancy Zimmerman via


A key differentiator for consortia such as Edge is the role the organization plays in gathering stakeholders to collaborate, interact and contemplate the broader themes, challenges and opportunities impacting organizations that rely heavily upon enterprise information technology resources to achieve their missions.

We invite you to explore our three Technology Practice Groups below to determine which group best meets your needs.


The Cybersecurity Practice Group recognizes that security in all of its facets touches every aspect of the enterprise and extends well beyond the perimeter of the enterprise network. This Practice Group focuses on the full spectrum of cybersecurity concerns and dedicates itself to understanding, supporting and uniting the people, processes, standards and technologies that are needed to mitigate threats to our organizations, their students and personnel. The Group’s domain expertise pertains to workflows and cybersecurity processes to:

  • Secure the enterprise network and data
  • Prevent losses and reduce threat vectors
  • Efficiently utilize resources
  • Determine strategies to maximize the ROI on security-centered application and infrastructure investments
  • Promote adoption of national standards to inform local policy and endorses developing metrics and common threat indicators to monitor risk

For more information on joining
this Practice Group, contact Jeremy Livingston


The VMware Practice Group focuses on the effective use of VMware technology and enterprise wide virtualization and secure computing environments. Practitioners include those who currently have implemented VMware solutions and those wanting to learn how to further leverage their technology investment in this best-in-class technology solution. Members of the VMware group will meet regularly with senior VMware officials to:

  • Review the VMware roadmap and leverage existing VMware infrastructure
  • Examine specific implementations
  • Evaluate use cases for VMware

Collaborate, learn, and provide feedback to VMware across the following industries:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Healthcare

For more information on joining
this Practice Group, contact Adam Scarzafava


The Educational and Emerging Technology Practice Group convenes around the multiple facets of technology and pedagogy including the review and analysis of:

  • Best practices at the intersection of instruction and technology
  • Delivery of online education and effective use of instructional design
  • Emerging educational technologies
  • Learning space design and digital learning environments
  • Assurance strategies for student success

This collaboration is accomplished by bringing together the collective expertise of faculty, technologists and administration to stimulate and sustain online and hybrid learning initiatives and emerging educational technologies through events such as the Faculty Showcase and Best Practices Summit, as well as group meetings with speaker forums and demonstrations offered periodically throughout the year.

For more information on joining
this Practice Group, contact Joshua Gaul