Pamela has worked in diverse industries, and her expertise and leadership philosophy have been instrumental in providing solutions that add significant value to corporate profitability. With more than 25 years of industry experience, she has a unique ability to work with executives to help them frame their digital challenges, reassess their offerings, and then reinvent their business models so that they have a new advantage in their marketplace.
Pamela is a featured speaker at CIO events in the United States, Canada and Europe. She has used her practical experience to provide executive education for numerous Fortune 500 firms, and has coached leaders at some of the world’s most recognizable brands and leading academic institutions, including Microsoft, NBC, Kaiser, Federal Reserve, Cisco and Chevron.
Pamela teaches professional development programs at Harvard University around the topics of leadership, strategy, and digital innovation. She serves as the Expert-in-Residence for their Women in Leadership program. She chairs the Technology Advisory Council for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and has served as a CIO Advisor for the CIO Executive Council. Pamela also runs an advisory services practice that focuses on the implications of digital, corporate reinvention, and delivering success in high-intensity cultures. As an industry consultant, she provides a unique onsite advisory experience, allowing her clients to transfer the power of learning to practical success in their organizations.
Pamela has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and has completed professional programs at Rice and Columbia.
No Planet B Study (press release below): The “No Planet B” research, conducted by Oracle and Pamela Rucker, CIO Advisor and Instructor for Harvard Professional Development, surveyed over 11,000 people across 15 countries to take a pulse on the importance of sustainability and social efforts around the world, and examine how technology can help make a more meaningful impact.
61% of People Believe Bots Will Succeed Where Humans Have Failed with Corporate Sustainability
AUSTIN, Texas —April 20, 2022 – People around the world are demanding more progress on sustainability and social efforts and are looking to businesses to step up, according to a new study by Oracle and Pamela Rucker, CIO Advisor and Instructor for Harvard Professional Development. The study of more than 11,000 consumers and business leaders across 15 countries found that people are fed up with the lack of progress society is making towards sustainability and social initiatives, want businesses to turn talk into action, and believe technology can help businesses succeed where people have failed.
People want businesses to step up sustainability and social efforts
The events of the past two years have put a spotlight on sustainability and social efforts, with people worldwide fed up with the lack of progress and calling for businesses to step up:
Human bias and operational challenges are holding businesses back
Business leaders know sustainability efforts are critical to corporate success and even trust bots over humans alone to drive sustainability and social efforts:
People will cut ties with businesses that don’t take action on sustainability and social initiatives
Businesses need to prioritize sustainability and social issues and rethink how they use technology to make an impact – or risk facing major consequences.
“The events of the past two years have put sustainability and social initiatives under the microscope and people are demanding material change. While there are challenges to tackling these issues, businesses have an immense opportunity to change the world for the better,” said Pamela Rucker, CIO Advisor and Instructor for Harvard Professional Development. “The results show that people are more likely to do business with and work for organizations that act responsibly toward our society and the environment. This is an opportune moment. While thinking has evolved, technology has as well, and it can play a key role in overcoming many of the obstacles that have held progress back.”
“It’s never been more critical for businesses to invest in sustainability and ESG initiatives, as people don’t just want to hear about it – they’re looking for decisive action and are demanding more transparency and tangible results,” said Juergen Lindner, senior vice president and CMO, Global Marketing SaaS, Oracle. “Business leaders understand the importance, yet often have the erroneous assumption that they need to prioritize either profits or sustainability. The truth is this is not a zero-sum game. The technology that can eliminate all the obstacles to ESG efforts is now available, and organizations that get this right can not only support their communities and the environment, but also realize significant revenue gains, cost savings, and other benefits that impact the bottom line.”
Research findings are based on a survey conducted by Savanta, Inc. between February 25 – March 14, 2022 with 11,005 global respondents from 15 countries (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, France, China, India, Australia, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Mexico). The survey explored attitudes and behaviors of consumers and business leaders towards sustainability and social efforts along with the role and expectations of artificial intelligence (AI) and robots in environmental, societal, and governance (ESG) efforts.
March 21, 2023
Pamela teaches professional development programs at Harvard University around the topics of leadership, strategy, and digital innovation. She serves as the Expert-in-Residence for their Women in Leadership program. She chairs the Technology Advisory Council for St. Jude Childre’s Research Hospital, and has served as a CIO Advisor for the CIO Executive Council. Pamela also runs […]