Candidate for 2022-2024 Director: Craig Wingrove
Craig Wingrove is the director of global information procurement and access at Boston Consulting Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in the information management industry, previously serving as the director of external content management for KPMG and as global head of the Investment Banking Information Center at Bear Stearns.
Craig is active in SLA and currently sits on the board of SLA Canada, which won an SLA presidential citation in 2020. He served as section lead for the Leadership and Management Community’s Content Buying Section and won the 2020 Karen J. Switt Leadership Award in recognition of his contributions to SLA.
Craig has spoken at numerous industry conferences, events and meetings, including those of SLA, the Conference Board, Information Today, the Software and Information Industry Association, and Outsell. Craig also served a three-year term on the board of directors for the Friends of the Cos Cob Library, an organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting the work of the Cos Cob branch of the Greenwich (Connecticut) Library. Craig is also a longtime board member of Greenwich Youth Lacrosse, one of the largest youth lacrosse associations in the world.
Craig holds a master’s of library and information studies from McGill University in Montréal and a bachelor of arts from St. John’s University in New York. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, two children, and dog (Zoë).
Question #1: Why are you a member of SLA? What has kept you a member throughout the years?
SLA has been my professional home since 1994. The power of the information management industry is the people. I have met so many outstanding people through SLA, and it has drawn me to be an active member over the years.
I can credit my career progression in many ways to my time participating in SLA. As a young student, I dared to think bigger than I should have with the of mentors I met through SLA’s then-Eastern Canada Chapter. As a young professional, I positioned myself for leadership roles early in my career and utilized my network to get advice and counsel to prepare myself for something I had never been fully trained for. And now that I have an established career, I love to continue learning from my colleagues, but I also want to give back more than I have in the past.
The information management space has changed so much since I have become an SLA member, and I believe that the next several SLA Boards will be instrumental in making sure that we are all prepared, regardless of industry tenure, for the possibility of more challenges presented to our field.
Question #2: Why are you running for the SLA Board of Directors? What do you bring to the table? How do you plan to help support other SLA members, if elected?
I want SLA to support our membership better. I have been active member for many years, and this professional association runs well because of the amazing group of volunteers who have stepped up in so many ways. But I think we can get more out SLA. Most of us in this field are curious, active learners and want to provide excellent customer service to our customers. But we don’t always have the time or the resources to develop ourselves or create opportunities for forward advancement or increase visibility in our own organizations.
I have been working in progressive roles in large organizations over the length of my career. My entrepreneurial mindset has allowed me to grow myself and my department, and I try to give back whenever I can by speaking at conferences, working with student groups, and organizing groups such as the LMD Content Buyers. I want SLA to be for the members and about the members. I want SLA to work better for me, and I want it to work better for you.
Question #3: SLA is a leader in its commitment to diversity and inclusion and the importance of civil discourse. Share how you have demonstrated leadership or action in these areas, and how your own experiences will inform your contribution as an SLA board member.
I grew up in Canada as part of a minority group who faced descrimination. Many people, like me, didn’t have a loud voice but built a value system that I understand now, more than ever, is progressive, inclusive, and diverse.
As I am writing this, I have glanced over at the portrait of Jackie Robinson in my office. Most people think I like baseball, but the reality is I grew up idolizing him not for his play on the field, but for what he did to advance racial equality. I am equally passionate about gender equality and often bring that viewpoint forward as a coach and board member for youth sports.
I am very fortunate to work for Boston Consulting Group, an organization that is progressive about how diversity, equity and inclusion is a critical component of our world and the corporate culture we develop. I am an inclusive leader and will continue bringing that quality to my time on the SLA Board, if elected.