The CXO DifferenceIn July of 2000, a handful of executives were complaining over lunch about how unproductive networking events had become. They needed a way to grow their network of other influential leaders without being intruded upon by salespeople and the unemployed. They began to organize informal and private gatherings of influential leaders with three rules: No vendors, no speakers, and no sponsors.
The overwhelming interest they generated among the local executive community for such an environment led to the formation of CXO in 2001.
Rather than a focus on "business content” the organization was built with a focus on "executive relationships.” At CXO events, the pre-screened, executive attendees are there to meet with, and get to know, each other. Members take turns hosting events so that hotel ballrooms are unnecessary and expenses are minimized.