March 5th, 2015 | Posted by Elizabeth Nottingham in IT-oLogy Defined - (0 Comments)

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Why The Best Technologists Will Be Attending POSSCON 2015

In the 7 years we’ve been hosting POSSCON, we’ve noticed something – that the most professional and serious technologists, and those aspiring to be, generally attend the event. While it might seem counterintuitive on the surface – why would someone already considered a “professional” and good at what they do take the time to attend a conference? – it makes sense if you think about it.


Nearly every single “professional” technologist, as well as every top technology student we know, understands that continued education is key to remaining really good at what they do. While access to quality education can be a challenge, those aspiring to stay good, or become good, find a way to get it. POSSCON is a world-class event, and most importantly, a quality educational opportunity. The professionals, and those aspiring to be, will once again be there in great numbers.


Believe it or not, technology IQ is a real thing – and it makes you more valuable as an individual or as a company as it increases. What is it? It can be defined as understanding the intangibles, the same as it can be in football or any endeavor that is considered an occupation. In technology, it can mean the way people communicate with one another in a specific sector, like DevOps, the acronyms they use, the way people dress, the technologies they use, and even understanding pertinent issues and what’s really ‘important’. By understanding these things, your personal and organizational credibility increases, and there is no better place to gain this understanding than at a world-class conference.


While technology has made remote communication easier than ever before, we strongly believe it has also made face-to-face interaction and engagement more important than ever before. No matter how many times you work with a teammate via IM, chat, or some other communication tool it cannot replace time spent with another human being. Whether you’re trying to meet a new partner/someone to work with, or possibly a new service provider/consultant, nothing provides critical information and establishes trust and confidence like looking someone in the eye, reading body language, or having a casual conversation.


As our friend Jeffrey Hammond at Forrester Research clearly states, if you, as a technologist or IT decision maker, don’t recognize the impact open technology is having on your organization you’re at risk of being “consumed”. The fact is that only 1 in 5 developers HAVE NOT used open source in some way in the past 12 months and nearly 90% of all organization use open technology and open source, whether the boss realizes it or not. In addition, most of the innovation taking place in technology is being driven by the ‘open’ approach because the best technologists are drawn to it. You can see it in today’s universities in top students, and it’s not going to change anytime soon.


At the risk of stating the obvious, networking has never been more important in the technology field. Crucial relationships, ones that often lead to better solutions and innovative breakthroughs, are forged at events where thought leaders, and those aspiring to be, are in confined spaces for extended periods of time. With the world becoming smaller by the day, those relationships will only help as you move forward and attempt to grow and develop value.

If you’re available April 14 & 15, we encourage you to join us in Columbia for POSSCON 2015. Come see for yourself why there is no substitute for attending a world-class conference with true thought leaders attending and participating. Once you do, we feel strongly you’ll not only be back, but you’ll seek out other opportunities to attend.

PrintCalling all Columbia area 10th and 11th graders! Registration is now open for the Create IT Discovery Day to be held on Saturday, March 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at IT-oLogy, 1301 Gervais Street, Columbia.


Create IT Discovery Day is a high energy event designed for high school students to learn about the many exciting careers in information technology (IT). The goal of the program is to encourage high school students to major in IT disciplines in college and pursue careers in IT.


Students and faculty from the University of South Carolina, along with IT professionals, will lead hands-on activities exploring the wide range of career options available in IT and the necessary skill sets required for success in those careers. Attendees will be engaged in activities designed to reinforce what is learned. Panel discussions, a tour of the University of South Carolina campus and great door prizes will round out the day.


Create IT Discovery Day is sponsored by IT-oLogy, in collaboration with its partner TM Floyd & Company, and the University of South Carolina College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management Integrated Information Technology program.


To register, go to https://createit.eventbrite.com.

The Growing Resources for IT (GRIT) program is a $5 million, 4-year grant awarded by the Department of Labor to Midlands Technical College.  The GRIT program provides technical training to unemployed and underemployed minorities, women, veterans and others with a background in IT.  The grant covers the cost of tuition, books, and multiple certifications and funds the GRIT On-the-Job-Training program.

As a participant in the GRIT program, Ernest Boyd quickly proved his aptitude and natural abilities in his front-end web developer classes.  Ernest had obtained an associates degree in Information Technology but had not been able to get his foot in the door in the industry.  He was also an introvert.  As the Job Readiness Coach for the GRIT participants, I could see the potential challenges he would face in getting past, or even to, the interview table.  I also could see how driven and motivated he was.

Ernest took advantage of every opportunity he could to better his chances at landing a job as a programmer.  He signed up to volunteer at IT-oLogy’s Cyber Saturday, attended every Tech After 5, and made his way around the room at the iTs/SC Careers in Insurance Mixer.  When an HR representative from SCANA mentioned that he should look into attending Toastmasters, he signed up.  He attended the WordPress workshop at IT-oLogy and made his way to the Richland County Public Library’s Business and Job Center for an interview workshop.

Initially introduced to a hiring manager from Seibels at the iTs/SC Careers in Insurance Mixer, he ran into him again as a fellow volunteer at Cyber Saturday and at Tech After 5.  Outside of the formality of an interview, Ernest was able to develop a rapport with this person.  When his class graduated and Seibels was looking over the resumes of the group, guess whose resume floated to the top?  All his efforts paid off: Ernest was offered an entry-level web developer position at Seibels.

Events hosted by IT-oLogy and its partner organizations serve to connect the IT community.  Instead of being just “another networking event”, Ernest was able to build relationships with others in the industry.  What was hard for him to show on a resume, his character and motivation, came through in the fun day he spent volunteering at Cyber Saturday and in the casual mingling at Tech After 5.  The additional skills he developed in the GRIT program gave him the capability to compete for jobs in the IT industry.

Though Ernest’s story is unique, there are other candidates in the GRIT program waiting for their opportunity to prove themselves as valuable and skilled employees.  Contact Pelham Spong at Pelham.Spong@it-ology.org for more information on the GRIT program and GRIT participants.

A hackathon in Columbia—just for high schoolers? CodeDay Columbia was a 24-hour programming marathon for students held at IT-oLogy, and was part of a network of similar events held around the country. The Columbia CodeDay was successful for the first event of its kind—with over 50 attendees, it was the 8th most-attended CodeDay out of 26 nationwide!


When everyone arrived in the morning on Saturday, most people had no idea what they would be building that night. As the participants and their families came rolling in, it was almost surreal that these people were going to be present for the next 24 hours, for the sole purpose of writing code, or even just learning how to write code.  These kids were so hyped!  After idea pitches, teams formed—mostly around friends who came to the event together—and began planning out their future game or app.


Shortly after, coding time started, and more experienced programmers began laying out the framework for their application, while beginners attended our introductory programming workshop, taught by Brendan Lee, a developer at 52inc. We were also lucky enough to have three workshops unique to Columbia: Intro to Unity, Photoshop & Photo Editing, and After Effects & Video Editing.  Most groups had their interest piqued in the game development department, so they began working with the Unity game design engine.


The teams thought big.  They were coming up with ideas for games that were really complex: One team built a maze world where the player had to defy gravity to get through the maze, another designed an adventure around a dream the player created, and another group created a strategic zombie horde game.  Most groups had to focus on one aspect of their game, because there simply wasn’t enough time to make their complete ideas a reality.


Gradually, as each one of the groups began working with the incredibly detailed and complex game design engine, they hit the inevitable wall that is to be expected when a new programmer is just starting out.  They had all the world of programming in front of them, but no idea about how to actually get it going within the toolkit.  Then, as each group was on the verge of giving up, the volunteer mentors swooped in to rescue them from their troubles.  Many groups simply had to narrow their scope down to just a bit, other groups needed a change of program, and yet still others had to change their ideas all together.  Even though each group had a different journey, one common thread was that of perseverance.  No matter how many setbacks, the participants were always ready to try another avenue or pursue a different option, they simply wanted to code!


Although most people wanted to work nonstop through the night, there were breaks and games, like a giant game of Ninja and the popular pass-the-peanut-with-a-spoon-in-your-mouth contest.


There were a dozen volunteers who assisted Kevin, the organizer, in many ways.  Some handled logistical issues, like picking up breakfast, snacks and beverages or setting up the meals.  Others took care of registration as the students arrived and kept an eye on the front door to welcome new participants, visiting parents, and the WLTX news reporters.  The judges were also critically important volunteers. Matt Thatcher, a computer science professor from USC; Matt Hooper, a software developer with VC3, and Drew Heavner, a developer with 52Inc, served as judges. They thoroughly evaluated each team’s project, meeting with them individually and attending the teams’ presentations.  They also met with the coaches and mentors to get a feel for the processes the teams went through.  After almost an hour of deliberations, the judges selected the winners.


The winner of the top overall prize was the Blue Team, for their game, Gravity Warp. The best app award went to Team Gray for their Piano App, while the best game award went to Team Apex Fantasy for their game, Escape of the Tardis.  Special awards were given to Team HRE and their game, Hotel Purgatorio, for the best game depth, and to Team Empire Animation and their game, Humans vs. Zombies, for best original art and animation.


As the judges handed out the awards, it was so heartwarming to watch these kids be genuinely proud of the things they had built, and in the end, each of them got to make something great, even if everyone didn’t win an award.


The participants weren’t the only ones who loved it: one of our mentors was overheard saying he wouldn’t have rather been anywhere else other than CodeDay!

We’re really excited about doing this again.  We’ve learned a lot from hosting this event, and plan to make the next CodeDay Columbia even better.  We’ve got big plans for next time, so we hope to see everyone—and some new faces—next time!


More than 50 speakers (and counting). More topics, more information, more networking!


You don’t want to miss the Summit on IT on Wednesday, March 18th!




Information technology (IT) is driving innovation and impacting job creation and growth across all sectors of our economy.  Join IT-oLogy, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, SCRA and South Carolina Department of Commerce for a day-long summit to be held Wed. March 18 at IT-oLogy that will address issues and opportunities facing South Carolina in the IT arena.


Among the topics to be discussed:

•                Is South Carolina competitive on a national and regional level?

•                What incentives and innovations are being implemented here and elsewhere and what best practices should we pursue?

•                How does IT impact economic development?

•                How does IT impact workforce development?

•                What are we doing to stay competitive with an educated workforce?

•                What role does public policy play in making us a progressive and more IT/business friendly state?




7:30 am:  Registration and Coffee – Lobby


7:30 am – 8:30 am: WISE Breakfast - Forums

Keynote: Lola Jordan, President, Companion Data Services


8:45 am – 9:00 am:  Greetings and Remarks - Theater

Steve Benjamin, Mayor, City of Columbia

Ted Pitts, President, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Lonnie Emard, President, IT-oLogy


9:00 am – 9:45 am: The Big Picture

Keynote: Ben Miller, Economic Growth Policy Analyst, The Information                                                                  Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, DC

The South Carolina State of IT Survey Lonnie Emard, Todd Lewis


9:45 am – 10:15 am: Regional Impact and Issues

Upstate Phil Yanov, Founder, Tech After Five, Founder and President, GSA                                                            Technology Council

Rock Hill Stephen Turner, Economic and Urban Development Director, City of Rock                                                          Hill


10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break


10:30 am – 11:00 am: Regional Impact and Issues

Charleston  Ernest Andrade, Founder and Executive Director, Charleston Digital                                                                                 Corridor Foundation

Columbia  Bill Kirkland, Executive Director, Office of Economic Engagement,                                                                                              University of South Carolina


11:05 am – 12:15 pm: Intersection of the Big Picture

Molly Spearman, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education

Bobby Hitt, Secretary, South Carolina Department of Commerce

Bill Mahoney, CEO, SCRA

Kyle Herron, Chief Operating Officer, South Carolina Division of Technology


12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch

ITC Luncheon Ben Miller, Todd Lewis, Lonnie Emard


1:15 – 2:15: The Big Issues - Panel Discussion Forums 2nd Floor



Moderator: Charlie Banks, Managing Director, Capital Angels

Hal Turner, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Turner Holdings

Matt Dunbar, Managing Director, UCAN

John Bauknight, President, Longleaf Holdings USA, LLC



Moderator: Tony Dillon, Office of Career and Technology Education

Kaye Shaw, Executive Director, MEBA

Khush Tata, VP and CIO, SC Technical College System

Valerie Sessions, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Charleston Southern University

Quinn Burke, Assistant Professor, College of Charleston

Ryan Visser, Eugene T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University


Workforce Development

Robin Willis, Career Academies Director, Charleston Chamber of Commerce

Brad Neese, Director, Apprenticeship Carolina

Amy Scully, Program Director, Midlands Technical College



Moderator: David Harper, Director, Systems Security/Systems Security Officer, Companion Data Services

Kurt Hamm, CIO, South Carolina Department of Revenue

Adam Anderson, CEO, Palmetto Security Group

Chad Cravens, President and CEO, Open Source Systems

Les Eisner, University of South Carolina


2:15 -2:30 pm: Break


2:30 – 3:30: IT runs through it – Panel Discussions Forums 2nd Floor



Moderator: Elizabeth Burt, South Carolina Hospital Association

Nick Patel, MD, Medical Director Midlands Internal Medicine, Ambulatory Informaticist Palmetto Health

IneedMD Inc.

Anne Castro, VP, Chief Design Architect, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Kathleen Herald, VP and CIO, Lexington Medical Center


Professional Services

Moderator: Ryan Coleman, Economic Development, City of Columbia

Tripp Riley, Architect, Studio 2LR

Joyce Vonada, CIO, EDENS

Jeff Brewer, CIO, Nexsen Pruet

Dallas Covington, AFLAC



Moderator: Jim Morris, CEO, South Carolina Council on Economic Education

Manoj Govindan, Strategic Partnership Executive, Wells Fargo and Technology Industry Partnership Development

Jason Starnes, Executive Vice President, CIO, Southern First Bank

Ross Bagley, CIO, South State Bank

Mark Terry, CIO, The Palmetto Bank



Moderator: Bill Mahoney, CEO, SCRA

Amy Love, Director of Innovation, South Carolina Department of Commerce

Nate DaPore, Founder, President and CEO, PeopleMatter

Kevin Eichelberger, Founder and CEO, Blue Acorn

Austen Hayes, Co-founder and CEO, Recovr, Inc.




Paul Davis, Boeing



Moderator: Randy Senn, CIO, SCANA

Jane Brown, IT Business Planning and Customer Relationship Management ,Duke Energy

Ed Bodie, CIO, Santee Cooper


3:30 – 3:45: Reports and wrap up


4:00: Tech after Five

Aspirations Award

Twelve young women have been selected as winners  and runners up of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing – South Carolina from dozens of applications.  They will be honored in February at a tea sponsored by Columbia College.

Following are the winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing – South Carolina:

Lillian Meng, Southside High School, Simpsonville, SC*

Amanda Billings, Porter-Gaud School, Charleston, SC*

Maxeen Borland, Porter-Gaud School, Charleston, SC

Nikki Bregman, Porter-Gaud School, Charleston, SC

Selen Berkman, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Hartsville, SC

Abby Holdeman, Chapin High School, Chapin, SC

Runners up for the award include:

Zhuri Solan, Dreher High School, Columbia, SC

Crystel Sylvester, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Hartsville, SC

Ann Gaillard, Porter-Gaud School, Charleston, SC

Jessica Davis, Denmark-Olar High School, Denmark, SC

Florence Faith, Porter-Gaud School, Charleston, SC

Amanda Prevatt, R.B. Stall High School, Charleston, SC

The award is part of a national effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology and is organized in South Carolina by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and IT-oLogy.

“With technology jobs projected to grow faster than all other job sectors in the next decade, it’s imperative that we nurture the computing aspirations of women, who will make up half the professional workforce,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT.  “This award allows us recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked.”

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to encourage the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in technology fields. Winners are acknowledged for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

*National award runner-up

By: Kevin Rabinovich

Why I decided to bring the nationwide hackathon to my city and what it’s about.

About two years ago, I went to my first-ever hackathon: the National Day of Civic Hacking. I wasn’t able to participate (I got there late), but I volunteered for a little while, serving snacks and watching other people who were just as interested in coding and design work away, furiously drinking Mountain Dew in an effort to stay awake. In the morning, I watched each team give their presentation about their product, and the more I watched, the more I fell in love with the idea of a hackathon. Not only is it a great and cheap way to introduce anyone — designers, coders, and anyone else who loves technology — to different aspects of the product design and development process, but it also forces collaboration and quick thinking.

Last October, I received an email with the subject, “Thought you might be interested,” and a link to CodeDay, a series of nationwide hackathons. It seemed like a cool idea, and I was already planning on organizing a hackathon for high schoolers in the area, so I reached out to StudentRND (CodeDay’s parent organization) about hosting a CodeDay in Columbia, and they were on board — CodeDay Columbia was born!

I began working with IT-oLogy to see how we could realize this event, and we have been busy planning preparing for this event, from start to finish. Just like most other hackathons, there is, obviously, a hack-all-night-with-stimulating-food aspect, but CodeDay is also a beginner-friendly event, so we’ll be having workshops (that require no prior experience) led by experienced professionals. Before everything kicks off, though, anyone who wants will pitch an idea for a game, website, or app, and then teams form around the best of those ideas. The teams perfect their ideas, and begin hacking away into the evening. Dinner is served, then a midnight snack, then breakfast, and before you know it, it’s almost time to present ideas to the judges! A panel will judge all the products based on practicality, viability, teamwork, and effort, among other things, and the winners get a prize!

If you want to be a part of the inaugural CodeDay Columbia taking place the weekend of February 14-15, we are running a 50% Early Bird discount for tickets until February 7. Register at https://codeday.org/columbia/register.

Read Kevin’s blog at: https://medium.com/@kevinrabinovich/codeday-columbia-c2dfc1927e31

Has your organization experienced challenges related to the skills gap that persists in the United States? You are certainly not alone. Consider these findings:

  • In 2012, according to a study conducted by the University of Missouri-St.Louis: over 25% of employers reported a deficiency in Critical & Analytical Thinking in the workforce (amongst a wide variety of other gaps)
  • In 2013, according to an Adecco study: over 44% of employers reported a significant gap in soft skills – - Communication, Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration
  • In 2014, according to a study conducted by LMA Consulting and published by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence: 87% of manufacturing and distribution executives are experiencing challenges directly related to the skills gap. 64% of these executives stated that the gap is wide or bigger than in years past. Amongst the findings, 61.1% reported a lack of Problem-Solving skills; 50% reported a lack of Critical/Analytical Thinking skills.

These numbers are staggering. However, if you have spent any time out in the field with organizations in almost any industry, you hear the anecdotal evidence that supports the data. Companies are struggling to not only find talent, but to find skilled talent.

So what are the solutions? There is no short list of “silver bullet” quick fixes. However, one proven methodology that leading organizations are using as part of the solution is Lean Six Sigma (LSS). In a very small nutshell, Lean focuses on the relentless pursuit of the elimination of waste in all forms. It also aims to reduce process cycle times (not working faster – but improving the process!). When you think of waste, don’t think solely on what you put out on the curb this morning. Continuous improvement professionals typically categorize waste into 8 types, including intangible categories such as wasted movement, waiting, over processing, etc. Six Sigma, on the other hand, was developed by Motorola in the 1980’s and focuses its efforts on streamlining processes to eliminate variation and defects. Lean Six Sigma combines these methodologies into a powerful system that places a hyper-focus on two things: the Customer and the Pursuit of Operational Excellence.

What is the connection to the skills gap as reported above? I would argue that Lean Six Sigma provides:

  1. Tools to drive common sense improvement as well as success and collaboration in the organization whether you are a manufacturer, a healthcare provider, or a technology organization.
  2. A framework for better problem-solving, critical/analytical thinking and decision-making. As we all know, the Big Data movement has companies collecting, using, and leveraging data in powerful ways to gain competitive advantage, but even if you have vaults of data, you must have a successful, effective system for utilizing the data. Otherwise, you have a Ferrari in the garage that is never taken out for a spin.
  3. A new way of thinking about your process, your department, your organization and your enterprise. The new eyes and ears that one gains by training in Lean Six Sigma can be transformative.

How do you learn more about Lean Six Sigma? Join us on February 27th at IT-oLogy’s Headquarters in Columbia, SC as we conduct our second Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification workshop. This one-day workshop will offer participants a fundamental overview of Lean Six Sigma tools & methodology in a very practical, interactive manner. Our first LSS Yellow Belt certification workshop with IT-oLogy and Innovista Learning was conducted on December 5th and enjoyed the participation of a diverse group of almost 30 professionals from a wide range of companies: BASF, Metso, Black Box, Jarden Applied Materials, South State Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and others. The training and curriculum resonated with the audience, but the best practice and information-sharing amongst the professional audience was powerful as well. One attendee’s perspective:

“The Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt workshop at IT-oLogy was a super productive single day learning experience that did an excellent job of instilling a solid baseline into the Lean Six Sigma body of knowledge.  I came away with new insights into project-focused frameworks that I was able to put to work right away. The scope of the workshop was a good fit for giving me new tools that I’m now using for measuring and improving our projects and processes, and that gives us better control of our outcomes. By taking this first step into leveraging the Six Sigma approaches, I feel like we have a higher confidence level that we’ll get better ROI from our efforts by using the concisely defined approaches that everyone on our team can understand, and that’s important for moral and buy-in to continuous improvement efforts. Overall, I was really impressed with the instructor, Peter Sherman, who did an expert job of transferring a wealth of process improvement skills and knowledge to the participants.” – - Mr. Tom Cranmer, Chief Technology Officer, Richland School District Two.

Join us on February 27th at IT-oLogy to experience Lean Six Sigma for yourself. Get more information here: www.riverwoodassociates OR contact Scott W. Luton at 678.296.5268 or scott@riverwoodassociates.com

Apply for STEM Scholarships today! IT-oLogy and partners are awarding three scholarships in 2015. Applications are being accepted, and we look forward to receiving yours.


1. CapTech Consulting:  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Scholarship

Qualified applicants will be considered for the CapTech Consulting STEM Scholarship, a value of $2,500.  Applicants must be a Charlotte Mecklenburg School 2014-2015 graduating senior planning to pursue studies in a STEM discipline.

Applications accepted January 19 through February 18, 2015.  For information and the application, click on the following link:


Please send questions to captechscholarship@it-ology.org or call Kay Read, 704-516-3633.


2. Logical Advantage The Future Path Technology Scholarship

The Logical Advantage Future Path Technology Scholarship is awarded annually to a Mecklenburg County high school senior who has been accepted to a North Carolina college or university to study computer science or a related technology degree.   The scholarship value is $3,000.

This scholarship recognizes the student that has demonstrated a desire to learn and use technology beyond the classroom.  The student is one that will spend time outside of school researching technology, finding ways to learn on their own, and has utilized technology in a practical way.

Applications accepted January 19 – February 18.   For information, click on the following link: http://www.itology.org/CharlotteNC/Scholarships/Logical%20Advantage%20Scholarship.aspx


3. WISE Girl  STEM Scholarship

The WISE Girl Scholarship will recognize one female senior from Mecklenburg County who excels in Science, Information Technology, Engineering or Math.  The scholarship value is $2,500.

Applications accepted January 19 – March 15.  For more information or to apply click here


Please send questions to wisegirlscholarship@gmail.com  or call Kay Read, 704-516-3633

The official re-launch of WISE (Women & IT, Science and Engineering), as a program of IT-oLogy was held January 26th. WISE partnered with the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT) for an evening discussion on ‘He for She in IT’. The capacity crowd heard keynote speaker Avis Rivers Yates (President & CEO,  Technology Concepts Group International &  NCWIT Board Member) deliver an engaging keynote on the NCWIT research on Male Advocates and Allies:  Promoting Gender Diversity in Technology Workplaces. Avis followed with a discussion on the topic with distinguished panelists: Chris Estes (State of NC CIO), Steve Hagood (SVP and CIO), Ingersoll Rand, Laurie Readhead (Enterprise CIO and Data Officer), Bank of America, Jeff Stovall (CIO, City of Charlotte), and Valerie Truesdale (Chief Officer of Technology, Personalized Learning & Engagement, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools).

At the event, leaders also joined the Sit with Me campaign. All were invited to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by sitting in the red chair and sharing their story.

For information about the WISE program and future sponsorship opportunities, contact Kay Read kay.read@it-ology.org.