In a bid to cultivate leaders for the digital world, the Information Technology Senior Management Forum will hold its 4th Quarter Symposium from November 9 -11 in Tampa, Florida.
The Information Technology Senior Management Forum works to increase representation of black professionals at senior levels in technology, to impact organizational innovation and growth.
ITSMF’s 4th Quarter 2017 Symposium is made possible by a collaborative effort led by AC4S Technologies and Deloitte (Tampa).
“Historically, ITSMF did not have representation in the Tampa market and therefore we weren’t aware of the opportunities to partner with the leadership in this area,” said Renea Pierre, director of development and partner engagement for ITSMF.
“Today, through the connections of our current membership base in Tampa, we are diligently working together to design a mutually beneficial experience for all constituents in the Tampa region,” Pierre said. “We are thrilled that the business community has rallied around ITSMF’s mission and vision to support hosting our 4th quarter Symposium. We look forward to nurturing these new relationships and sharing our platform for changing the narrative around diversity and inclusion to cultivate technology leaders in Tampa and around the globe.”
AC4S Technologies President and ITSMF member Hugh Campbell said, “The timing couldn’t be more perfect for an organization like ITSMF to collaborate with the Tampa tech and business community. This national organization is actively engaged in workforce development, diversity and inclusion initiatives that shape the technology leaders of today and that is paving the way for the technology leaders of tomorrow. As Tampa vies to be Florida’s Silicon Valley, this partnership allows for some fresh, diverse perspective that will deepen the growing connection across Tampa’s sectors and strengthen the technology pipeline.”
The two-and-a-half-day technology, leadership and diversity Symposium brings together renowned speakers, industry experts, entrepreneurial leaders and ITSMF members for a series of engaging sessions. ITSMF has reached over 20,000 people through its outreach to include local communities across the country, industry professionals, college students and emerging leaders.
The Florida high tech corridor, anchored by Tampa Bay, has been named one of the top hot spots in the U.S.
The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation highlights Florida’s rank as third in the nation for high-tech establishments. Though ripe with technology professionals and a developed infrastructure, Tampa Bay organizations understand the challenges that the tech industry faces in hiring. As such, they created a task force to identify local needs and skills gaps, and have developed relationships with the region’s educators, businesses, students and trade organizations to address those gaps.
At the inception of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum in 1996, only 3% of senior-level positions in the tech industry were held by blacks. With 1.2M computer-related job openings expected by 2022, ITSMF is committed to increasing the number of qualified black professionals for these positions.
For more information about ITSMF and the STEM Education Foundation, visit www.itsmfonline.org.