Wednesday, 1. May 2013
I am excited to share my experience on how the Executives in Technology Leadership Exchange 2013 event influenced my future efforts. It was refreshing and exciting to be in a room where the energy was so high. I felt invigorated and it left me with so much enthusiasm. I believe it was due to the wisdom and knowledge the Leadership Panel shared to help women in IT to grow, and the teaching was phenomenal. Also learning of the job opportunities the event sponsors had to offer: GM, Ford Motor Co., and Chrysler Group. The following executives were included on the Leadership Panel: Kim Hammond, CIO, Boeing Co., Karenann Terrell EVP & CIO Walmart, Shelia Jordon, Sr. VP, Cisco and David Behen CIO, State of Michigan. Overall, it was a great pleasure being able to meet and network with people who share the same interest.
One of the first collaborations was on the selection of recent graduates – Chris Murphy, editor of Information Week, served as facilitator and posed a question to the leadership panel regarding the selection process of recent college graduates. I was glad this question was asked because it prepared me on what’s to be expected when pursuing employment in the IT field. Although I may have the knowledge, my resume doesn’t yet reflect IT experience.
David Behen, CIO, State of Michigan shared what he looks for from recent graduates: projects they worked on, their energy level, what they bring best to the table, any coaching and development and leadership roles, and where their thinking process lies. The knowledge I gained from David prepared me for my next interview process, and I plan on adding to my portfolio projects.
Kim Hammonds, CIO, The Boeing Company, focused on getting people to trust one another and learn through the process. Her demeanor was calm and I was able to relate to her as she was responding to the facilitator’s question. She was very informative, as was the entire preeminient technology leadership panel as they spoke on future technology.
Lastly, I am in search of a mentor that’s willing to work with me so I won’t lose sight of the vision or the knowledge I gained. This is the boost I needed to stay focused, and I want to give a special thanks to Rita M. Barrios, Ph. D. Assistant Professor for the invitation to attend this conference.
Detrich Fuller is a recent graduate student from University of Detroit Mercy, May 2012. She holds a Master of Science degree in information assurance and Bachelor of Science degree in computer Information Systems from Marygrove College. She was consistently on the Dean’s list. She is an IT and administrative professional with 10 years of experience in facilitating support services and office management in the health care and insurance industries.