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CIO Council Extends Scholarship Program

CIO Council Extends Scholarship Program

Last Wednesday at the 12th Annual State of the CIO, scholarship program director Joe Robens announced that the council would be extending its scholarship program from 3 to 4 students per year in both Miami-Dada and Broward Counties. “These are our future CIOs,” remarked Robens.

To date, the program has awarded 20 scholarships to deserving high school students on their way to tertiary STEM studies.

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Scholarship Advocacy Committee – Joe Robens, Pete Koltis, and Lenny Chesal

The 4 scholarship recipients proudly display their awards with Alex Funkhouser, Lenny Chesal, Joe Robens, and Pete Koltis.

Students, teachers, parents, and the advocacy committee


Discover the Tech Megatrends Shaping our Industry

Discover the Tech Megatrends Shaping our Industry

Join SherlockTalent as we discover the Tech Megatrends shaping 2018 and beyond.

Representing Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Education, and Consumer Electronics, the four panelists that make up this year’s Follow-up Q&A at the 12th Annual State of the CIO are all hands-on, local CIOs. Learn from the professionals who live the job evey day. The follow-up Q&A will discuss in detail many of the topics touched on in CK’s keynote address.

“CK” Kerley
Powerhouse speaker // Futurist // Professor

Gary Beach
Publisher Emeritus, CIO Magazine // Author // Columnist

Patrick Hale
Executive Vice President // Chief Information Officer // VITAS Healthcare

Tony Casciotta
Chief Information Officer // Broward College

Stuart Kippelman
Chief Information Officer // Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation

David Less
Chief Information Officer // JL Audio

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Tech Megatrends, almost here!

Tech Megatrends, almost here!

In 2 weeks, the CIO Council of South Florida will kick-off their 12th Annual State of the CIO. The event creates a Vendor/CIO friendly eco-system unique in the CIO conference canon.

This year’s State of the CIO will be anchored by keynote speaker and futurist “CK” Kerley with follow-up Q&A by Gary Beach.

Proceed go towards the CIO Council Scholarship fund which had to date, awarded 15 scholarships to deserving Miami-Dade and Broward County students.

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“I don’t have to move to New York and I don’t have to move to Silicon Valley. I can stay here and have an amazing career!”

“I don’t have to move to New York and I don’t have to move to Silicon Valley. I can stay here and have an amazing career!”

ITPalooza took another big step to reinforce South Florida’s reputation as a technology center at December’s annual gathering, which moved to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

Attendees were able to take one of 12 different educational tracks, says Tammy Kennedy, who is the 2017-18 president of the South Florida Technology Alliance, which supports the show. Some of the material, such as four packed sessions about agile project management, provided appeal that went beyond technology companies.

The student track helped young local talent realize they can stay in South Florida and find fulfilling work. “I don’t have to move to New York and I don’t have to move to Silicon Valley. I can stay here and have an amazing career,” Kennedy says of the resulting mindset.

“Content is king. We knocked it out of the park,” she adds. Moreover, “among the panelists and moderators, 98 percent were all here from our own backyard—all C-level executives. The fact that we had so many execs and great information and people getting together for ITPalooza was truly amazing.”

Altogether, it fit the alliance’s mission: “Learn, connect and grow.”

The ITPalooza committee in front of toys donated by attendees for Toys for Tots: Kelly Boyle, Financial Advisor & Senior Vice President, Boyle Torres & Associates, Ameriprise Financial; Beth Ryan, Consultant, True Digital Security; Glen Benjamin, Social Media Chair, & Board Member of South Florida Technology Alliance; Allie Hernandez, Director of Marketing & Partner Development, 365 Data Centers; Lenny Chesal, Evangelist, Cybraics; Tammy Kennedy, President, South Florida Technology Alliance; John McLaughlin, Enterprise Architect, Nexenta Systems; Nicole Ciccone, Executive Director, South Florida Technology Alliance; Rick Sebaly, Senior Account Manager-Enterprise, Dell EMC & ITPalooza Committee Chair; Alex Funkhouser, CEO, Sherlock Talent; Steve Earle, Founder & CEO, E2Marketing; and Kristen Knauer, Client Success Manager, 365 Data Centers

Read the complete SFBW article here: http://sfbwmag.com/2018/01/tech-conference-demonstrates-local-impact/