This year’s conference major themes include Blacks, Social Media & Technology Adoption, Bridging the digital divide, Infusing education with Technology: a 360/K-20 Approach, Women in Technology: Diversity and Equity, Technology Leadership: Innovation, Delivery, Articulation & Business Savvy, Technology Literacy: Bridging the achievement gap in urban schools, Gadgetry: The year in review Tablets, App Development & Open source, Healthcare Information Technology: An Equitable Trend, Certification Blitz: Merging business needs with viable licensure, Women in Technology, Diversity & Equity: The overlooked force of IT Professionals, Moving with The Cloud: Virtualization Trends and Data Solutions in 2011 & Beyond. The lineup speakers include Anjuan Simmons, - Technology Executive and Blogger (Houston, Texas), Faye Anderson – Founder, Tracking Change (Washington, DC), Andra Ward - CEO, Khafre Ward Corporation (Cincinnati, Ohio), Carlos Gil – CEO & Founder of JobsDirectUSA.com (Jacksonville, FL), Qiana Patterson – COO EdLio (Los Angeles, California), and NBITLO’s own CEO and Founder – Andrew West.
This year’s conference will also feature a Technology Career Fair and an Innovation High Tech Vendor Fair. The conference signature event will be the: Information Technology Career-Pathing Clinic. During this component of the conference, attendees can have their resumes critiqued by IT Directors, Chief Technology Officers, Recruiters & Human Resource Professionals who will offer critical resume critiques and lend expert advice. Additionally NBITLO has adopted (2) High Schools in the Miami area for the conference outreach campaign and will be announcing thier community service initiative and dedication of ECHELON chapters at the schools.
NBITLO's annual technology conference and technology thought leaders’ symposium was created as a proactive response to address the less than positive statistics relating to the number of African Americans represented in Information Technology positions and leadership. Blacks make up only less than 7% of all technology professionals and less than 3% of all technology Directors nationwide. Among the conference's many goals, it was designed to increase the chances of networking and mentorship, as well as technology leadership by emphasizing the importance of early strategic planning, understanding the highly competitive nature of the technology industry, and stressing the significance of academic preparedness, certification, and Technoprenuership as well as and standing out from tough competition. Another component of this conference is to inform technology professionals and future technology leaders about the academic rigors, demands, and expectations of professional education, and to impart strategies to help them prepare for the challenging technology workforce experience prior to actually beginning their information technology careers.
Additionally, the conference will connect technology students to actual Black technology leaders and professionals who will share their real-life experiences and potentially serve as role models and mentors. Furthermore, it gives participants the opportunity to fellowship and network with others with similar education goals and professional aspirations in order to create positive support systems and accountability partnerships with achievement-
Make plans now to come out and be inspired, informed, and empowered to stake your claim in improving your technology career. High school students, college students, college graduates, working technology professionals, career changers, advisors, supporters, and parents who want to encourage and guide their children who are interested in technology are all encouraged to come out and take part in what this conference has to offer. This is truly an unprecedented opportunity. Don't miss out! Events like this one don't come along every day. Register today while spaces are still available.
Everyone is welcome. However, due to space and seating limitations, registration online, by phone, mail, or via fax or e-mail is required. Walk-in registrants will not be turned away, but there is no guarantee that there will be room available for them to attend the sessions of their choice. Further information on registration and updates regarding the conference schedule and featured speakers can be found at www.NBITLO.org/
Shawn Henderson, NBITLO National Press Secretary
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