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IT Talent 2020 and Beyond

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Davenport Sneden Center, 6191 Kraft Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512


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IT Talent, 2020 and Beyond
Finding talented IT people is a challenge for everyone.  Large or small organizations are experiencing increasing difficulty attracting and acquiring the kind of talent they need to succeed. 

Baby Boomer retirement will increase the intensity of this challenge.   In this session we will cover the talent challenge from two aspects.  

One, the near term, what practices are organizations using to attract and acquire talent for their organizations now.  What actions can be taken to attract more talent to the region leveraging existing services?  What can you do to help influence students to switch to an IT career path?   What can we do to help talented people that simply need an “injection” of functional knowledge? A panel of educators, IT leaders, and governmental organizations will have a dialog with ITMA members about what they can do to increase their ability to attract and acquire talent.  

Two, the strategic, what can we do collectively to increase the quantity and quality of the talent pool. A presentation and discussion about how we believe leveraging and investing in the West Michigan Tech Talent (WMTT) organization/initiative will help us meet the strategic goals. We will cover what WMTT is doing to increase the talent pool and talk about how each individual organization can help accelerate the impact of WWMT on both the quantity and quality of talent available.  Cover where the jobs look they are trending?  How can business, academia, and government communicate/collaborate, students, parents and faculty in middle school, high school and college.  A conversation about what it is going to be like to work in IT in 2020 and beyond and then, help more students pursue this profession.

And, finally, we will cover how you can become a member and get involved.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Talent attraction/acquisition
  • Degree vs vocational
  • Internships
  • Finding the right projects and the right process for integrating/developing the interns and the internship program
  • Finding the right people
  • How can everyone communicate/collaborate with students/parents in middle school, high school and college about what it is going to be like to work in IT in 2020 and beyond?
  • Many IT jobs can be done by adding IT skills to people who have all of the other important skills needed to be successful.
  • How to find people through different pipelines, including from outside the region
  • How we can work together to significantly increase the talent pool long term
  • What new approaches are already making a positive impact on the number and quality of talent pursuing the IT profession

Panel Discussion – Best Practices to attract and acquire talent. Near term approaches and ideas that work. Actions you can take now to help students make an IT career choice.


8:00 – 8:30     Networking & Registration
8:30 – 8:45     Welcome & Introductions
8:45 – 9:45     Panel

  • Jill Gilbert, Perrigo, Director Security, Global SAP and Platform Services
  • Mike Williams, CEO, Springthrough
  • Lindsey Tilley, Kent ISD, Career Exploration Coordinator
  • Deb Lyzenga, Regional Director, Business Solutions, Michigan Works
  • Tamara Iakiri, Talent Manager, Open Systems Technologies (OST)
  • David Anderson, Grand Rapids Community College, CIO
  • Brian Miller Davenport, V.P. Information Technology Services & CIO Interim Dean, Davenport Online

9:45 – 10:00  Break

10:00 – 11:30  The Experts & Workshop Session
What can we do collectively to increase the quality and quantity of the talent pool.  What commitments we need to succeed.

  • Jane Gietzen, Spectrum Health, Director Information Services, WMTT Advocate/Leader
  • Cindy Brown, Hello West Michigan, Executive Director

Who should attend?
Leaders in organizations responsible for talent acquisition/attraction, IT Leaders, HR Leaders

Map & Parking
Please note the special parking instructions. Parking is free, but you must print a copy of the Special Parking Pass and place in your windshield.

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