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Fall Gala featuring Judy Spitz, Ph.D., former CIO, Verizon - Diversity in IT – Why Leadership Matters More Than Ever and Tangible Steps You Can Implement

  • Union League Club of Chicago 65 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL, 60604 United States (map)

Diversity in IT – Why Leadership Matters More Than Ever and Tangible Steps You Can Implement

On Thursday, October 10th, join hundreds of SIM members, sponsors and guests for an evening of networking, enlightenment and camaraderie as we welcome Judy Spitz, Ph.D., Founding Program Director of the Initiative for Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY) at Cornell Tech.

 Prior to this, Spitz was CIO and senior vice president for Verizon’s Global IT Strategy and Planning and was responsible for developing IT-enabled business and technology strategies to drive competitive advantage in the marketplace, process and technology transformation, and for integration with corporate strategy and product development.

 From 2006 to 2011, Spitz served as senior vice president and CIO for the enterprise and wholesale division of Verizon where she was responsible for the design, delivery, and management of all enterprise and wholesale operations and business support systems, product development, and production support on a global basis and for the systems integration resulting from the merger between MCI and Verizon.

Spitz began her career in the telecommunications industry as a member of the technical staff and then as technical director of a speech technology group as part of an Artificial Intelligence Lab where she delivered advanced call center automation platforms.

 The New York Business Journal listed her as one of its 2018 Women of Influence. In 2017, she received the Above & Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Business from City & State New York. In 2012 she received the Leadership and Service in Technology award from PACE University and the Purchase College Entrepreneurship Award. InfoWorld named her as a 2009 CTO 25 award winner. Computerworld magazine put her on its CIO 100 Honoree list in 2007. Her current passion is driving programs that will address the urgent need for more women in technology and topics related to the leadership skills needed in the digital economy.