Second Greater Boston IT/Tech Forum: IT Talent Strategies at Work

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From left: Kris Stadelman (NOVA Workforce Board), David Delmar (Resilient Coders), Tess Posner (TechHire, Opportunity@Work), Ronald Mitchell (Virgil Careers), Phil Jordan (EARI Research).

This article was originally posted by the Boston Private Industry Council on March 1, 2017. Read original post here.

Leaders in business, workforce development, and education gathered to explore strategies to diversify tech talent and increase access to well-paying IT/tech careers. The second Greater Boston IT/Tech Forum was part of a three-part series intended to spark conversation, inspire collaboration, and drive action to ensure all of Boston’s residents have a chance to be part of the booming tech sector in the city.

Philip Jordan of the Economic Advancement Research Institute moderated a panel of thought leaders from around the country, guiding a conversation that explored themes of changing skills, investment in talent cultivation, and diversity. Panelists included Tess Posner, Managing Director of TechHire, Opportunity@Work, David Delmar, Founder of Resilient Coders, Kris Stadelman, Director of NOVA Workforce Board, and Ronald Mitchell, CEO & Founder of Virgil Inc.

Among the high level strategies discussed were shifting the notion that a four-year college degree is the only marker of talent quality, focusing on cultivating demonstrable skills that go beyond credentials and equipping students to tell their stories to recruiters, and teaching students to identify workplace behaviors that lead to career advancement. We hope the conversation will continue and look forward to exploring ways to turn the ideas spurred by this forum into actionable strategies to bolster the Boston IT/tech sector.

Looking for more IT/tech conversation? Follow our hashtag #GrtrBosTech and check out these twitter moments via @BostonPIC and @SkillWorks_MA.

This event was made possible by the following organizing partners:

The Boston Private Industry Council


The Boston Foundation

And generous sponsors:

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Greater Boston IT/Tech Consortium

Did you miss the First Greater Boston IT/Tech Forum? Check out the full video here!

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Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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