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(Un)Common Ground: A Storytelling Partnership
July 26 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm UTC+0
The social injustice tragedies that took place in 2020 crystallized an existing need within the technology community to empower all leaders to have conversations about race in the workplace. The Society for Information Management (SIM) and Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) are partnering on a quarterly webinar series titled (Un)Common Ground bringing together members from our organizations to share their personal narratives surrounding career origins and journeys, leadership development and advancement, and the impact of race, bias, and lack of inclusion.
The SIM Women Leadership Summit will feature four female CIOs – two black, two white – who will share their personal stories and then participate in a moderated Q&A. We are bringing together Tessa Flippen Founder & Managing Partner Capitalize VC, Kristen Sonday Co-Founder & CEO Paladin and Betsy Ziegler CEO of 1871 to share their personal stories and career journeys as we continue to explore “(Un)Common Ground.” The discussion will be moderated by Myra Herring Moderator Founder/CEO CapriBrand, LLC.
The intentions behind the (Un)Common Ground series are to:
- Educate and equip our leaders to lead a multicultural organization (closing the ignorance gap and empathy) and share strategies, data, and tools
- Raise awareness of the challenges for Black leaders in technology – both conscious and unconscious
- Create more sensitivity and openness around the advancement of people of color in tech
- Encourage leaders to have difficult conversations because the understanding and trust that is gained is priceless
We want the result of the series to be a call to action – not one that is demanded, but one that is offered. We’re hopeful that attendees will be inspired and strive to remove obstacles and bias from their hiring and promoting practices, be deliberate in their development and inclusion across their teams, and have stronger relationships and engagement with their peers and employees.