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(Un)Common Ground: a storytelling partnership (Session 1)
May 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm UTC+0
The social injustice tragedies that took place in 2020 crystalized 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 two female CIOs – one black, one white – who will share their personal stories and then participate in a moderated Q&A. We are bringing together Fern Johnson, CTO Vice President – Sector CTO & Delivery at PepsiCo and Julia Anderson, Chief Technology & Information Officer at Campbell Soup Company to share their personal stories and career journeys as we continue to explore “(Un)Common Ground.” The discussion will be moderated by Raquel Tamez, Chief Inclusion & Engagement Officer of Charles River Associates. Raquel will also lead a follow-on workshop on “Race & Grace.”
The intentions behind the (Un)Common Ground series are to:
- Educate and equip our leaders to lead a multi-cultural organization (closing ignorance gap, 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.