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Executive Announcement: ITSMF Welcomes Two New Board Members

July 1, 2020 |

ITSMF is pleased to announce the addition of two newly appointed board members, Ehrika Gladden and Mary Ellen Smith.

The Board’s Nominating Committee vetted a slate of six individuals to ultimately select two who would complement the strength of the existing board. These newest members’ two-year appointed term commenced January 1, 2021.

Marilyn Crouther is the CEO and Principal of Crouther Consulting, LLC. Her 30 years of IT experience as a leader at the highest levels of the industry, including General Manager of a $3B business, and her go-to-market and operational expertise will help ITSMF explore new capabilities that can directly impact our communities and constituents. As a Certified Public Account, Crouther will be a great advisor to ITSMF as we increase our impact and extend our reach.

As a former CEO, an Advisory board member to CEOs within the industry, and a member of non-profit boards, Art Hopkins helps ITSMF keep our entrepreneurial community top of mind. His experience within the top ranks of the executive search industry affords ITSMF a fresh view into how we can increase the opportunity pipeline for the next generation of Black technology professionals.

Please join us in welcoming Marilyn and Art in these new roles. We look forward to the leadership of our 2020-21 board as we move into this new decade.


Since 1996, Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) has been dedicated to increasing the representation of black professionals at senior levels in technology, to impact organizational innovation and growth. We do this by developing and nurturing these dynamic leaders through enrichment of the mind, body, and soul. At its inception, only 3% of senior-level positions in the technology industry were held by blacks. With a half-million new computer-related jobs expected by 2028, ITSMF is committed to increasing the number of qualified black professionals for these positions.

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