NURTURING THE WHOLE PERSON

Mind, Body,
and Soul

HELPING ITSMF LEADERS

Show Up Fully

The dynamic world of technology needs the diverse perspectives and rich experiences of bold, disruptive champions. ITSMF offers an unparalleled opportunity to nurture these champions through its three Leadership Academies, each tailored to a different level of leader—from middle managers to senior executives.

Participation in one of our Leadership Academies helps Black technology professionals show up more fully in their companies and communities. These programs produce powerful results; up to 80% of graduates receive promotions and additional responsibilities within 18 months and go on to leverage their drive, talents and experiences to forge lasting legacies and transform future leaders.

ABOUT THE EXECUTIVE ACADEMY

ITSMF’s Executive Academy is an intensely introspective and robust program where senior-level executives master their leadership mindset to create effective results through leadership at the enterprise level. Cohorts create bonds that transcend traditional peer relationships and become deeply invested in each other’s long-term success. Seasoned executives—experienced in spearheading major initiatives, leading effective change management, and successful in navigating the executive landscape—serve as advisors that inspire participants to “pay it forward” by nurturing the next generation of emerging leaders.

KEY PARTICIPANT OUTCOMES

  • Enhanced leadership skills at the enterprise level;
  • Invaluable insight into the competencies, expectations and realities of executive-level performance;
  • Critical tools and knowledge to build collaboration and consensus among other leaders across the organization;
  • Influential contributions that bring greater value to the organization; and
  • Greater ability to inspire positive change in companies and communities.

“I appreciated the fact that this program spoke to the realities of succeeding in Corporate America in the true sense.”

Anthony Mayo
Managing Director & CIO Asset Management
Technology Distribution & Marketing
BNY Mellon

GETTING STARTED

Continue your journey toward executive excellence. A new cohort begins each August.

  • Apply online March 1st to July 15th.
  • Investment: $8,500 tuition per participant plus potential travel expenses. Typically, applicant costs are subsidized by their sponsoring company.
  • For additional program information, contact GIPD@itsmfleaders.org.

NOTE: Completed applications, along with all supporting documents, must be received by July 15th to be considered for the incoming cohort. Applications received after the deadline will be considered in the next application cycle.

ABOUT THE MANAGEMENT ACADEMY

ITSMF’s Management Academy fuels the initiative of mid-level professionals by connecting them to resources that fully develop their management skills and emotional intelligence. Participants forge enduring relationships with their peers who understand their challenges, and advance through unfettered access to industry-leading executives whose experiences and instruction are instrumental in guiding their personal and professional growth. Graduates are focused, visionary leaders and architects of positive organizational change.

KEY PARTICIPANT OUTCOMES

  • Broadened cross-functional skills and perspectives;
  • Enhanced business understanding and management expertise;
  • Insights into building high-performing, cross-functional teams;
  • Stronger understanding of self and tools/skills needed to thrive at higher professional levels;
  • Expanded network of like-minded leaders to leverage as a support base.
  • Larger strategic role and influential contributions that bring even greater value to the organization;
  • Detailed action plan to address personal challenges and plot career growth course; and
  • Greater ability to inspire positive change in companies and communities.

“Seven months after entering the Management Academy, I was promoted within my company. I attribute many of my accomplishments and professional and personal growth directly to the curriculum which focuses on self-awareness, ways to increase your influence, and strategic planning/thinking.”

Deanna Wright
Director, Shared Services Operations
Cox Enterprises

GETTING STARTED

Follow your leadership aspirations and accelerate your leadership ascent. A new cohort begins each August.

  • Apply online between December 1st and February 28th.
  • Investment: $7,000 tuition per participant plus potential travel expenses. Typically, applicant costs are subsidized by their sponsoring company.
  • For additional program information, contact Reginald Turner at reginald.turner@itsmfleaders.org.

NOTE: Completed applications, along with all supporting documents, must be received by February 28th to be considered for the incoming cohort. Applications received after the deadline will be considered in the next application cycle.

ABOUT THE EMERGE ACADEMY

ITSMF’s Emerge Academy connects women of color to a trusted community that helps them refine their authentic voices, hone their professional skills and demonstrate self-assured leadership in any challenge faced—all while lifting each other up to a new level of professional distinction. Designed to elevate mid- to senior-level women of color in technology and related fields, program participants emerge stronger, more confident leaders who stand more comfortably in, and in harmony with, their personal and professional power.

KEY PARTICIPANT OUTCOMES

  • Stronger, more authentic leaders;
  • More responsible & confident decision making;
  • Personal and professional accountability;
  • Clearer vision of life goals;
  • Influential contributions that bring even greater value to the organization;
  • Greater ability to inspire positive change in companies and communities; and
  • Build lasting relationships with other women in technology.

“Emerge is revolutionary, deeply personal, human, and intimate. I’ve never participated in a program where the director of the program, chairwoman of the board, and founders of the umbrella organization have dedicated so much time and invested so much of themselves into the success of the cohort members. The active participation of these key ITSMF leaders personalized the experience and brought truth to the mission of the academy and ITSMF.”

Michelle Straughan-Harvey Senior Vice President Product Business Development Manager Bank of America

GETTING STARTED

Open to women of color in technology and related fields. Journey toward your highest potential through self-discovery and the pursuit of professional excellence. A new cohort begins each August.

  • Apply online between March 1st and April 30th.
  • Complete the ITSMF Emerge Academy application, including a recommendation from an ITSMF member (current or inactive) or a representative from a sponsoring company.
  • Investment: $7,000 tuition per participant plus potential travel expenses. Typically, applicant costs are subsidized by their sponsoring company.
  • For additional program information, contact Kailei Carr at kailei.carr@itsmfleaders.org.

NOTE: Completed applications, along with all supporting documents, must be received by April 30th to be considered for the incoming cohort. Applications received after the deadline will be considered in the next application cycle.

ABOUT THE LEADERS OF
COLOR PROGRAM

The popularity and overwhelming success of ITSMF’s Leadership Academies necessitated additional opportunities to shape even more high-potential leaders. To fulfill that need, ITSMF created its powerful Leaders of Color program, which convenes 25-30 emerging leaders for a shorter timeframe (usually five days spread over several months) within their own organization. Programs are structured, yet highly interactive, and address critical development areas that often present the most challenges for leaders of color. Sessions can be specifically tailored to an organization’s needs and culture.

KEY PARTICIPANT/ORGANIZATIONAL OUTCOMES

  • Stronger, more authentic leaders and higher-performing teams;
  • Broadened cross-functional skills and enhanced management understanding;
  • Larger strategic role and influential contributions that bring even greater value to the organization;
  • Deeper understanding and ownership of the organization’s culture and values; and
  • Helps drive important conversations that become a catalyst for positive change and organizational growth.

GETTING STARTED


“I work with a non-profit that always says ‘what’s good for women is good for everyone,’ and I believe it. We started the ITSMF leadership program 100% due to the successes that we’ve had over the last 12 years with our Women’s Leadership Development Program. It was important to me to leverage a best practice that was supporting one diverse population with development, retention, and visibility to leadership to enable another underrepresented community. This is only one small step in building the diversity of our leadership pipeline at Capgemini in North America…one small and critical step to help continue to break down organizational ceilings.”

Janet Pope
Corporate Responsibility Director North America
Capgemini

ACCESS THE ACADEMY LEARNING PLATFORM

THE ITSMF MEMBER EXPERIENCE

Unlike Any
You’ve Ever Known

We’ve created an environment that celebrates and encourages Black technology excellence. When members join ITSMF, they become family. Here, they find a safe place to be their most authentic selves and feel seen, heard, valued and supported, often in ways they’ve never experienced before.

Members receive tremendous benefits through ITSMF—access to and networking with distinguished industry leaders, unprecedented knowledge share and support, attendance to coveted thought-leader events and more—but the real reason why ITSMF members join is…they’re passionately driven to nurture the next generation of Black technology leaders. Giving back is in our DNA and our members take that responsibility very seriously when they join ITSMF.

Enjoy unfettered access to an unmatched family network of open, proven Black technology leaders.
Contribute to and benefit from a world-class economy of knowledge, tools, talent, and opportunity – all rooted in shared values.
Attend coveted ITSMF Symposiums and Regional Networking Events at discounted rates.

PATHWAYS TO

ITSMF Membership

EXECUTIVE PATHWAY

Culturally-aware business leaders who embody visionary leadership, a global mindset and a passion for family, community and social activism may qualify for ITSMF Executive Membership. Prospective members must work at the director-level and above, be sponsored by an existing ITSMF member and complete an application to ensure their genuine commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion by supporting current and future technology leaders.

$1,450*

Expand to View Eligibility

If you hold one of the positions described below, you’re eligible for ITSMF Executive Membership:

  • Fortune 500 Senior IT Executive (director-level or above), within two levels of the corporate CIO or equivalent position
  • Medium-sized firm or division IT Executive (revenues under $1 billion), within two levels of the corporate CIO or equivalent position
  • Technology services consulting firm IT Executive (revenues above $1 billion), typically a partner, principal or director position
  • Privately-owned IT company Executive (revenues above $5 million), typically an owner, CEO and related senior (C-level) executives
  • Government or educational institution Senior IT Executive, CIO or within one level of the CIO position
  • College or university IT Chairperson of the technology/systems department
  • Not-for-profit IT Executive (revenues above $50 million), CIO or within one level of the CIO position

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ASSOCIATE PATHWAY

ITSMF academies offer such transformative experiences, participants often desire a way to give back while maintaining the close bonds they formed with their cohort and instructors. To help facilitate those connections and provide a rewarding service opportunity, academy graduates who are aspiring senior-level leaders may join ITSMF as an Associate Member. Prospects must have successfully graduated from an ITSMF Leadership Academy and exhibit a strong commitment to the continued development of the next generation of technology leaders.

$500*

*Annual dues support ITSMF’s operations, programming and foundation.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

ITSMF Speakers Bureau

Showcase the insights of the nation’s foremost technology executives of color at your next event, in a podcast or publication—feature an expert from our Speakers Bureau. Our members’ thought leadership and significant contributions are transforming the landscape of technology, business and communities. ITSMF speakers represent the most influential leaders in their respective areas and will educate and motivate your group in a way that sets you apart.

SUPPORTING FUTURE ITSMF LEADERS

ITSMF Scholarship

Nurturing the next generation of Black technology leaders begins long before their first job; it begins with their education. To assist college-level students in their pursuit of STEM-related disciplines and alleviate the financial burden of higher education, the ITSMF Foundation provides scholarships. Students are chosen based on their academic performance, aptitude to lead and serve and commitment to furthering their education. Scholarship recipients are welcomed into the ITSMF family and receive on-going support and encouragement to ensure they remain on the path toward graduation and realize their value as a future technology leader.

MORE THAN A SCHOLARSHIP

In addition to financial support, the ITSMF Foundation provides a coveted opportunity for Black students to reach their highest potential through career development, mentoring and networking. ITSMF provides:

Access to ITSMF Symposia to network with industry leaders from Fortune 500 companies and successful entrepreneurs in STEM-related fields
Mentoring from industry leaders—an invaluable resource for early career development
Increased exposure to internship opportunities, which connects education to real-world applications, develops workplace skills and opens doors for future employment
Attendance to other professional conferences and leadership development programs.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES WILL:

  1. Apply online between September 7th and December 15th.
  2. Have a minimum of 30 credit hours at an accredited university with a declared major or course of study in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).
  3. Be a U.S. citizen/national/permanent resident.
  4. Have a cumulative 3.2 GPA.

WE'RE STRONGER WITH OUR

ITSMF Partners

Deloitte takes full advantage of the growth opportunities and industry networking access from ITSMF, ensuring representation at each symposium. This level of access and involvement directly impacts our internal commitment for an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Larry Quinlan
Global Chief Information Officer
Deloitte

SUPPORT ITSMF’S VITAL WORK

We’re increasing the diversity of technology executives and
strengthening the pipeline of emerging technology leaders.
Help champion the pursuit of Black Excellence in Technology.

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