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Thursday, September 17 • 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Strategic IT - Partnering with the Business and Communicating for Success: Part II

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Strategic IT - Partnering with the Business and Communicating for Success

Business Case:
Ask yourself... what are your career goals? Sure, we're all great with technology, but to continue growing in our careers requires that we do the unthinkable... we actually have to TALK to each other. And even worse... we have to TALK to the business people in our companies! Why? WHY? Why would we possibly want to TALK to PEOPLE? The answer to that question is that today more than ever, technology IS the business. So it makes sense that Information Technology can help or hurt a business more than ever. It's critical that we align our efforts, goals, and strategies with those of the business - and all of that requires good communication. Skills covered will include:
  • Speaking the language of the business
  • Thinking like a businessperson
  • Demonstrating strong leadership
  • Selling fellow business leaders on the value proposition of IT investments
  • Always being prepared
  • Earning influence
  • Preparing for and navigating board meetings
  • Difficult conversations
  • Always keeping your cool
  • Aligning IT with business goals.
Would you like to have a seat at the table, to be taken seriously as a businessperson, and to have a voice in the decisions our companies make? Fostering strong relationships and communication strategies with the business allows more effective work and greater outcomes - for you as well as for your company. Make IT indispensable to the business! Fair warning... the skills you learn in this module may motivate you to speak in front of others, work in a group, step outside your comfort zone, and grow! You may just find yourself listened to with newfound respect and interest by your business. Attend this module to partner with your business and communicate for success!

Part I
Part II
Part III: Live Panel & Q&A

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Steven Wolk

CTO, PC Richard & Son
Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout... Read More →

Thursday September 17, 2020 2:30pm - 3:25pm CDT
Electives Room