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Think IT Member Spotlight: Sayeed Reza

Sayeed Reza, VP, Software Engineering at Optum believes that a good understanding of the business and its customers are the first key steps towards becoming a successful IT leader. In his career, he has worked on building search engine platforms, forming product delivery and cloud services organization, and is passionate about managing and delivering technology…

3 Reasons Why It’s Difficult to Build Diverse Teams

Companies are making a conscious effort to improve the diversity of their teams. A more diverse and inclusive workplace not only offers interpersonal benefits, it also contributes to an organization’s overall financial performance and growth. Within IT, business leaders are especially motivated to build stronger and less homogenous teams. A new survey commissioned by York…

Think IT Member Spotlight: Dan Gowens

Dan Gowens, Sr. Director at Prime Therapeutics, believes that IT leaders and business leaders have complementary goals and should form partnerships to achieve them together. He has worked in the IT industry since the 1980s, and he has built his career on building cooperative teams, solving problems, and aligning tech solutions with business aims. Dan…

Rethink Mentorship in the Workplace

Professionals often hear this advice early in their career: Find a mentor, and learn everything you can from that person. But it’s not as simple as walking up to a person you admire and saying, “Won’t you be my mentor?” Like all relationships, mentorships shouldn’t be forced. They’re best when they develop naturally over time,…

ITL Meeting at Cargill 11.3.18

ITL Recap: Digital Shifts and their Effects on the Customer and Internal IT

Is your company ready for a digital future? We would like to thank Mike McFarlane, Regional Capacity and Demand Lead at Cargill and Shawn Stavseth, Digital Advisor at Cargill for leading an engaging discussion on the topic: Digital Shift and their Effects on the Customer and Internal IT.  Also, a huge thank you to Cargill for hosting.   Cargill had created a Digital Labs portion of their organization.…