Strategic Partnerships & Alliances
Partnering with ITSMF affords leading corporations vital support for diversity initiatives; exclusive resources for employee growth, development, and sponsorship; and considerable exposure to the best and brightest executives in information technology.
Corporate partners also form strategic alliances with ITSMF on specific initiatives. For example, with Global Lead Management Consulting and Johnson & Johnson, ITSMF developed a comprehensive guide on African-American IT recruitment, retention, and advancement. Identifying the critical issues, challenges, and successes of CIO-bound African-Americans, the guide offers valuable insight.
Being a strategic partner delivers:
- Strategic guidance and authoritative resources for building diverse leadership teams
- Tools for accelerating the development of mid-level managers through mentoring and education
- Ready access to highly qualified minority talent for executive positions
- Opportunities for speaking engagements, event sponsorship, and for sharing thought leadership
- Exposure to the multi-million dollar buying power of member companies, over 60 percent of which are in the Fortune 500
Global Lead Management Consulting, Johnson & Johnson and ITSMF have developed a research-based, authoritative guide on African American recruitment, retention and advancement in the IT Profession. The primary purpose of the research is to identify the critical issues, challenges, and successes experienced by African American IT professionals on the pathway to the CIO position. More specifically, the research identifies both employer and employee perceptions and opinions related to the recruitment, retention, development and advancement of African American IT executives and other top talent within a range of organizations.
ITSMF works closely with BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates), a national non-profit organization with 45 chapters and more than 9,000 members. We serve as BDPA's senior advisory board, provide workshop and panel leaders for BDPA's national conference, and obtain protégés for our mentoring program from the BDPA membership.
Dr. Fay Payton, North Carolina State University
Dr. Fay Cobb Payton and Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) seek to capture data on the experiences of African Americans in IT and develop a case study of their findings.
"Our alliance with ITSMF has been invaluable. ITSMF's executive members serve BDPA as mentors, advisors, and expert speakers. Their real-world experience in moving into the ranks of IT leadership is an inspiration to our members."