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100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Dick Daniels, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Kaiser Permanente

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Dick Daniels, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Kaiser Permanente.


dick danielsDick Daniels
Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Kaiser Permanente

Dick Daniels is executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. In this role, Daniels is responsible for the ongoing leadership of Kaiser Permanente’s Information Technology vision, strategy and execution. Daniels reports directly to Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer, and is a member of the national executive team.

Prior to Daniels’ appointment to the role of executive vice president and chief information officer, Daniels served as senior vice president of Enterprise Shared Services, which includes End User Services, National Facilities Services and National Pharmacy Operations.

Daniels joined Kaiser Permanente in May of 2008 as Kaiser Permanente’s Information Technology senior vice president and business information officer of Health Plan and Hospital Operations. In that role, he was accountable for developing the strategy and ensuring the delivery of innovative, leading-edge capabilities that drive Kaiser Permanente’s technology agenda, in partnership with, and supporting all business areas. Leading a diverse team that included the Regional Business Information Organizations, National Facilities IT, Pharmacy IT, Enterprise Architecture, Information Management and Innovation, Consulting and Analytics and IT Compliance, he was accountable for the strategic alignment across regional and national IT initiatives and the regional implementation of all national IT projects.

Daniels has more than 30 years of shared services and information technology leadership experience. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, he served as senior vice president and divisional CIO for Capital One. In addition, as senior vice president at JP Morgan Chase, he was responsible for maintenance and support for all investor services business applications globally.

Daniels has a bachelor’s of applied arts and sciences degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). In 2007, Computerworld honored him as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

STEM Education

As CIO for a large not-for-profit health care system, it is easy to see the value of STEM education and the resulting technology talent that enables an organization like Kaiser Permanente to function and thrive. In today’s health care, technology is everywhere and behind every successful engagement with our members and patients.

When I think broadly about STEM education, and more specifically about the development of tomorrow’s technical workforce, several factors come to mind that need to converge: The competitive need for STEM-educated talent; a steady supply of technically trained and well-rounded individuals ready to enter the workforce; and the need for organizations to create opportunities and work environments that excite and motivate these individuals.

First, let me comment on the competitive need for STEM. Technical talent and capabilities are a competitive necessity. This is often considered in the context of national security. This is important, as is the economic competitiveness of a nation’s business sector. Health care is not the only industry that is becoming more and more enabled and reliant on technology. This is true from agriculture, to manufacturing, to transportation, and across all service industries.

Businesses are increasingly looking to technology to advance process efficiency, innovation, and workforce productivity, as well as meet the evolving expectations customer have for convenience and speed. These demands are a big part of driving competitiveness between businesses and with industries between nations.

Businesses, as well as government entities, also need technology talent and solutions to protect critical systems and sensitive data to address the increasing risk of cyber crime. All of these competitive and security needs are feeding the demand for a pipeline of technical talent, and thus STEM education to fill that pipeline.

STEM education is an essential, foundational component of technical capability. It is how we create a steady supply of talented individuals with the technical skills and education they need to enter the workforce. To be effective, STEM education needs to engage the interest and passions of today’s youth. I’ve seen reports that the proportion of STEM college graduates in some other countries surpasses that in the U.S. One article from a few years ago stated that China had three times the number of STEM graduates as the U.S. that year. We clearly have work to do.

In the case of technology education, STEM education needs to leverage the fact that young people are growing up with many forms of technology and to inspire their imaginations about what is possible in the future. It must connect the dots that individuals passionate about technology can work towards an exciting career, and that taking advantage of STEM educational opportunities can help them get there.

It is also important that technology training not be presented and perceived as only for those who are good at math or began programming at an early age. The modern demands of technology are very diverse, and one does not have to be great at math to excel in an information technology career. In fact, technology training should be part of a well-rounded education. Businesses today need technical professionals who can understand business problems and opportunities, work creatively on solutions, and communicate effectively. Understanding the flexibility and breadth of what an individual can do and influence in a technical career can inspire more students to pursue STEM education.  

The next important factor is what businesses can do to attract and nurture technical talent. Required are multiple recruiting sources, from on-campus engagement to social media platforms, to link applicants with opportunities. The more visible this process is, the more it serves as encouragement for students to pursue STEM education and a critical link between talented individuals and jobs.

Businesses then need to create specific opportunities for early-career individuals. Our IT organization at Kaiser Permanente, for example, has a thriving internship program that invites college students and recent college graduates to work with us for the summer. This provides essential exposure, real experience, and often leads to employment opportunities.

Once technology professionals enter the workforce, it’s imperative that organizations invest in the engagement of these individuals. At Kaiser Permanente, we have thriving networks, such as for IT interns, that connect early-career professionals with each other. These individuals also have challenging work and a variety of opportunities to grow through training and on-the-job experience. 

From my perspective, the bottom line is that we have an opportunity and a need in the U.S. to regain our leadership in STEM education. This requires all parts of the equation, including the education system and business, to do their part. By doing this, we can engage and inspire more individuals to make STEM a stronger part of a well-rounded education and to pursue the vast, diverse, and rewarding opportunities afforded them by careers in areas like information technology.

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Alan Cullop Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President of Davita Inc.

Alan CullopThis blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Alan Cullop Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President of Davita Inc.


Alan Cullop

Alan Collup
Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President

Davita Inc.

Alan Cullop currently serves as CIO and SVP at DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and a leading provider of health care services. During his 20+year career, he has led the development and expansion of IT systems and teams for numerous transaction-intensive businesses, including, Avis,,, American Express, Wyndham, Holiday Inn Worldwide, Coldwell Banker/Sotherby’s and MCI. Alan began his career as a developer with MCI Communications and has served as CIO for 10+ years for complex global 100 companies including Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets, Cendant and the TriZetto Group, a Healthcare Software Services Company. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech’s Dupree College of Management Leadership Forum. Alan enjoys spending time with his family, reading and traveling.

About Davita

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of March 31, 2015, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,197 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 174,000 patients. The company also operated 93 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States. HealthCare Partners manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida and Colorado in its pursuit to deliver excellent-quality health care in a dignified and compassionate manner

Position STEM as a Creative Endeavor

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than nine million by 2022. These are high-paying jobs, which give today’s students the financial security needed to provide for their families, live fulfilling lives and contribute to the evolution of a myriad of industries. Driving engagement among today’s students is dependent upon our ability to create excitement. Simply put, we must demonstrate that STEM can not only create value and solve complex problems, but also spark new ways of thinking about our culture, our country and our future.



100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Lee Congdon, Chief Information Officer at Red Hat.

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Lee Congdon, Chief Information Officer at Red Hat.


Lee CongdonLee Congdon
Chief Information Officer
Red Hat

Lee Congdon is responsible for Red Hat’s global information systems, including the technology strategy, enterprise architecture, information technology governance, solutions delivery, and systems operations supporting the company. His role includes enabling Red Hat’s business through services such as technology-enabled collaboration, knowledge management, technology innovation and process improvement. Under Lee’s leadership, the Red Hat IT team uses many Red Hat and open source products and shares associated use cases with Red Hat customers. He also frequently speaks at conferences on business-driven IT, the evolving role of CIOs and how they can maximize their impact on the business.

Congdon has extensive experience  as  an IT leader. Prior to joining Red Hat® he was managing vice president, Information Technology, at Capital One where he developed and delivered IT solutions for the firm’s corporate functions and Global Financial Services group.  Before Capital One, Congdon was senior vice president, Strategic Initiatives, at Nasdaq, where he led the organization’s efforts to identify, implement, and operate technology solutions for Nasdaq Japan, Nasdaq Europe, and other strategic global ventures.  Earlier, at Citicorp, Congdon led multiple global technology initiatives for the private bank and the corporate bank. Congdon began his career at IBM as an operating sys- tem developer and held several technology and technical marketing positions of increasing responsibility with that firm.  Congdon holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He tweets as @lcongdon.

About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at At Red Hat, we believe in preparing the next generation of professionals to contribute to the future of technology. Red Hat leaders and associates volunteer at STEM expos in their local areas, speak in schools on careers in IT, and contribute community relations funding STEM programs.

Red Hat and STEM Programs

As a leading tech company, Red Hat knows that devel- oping the technology workforce is critically important for our future. Contributing to STEM programs is one of the key ways that companies like Red Hat can help develop both current and future technology work-  ers and leaders. At Red Hat, we focus on community- powered innovation -- the idea that when we learn something, we want to share it. That thinking drives our contributions to STEM programs in the communities where we live and work.

Red Hat supports STEM programs as a way of ensur- ing that we contribute to building the future workforce and equip future technology workers with the skills and broad thinking required to drive open source projects and the technologies they develop. In a March 2014 article in the Triangle Business Journal, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst emphasized the importance of encour- aging schools to add computer sciences classes to their curricula. “Even giving high school kids access to Advanced Placement computer science classes and exams would be a nice start. I think it’s (also) important to urge our states to recognize computer science as more than just an elective. Only nine states, including North Carolina, count computer science courses as a math or science high school graduation requirement. While that says a lot about the path N.C. is on, we still have work to do.”

One of the ways Red Hat associates contribute to STEM initiatives is through volunteer efforts in their local com- munities. Cross-functional teams and individual con- tributors donate their time to leading STEM program activities, speaking in area classrooms, and taking part in STEM workshops and conferences. From individual contributors who volunteer to work one-on-one with students to managers who lead YMCA STEM-based initiatives to our CIO and other senior-level leaders, who speak about careers in technology throughout the year, Red Hatters are investing their time and tal- ents to STEM programs. Through these efforts, we hope to encourage students to consider careers that have foundations in STEM.

As part of Red Hat’s STEM efforts, we are also ensuring that the programs where we participate serve diverse groups of students. A group of IT team members at the Red Hat Raleigh, NC headquarters volunteer with one of the local YMCAs, which focuses its STEM program on at-risk young people and provides the program at no cost to students or their families. The YMCA program  is affiliated with St. Augustine’s College, a nearby historically black school. Through this program and oth- ers, Red Hatters have seen first-hand that sharing STEM programs with diverse groups of students inspires them to think more broadly about the school work they do today and their opportunities for tomorrow.

Supporting STEM programs not only helps Red Hat sup- port the communities where their associates live and work, it also gives those associates leadership and development opportunities that provide real benefits for Red Hat as well as for the students served by the STEM programs. Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon highlights the importance of these opportunities for associates  in  his  organization.  “Taking part  in  STEM  programs  is an excellent way for Red Hat to give back to our local communities, but the benefits don’t end there. Our associates who take part in these programs gain experience in public speaking, sharpen their critical thinking skills, and are often reminded why they chose careers in the technology field. I hear from our STEM volunteers on a regular basis that they enjoy spend- ing time with students and that they learn perhaps as much as the students they are serving. Participating in STEM programs is more than a pet project for Red Hat -- it represents a very real opportunity to cultivate our future workforce while enabling current Red Hat asso- ciates to share thought leadership and gain valuable skills that benefit our organization today.”

Red Hat has built our  business  model  on  a  differ-  ent approach to developing technology -- one that encourages open and diverse thinking and recognizes contributions from across the community. Red Hat’s focus on community-powered innovation is at the foun- dation of what we do each day.Our continued support of STEM programs in the communities where we live is an example of that kind of innovation. We believe that the work we do in STEM programs is very well-aligned with open source thinking. When we support these pro- grams, we enable students to think in a variety of ways and be creative in their approach to problem-solving, both inside and outside the classroom. We also give our associates a wealth of opportunities to serve and to develop their own skills and leadership abilities. For Red Hat, supporting STEM programs will continue to be a priority, and we look forward to seeing new genera- tions of students join these programs, and someday be part of the future technology workforce.


100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Anil Cheriyan, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer of SunTrust Bank Inc.

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Anil Cheriyan Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer of SunTrust Bank Inc.

Anil CheriyanAnil Cheriyan
Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
SunTrust Bank Inc.

Anil Cheriyan is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at SunTrust Banks, Inc. He is responsible for SunTrust’s Enterprise Information Services (EIS) division, the organizational unit that provides the company’s overall technology, operations and information-related support. Prior to joining SunTrust in April 2012, Mr. Cheriyan was a senior partner at IBM Global Business Services, where he served financial services industry clients and most recently led the Insurance Industry Practice.  Before   joining IBM in 2002, he was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and served in leadership roles including global, industry and technology practices. Previously he was a senior consultant with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and information services manager for TVS Clayton, Ltd.

About SunTrust

SunTrust Banks,Inc.,one of the nation’s largest financial services organizations, is dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for its  clients  and  communities.  Headquartered in Atlanta, the company serves a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of March 31, 2015, SunTrust had total assets of $189.9 billion and total deposits of $144.4 billion.

Big Data

“The amount of data available is growing at an unprecedented pace. New technologies allow us to move from data gathering to more strategic data analysis. Our data strategy is focused on building the capability to consolidate data to deepen our understanding of markets, clients, products, services, channels, and risk. We look for deep client and business knowledge, as well as analytical ingenuity and creativity to support our client-focused data strategy, and ultimately create the singular offerings and interactions for our clients that define competitive advantage. However, the technology is not the strategy. The hard part is defining what we want technology to help us achieve, identifying necessary changes to underlying business processes, and ultimately guiding new ways of thinking and working that unleash the power of these new technologies to create significant business value. This will continue to be an important objective moving forward”




SHEC Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education Summit 2015

The STEMconnector® STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) will host the Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education National Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this Monday, November 9, 2015. This Summit is for business, non-profit, government and higher education leaders committed to preparing the nation’s best-educated, most competitive STEM workforce through compelling relationships, collaboration and shared goals. At this unique forum, STEM stakeholders from business and higher education partners will showcase exemplars of disruption that can strengthen the STEM ecosystem and provide best practices for aligning higher education with industry needs. With the goal of meeting the nation’s demand for STEM graduates, participants will share best-in-class STEM learning examples.

In partnership with My College Options®, college admissions officers will also be in attendance to add their valuable expertise in recognizing the next generation of STEM talent. Join us as we address some of the key disruptive practices in higher education such as competency-based credentials, experiential learning, and massive open online courses through themes such as:

  • Aligning College Majors to In-Demand Jobs
  • Broadening STEM Participation of Diverse Populations
  • Research, The Forgotten STEM Careers
  • Retaining Talent in the STEM Ecosystem
  • Industry and Experiential Education
  • STEM - Technology Is Central

Confirmed Keynote Speakers to Date:

Ryan Craig
Managing Director, University Ventures
Author, College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education

Jamie Merisotis
President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
Author, America Needs Talent: Attracting, Educating, and Deploying the 21st-Century Workforce
George Miller
Former U.S. Representative and Senior Education Advisor, Cengage Learning
Dr. Peter Stokes 
Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group
Author, Higher Education and Employability: New Models for Integrating Study and Work 
Scaling STEM Success: A SHEC Special Report
At the Summit, we will showcase a preview of our upcoming SHEC report, Scaling STEM Success: Nurturing and Retaining STEM Talent, to be released in January 2016. This report will showcase the actions that SHEC members are taking to equip students for the STEM workforce and the impact on job creation that SHEC members are having across the country through their STEM programs and boundary-breaking partnerships. This report is a platform for SHEC members to share best practices on what they have been able to achieve, as well as what has proven to be effective.

There's still time to register through Eventbrite, but attendees and non-attendees alike are encouraged to join the discussion on social media using #SHECsummit!

About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is a consortium of companies, associations, societies, policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. With several products and services, STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” Our network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers.

About SHEC
The STEMconnector® STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) mission is to bring focused energy to Higher Education’s high-impact practices, increasing the emphasis on STEM pipeline-to-jobs.  SHEC inventories and integrates current efforts, building on the energy of others in support of boundary-breaking collaborations between higher education and industry to achieve significant results that can be scaled-up and recognized.

Technology Student Association Issues RFP for 2016-2017 UNITE Program


On October 27, 2015, the Technology Student Association (TSA) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2016-2017 UNITE program. 

Funded by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), UNITE promotes STEM literacy in students through summer programs that target high school students historically underrepresented in STEM fields. For 2016, UNITE programs must target and recruit rising 9th – 12th graders.  

“TSA looks forward to working with the 2016 UNITE sites,” said Dr. Rosanne T. White, executive director of the Technology Student Association. “UNITE is key in enriching STEM experiences for student participants at each site, and for creating opportunities these students might not otherwise have.” 

UNITE programs typically run for four to six weeks during the summer at universities across the nation. Through rigorous STEM curriculum, career events, and field trips, UNITE encourages and helps prepare students to pursue college-level studies, and ultimately, careers in engineering and related STEM fields. UNITE is administered by TSA, a national non-profit organization of middle and high school students engaged in STEM. 

The UNITE program operates on a two-year cycle. Selected sites will receive funding for one year, with the expectation for a second year of the same funding amount; based on performance and pending submission requirements. UNITE funds should supplement an institution’s existing summer STEM program, and sites must enroll a minimum of 15 students. 

The deadline for UNITE proposals is Wednesday, December 16, 2015. For more information on the UNITE program and how to apply for funding, please visit or contact Hillary Lee, UNITE program manager, at   


High School Seniors Learn Robotics & Programming at University of Phoenix #STEMCAD2015 Event


University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology hosted 100 students at the East Valley Institute of Technology on October 20, 2015, as part of the global campaign, STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015). High school seniors were exposed to careers in the robotic and programming fields. Tim Patrick, Dean of Technology, College of Information System and Technology taught the students how to engage with a double robot.  The students were given the opportunity for hands-on engagement with the robot.  Using the robotic technology the students conducted interviews with technology officers in other states. 
The University of Phoenix is a leader in providing underrepresented students with a quality education.  One major priority of the university’s involvement in the program is to showcase STEM career opportunities to students from a minority background.  Over 75% of the students participating at this site are from the aforementioned populations.
Apollo Education Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix, takes a proactive role in recruiting more women and minority students to STEM careers by participating in a STEM mentoring program called Million Women Mentors where they pledged 4,000 mentors to young girls looking for guidance in navigating these technical fields.
“Education in the classroom is critical to getting America’s youth engaged and excited about STEM to become future engineers, web developers, tech entrepreneurs and executives across all industries. From K-12 through college, educators across America must work side-by-side with policy makers and employers to adjust curriculum to ensure students are prepared and job-ready.”
— Dennis Bonilla, Executive Dean, College of Information Systems and Technology, University of Phoenix

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Vince Campisi, Global Chief Information Officer of General Electric

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Vince Campisi, Global Chief Information Officer for General Electric.

Vince Campisi
Global Chief Information Officer
General Electric

Vince Campisi is the global CIO for GE Software, and leads the Software & Services Technology (SST) organization, which focuses on delivering software & analytics-based outcomes to drive enhanced customer productivity and value.

Campisi  is  a  committed partner and advocate of STEM programs at GE. He believes these programs help educate today’s young talent in learning what’s possible with technology, including how the Industrial Internet can drive efficiencies and productivity across major industries that will ultimately make people’s lives better.

About General Electric

GE and the GE Foundation are committed to building a world that works better. We’re  empowering the next generation of diverse, innovative  STEM  leaders  with  the  workforce skills necessary to succeed. The GE Foundation has been recognized for its STEM leadership by the National Science Teachers Association and Columbia University’s Teacher College, among others.

Vince Campisi on an Industrial Internet

"As a society we’ve only just scratched the surface on all the ways technology will transform our world in positive and amazing ways. But new technology doesn’t just appear out of thin air. It flows from the ingenuity of brilliant, educated people who have the vision and know-how to turn their ideas into solutions for the world’s biggest challenges. The promise technology holds for transforming our future can only be realized if we have the talent to invent it, shape it and put it   to work for the good of all. Providing outstanding educational opportunities in the STEM disciplines is an essential part of delivering on that promise.

There’s a sea change taking place at the point where industry and technology intersect that, in my view, will make the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the Internet look like baby steps for humanity by comparison. This collision of the physical and digital worlds—bringing together the nuts and bolts of industrial machines with the ones and zeros of software—has the potential to yield more benefits than even I can imagine. It’s called the Industrial Internet and the innovations it will deliver have direct application in sectors accounting for $10- 15 trillion of the global GDP.

The Industrial Internet combines intelligent machines, advanced analytics, and people at work in ways that promise to dramatically improve productivity and efficiency. And even if it results in a very conservative one-percent improvement in efficiency, the results will be impressive. For example, we estimate that a savings of one-percent in fuel costs would save the commercial aviation industry $30 billion in 15 years. A similar rise in efficiency in our gas-fired power plants could save $66 billion in fuel costs. In health care, the savings would be $63 billion; for the freight industry, $27 billion. I could go on, but you get the idea. And the benefits transcend financial savings. The Industrial Internet literally has the potential to help reduce carbon emissions, to improve quality and access to healthcare that saves lives, and to transform entire economies  for the  betterment  of humankind.

The U.S. is an early leader in  the  Industrial  Internet, but our position can only be sustained by the ready availability of an exceptionally strong talent pool, not just in the traditional STEM “silos,” but with new, hybrid skill sets.

Traditionally, in order to achieve the sort of efficiency and performance gains I mentioned, we had to defy the laws of physics with breakthroughs in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, science, technology, and math. But the Industrial Internet enables us to further defy the laws of physics through amazing feats in the digital worlds of software engineering and data science. These disciplines, a critical part of STEM, are essential to unlocking the next era of industrial innovation, growth and productivity.

Since opening our center  in  San  Ramon  in  2012,  GE Software has hired more than 1,000 men and women with backgrounds in math, computer science, engineering, data science, user design experience and other relevant fields. This is a new kind of STEM workforce, aligned in their common pursuit of connecting the world of intelligent machines with people and data.

At GE, we are committed to thinking differently and collaborating in ways that take put our incredible depth of expertise, insight and industrial know-how to good use. But without our simultaneous commitment to STEM, our ability to face and meet the coming challenges would be severely compromised.

That’s why we invest in STEM programs like Girls Who Code and GE Girls, which help spark the imaginations of our next generation of engineers, data scientists, software developers, and technologists.

It’s why we’ve developed mentorship and leadership programs, which open doors for young leaders, inspiring and empowering them to create brilliant approaches to solving the world’s toughest challenges.

It’s why our GE Foundation pursues its vision of  building a better world by empowering a  diverse  new generation of innovative STEM leaders with the workforce skills necessary to thrive. The Foundation’s work, spanning K-12, college and career-readiness, has been recognized for its STEM leadership by the National Science Teachers Association and Columbia University’s Teacher College, among others.

And it’s why we developed one of the largest skill- based programs at GE Lighting in Cleveland, Ohio, where in 2008, MC2 STEM High School became the first high school to be embedded in a corporate campus.

At GE, we believe every industrial company is going to be a software & analytics company, because the next era for industries like energy, healthcare, and aviation will require companies to bring together the world of physics and the world of analytics.

So when you step back and think about the talent we’ll need to digitize every major industry, it’s clear that the demand for folks with strong disciplines in science, technology, engineering and math is going to be exponentially higher than it has ever been before. If we don’t continue to invest in STEM talent it won’t be the laws of physics preventing us from breaking new technical boundaries it will be a lack of the necessary talent  to   help   us   challenge   and   redefine   what is possible."

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Bill Briggs, Chief Technology Officer of Deloitte Consulting LLP

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Bill Briggs, Chief Technology Officer of Deloitte Consulting LLP.


Bill Briggs
Chief Technology Officr
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Bill Briggs is Chief Technology Officer of Deloitte Consulting LLP. His 17+ years with Deloitte have been spent delivering complex transformation programs for clients in a variety of industries (including Financial Services, Healthcare, Consumer Products, Telecommunications, Energy, and Public Sector).

Bill is a strategist with deep implementation experience—helping clients anticipate the impact that new and emerging technologies may have on their business in the future, and realize that potential from the realities of today. In his role as CTO, Bill is responsible for research, eminence, and innovation. This entails communicating the vision for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s technology practice, identifying and investing in technology trends affecting clients’ businesses, and shaping the strategy for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s emerging services and offerings. He leads the Architecture function across Deloitte’s Technology practice, drives the core technology content for training and development of tech fluency across career models, and serves as executive sponsor for cam- pus recruiting.

As the inaugural global leader of Deloitte Digital, Bill was responsible for launching and growing a new practice that defined a new category of digital agency consultancy. Today, Deloitte Digital offers a mix of creative, strategy, user experience, engineering talent, and technology services to help clients harness disruptive digital technologies to redesign “business as usual”—to engage differently with customers, change how work gets done, and rethink the very core of their markets.

Bill earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He lives in the suburbs of Kansas City with his wife and two young daughters—whose nascent love of ‘Star Wars’ makes him proud. A passionate (read: mediocre) golfer, Bill is also a recovering gamer, pleasantly average guitarist, aspiring pianist, avid reader, film buff, gadgeteer, and whiskey enthusiast.

About Deloitte 

Deloitte provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. Deloitte’s more than 210,000 professionals are committed to becoming the standard of excellence. Within Deloitte’s talent competency model, STEM skills are emphasized as critical to serving clients.

Briggs role at Deloitte

These are singular times for technology. Shifting markets and the rapid-fire pace of innovation require companies across industries and geographies to become technology companies in order to thrive. Consequently, many organization purposefully nurture and leverage science, technology, engineering, and mathematics expertise to meet today’s challenges while pursuing tomorrow’s opportunities.

At Deloitte we help our clients harness digital, analytics, cloud, and exponential technologies to reinvent themselves. This often requires fundamentally evolving existing core technology landscapes and transforming the IT department’s organization, delivery model, and, in many cases, its very mission. My charter as Chief  Technology Officer is to scan new technologies in order to understand the “what” and, more importantly, the “so what”–the potential positive business impacts, implementation complexities, risk factors, and relative maturity of any given space. My goal is to get to the “now what”—helping clients drive innovation.

I also collaborate with leaders across our organization to envision and architect Deloitte’s growing technology services footprint. STEM knowledge is a cornerstone here, requiring fluency in both existing and emerging technology disciplines, and in engineering principles to quantify, analyze, frame, and solve problems and opportunities. This forms the basis for Deloitte’s research agenda, incubation initiatives and, most importantly, the evolution of the services we provide to help our clients on their transformation journeys.

We approach this effort by offering numerous internal programs designed to raise tech fluency within our technology practice and beyond. Through our efforts, we work to increase Deloitte’s relevancy and credibility with our clients and to provide the services and expertise they need to take advantage of new and emerging technologies. Moreover, we want to continue adding to the list of increasingly complex services that define Deloitte’s technology footprint. For example, Deloitte Digital, a full-service digital agency consultancy, brings together the creative and digital technology capabilities, business acumen, and industry insight clients need to transform their businesses. As the founding global leader of Deloitte Digital, it was an honor to launch a brand and set of capabilities that have become industry benchmarks—mixing deep STEM left-brained expertise with creative, design, marketing, and other right-brained disciplines. Our goal is to imagine, deliver, and run the future for our clients. Realizing this goal requires a multi-faceted effort that leverages STEAM (the addition of fine arts disciplines to our foundational STEM skill sets).

Beyond these responsibilities, I also lead campus recruiting for Deloitte’s technology practice. As a computer engineer, I recognize the value of STEM education and training. When students ask me about possible careers in STEM, I tell them, “A STEM education can lead you on a career path in which you solve the novel and essential problems of tomorrow.”

Unfortunately, our society is not doing enough to cultivate and encourage the talent of tomorrow. Universities, in particular, can offer more and varied opportunities for developing STEM skills, particularly to women, minorities, and other groups currently underrepresented in STEM-related fields. We are investing in universities to help them develop STEM-centric curriculums that feature analytics and data science programs, digital design, and next-generation ERP. We are also investing in the development of broad educational curricula designed to prepare engineers, mathematicians, and scientists for careers in consulting.

The private sector can bolster such efforts by providing mentoring opportunities to promising employees and by making diverse STEM teams the cultural norm within organizations. At Deloitte, we have certainly seen how bringing together diverse perspectives and a wide range of STEM disciplines within teams and practices can fuel creativity, challenge staid assumptions and, in many situations, deliver desired outcomes.

Universities and the private sector alone cannot shoul- der the entire burden of cultivating tomorrow’s innova- tors. Indeed, STEM education should begin at home—a belief I’ve put into practice with my own daughters, Mae, age 9, and Erin, age 7. During the summer months we have “Science Sundays,” a time we set aside each weekend for experiments that cover everything from robotics to phototropism to DNA extraction to estimat- ing the number of blades of grass in our suburban Kan- sas City yard. Through these experiments I hope to instill in my daughters the same love of science and technology that I have. So far, it seems to be working. They both made enthusiastic assistants last year as I built my own virtual pinball machine, an effort that combined woodworking, hardware hacking (for the solenoids/ contactors/analog plungers/shaker/motor), and coding (for table setup and synch between virtual events and physical feedback).

In my role as CTO for Deloitte Consulting LLP, I have it easier than most of my clients. I can depend on a talented team of individuals (our CIO Larry Quinlan and our internal IT department) to drive the company’s operational IT needs while I and others in the organization focus on the technologies and opportunities of tomorrow. Most CIOs don’t have this luxury. Running an IT department effectively day to day—managing people, operations, architecture, vendors, risk and compliance, and security—is challenging. It is also table stakes for establishing credibility.

To maintain operational credibility while simultaneously working to turn their visions of tomorrow into reality, CIOs increasingly rely on talented individuals possessing advanced STEM and artistic skills sets. It is a privilege to collaborate with my client CIOs and these dedicated, knowledgeable staff members in a cycle of innovation: We dream in order to design; design to build; build to run; run to improve; and use improvement opportunities as fuel for tomorrow’s dreams.





100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Kathleen Brandt, President & Chief Information Officer of CSX Technology

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Kathleen Brandt, President & Chief Information Officer of CSX Technology.


Kathleen Brandt
President & Chief Information Officer
CSX Technology

Kathleen Brandt is president of CSX Technology. She directs the information technology capabilities of CSX Corporation, a premier North American transportation company based in Jacksonville, FL, that provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services across a broad array of markets.

As the corporation’s Chief Information Officer, Ms. Brandt supports CSX’s strategic objectives through technology and information, and delivers tools and data to maximize excellent service and operational efficiency.

Ms. Brandt joined CSX Technology in 1985 as a software developer, and progressed through positions of increasing responsibility. In 2004, she was appointed assistant vice president- applications development, overseeing creation of innovative systems that supported significant and sustained improvements in safety, customer service and efficiency.

She partners extensively with all business functions to provide access to critical information and data, which increases the productive use of rail assets including locomotives and rail cars, enables field-based employees with mobile tools, and provides customers with enhanced visibility and management  of their shipments.

Ms. Brandt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems and a Master of Business Administration, both from Jacksonville University. She is on the Board of Directors of Rail Inc, Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub, and Dreams Come True. She also serves on the executive advisory board of the Jacksonville  University  Davis   College of Business.

About CSX Technology

CSX Technology provides technology and information to maximize the safety,service and efficiency of CSX Corporation. CSX, which is based in Jacksonville, FL, is a publicly traded premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. As a North American leader in the industry, CSX’s rail network stretches across 23 states and two Canadian provinces. The network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike.

Attracting quality individuals

Technology has been part of virtually every major advance among railroads in the last half century, from the first introduction of computers in the late 1950s, to today’s sophisticated IT networks that support safety, efficiency and customer requirements. Every day, more than 1,300 trains operate over CSX’s 21,000-mile net- work, and their movement is supported by the company’s information technology systems.

As the IT provider for CSX, which serves the eastern U.S., where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides, CSX Technology is constantly seeking talented employees to fill jobs that support  CSX’s  24/7 operations.

Yet, we often find that candidates know very little about America’s railroads, though we’ve been around for nearly 190 years, moving freight that includes grain, automobiles and orange juice, and contributing to economic strength by efficiently moving materials from factories and marine ports to distribution centers and retail stores.

The issue is one of perceptions, and our challenge is to demonstrate the relevance of railroads, not only for the connectivity they offer, but their ability to move freight over privately funded networks that relieve the burden on our highways, and doing so with unparalleled fuel efficiency.

We do that with advertising and branding, social media engagement, and community involvement. We also do college campus recruiting that under- scores our ability to move  a ton of freight 483 miles   on a gallon of fuel, and by describing the technology opportunities we offer in a fast-paced and rewarding workplace. In these and other forums, we’re able to demonstrate the vital role railroads fill, and the exciting technology work we’re doing in everything from net- work scheduling algorithms and predictive asset health analytics to unmanned aerial vehicles and energy savings initiatives.

In many ways, this challenge of perceptions — and misperceptions — is the same one faced by the nation as we struggle to attract more young people to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Over the past decade, STEM jobs have grown three times faster than non-STEM jobs, and this momentum will continue, increasing the number of available jobs that will go unfilled unless we find ways to make STEM education and vocations  more  appealing and accessible.

At CSX Technology, we’re attracting highly qualified individuals to meet our expanding and advanced IT needs in two primary ways.

One, we strive to create a work environment for a diverse and engaged workforce, where everyone has the opportunity to leverage and grow skillsets while doing work that truly makes a difference.  We recognize that people are our competitive edge, and creating a rewarding environment that encourages a range of perspectives is key to fostering innovation. To that end, our recruiting efforts champion diversity, which helps us reflect the values and perspectives of the communities in which we operate.

Two, we provide our employees with training opportunities, and offer both technical and leadership career paths. Additionally, we are building a pipeline of talent by expanding our college graduate programs and offering internships. CSX Technology encourages our employees to learn our core business by spending time with the men and women who run our railroad every day. These experiences enable us to deliver value- added IT tools and solutions to an intricate railroad and its many customers.

But our ultimate success, and our nation’s strength, hinges on a continued supply of qualified employees skilled in the STEM disciplines. All of us share a responsibility in that regard. CSX is joining other business leaders in its headquarters region for a Northeast Florida STEM hub focused on accelerating the growth of education and careers in STEM fields. We also are exploring national partnerships that will help our organization attract, develop and retain current and future STEM talent. As one of the senior executives who comprise CSX’s Executive Inclusion Council, an advisory group that helps ensure alignment of the company’s diversity, inclusion and engagement strategies with business priorities, I work with my colleagues to identify and lever- age opportunities to attract great candidates and make CSX an employer of choice.

Is the approach working? You bet. In the past three years, we have been named to IDG Computerworld’s list of the “100 Best Places to Work in IT.” By having great talent, ensuring a diverse and engaged work environment, and making the connection between IT jobs and the success of the company, we’re changing perceptions – demonstrating the value of STEM disciplines and how they can translate directly into fulfilling careers here at CSX and other places.

On a broader scale, the same strategy can increase the number of young people who pursue STEM studies and eventually STEM careers. We must, as employers, parents, communities, and as a nation, do a better job of making the connection between the technological advances of the contemporary world and the scientists and engineers who make them happen. If we inspire, engage and educate young people to the reality and opportunity of STEM careers, we can change their perceptions and strengthen our nation’s future.




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