The “ITS My Family” team put on another smashing symposium 8-10 Mar that was designed for innovators, pioneers, leaders and entrepreneurs alike seeking to drive business growth in an age of uncertainty. The event had nationally-renowned speakers (one was a phenomenal 12 year-old who presented and demonstrated on cybersecurity, Reuben Paul), industry experts, entrepreneurial leaders, ITSMF members and students engaged in content rich sessions. This year’s event was sponsored by NFL player, Kelvin Beachum, Jr.
The annual Technology Achievement Awards Ceremony is ITSMF’s marquee event that recognizes today’s innovators and tomorrow’s game changers. The ceremony serves as ITSMF’s largest organizational and foundation fundraiser. The 14th annual ceremony honored 2018 award recipients: Mr. Christopher Gray, Ms. Yoli Chisholm and Dr. S. Keith Hargrove.
As the Founder & CEO of Scholly, Christopher Gray’s success in leveraging technology to bridge the gap for students to access scholarship opportunities has simply revolutionized the search process. Ultimately, nearly $100 million dollars has been awarded to students to further their educational endeavors. Technology impacts every aspect of our daily lives and his achievements in technology secured his recognition as a Beacon Award recipient.
Yoli Chisolm, Chief Marketing Officer, STEAMrole.org is being recognized as a senior-level executive who leverages innovation and technology to reshape an organization’s culture, business practices, products or services to effectively impact their position in the marketplace. Her achievements at Microsoft both domestically and internationally, and the principles in which she supports STEAMrole.org serve as a roadmap for aspiring and accomplished leaders.
Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, & Computer Science, Tennessee State University (TSU), is dedicated to the education and advancement of students in the STEM disciplines. His achievements at TSU have inspired and educated hundreds of students. He also serves as a Founding Board member of STEM Preparatory Academy in Nashville, TN, and serves on the advisory STEM boards of several local K-12 schools. These examples amplify Dr. Hargrove’s commitment to developing tomorrow’s STEM leaders.
“All three of these award recipients have demonstrated a commitment to advocating for and advancing diversity in the technology industry. As a role model, influencer and game changer, each embodies the work of ITSMF: to positively impact the STEM pipeline and increase the representation of black professionals in technology,” said Viola Thompson, President and CEO for ITSMF.