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TBTLA Member Spotlight: Nancy Sternitzky

Nancy Sternitzky

 

Q: Tell us a little bit about your career, educational/professional background, and how you got to where you are today.

 

My career has been made up of many twists and turns between technical and business roles.  However, all paths eventually led back to my affinity for IT and how computers, networks, and programs intertwine to provide solutions to the business.  I started working full-time while in high school, assembling tax returns at an Accounting office and then jumped over to law, as a legal secretary.  I skipped the whole college gig until I had done a few decades of practical work, making a move finally in 2007, when I was accepted into the Leadership-Executive MBA program at the Albers School of Business, at Seattle University.  Twenty-three intense months later, graduating with my Exec Leadership Certificate and L-EMBA, I put my new education to work and began my first role as leader of an IT division in Tampa, FL.

 

My IT career has been cross-industry. I have served as IT professional in law, logistics, shipping, banking, program management, and now in the public sector, serving city government with an IT staff of over 700 professionals.

 

Q: What career advice would you give an up and comer in the IT industry today?

 

It’s not just about the technology – it’s your relationships.  Sorry to all the geeks and coders/developers out there.  If you chose this career and want to propel yourself to greatness, you will need the people skills to land it.  And the skills do not have to be competing; they can be harmonious.

 

Q: What do you love most about working as an IT professional?

 

Solving problems for people.  And showing off cool stuff.

 

Q: Do you think it takes a certain kind of personality to thrive in IT? What traits are most important?

 

Someone who thrives on ‘needing to know why’ and wanting the answer to every riddle – those individuals will enjoy the continuous challenge that IT presents.  The answer is changing daily. In an IT career, the learning never stops.

 

Q: What’re some of your personal hobbies outside of work/IT?

 

It’s important to disconnect when you work in IT.  I do that with family time, pets, travel, getting outside whenever possible, and road trips.

 

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Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association to Host Fall Membership Meeting

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Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association to Host Fall Membership Meeting

Meeting to Address Challenges IT Leaders Face in a Changing Technology Landscape

 

TAMPA, FL (July 17, 2017)Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association (TBTLA), a leading technology association offering education, networking, and volunteer opportunities to IT executives throughout Tampa Bay, today announced it will host its fall meeting featuring Anthony (Tony) Dyer, Strategy Executive at Accenture, on Thursday, August 10th from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET at The University of Tampa.

 

“As technology leaders in Tampa Bay, we all understand the changing landscape of IT, and how it impacts the business,” Cindy Brown, Founder and Board Member at Large at the TBTLA. “As the digital demands from the business speed up, and financial justification shifts from capital forecast to operational spend, the IT leader of today must embrace these changes to remain relevant and vital.  In the meeting, Tony will address these challenges, and help the IT executive build a strategy and a viable IT budget that is built for the future.”

 

TBTLA is committed to addressing the tough topics that CIOs and senior IT managers face in today’s market in order to ensure success.  During the quarterly membership meeting, Tony will discuss challenges IT leaders face today and share his experience as a Turn-Around-Leader.  He will cover topics, including:

  • Transitioning to the business model
  • Capex v. opex and conversations with the CFO
  • Translating IT service to revenue
  • IT = Business = Marketshare = Cost of Sales
  • New buying models
  • New company roles, including Chief Experience Officer, and Chief Engagement Officer

 

Joined by the expertise of Accenture’s Digital business division, Tony’s interactive presentation will enable an engaging discussion to directly address real-world challenges and concerns that IT leaders face today.

 

If interested in attending the fall membership meeting, please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/operating-in-the-new-tickets-36125814283?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=order_confirmation_email&utm_term=eventname&ref=eemailordconf.

 

To learn more TBTLA, please visit www.tbtla.org.

 

About TBTLA
TBTLA is a leading technology association offering education, networking, and volunteer opportunities to technology executives throughout Tampa Bay. Its mission is to apply the collective experience of its members to solve real-world IT challenges. The non-profit organization connects Tampa Bay’s technology leaders with rising talent and students through mentoring, information sharing, valued presentations, and speakers in order to cultivate and grow the industry’s talent in the Tampa Bay area. To learn more about the TBTLA, please visit www.tbtla.org.

 

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Amanda Lee
ARL Strategic Communications for TBTLA
(727) 272-0781
Amanda.Lee@arlpr.com

Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association Announces GETSMART Event

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Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association Announces GETSMART Event

 

TAMPA, FL (May 23, 2017) – Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association (TBTLA), a leading technology association offering education, networking, and volunteer opportunities to IT technology executives throughout Tampa Bay, today announced it will host more than 120 children at its GETSMART event on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. located at Tech Data Corporation.

 

“As a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring and educating the leaders of tomorrow, GETSMART is our outreach opportunity to help children throughout Tampa Bay broaden their knowledge about STEM-related careers,” said Cindy Brown, Founder and Board Member at Large at TBTLA. “We are honored to work with the University of Tampa and Tech Data to help make this event possible for the past eight years. Through the event, we hope to motivate children to learn more about technology and the exciting career opportunities.”

 

Co-hosted by TBTLA and Tech Data Corporation, this summer’s GETSMART event will offer students from grades 4-12 a free opportunity to participate in several fun and interactive technology-related activities, including:

 

• Breakdown and discover what makes up a computer
• Learn how to code
• Develop your own program and fly a drone
• Build a solar robot
• Meet professionals in STEM-related careers
• Enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch
• Have a chance to win exciting raffle prizes

 

GETSMART is a complementary event for children in grades 4-12. To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getsmart-summer-2017-tickets-33852899935.

 

To learn more TBTLA, please visit www.tbtla.org.

 

About TBTLA
TBTLA is a leading technology association offering education, networking, and volunteer opportunities to technology executives throughout Tampa Bay. Its mission is to apply the collective experience of its members to solve real-world IT challenges. The non-profit organization connects Tampa Bay’s technology leaders with rising talent and students through mentoring, information sharing, valued presentations, and speakers in order to cultivate and grow the industry’s talent in the Tampa Bay area. To learn more about the TBTLA, please visit www.tbtla.org.

 

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ARL Strategic Communications for TBTLA
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Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association to Host Quarterly Event Featuring Tech Data EVP & CIO

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Event to Focus on IT Talent AcquisitionTampa Bay Technology Leadership Association to Host Quarterly Event Featuring Tech Data EVP & CIO

 

TAMPA, FL (April 26, 2017) – The Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association (TBTLA), a leading technology association offering education, networking, and volunteer opportunities to IT executives throughout Tampa Bay, today announced it will host its quarterly event featuring Tech Data’s Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) John “JT” Tonnison on Thursday, May 11th from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET at The University of Tampa.

 

A 15-year company veteran, Tonnison has served as CIO at Tech Data Corporation since 2009.  In his role, he is responsible for the company’s worldwide IT strategy, delivery, and operations. In 2015, Tonnison was named to Computerworld‘s Premier 100 IT Leaders list. A dedicated advocate for diversity and inclusion, he was honored with the Silver Medallion Award by Community Tampa Bay in 2015 and named an “Outstanding Voice” for LGBT equality by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2016. He currently serves as the president of Florida Competes and serves on the advisory board of Equality Means Business.

 

“We are excited and honored to have JT headline our next event, which is focused on talent acquisition, because so many of our local technology leaders are seeking new ways to recruit and retain the best IT talent,” said Cindy Brown, Founder and Board Member at Large at the TBTLA. “JT’s experience running an efficient and high-performing IT organization at a Fortune 100 company makes him a great fit to educate other IT leaders about talent acquisition and share his expertise.”

 

With Tech Data’s recent acquisition of Avnet’s Technology Solutions business, event attendees will learn how an IT executive at a Fortune 100 company plans to tackle the challenges of integrating thousands of employees, while recruiting talent on a local and global scale. This event will provide tactics to overcome the pitfalls many IT organizations face when recruiting talent and outline a path forward to retain talent.

 

To learn more about the TBTLA, please visit www.tbtla.org.

 

About TBTLA

TBTLA is a leading technology association offering education, networking, and volunteer opportunities to technology executives throughout Tampa Bay. Its mission is to apply the collective experience of its members to solve real-world IT challenges. The non-profit organization connects Tampa Bay’s technology leaders with rising talent and students through mentoring, information sharing, valued presentations, and speakers in order to cultivate and grow the industry’s talent in the Tampa Bay area. To learn more about the TBTLA, please visit www.tbtla.org.

 

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Media Contact

Amanda Lee
ARL Strategic Communications for TBTLA
(727) 272-0781
Amanda.Lee@arlpr.com

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