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Fordham Student Invited to Speak at CIO Executive Council in Florida


On Monday, April 30 at the CIO Executive Council held at San Marco Island, Florida, a symposium was held to discuss how to attract more young professionals to the IT industry. Robert Villegas, a Fordham senior majoring in Management of Information and Communications Systems (MICS) in the Gabelli School of Business was a featured panelist. Robert was nominated by Dr. Frank J. Sirianni, VP and CIO, to participate in this important conversation about the next generation of IT professionals.

The panel discussion, “Welcoming the Next IT Generation,” was comprised of six standout entry-level rising stars in IT, aged 18-25 and moderated by the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the CIO Executive Council, Pam Stenson and the former Chief Information Officer of Burger King, Raj Rawal. Robert was the only college student to participate in the panel, which was designed to educate CIOs on how to increase student interest and attract top talent to the IT industry. Dr. Sirianni is a member of the CIO Executive Council. In this role, Dr. Sirianni represents Fordham University and speaks in conferences and on panels across the country about the IT industry and IT in Higher Education.

Robert was raised in Davie, Florida and is currently interning with Fordham IT’s Business Intelligence team. Prior, Robert also interned with JP Morgan in the Investment Bank Technology Audit department and with the Crohns & Colitis Foundation as an IT Desktop Analyst. Robert was also the Captain of Ambulance Operations for Fordham University Emergency Medical Services (FUEMS) and is a graduate of the Fordham University Emerging Leaders (F.U.E.L.) Program.

Congratulations, Robert, on this wonderful honor!













Welcoming the Next IT Generation: Attracting Bright Young Talent to Your Workforce

Pam Stenson, SVP & GM, CIO Executive Council
Raj Rawal, Former SVP & CIO, Burger King

With the decline in entry-level IT positions in our organizations and the flagging interest of young people in pursuing IT as a career, today’s companies risk the loss of an entire generation of American IT workers. Many CIOs are interested in attracting the best and brightest young people to their organizations and tapping their talents and fresh perspectives. But how can your company effectively compete for the top talent entering the IT job market today? In this lively exchange, you’ll hear directly from a group of 20something IT staffers who will candidly share their views on everything from the impact of outsourcing on their career paths to their social media habits and workplace expectations.


The CIO Leadership Event – “Welcoming The Next IT Generation” panel

Panelist Requirements:
  • Date: Monday, April 30, 2012
  • Venue: Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Marco Island, Florida
  • Presentation: Panel discussion comprised of six standout entry-level rising stars in IT aged 18-25, moderated by the CIO Executive Council’s Pam Stenson
  • Topic: With the decline in entry-level IT positions in our organizations and the flagging interest of young people in pursuing IT as a career, today’s companies risk the loss of an entire generation of American IT workers. Many CIOs are interested in attracting the best and brightest young people to their organizations and tapping their talents and fresh perspectives. But how can your company effectively compete for the top talent entering the IT job market today? In this lively exchange, you’ll hear directly from a group of twenty-something IT staffers who will candidly share their views on everything from the impact of outsourcing on their career paths to their social media habits and workplace expectations.
  • Expenses Information: We can provide the CIO Executive Council rate for the hotel. The participants will also get access to the majority of the CIO Leadership Event for free.
  • Placement: Based on availability of open panel spots, which is subject to change.




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