SIM National Partners with ITSMF: (Un)Common Ground Session One
May 21, 2021, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET
The social injustice tragedies that took place in 2020 crystalized an existing need within the technology community to empower all leaders to have conversations about race in the workplace.
The Society for Information Management (SIM) and Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) are partnering on a quarterly webinar series set to launch in May 2021 bringing together members from our organizations to share their personal narratives surrounding career origins and journeys, leadership development and advancement, and the impact of race, bias, and lack of inclusion.
The intentions behind the series are to:
Educate and equip our leaders to lead a multi-cultural organization (closing ignorance gap, empathy) and share strategies, data, and tools
Raise awareness of the challenges for Black leaders in technology - both conscious and unconscious
Create more sensitivity and openness around the advancement of people of color in tech
Encourage leaders to have difficult conversations because the understanding and trust that is gained is priceless
We want the result of the series to be a call to action - not one that is demanded, but one that is offered. We're hopeful that attendees will be inspired and strive to remove obstacles and bias from their hiring and promoting practices, be deliberate in their development and inclusion across their teams and have stronger relationships and engagement with their peers and employees.
We will end each webinar with a networking session amongst all attendees. While we listen and learn as individuals, we want to gather together as a community of leaders who are enacting change.
To register, follow the links below to register for each event. Registration is open to active members of SIM and ITSMF or their respective academies and leadership forums. When you register to attend the (Un)Common Ground series, you are agreeing to abide by our joint Code of Conduct.
About the Storytellers:
Richard Cox is senior vice president and chief information officer for Cox Enterprises. He provides oversight and direction to corporate IT and business leaders on strategy, standards and opportunities for data analytics and business intelligence, development and support, infrastructure, security and technical services. His career with Cox began in 2013 at Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. There he held several leadership positions including vice president of client performance and vice president of business operations and customer care. He was instrumental in supporting operational transformation and the analytics function across Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. In 2018, Cox was chief operations officer for the City of Atlanta as an executive on loan. As COO, Cox provided oversight and executive management for the city’s operating departments including aviation, fire, police, parks & recreation and public works as well as internal operations including information technology. Prior to joining Cox Automotive, Cox was CEO and president of Jones International University as well as vice president of customer experience at Orbitz Worldwide. In this role, he led a team of more than 2,000 employees while transforming the online and offline customer experiences. Cox has served on the Atlanta board of directors for Year Up, the Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee board of directors, as well as the board of directors of the Westside Future Fund. He is a strong advocate and supporter of the City of Refuge, located in the heart of Atlanta’s westside. Cox earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Liberty University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Kennesaw State University. Richard Cox has been an Executive member of ITSMF for two years.
Warren Lenard is a senior IT executive who has worked for organizations of all sizes spanning vertical markets such as retail, entertainment & media, legal and, most recently, automotive financial services. He serves as a mentor for up-and-coming leaders, is a major supporter of women’s leadership organizations and is active in various councils and charitable causes. Currently, Warren is the Chief Information Officer for Byrider, based in Carmel, Indiana. He is responsible for all technology initiatives and platforms servicing both Byrider corporate, company stores and franchise stores. Over the two years, Warren has been leading his IT organization through organizational, technological, and cultural change in what has been a true turnaround initiative touching all aspects of the business as well as company culture. In addition to corporate IT roles Warren has served on the board of the Indianapolis Chapter of The Society for Information Management for the past five years including the past three years as President and currently Past-President and the CIO Roundtable Chair. He is also currently serving on Butler University’s MIS Advisory Board.
Myra Capri Herring is the Director of Programming and Events for Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) where she drives the detailed design, planning, and content programming of activities required for the successful execution of all ITSMF events, whose mission is to increase the representation of black professionals at senior levels in technology, to impact organizational innovation and growth. Myra is also the founder and CEO of Capri Brand, where she serves as a coach, speaker and trainer, inspiring women to uncover their confidence to show up fully in their personal power. As a result, these women show up to lead organizations and groups with confidence and empathy and better serve their communities. Myra is also the co-founder of ‘Inspire Her Confidence’ women's leadership conference which provides women with a toolkit to remove barriers to their success and help them accelerate into their purpose. Myra is from Roanoke, Virginia, and came to Atlanta when she attended Spelman College in 2001. Myra earned her MBA degree from Emory Business School in 2018. She married a native Atlantan and has made Atlanta home. Myra enjoys spending time with her family who has relocated to Atlanta, being a ‘Big Sister’ to Destiny in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, developing personal development content for women, and taking advantage of any outdoor activities or live music concerts with her husband whenever she can.