The South Carolina Summit on Information Technology

Advancing South Carolina’s Economy through Information Technology

Summit on IT

Join IT-oLogy for the 3rd annual Summit on IT as we present the findings of a major research study of South Carolina’s information technology sector. We will address our state’s current IT workforce challenges and provide practical solutions to ensure a successful future.

This is a must-attend event for C-Suite, hiring managers, economic developers, educators, and others who are advancing South Carolina’s economy. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in your registration.

Consider demonstrating your leadership in growing our state’s IT workforce by sponsoring the Summit on IT. View our sponsorship opportunities here.

Summit on IT

October 10, 2017
8 AM – 3:30 PM
IT-oLogy – downtown Columbia, SC


7:30 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast      Lobby

9:00 am – 9:30 am – Greetings and Remarks    IT-oLogy Theater – Tammy Mainwaring, President, IT-oLogy

Steve Wiggins, President, IT-oLogy Board of Directors
Steve Benjamin, Mayor, City of Columbia
Ted Pitts, President and CEO, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

9:30 am – 10:15 am – Understanding the National IT Workforce Landscape and Its Potential Impact on South Carolina.

James E. Taylor, Ph.D., CompTIA Future IT Skills Committee

10:15 am – 10:30 am – Break

10:30 am – 11:30 am – South Carolina Taking Steps Today

Leaders from key South Carolina state agencies and programs will share an update on what is being done today to help both IT employers and IT employees succeed.

Carla Whitlock, Senior Apprenticeship Consultant, Apprenticeship Carolina
Pamela Wood Browne, Manager, SC Codes
Elisabeth Kovacs, Director, Workforce Development, South Carolina Department of Commerce
Les Eisner, Deputy Director, Office of Economic Engagement, University of South Carolina

11:30 am – 12:15 pm – South Carolina: Presentation of Workforce Development Needs Research Assessment

Understanding today’s challenges so that we can plan for tomorrow’s opportunities.

Loretta Dodgen, Ed.D., Multiple Choice

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm– 2:15 pm – Concurrent Sessions

Innovative Solutions to Filling the Gap in South Carolina’s IT Workforce:

Session A: Apprenticeship Carolina
Amanda Lucas, Midlands Consultant, Apprenticeship Carolina

Session B: SC Codes Program
Pamela Wood Browne, Manager, SC Codes
Jay Blankenship, Regional Workforce Advisor, South Carolina Department of Commerce
Brian Morrison, Director of Programs, Discovery Services Manager, Greenville County Library
Dr. Jermaine Whirl, Greenville Technical College

Session C: SC Cyber
Les Eisner, Deputy Director, Office of Economic Engagement, University of South Carolina, SC Cyber
Tom Scott, Executive Director, SC Cyber

Session D: Diversity and Inclusion in the IT Workplace: Walking the Talk
Randal Senn, Senior Vice President, Administrative Services, SCANA

Session E: Developing Soft Skills in Your IT Workforce
Bonnie Kelly, IT Business Consultant, BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina

Session F: Innovation/Entrepreneurship
Lee McIlwinen, SCRA
Ernest Andrade, Executive Director, Charleston Digital Corridor
Matt Vaadi, ERG Payroll & HR

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Break

2:30 pm– 3:30 pm – Concurrent Sessions (Repeat Concurrent Sessions Above)

3:30 pm– Conclusion and Networking




A Special Thank You to Our Partners!

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City of Columbia

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