Almost 250 people attended the seventh annual “Become a Business Leader with an Edge” executive panel event that was held at St. Cajetan’s, on Auraria campus. The event, which was presented by the Information Systems Program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School and the Information Systems Association, brought together business leaders from some of Colorado’s premier companies to discuss the future of business and technology. The panel discussed a wide range of business information technology topics, and fielded questions from the audience.

Panelists for this year’s event included:

  • Ted Hellmuth, Division Director, Robert Half Technology
  • Frank Daidone. CIO, Chipotle
  • Mark Endry, SVP & CIO, Arcadis-US
  • Randy Guthrie, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
  • Dana Moore, SVP & CIO, Centura Health
  • Wendy Pobirk, VP Strategic Planning, Oracle
  • Chuck Price, President & CEO, Ajubeo
  • Jonathan Trull, CIS Officer, State of Colorado
  • Randy Weldon, Director of SCM, Johns Manville

A major theme of the panel discussion was the availability of jobs in the information technology (IT) field. In fact, the field has been one of the fastest growing in the past decade. Even during the economic recession, the IT industry has seen job growth. This is a great industry to be a part of, and it is one that is offering more opportunities right now than many other industries.

Beyond talking about the IT industry and issues pertinent to the field, panelists also discussed how it is important for professionals in all areas of business to have knowledge of the industry. Technology has become ubiquitous and important part of business. As a result, knowledge of information technology is now an area of concern for executives from every field of business.

In its seventh year, the 2012 Become a Business Leader with an Edge event was a tremendous success, and the response from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. As one student that attended put it, “this was such a great event! It was incredibly beneficial…the panel was wonderful and very enlightening…”

Find out more about getting an undergraduate or graduate education in information systems from the University of Colorado Denver Business School Information Systems Program to get your edge as a business leader.

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