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    • 06/11/2024
    • 08/20/2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Tyler Technologies, One Tyler Way, Moraine, OH 45439
    • 7

    Building our future leaders

    Thank you for your interest in Emerging Tech Leaders. Our first session has launched. 
    We will welcome a second cohort in Fall 2024. Please check back for updates and to register; we'd love to have you!

    The Emerging Tech Leaders program will give new and prospective IT leaders an opportunity to explore and learn about the many facets of what they will experience in their new and exciting role. Participants will be led through a journey of discovering who they are as a leader, where they excel and where they have opportunities to grow by working through scenario-based exercises as well as participating in group coaching and discussions. Participants will also grow their skills by working in peer groups to solve and analyze complex organizational and business problems involving company politics, measuring change, coaching team members, and more.

    Program Details 
    The program will run 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., every other Tuesday for six weeks. In addition, your registration includes (2) 30-minute personal coaching sessions with Coach Mike. 

    • June 11: Discovering Leadership Essence
    • June 25: Mastering Performance Management
    • July 9: Strategic Hiring for Success
    • July 23: Mastering the Business of IT
    • Aug. 6: Navigating Relationships & Organizational Politics 
    • Aug. 20: Group Coaching and Action Planning

    About Coach Mike

    Mike Czarnecki is the Owner of IT Coach Mike, LLC, which provides IT professionals with individual and group coaching for leadership and career development. Mike has been in IT for nearly 30 years as both a technologist and a leader at multiple levels. Mike is a strong proponent of servant leadership and driving autonomy in his teams to promote growth and accountability which results in strong leaders and high performance. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Management degree from Western Governors University and in 2018 earned his coaching certification through the International Coach Federation. He enjoys spending time with his family and loved ones, playing video games, collecting and modding classic gaming consoles, building PCs, and performing and teaching improv comedy.

    Sponsor Opportunities Available
    Please contact if you would like to build stronger relationships with our Emerging Tech Leaders over a 3-month period.

    • 08/15/2024
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Hub, Lecture Hall 342 @ the Dayton Arcade, 31 S Main St, Dayton, OH 45402


    Location: This event will be held at The Hub, Lecture Hall 342, at the Dayton Arcade, 31 S. Main St.
    For info on parking in Downtown, click here.

    Why AI?
    A Conversation on Implementing AI in Business

    We look forward to a series of guided and frank discussions with area experts on implementing evolving AI technologies in the short term while investing in long-term adoptions. This workshop session will address 6 main questions of interest around AI…

    1. How can my organization benefit from AI and how do I get started? 
    2. What is the "cost" of implementing AI? 
    3. How do I inform and engage my stakeholders in the process and the final product? 
    4. Why is data so important in the process and the final product? 
    5. How do I gauge my potential ROI with AI technologies? 
    6. How do I develop partnerships with the technical experts needed for implementing AI technologies?


    Bill Magnuson, Matthew Worthen, and Zach Katris

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    • 08/20/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Business Solutions Center, 1435 Cincinnati St #300, Dayton, OH 45417

    Zero Trust: Modern Perimeter-Less Security for Hybrid Cloud

    As organizations increasingly adopt hybrid cloud environments the need for a perimeter-less security model becomes paramount. Traditional perimeter-based security models are no longer effective in a world where the network boundary is fluid. Join us on August 20th to learn about the transition from perimeter-based security and how to identify the unique security challenges posed by hybrid cloud environments.

    Facilitated by: 

    Justin Blackstone

    Justin is an IBM Principal Security Architect and vCISO, with over 20 years working in practical application of cybersecurity. He has extensive experience building comprehensive cybersecurity strategies and architecting solutions for critical industries including Government, Telecom, Healthcare and Finance. Justin has leveraged this experience in recent years through consulting roles including as a Director at a Big 4 firm to guide organizational cybersecurity leaders on both tactical and strategic decisions to advance their organization’s cybersecurity maturity and reduce risk. 

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    • 09/05/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Business Solutions Center, 1435 Cincinnati St #300, Dayton, OH 45417

    Stay & Thrive:
    HR Insights on Retaining Top Talent

    Uncover the Right Employee Retention Tools to
    Keep your Best Employees

    According to a 2019 Glassdoor study, two-thirds of employees polled said their company’s culture was a key reason they stay in their jobs. Join us for a panel-led discussion of the latest tools you can use to retain your best employees.

    Please come prepared to share what you are currently doing that’s working as well as what isn’t.

    Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact

    • 09/12/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Miami Valley Career Technology Center, 6800 Hoke Rd, Englewood, OH 45315

    Location: This event will be held at
    Miami Valley CTC at 6800 Hoke Rd, Englewood

    Connecting, Strengthening & Championing the Future of Tech: MVCTC Tour & Leadership Roundtables

    Join us for a tour of the upgraded facilities of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, hear an update from MVCTC CIO on the development priorities for students in 2024-2025, and engage with regional IT leaders in small roundtable discussions about careers and workforce development.


    • 11:30 - 12 p.m.: Tour MVCTC - Computer Science Lab & Classrooms
      During tour, students will share learnings, certifications obtained, current projects, and what they'll do throughout the upcoming year
    • 12-12:30 p.m.: CIO Perspective over Lunch
      MVCTC CIO Randy Schmidt to lead discussion on what's to come in the year ahead
    • 12:30-1 p.m.: Ask Me Anything: IT Leaders Host Roundtable Discussions IT Leaders will share workforce insights and answer student questions in small groups

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    • 09/17/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Business Solutions Center 1435 Cincinnati St #300, Dayton, OH 45417

    Air Force Research Lab:
    Digital Transformation

    Join us for an update on the digital transformation work happening at the Air Force Research Lab and how that impacts our local economy. 

    Facilitated by: 

    David Shahady
    Deputy Director, Digital Capabilities, Directorate AFRL

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    • 09/18/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Yankee Trace, 10000 Yankee St, Centerville, OH 45458
    • 69

    Every year Technology First awards scholarships to area IT college students.

    Join us in this fun, fundraising event!

    The Technology First Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more deserving regional college students. Students selected for this scholarship are matriculating in Information Technology related curriculums, have achieved distinguished academic success, and have demonstrated high character and values.

    Wednesday, September 18th

    11:30 a.m. - Registration

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch and driving range

    12:45 p.m. - Be at your carts for announcements and tee time

    Approximately 5:30 p.m. - Dinner, drinks, networking, and prizes!

    Come to network, play, and great prizes! 50/50 Raffle, Mulligan's, and prizes for men and women's closest to the pin; putting contest, and top 3 scramble teams

    If you register for Scramble for Scholarships, then you are automatically registered to attend the #UniteDaytonTech Summer Networking Series event immediately following.

    Interested in sponsoring? See registration or email sponsorship for more information!

     #UniteDaytonTech #S4S2024 #funforacause

    • 09/24/2024
    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    • Wright State University, Student Union Apollo Room, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45324


    For Employers

    Expand your talent pool by unlocking global talent. Join us for a discussion on hiring International Students. Our panel, moderated by Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education President Cassie Barlow, will offer tips, dispel myths, and share success stories on hiring International Students. 

    You'll walk away with an understanding of the benefits, the ability to navigate the hiring process, and many more opportunities to develop your workforce!

    • 09/24/2024
    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    • Wright State University Student Union Apollo Room



    Are you ready for your next career opportunity? Join us for the best strategies, including networking tips to set you up for success at the Digital Mixer, to improve your employability.

    A panel, including employers and interns who have found success, will: 

    • Share strategies to connect with potential employers
    • Provide tips on how to make a cold conversation less awkward, and 
    • Answer your questions. 

    You'll walk away with the tools and confidence to navigate networking and land your next career opportunity!

    • 09/24/2024
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, 45324 Apollo Room, Student Union

    Employers & Students! Join us where over 200+ students, faculty, and IT professionals network

    and connect.  

    The Digital Mixer is an annual event that brings together hundreds of students and IT professionals to network and connect with regional employers. Join us for casual yet meaningful conversations that could land you the job or the talent you’ve been looking for!

    Students - Bring your resumes and learn more about the internships and career possibilities in the region.

    Employers - Bring your company information to share internship, part-time, and full-time opportunities they have available. 

    NOTE: This event is exclusively open to students, faculty, and hiring employers only. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in ensuring that this opportunity remains focused on the intended audience.

    Dress code is business casual

    Employer Flyer

    Student Flyer

    Please contact with any questions!

    Thank you Sponsors!     


    • 09/25/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Life Connection, 2800 Donation Cir, Kettering, OH 45420

    Stop Networking

    Despite what all the experts tell you, the key to networking is to stop networking. It doesn’t work, no one likes it, its mercenary and at best, transactional. Nobody wants to have a ‘networking conversation,’ especially those who are at the highest levels. People want to have real conversations and real relationships. The real power and fun is in connecting

    Ask the most successful people you know what led to their success and not one will say networking.  They will say it was friends and colleagues. They will say relationships led to their professional and personal success.

    So, let’s stop networking and learn to make real connections instead. 

    Key Takeaways

    • The difference between networking and connecting
    • The key to being effective at networking events
    • The impact of connections

    Speaker: Vicki Giambrone

    For the past nine years, Vicki has been a driving force at CBD Advisors, helping healthcare and corporate clients reach new heights. She specializes in developing and executing growth strategies while expertly navigating the complex worlds of policy and politics. Vicki's expertise also extends to consulting with large nonprofits, where she implements best practice governance strategies and strategic planning.

    Vicki's career is a tapestry of diverse experiences. She launched her professional journey with notable roles at Procter & Gamble and Domino’s Pizza. However, it was her 24-year tenure at Dayton Children’s Hospital that truly showcased her prowess. As Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, she developed nationally recognized public affairs, advocacy, marketing, and physician referral programs. She also breathed new life into the hospital’s foundation, setting unprecedented records for growth.

    • 10/10/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Yaskawa, 100 Automation Way, Miamisburg, OH 45342
    • 50

    Note: This meeting will be held at Yaskawa

    Shaping the Future of Tech Talent: Workforce Survey Results

    The state of the workforce is evolving - again. Emerging technologies present both opportunities and challenges in your efforts to retain and recruit top talent. To navigate these changes effectively, you need accurate, up-to-date information. And that's where we come in.

    Join us to discuss survey results from the IT Leader Workforce Survey, as well as hear from Jennifer Nenadov of N Solutions, LLC, about the cost of recruiting and retaining tech talent today.

    Facilitated by: 

    Jennifer Nenadov, N Solutions


    11:00 – 11:30: Registration / Tour / Lunch
    11:35 – 11:40: Introductions / Lunch
    11:40 – 12:50: Presentation / Survey Results / Discussion
    12:50-1: Introduce Yaskawa / Wrap session
    1 – 1:30: Tour (for those who did not take the tour at 11 a.m.)

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    • 10/16/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Business Solutions Center 1435 Cincinnati St #300, Dayton, OH 45417

    How to Safely Deploy Generative AI

    Facilitated by:

    Ramone Kenney

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    Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

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