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

    How to Effectively Oversee an IT Staff When You Aren't an IT Expert

    Whether you're a CEO, manager, or team leader without a technical background, this discussion will equip you with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of IT leadership to foster a collaborative and efficient environment within your organization. Join us for an insightful session that will empower you to lead your IT team with confidence and competence. Three things you will learn from this conversation:

    • Strategic Communication: Learn how to bridge the communication gap between technical and non-technical teams, cultivating collaboration and ensuring a shared understanding of goals and expectations.
    • Building a High-Performing Team: Explore effective team-building strategies, talent management, and motivation techniques to optimize the productivity and cohesion of IT staff.
    • Understanding Key IT Concepts: Acquire a foundational understanding of critical IT concepts, allowing you to make informed decisions and contribute meaningfully to IT-related discussions.



    Matthew Worthen

    NextStep Networking


    Emily Miller

    Dignified Learning

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    Interested in sponsoring this meeting?

    • 06/11/2024
    • 08/20/2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Tyler Technologies, One Tyler Way, Moraine, OH 45439
    • 13

    Building our future leaders

    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

     Coach Mike Czarnecki

    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 Leaders over a 3-month period.

    • 06/11/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Midmark Versailles at 60 Vista Dr, Versailles, OH, 45380

    Note: This event will be held at Midmark, Versailles

    Join us at Midmark Headquarters for a Round Table Discussion & a Facility Tour

    Welcome to our round-table discussion on infrastructure and cloud computing. We invite you to actively shape the agenda and explore urgent industry issues. Topics may include: Data Center Asset management, monitoring, budgeting serverless computing, Kubernetes, zero-trust security, and green computing.


    • 11:30 a.m. – Welcome, Networking 
    • 11:35 a.m.  Take Tour  (25-30 min)
    • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch and conversation
    • 1:00 p.m. – Close the event

      We encourage you to personally invite other

      Arrival at Midmark:

      • Visitors should park in the North lot and enter the North entrance. Please refer to the map below, which will also be shared in your reminder email. Google Maps is not up-to-date after the addition.)
      • Check in at the Visitor's Desk at the Main Entrance; You'll be directed to the Conference Room.

      Facilitated By The Infrastructure Cloud Committee

      Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact

      • 06/17/2024
      • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
      • Virtual - Link will be shared with registrants

      Let's continue the conversationAfter attending the #OwnIT!2024 Conference, we hope you're putting the five strategies to "Lift Your Voice and Be Heard in the Workplace" to good use.

      Now, it's time to check in. Take a moment to pause, reflect on what you learned, and evaluate how you've been putting the strategies into practice.

      Please take the Laryngitis Test. Then, join us for a virtual session to evaluate how you're doing and what other resources you may need to continue to lift your voice.



      While it has been a few weeks since our session, I am still experiencing the afterglow of being in the room with so many amazing women leaders! It is my hope that something I shared during "Can You Hear Me Now?" has been applicable to you - in work and in life.

      As I mentioned, I will be facilitating a post-conference follow-up session. This session will provide you and your colleagues another opportunity to engage as well as share how  you scored on the Laryngitis Test.

      I look forward to "seeing" you on June 17.

      Peace and blessings!

      Dr. Karen


      On May 8, more than 150 women gathered for an interactive morning of learning, sharing, and networking. Our 2024 OwnIT! Conference created a safe space for attendees to openly and honestly discuss the cultural climate of their organizations and share first-hand experiences. Together, we learned five strategies to lift our voices and be heard in the workplace!

      • 06/18/2024
      • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Jurgensen Companies, 11641 Mosteller Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241


      Note this event to be held at

      Jurgensen Companies

      The Build and Use of AI Self Support Bot

      Harness the power of internal support data. In this discussion we will investigate leverage historical support data to build your own AI assistant, automating tasks, answering user questions, and boosting self-healing.

      Overcome technical hurdles like data conversion, availability, cleaning, and having a central repository.

      Join us and unlock the potential of historical support data for an intelligent future!

      Facilitated by:

       Steve Ling

      IT Director

      Jurgensen Companies

      Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

      • 06/27/2024
      • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Life Connections: 2800 Donation Cir, Kettering, OH 45420

      Note this event to be held at

      Life Connections

      How Sales Frameworks Lead to Better Outcomes and Drive Revenue

      During the workshop, we will discuss the benefits of having a framework and process for sales and sales-related activities. Sales conversations can sometimes be uncomfortable and challenging, but with the help of frameworks and guidelines, we can avoid pitfalls, discover what our clients find valuable, and guide them toward their desired outcomes. A solid and proven framework can reduce unpredictability and keep us focused on delivering value and driving revenue for our business.

      Interested in sponsoring this meeting?

      • 07/09/2024
      • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Smart Data, 8571 Gander Creek Dr. Dayton, OH 45342

      Everyday Analytics: How Data Can Transform Your Daily Life

      Join us for an engaging discussion and discover how data can truly transform the way you live each day!

      In this interactive session, discover the power of data analytics in optimizing everyday routines and decision-making. Explore practical applications of analytics in areas like personal finance, health tracking, trip planning, and more. Learn how to leverage data-driven insights to enhance efficiency, make informed choices, and achieve your personal goals.

      Facilitated by:

      Alexa Murrietta, Smart Data

      This meeting is powered by:


      Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

      • 07/16/2024
      • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Intrust IT, 15 McDonough St, Floor 5, Dayton, 45402

      Managing the Stresses as a Cyber Professional

      More details to come. 

      Facilitated by:

      Dave Hatter, Intrust IT 

      Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

      • 07/23/2024
      • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Tyler Technologies, One Tyler Way, Moraine, OH 45439

      Join us for appetizers, drinks, and a presentation on Building JOY! 

      Building Joy

      Note: This event will be held at Tyler Technologies

      Joy and Gratitude walk hand in hand. Our facilitator Stefanie Price will be sharing tools to help you build your capacity for gratitude and JOY! 

      JOY isn’t just a luxury, it is a necessity.
      Without JOY we will default to fear and that will make us more vulnerable to pain and addictions. 

      Join us for a discussion led by Stefanie Price:

      Facilitator: Stefanie Price. Stefanie has lived in Preble County, Ohio her entire life. She is married with 2 marvelous adult children and 7 awesome grandchildren. She works part time for Preble Memory Gardens Cemetery in West Alexandria. She is also a Certified Coach with Greater Impact Ministries and a certified Prayer Minister with Deeper Walk International. Other topics Stefanie enjoys speaking about are One Word and DISC.

      Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

      • 09/18/2024
      • 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
      • Yankee Trace, 10000 Yankee St, Centerville, OH 45458
      • 141

      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

      11:00 a.m. - Registration

      11:00 - 11:45 a.m. - Driving range open

      12:00 p.m. - Tee time

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

      Prizes for men and women's closest to the pin

      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
      • 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!     


    Meet Our Partners

    Our Annual Partners share a common goal: to connect, strengthen, and champion the technology community in our region. A Technology First Partner is an elite member leading the support, development, and expansion of Technology First services. In return, Partners improve community visibility and increase their revenue. Make a difference in our region and your business. 

    Become A Partner

    Cornerstone Partners

    1435 Cincinnati St, Ste 300, Dayton Ohio 45417

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