Diversity In IT

Wednesday, Sept 16, 2015

aimWest Panel Event

Ever notice that Information Technology workplace teams are homogeneous? You’re not the only one. There have been studies and articles published stating, “Over the past few years, the number of women and underrepresented minorities in Information Technology has dropped steadily.” Diversity needs to increase in the workplace significantly for continued corporate success.

Join us on Sept. 16 to learn how West Michigan-based companies are trying to overcome this pressing issue in today’s competitive market!

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

5:00 pm – Registration
5:30 pm – Networking
6:00 pm – Presentation
7:00 pm – After-party

McFadden’s – 3rd Floor
58 Ionia Ave. SW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Parking: Nearby street parking meters, paid lots, and bus stops.


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Panel Speakers

Tamara Walston Iakiri
Open System Technologies
Tamara is the Employee Experience Manager at Open Systems Technologies (OST). For the past four years she has been responsible for Talent Acquisition as the organization quickly grew from 55 to 190 employees in 6 locations. In addition to her role at OST, she serves on three local boards including SoftwareGR, West Michigan Tech Talent and GR GiveCamp where she is able to leverage the organizations and their programs to expose young talent to promising careers in technology. Tamara has a MBA from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from GVSU.


Adam Bakker
Spectrum Health
Adam supervises the Communications, Education & Students-to-Business (S2B) team in Information Services at Spectrum Health—West Michigan’s largest employer. In this role, he developed and deployed a highly successful structured internship program that has converted nearly 100% of eligible interns to full-time Spectrum Health employees since its inception. His team also designed and implemented an Information Services department onboarding and orientation program that was identified by Human Resources as a source of best practices for the rest of the organization. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in adult and higher education—both from Grand Valley State University. The theme of his master’s degree project work was improving gender diversity in the completion of post-secondary computer science programs.


Alvin Hills IV
Alvin (AJ) Hills IV
Endless Opportunities
Alvin J. Hills IV (AJ) is the cofounder of Endless Opportunities and also  a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He grew up in the urban core of the city and returned with the intent to transform the community through education. He obtained is Bachelors in Business Administration along with a minor in Psychology from Western Michigan University. Since then Alvin has created a movement around the city built on Collaboration, Education, and Accountability. A quote he lives by is “If you stay ready, you never have to get ready”


Kathy labozetta

Kathy Labozzetta
i3 Business Solutions, LLC
Kathy Labozzetta brings nearly three decades of IT industry experience to i3 Business Solutions. Prior to being one of the company founders twenty years ago, she worked as Systems Engineer at IBM. As a Partner and Manager of Professional Services and Operations at i3 Business Solutions, she not only leads the service and support team, but also serves as Account Manager for a number of key clients.

Jonathan Jelks
Think Tank Empower MI
Jonathan Jelks is the CEO of the Think Tank Empower MI, a statewide urban initiative that works to strategically helps to improve inner city African American communities through regional collaboration. He is the founder of Communications Company J.A. Jelks Consulting and the co-owner of the GR USA Apparel Brand. In 2006 at 21 years of age Jonathan was profiled by the Grand Rapids Press in an article entitled “Rebel With a Cause”. He has served as the youngest member of Mayor Heartwell’s Civil Rights Recognition Commission and currently sits on the City of GR’s S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods Taskforce. In 2006 Last month Jonathan co-organized the “Power Up” Technology Fair that brought to 200 community residents to the Baxter community center with the intent of connecting young people, women and minorities to the emerging Technology industry in West Michigan!


Panel Moderator

Beth DeWilde
Beth DeWilde
Paragon Recruiting
Technical recruiter with over 20 years of experience in the west Michigan market. Started Paragon in 1996, specializing in contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire placement of computer and technology engineering professionals.


Event Sponsor:

Open Systems Technologies


After-Party Sponsor

EC Group


Annual Sponsors:

Select Resources
Select Resources


RCM Technologies
RCM Technologies


IP Consulting, Inc.
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