"Jacobs sets an incredible example, partnering with a national organization, in this case the Girl Scouts, to provide reach and to craft and change aptitudes. And it was started by the CIO!" says Robert Urwiler, CIO of Vail Resorts, who served as a judge and helped launch the award.
The judges and the expert committee that selected the finalists for the award based their decisions on program scope, sustainability and the impact it has had on the young people who participated, the community and the company itself. Jacobs' programs were particularly prized for their broad scope. "Jacobs approached the challenge from both the demand side -- providing jobs for students and new grads -- and the supply side -- engaging kids in technology," says judge Eric Hungate, CIO of the Texas Association of School Boards.
"They were focused not just on finding people to fill jobs, but in inspiring young people to explore the wondrous possibilities of technology," adds Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation, a coalition of business leaders dedicated to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning in the United States. Rosen was a member of the award finalist selection committee.
Honorable mentions for the award for 'Engaging Youth in IT' include NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, of Pasadena, Calif., and Eaton Corp. of Cleveland, Ohio.
Pamela J. Stenson, the CIO Executive Council's senior VP and general manager, believes initiatives such as this award will help inspire more companies to become part of the solution. "I commend our Council members for devoting time to developing and judging the award and I am proud that this award will be presented at the Computerworld Honors Awards Gala, a worldwide recognized program that celebrates IT initiatives benefiting businesses and society," said Stenson.
The 'Engaging Youth in IT' Award will be presented on June 3rd at the 25th annual Computerworld Honors Awards Ceremony and Gala Evening in Washington, DC.
"The 'Engaging Youth in IT' Award is a perfect complement to the Honors program," said Bob Melk, SVP, group publisher & CMO, IDG Enterprise, which includes Computerworld. "For 25 years, the program has honored thousands of technology users and innovators. Recognizing those like Jacobs with successful, systemic efforts to encourage the next generation of great minds is a terrific addition."
Additional judges included Kenneth Freeman, CIO of Webster University; Eric Hungate, CIO of the Texas Association of School Boards; Lynden Tennison, CIO of Union Pacific; and Karla Viglasky, CIO of ITT. Other members of the finalist selection committee were Maureen Biggers, assistant dean for diversity, inclusion and education at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing; Ruthe A. Farmer, director of strategic initiatives, The National Center for Women & Information Technology; Sandee Kastrul, president of I.C. Stars; and Lee Ann Kline, president of STEM Advantage. The group was chaired by Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO magazine and author of the forthcoming The U.S. Technology Skills Gap (Wiley: July 2013).
About the CIO Executive Council
CIO Executive Council is a member-led executive organization of global business leaders working to drive value from the intersection of business, information technology and strategy. Through peer reliance, collaboration and outreach, members apply the knowledge, insights and best practices of their peers to the success of their enterprises and their own personal achievement. Launched in April 2004, by the parent organization of CIO magazine, the Council is comprised of hundreds of the world's leading chief information officers. To learn more about CIO Executive Council, please visit their website at http://council.cio.com/. CIO Executive Council is part of IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group company. Company information is available at http://idgenterprise.com/.
About Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website http://events.computerworld.com/2013Honors.
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), publication, focused conference series, custom solutions and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT solutions providers to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.8 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, November 2012) and was recognized as the Best Website by ASBPE and TABPI in 2012. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.
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