Women make headway in info technology
January 26, 2004
BY MICHAEL KRAUSS
isn't a boys-only club anymore. Marian Cook proves it tomorrow
when six Chicago women receive the inaugural Excellence in Corporate
IT Leadership Award from Women In Technology International (WITI).
winners include powerful, highly placed professionals from Allstate
Insurance, Bank One, Aon and Motorola.
"They manage massive
projects with global work forces," says Cook, president of
Ageos Enterprises, a strategy and technology consultancy. Cook
drove the effort to create the award. "Seeing women achieve
gives other women a road map. Their example gives you permission
The winners are: Catherine
Brune, senior vice president and chief technology officer for
Allstate Insurance Co.; Maureen Osborne, chief technology officer
for Bank One; June Drewry, executive vice president and chief
information officer for Aon Corp., and Padmasree Warrior, senior
vice president and chief technology officer for Motorola Inc.
Two other chief information
officers, Ellen Barry of the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition
Authority and Joy Keeler of the University of Illinois at Chicago,
will also be honored.
The ceremony will be
hosted by Linda Salchenberger, director of Loyola University's
Center for Information Management, at the Water Tower campus.
but challenging times
events are making a comeback.
David Flint, president
of TechVenue.com, reports 213 tech events were held in Chicago
last quarter, up 15 percent from the same period a year earlier.
The Chicago Software
Association's cityLights award program had strong attendance last
week. Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association
of America, shared thoughts on the IT outsourcing issue.
Says Miller, "Not
all IT jobs are moving to Bangalore, India, but we have to find
a middle ground." He reports the U.S. lost 400,000 IT jobs
last year, but he said it isn't clear if this resulted from the
bursting dot-com bubble, the end of the Y2K phenomenon or foreign
Miller predicts a domestic
IT job shortage as baby boomers retire and the United States'
weak education system is unable to provide talent. Miller recommends
"worker education, training and retooling programs, R&D
incentives and efforts to open foreign markets to U.S. technology
His bottom line: "Change
will make domestic IT providers stronger, but if you don't adapt,
you'll be out of business."
president of iBIO, the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization,
is gearing up for what could be a shot in the arm for Chicago's
biotech industry. The BIO 2006 International Biotechnology Convention
& Exhibition is scheduled for McCormick Place in April that
It will mark the first
time the international premier biotech show comes to Chicago.
Handled properly, it could pave the way for an expanded Chicago
biotech industry and more jobs. Miller says the show gave a huge
boost to San Diego, now an industry leader.
Organizers of BIO 2006
were in town to scope out the terrain and assure local enthusiasm.
"They came away thoroughly convinced the community is 100
percent behind the show," Miller says.
Miller reports strong
support from Mayor Daley and Gov. Blagojevich. Corporate honchos
are weighing in, including Harry Kraemer, CEO, and Norbert Riedel,
chief science officer of Baxter International; James L. Tyree,
vice president, global licensing and new business development,
Abbott Labs; William Gantz, CEO of Ovation Pharmaceuticals, and
Mark Booth, president, Takeda North America (the U.S. division
of Japan's largest pharmaceutical company).
Our university and
federal research centers are actively teaming.
Robert Rosenberg, assistant
vice president for partnerships and technology at the University
of Chicago, is arranging a series of half-day tech forums to build
community interest in biotech leading up to the show.
Sr. is CEO of Blackwell Consulting Services the successful Chicago-based
technology consultancy. In last week's column, I incorrectly referred
to him as Robert Blackwell Jr., his son. Meanwhile, Bob Sr.'s
daughter, Pamela Blackwell, was promoted to president and chief
operating officer of Blackwell Consulting Services.
Michael Krauss is a Chicago based tech-writer and consultant,
and senior vice president for Hostway Corp., Chicago.