Motorola joins push to get out young voters
March 8, 2004
BY MICHAEL KRAUSS
factor at CEO Ed Zander's Motorola is growing. The company aims
to turn out 20 million 18-to-30-year-olds for the November election
through an innovative wireless platform.
nine-month effort pairs the Schaumburg-based company with Rock
the Vote, a Los Angeles organization that works to engage young
adults in the political process through entertainment and culture.
Motorola hopes to capitalize on the high penetration of cell-phone
use among younger people to reduce voter apathy and disaffection.
actress Amber Tamblyn, who plays Joan Girardi on CBS's "Joan
of Arcadia" says, "Like most young people, my cell phone
is with me at all times. With Rock the Mobile Vote on my Motorola
phone, I can be politically connected and politically active 24/7."
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a managing director for the Nasdaq stock market, recently shared
tips with companies considering going public. The event, hosted
by PR Newswire director John McWilliams, drew a strong turnout.
were 83 IPOs completed last year," Santiago says, "with
38 done on Nasdaq in the fourth quarter." The message: the
IPO window is opening. California's already launched seven IPOs
this year, with none in Illinois. Why? "They're very entrepreneurial,"
candidates were in the audience, including Chicago-based Huron
Consulting and Rosemont's Kanbay. Maybe they'll help even the
the electronic stock exchange based here, last week said it planned
an IPO later this year.
outsource. We don't offshore. We build all of our own applications,"
says Linda Dillman, CIO of Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores
Inc., a powerhouse in applying information technology for competitive
Wednesday to discuss supplier diversity at an event organized
by the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE) at
the Mid-America Club. She's got a good story. Since initiating
a supplier-development program in 1994, Wal-Mart has spent more
than $3.8 billion with minority and female-owned businesses.
to extol the value of a supplier base that includes smaller companies
as well as minority and female-owned companies. "I love working
with these firms," Dillman says. "It's incredibly hard
to find them," she adds, meaning outstanding small companies
that can team with Wal-Mart. Dillman thinks it's worth the effort.
Jr., president, Electronic Knowledge Interchange, a local consulting
firm, helped organize the event. Blackwell sees this workshop
as a vehicle for changing perceptions. He wants to demonstrate
that smaller-scale and minority-owned companies can deliver results.
At a time
when buyers of technology services have pruned their supplier
lists or gone offshore, Blackwell's bringing together CIOs who
succeed using smaller companies. "People think large companies
are better. It isn't necessarily so," Blackwell says.
includes top local CIOs who rely on smaller companies, including:
Bruce Carver, CIO, PepsiCo Beverages; Chris O'Brien, CIO, City
of Chicago, and Robert Runcie, CIO, Chicago Public Schools. Also
speaking: Jack Lavin, director, Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity, and Michael Rumman, director, Central Management
Services, State of Illinois.
Want a job
like Wal-Mart's Dillman? She advocates a career in technology.
is the coolest job ever," she says. "It's the impact
you can have on your company by being creative. This is the only
place where you can see every place in the company."
a director with elite head-hunting firm Spencer Stuart, makes
his living helping Global 2000 companies find CIOs. "Top
CIOs can make $500,000 to $5 million. It becomes a function of
stock options," says Ergin Uskup, retired CIO of Des Plaines-based,
So how do
you snag one of these plum perches? Firms like Spencer Stuart
say, "don't call us, we'll find you." Aavik has this
advice: "It's the first 10 years of your career that count."
Don't spend those years writing java code. "Figure out where
the company makes money, and do rotations through those departments.
Be in IT, but don't work only in the data center. Get around."
Michael Krauss is a Chicago-based tech writer and consultant,
and senior vice president for Hostway Corp., Chicago.