Our next generation of talent is technologically savvy, likes informality, embraces diversity, learns quickly, yet needs supervision. Their learned behavior and attitude patterns are relatively different compared to previous generations. Can traditional leadership approaches and behaviors be adopted to lead this next generation of talent, or will new approaches have to be mastered to best adhere to their skill sets and way of learning? What should change in order to harness this new generation’s tremendous potential?
Philip Stevens, EVP and CIO, Army and Air Force Exchange Service
Philip Stevens EVP and CIO, Army and Air Force Exchange Service Philip Stevens Philip Stevens is an Executive Vice President & the Chief Information Officer for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange). In this capacity, ... More View all posts
Philip Stevens EVP and CIO, Army and Air Force Exchange Service Philip Stevens Philip Stevens is an Executive Vice President & the Chief Information Officer for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange). In this capacity, he serves as the head of software development, technology operations, and technology governance. The Exchange is one of the top 50 U.S. retail organizations, with annual revenue of $8.3B, employing about 35,000 associates, including a small contingent of military. With its headquarters in Dallas, the Exchange operates department and convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, theaters, vending and other businesses on military installations in all 50 states, five U.S. territories and more than 30 countries. Mr. Stevens was born in Cincinnati. He came to the Exchange in 2013 from Scintel Technologies in Atlanta, where he was the Chief Information Officer and Corporate Advisor from 2009 - 2013. There he developed and managed Scintel's systems as well as designing solutions for customers in the retail, financial, and medical industries. Prior to that, Mr. Stevens was the CIO for Education Finance Partners in Austin, Texas, which was the fourth largest originator of private student loans in the U.S. He developed and launched a loan origination system processing 50,000 applications for over $250 million in loans per month at peak. Mr. Stevens also was Senior Vice President for Infrastructure and Operations with Macy's Systems Technology in Atlanta. He led Technology Operations for Macy's, Bloomingdales, Macys.com and all support divisions. During this time, his team completed the infrastructure integration supporting the acquisition of the May Company, taking Macy's nationwide with more than 800 stores. He was named Executive Vice President at the Exchange in March 2014. Mr. Stevens began his professional career as an Air Force officer, serving at Tyndall Air Force Base and in the Defense Information Systems Agency at the Pentagon. Mr. Stevens earned a Master of Science in Information Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology; he also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University. Less View all posts
Teri Pennington, Deputy CIO, City of Austin, TX
Teri Pennington Deputy CIO, City of Austin, TX Ms. Teri Pennington serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the City of Austin, Communications and Technology Management department, (CTM). Ms. Pennington leads the Dep... More View all posts
Teri Pennington Deputy CIO, City of Austin, TX Ms. Teri Pennington serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the City of Austin, Communications and Technology Management department, (CTM). Ms. Pennington leads the Department's infrastructure systems, collaboration systems, Service desk, data centers, security, edge device management and customer relationship management. Some major accomplishments are: She has created a cyber security program, instituted a citywide technology refresh on networks and edge devices, improved operational responsiveness by 13%, created a successful mentorship program for future IT leaders and have saved the city millions of dollars through innovation, leveraging solutions and contracts. She is currently working to move sections of the city's IT services into the cloud safely. Ms. Pennington has over 19 years of IT experience. She started her career in Cyber security and even with the additions of different areas of IT expertise, she has never left it. In 2011, the Greater Austin Area Telecommunications network won Community Broadband Organization of the Year award. In 2012, CTM received the Green IT award, and the Flood Early Warning System won a Best of Texas Award from Government Technology Magazine. In 2013, CTM won an honorable mention for the Enterprise Security Access System in the Collaboration category from Digital Government and Digital Communities Program. In 2014, CTM won Public Technology Institute’s IT award for Metro Rapid system that allows Capital Metro’s rapid buses to give Austin citizens a better mass transit experience. Ms. Pennington holds a Master of Business from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors of Arts degree in the Plan II Honors Program at UT Austin. She is a member of Greater Austin Area Telecommunication Network Board, the Digital Inclusion Strategy team, an active Toastmaster and speaks Japanese. Less View all posts