Author, Former CIO and Founder of People Productive, LLC (Formerly The IT Excellence Institute)
Frank Wander is an author, former CIO, and founder of PeopleProductive, LLC (formerly the IT Excellence Institute), a company that helps customers build organizational effectiveness by getting the human side of business right. After investing many years transforming failing IT divisions across corporations, Wander realized these failures had a consistent root cause: corporate cultures where the leaders knew everything about products, processes and technology, but nothing about the human factors that underpin workforce productivity and innovation. This awareness led him to write a book for Wiley Publishing, titled Transforming IT Culture: How to Use Social Intelligence, Human Factors and Collaboration to Create an IT Department that Outperforms. This book is the missing Operators Manual for the human infrastructure.
PeopleProductive helps companies outperform by applying the human factors of productivity and innovation to unlock five levels of cultural maturity. Products include cultural maturity assessment and transformation, organizational design, workforce planning, management off-sites/workshops, and training. In these times of tight budgets, the largest unexploited opportunity for most companies is to unlock the full potential of their existing staff, often doubling workforce productivity.
Prior to the Institute, Frank was a Chief Information Officer at three different companies, most recently at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Wander is a sought after speaker and panelist at industry events who connects with his audience by sharing meaningful stories, and proven strategies for creating high performance. He has given the keynote address at many technology industry events, and has appeared on Business Insider, internet radio, and in the Wall Street Journal.
Employee burnout is when your workers lose both the motivation and the incentive to finish their work and achieve desired results. Today's IT departments are particularly under pressure, being pulled by numerous stakeholders at any given time and meet ...
Global Leadership Speaker, Bestselling Oprah Author and Women's Leadership Expert
Fawn Germer is the bestselling author and international leadership speaker who will reach inside of you and pull out your best self by showing you how to get beyond the self-limiting behaviors that hold so many of us back. She once had a boss tell her that she’d never be more than she was at the time -- a reporter -- and she sure showed him. Fawn is a four-time, Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist and the author of seven books including the Oprah pick Hard Won Wisdom.
Fawn interviewed more than 300 of the most accomplished women leaders of our times, including everyone from Hillary Clinton to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. She has talked to Olympic athletes, CEOs, prime ministers, presidents, Academy Award winners and many other trailblazers who shared with her the secrets of true success. From them, she learned that success is born in risk, and power comes from the self-awareness that disables doubt and self-esteem issues.
Her first book was rejected by every major publisher in the United States, but Fawn persevered until it was a bestseller. She wrote 29 letters to Oprah and something broke through, with Oprah holding up Hard Won Wisdom and telling the world how “Very inspiring” Fawn’s work was.
Her most recent book, Pearls, brings together the best of the best. The deluxe gift volume includes quotes from her first three books and was a bestseller within two days of its release. She travels the globe with her message of viability, performance and power. In recent months, she keynoted for Cisco, Pfizer, Deloitte, Kimberly Clark, Xerox, Bayer, AIG, the Network of Executive Women, Harvard, the UCLA Anderson School of Business, the Wharton School of Business and many others.
Janet has a B.S. in Business Logistics from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Marymount University.
We want to be able to promote gender equality within IT just as the world has done so within other industries. Numbers suggest that fewer women entering into science, technology, engineering or math fields that might lead to a leadership role in ...
Facebook recently stirred controversy after reports came out that they manipulated user timelines to see the effects of people receiving positive or negative content in their feeds. The GPS company TomTom stepped in a puddle when their traffic data ended up in the hands of police looking for speeders. Target incorrectly presumed female consumers were pregnant after a failed attempt at predictive modeling. And before an update, Siri would direct you to the nearest bridge if you asked to jump off one.All of these instances involve morally questionable uses of data, in which people’s privacy was violated or conclusions were drawn that led to invasive or poor decisions and involvement on the company’s behalf.And yet for each of these instances, the genesis of the idea and what could be accomplished from data analysis was probably first seen as “cool”. Did anyone else in the room upfront question if it was creepy?“In the absence of an ethical framework in talking about business decisions, we revert back to our moral code,” says Kord Davis, author of the book “Ethics of Big Data.” This is where we are with Big Data, stuck in a lawless Wild West in which the technology is ethically neutral but everything that’s done with it is volatile.