African - American Executives Receive Top Honors for their Contribution to the Advancement of Technology and Diversity in the IT Profession

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The Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) has recognized five African-Americans from leading organizations for their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of Information Technology while continuously demonstrating proactive leadership in advancing diversity. Their achievements will be celebrated and recognized at the ITSMF Annual Awards Gala on February 13, 2009 at the Four Seasons in Dallas, Texas. Additionally UBS will be honored as the ITSMF Corporate Sponsor of the Year.

Americans from leading organizations for their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of Information Technology while continuously demonstrating proactive leadership in advancing diversity.

The executives to be honored are Monte Ford, SVP and CIO for American Airlines, Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, Dr. Elva Jones, Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Winston Salem State University, Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, Africa Chairman Middle East & Africa for Microsoft Corporation and James D. Cook, VP Data Center Transformation at HP. Their achievements will be celebrated and recognized at the ITSMF Annual Awards Gala on February 13, 2009 at the Four Seasons in Dallas, Texas. Additionally UBS will be honored as the ITSMF Corporate Sponsor of the Year.

The gala is open to the public and will feature a keynote address from Dr. Randal D. Pinkett. Dr. Pinkett is an established entrepreneur, speaker, author and community servant. He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. BCT Partners specializes in information technology, organizational development, and public policy. Dr. Pinkett was also named the winner of NBC's hit reality television show, The Apprentice, with Donald Trump. Dr. Pinkett has received numerous awards including the following: National Society of Black Engineers - Entrepreneur of the Year Award, National Urban League - Business Excellence Award and he has been recognized by USA TODAY as one of the top 20 scholars in the country.

The ITSMF Awards Gala and fundraiser is one of the largest gatherings of African-American IT executives in the US. Guests include the "Who's Who" of IT Leaders from the public and private sector. The ITSMF Awards Gala and event sponsors are Bank of America, Blackwell Consulting, Cisco, Cox Enterprises, CrestPoint, Cummins, Deloitte, Delta, EDS, Embarq, Estee Lauder, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Korn Ferry International, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, VisionIT, Wachovia, Whirlpool and WSF Associates.

About the Information Technology Senior Management Forum:
The Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to fostering senior-level executive talent among African-American IT professionals.

"We provide a supportive network for enhancing the leadership skills of the IT executives that make up the membership; and our formal mentoring program assists dedicated mid-level managers to grow into executive level positions," said Kim Tubbs-Herron, General Manager, Microsoft and spokesperson for ITSMF. "We draw our strength from two major sources, our members - senior IT executives from corporations, governmental bodies, universities or owners of well established technology businesses - who share the knowledge and skills that have enabled them to arrive and thrive in key management roles. We also benefit from the funding and expertise provided by our corporate partners interested in fostering and recruiting diverse executive talent".

For more information about this event please visit the ITSMF Awards Gala website at
http://www.itsmfonline.org/programs_and_Events/annualAwardGala.php

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