June 2021 Tech Upload
NEW Digital News
Thank You Alliance Members
The NEW Digital Alliance would like to thank Cellcom for their support as an Executive Level Investor in 2021. We would also like to thank EDCi for thier support as a General Investor. To learn more about Cellcom and EDCI, click on their names!
Happy June! For many in Wisconsin, June brings a slower pace with vacations and leisurely summer days on the water. Here at the NEW Digital Alliance it June means it’s the end of the fiscal year and the tying up of loose ends as we prepare to move into the new fiscal calendar. It also means we’re heads down in planning all of the fall activities for the NEW Digital Alliance.
Our executive committee functions as our Board of Directors, with ultimate oversight from the New North board. We are continuing to grow our executive committee to ultimately form our own board of directors as we complete the process of becoming a stand-alone non-profit within the next year. Check out the newest members of the committee in the article below.
Over the summer we are continuing to run our Upskilling and Reskilling Round Table. We had a great conversation at our last meeting and learned about some exciting opportunities for Fast Forward funds which can be used to train our incumbent workforce as well as to reskill career changers. Bobbi Miller from the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board shared some demographic trends with the group that will have long-term impacts on the workforce. With Boomers leaving the workforce in increasing numbers, ultimately transferring vast quantities of wealth to their offspring. This in turn is allowing millennials to be more selective about working with an increasing number preferring part-time work. Men, in particular, are showing a strong preference for part-time work and video gaming, with more men aged 25-34 living with their parents than has been seen since 1880. Combine this with the loss of 2.4 million women from the workforce in 2020-21, and a contracting population due to declining birthrates, and the labor market doesn’t look terribly bright. You can find the full EMSI Demographic Drought report on our website here under Presentations. Our next meeting is scheduled for July 27. Seats are limited so we encourage you to register early as our last meeting was waitlisted.
On July 20 we will be holding our next Quarterly Meeting. Investors and community members are welcome to attend. This meeting will focus on Back to Work, and Managing a Hybrid Workforce. Our panel guests will include the director of HR at J. J. Keller, the CISO from Secura, and the Practice Leader at Eppstein Uhen Architects. They will be sharing their perspectives on challenges and solutions for bringing the workforce back into the office (or not) and what that may mean for the future of work. The next Quarterly Meeting will be held on October 12. This will be our annual TechTalent Summit where we will share the State of IT in Northeast Wisconsin. Registration for both events is open now on our events page.
In November we will hold our annual NEW Connect IT career fair for high school students. Due to the ongoing uncertainty with field trips and corporate travel we will be conducting this year’s event in a virtual format. Last year we were able to connect our investor organizations with over 600 high school students across Wisconsin to introduce them to IT careers and educational pathways. We hope to exceed that number with this year’s event.
If you are a high school teacher or counselor and would like more information about the NEW Connect IT event, please reach out to Kim@newDigitalAlliance.org. We are still working on event details and will add you to the communication list to keep you informed. As all careers require some form of digital skills, this is a fantastic ACP opportunity for students – especially those not currently in your CS class!
NEW Digital Alliance Welcomes New Board Members
Leaders from SECURA and EDCi will offer unique perspectives to help promote tech talent
NEW NORTH, June 1, 2021 – Jack Brown, Director of Business Intelligence at SECURA, and Dan Suda, Vice President at EDCi have joined the NEW Digital Alliance Executive Committee Kim Iversen, Director of the NEW Digital Alliance, recently announced.
Brown is responsible for developing the overall data strategy for SECURA which includes rolling out a comprehensive data governance framework to help the organization before more data-driven. Brown and his team are responsible for ensuring adoption of the framework by utilizing appropriate organizational change management practices. Beginning his career as a Business Analyst, Brown has part of larger strategic efforts such as policy administration implementations, risk management system implementations, data warehouse rollouts, and standard reporting around corporate KPIs. Iversen stated that “Jack has experience starting IT Youth Apprenticeships, which is a great way to engage high school students in IT while also providing an alternate path for staffing an IT department. I am impressed with Jack’s passion around engaging youth and alternate talent streams and I hope his presence on the board will inspire other companies in Northeast Wisconsin.”
Suda is a transformational business leader and a coach/mentor in Information Technology. He has been in leadership roles in IT consulting for 20 years and at EDCi for 13 years where he develops and executes strategies to improve the solutions the organization provides its customers. “Dan’s experience, combined with his experience working with the Fox Valley Technical College IT Advisory Committee and volunteering with Microsoft’s TEALS program will be a great asset to the Alliance,” says Iversen. “He brings a unique perspective of understanding the IT profession as a practitioner and as a volunteer mentoring and preparing others entering the profession.”
Demand for talent continues to remain strong for Wisconsin and the New North region. National demand for tech talent also remains high, with the tech unemployment rate for April (2.5%) and lower than pre-pandemic levels of 3% in January 2020. National unemployment continues to hover around 6.1%, with Wisconsin at 3.9%, and Northeast Wisconsin data unavailable for April.