At our next meeting we will conduct a panel discussion with several of our members. Each has achieved a successful competitive internship with one of our valued corporate or civic partners and is forging a career in the exciting tech sector!
Advisory Team member and Membership committee co-chair Val Kendrick will be moderating this high-energy discussion with a diverse panel of ITKAN members. This promises to be a valuable evening whether you’re a candidate, HR or talent executive, or C level officer looking to establish a more diverse, inclusive and innovative culture. Please join us and Meet our Members!
I once again had the great honor of presenting at an ITKAN meeting this time on the topic of self-directed learning. We had a great turnout and a lively discussion about self-directed learning and online educational platforms. There was a wide range of experience with these providers with a few who have never taken any online courses to a couple who were well experienced with them. As promised, I have uploaded the presentation to the ITKAN website as a PowerPoint and as a PDF. I have also added it to SlideShare.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me through any of the means mentioned at the end of the presentation. In addition, come join us in the ITKAN LinkedIn Group to continue the discussion. See you at the next meeting.
For the first time ever, MidCamp, the Midwest Drupal Camp is offering free trainings to select individuals who have expressed interest in working with web technologies and are looking to make a start working with websites. If you haven’t worked with Drupal or any Content Management System (CMS) before, this training could be for you. MidCamp would love to offer the members of ITKAN this free training. They have 20 spaces currently available spread out over 4 sessions over the course of Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st, 2017. The trainings will happen at the DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus which is an accessible space. If you require extra accommodations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Users after the first 20 will be wait listed.
For more information or to sign up, please visit MidCamp’s website.
Yesterday I had the honor of speaking on a panel at the 1st Annual Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit which was hosted at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Headquarters on 300 East Randolph Street in Chicago. The ADA 25 Chicago Opportunity Summit assembled national and local leaders to explore strategies to increase access and inclusion of people with disabilities in the areas of education and employment.
Photo via Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Twitter feed (@ChicagolandCmbr)
The second day was presented by the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network and the theme revolved around discussing best practices and strategies for recruiting, employing and retaining people with disabilities. The panel I sat on, Closing the Employment Gap, included knowledgeable people from The Sea Glass Group, AbilityLinks, DePaul University, and Health & Disability Advocates. We discussed how employers can diversify their workforce by hiring talented professionals with disabilities. An important aspect of this is looking for talent in the right places.
ITKAN is a member driven professional networking and growth organization with a focus on professionals and aspiring professionals with disabilities within the technology field. While this means getting together with our members monthly to discuss technology and employment trends, ITKAN also works with companies to partner to train to their needs. We will coordinate on-the-job training and internship programs that may or may not be tied to grants or public funding such as National Emergency Grant and Workforce Investment Act. There are great organizations and services out there that will help companies find the right talent, and we are also here to help companies develop processes and documentation for internship and train-to-hire programs for people with disabilities.