Last night, the Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC)/Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group’s annual Pittsburgh CIO of the Year Awards raised more than $15,000 for RedChairPGH.
The funds were raised in a silent auction as part of the gala that honors the accomplishments of the Pittsburgh region’s top chief information technology officers and chief information security officers. CNX started the auction by presenting a check for $10,000 on stage at the opening ceremony.
“Statistically, less than 13 percent of oil and gas industry workers are female, yet over 25 percent of employees at CNX are women. We’re proud of our work on diversity but know there is much more work to do, both in our industry and in the broader tech economy,” said Andrea Passman, Vice President of Engineering and Development at CNX. “Reaching diversity and inclusion goals starts first and foremost with developing a diverse talent pool. That’s why CNX is proud to support the mission of RedChairPGH which neatly aligns with our own diversity goals here at CNX.”
This donation will enable RedChairPGH to support scholarships for the Edge Women’s Leadership Experience scheduled for the summer of 2018. This program seeks to accelerate the ascension of female technology professionals into key leadership roles across the region’s innovation economy.
RedChairPGH provides a community of support for women in computing and information technology professions, offers research-based resources, and promotes awareness of the value of gender diversity at Pittsburgh technical events. RedChairPGH hosts an annual #sitwithme event to celebrate progress and acknowledge challenges for women in the computing and information technology professions.
“RedChairPGH is grateful for the support of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the region’s tech community in helping to create a stronger, more competitive and more inclusive tech workforce in our region,” said Julia Poepping, Founder of RedChairPGH.
“The issue of gender parity in the innovation and tech economy, continues to be problematic. While the solutions are often fraught with complexities, what matters to us, at the PTC, is that we are working to solve the underpinning impediments of gender equality,” said Audrey Russo, PTC President and CEO. “This includes heightened conversations, training, data-driven targets and immersive programming which helps all of us — those who lead and those who are in the pipeline for development. We cannot ignore 51% of our population who contribute enormously to economic prosperity, as customers and as influencers.
“We will not create competitive and high-performing environments without representation and true engagement. RedChairPGH brings these issues not just to the table, but ensures the necessary paradigm shift to move us, Pittsburgh, into the world stage.”
Each year, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group gather to honor the region’s top information technology executives at Pittsburgh CIO of the Year. Here’s a look at this year’s winners and finalists:
CIO of the Year: Non-Profit
Sharon Dorogy, Chief Information Officer, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
Sharon Dorogy is the CIO and HIPAA Security Officer at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh (CI). She has been with CI for 22 years, previously holding IT roles with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Union Switch & Signal and Westinghouse. She holds B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. With her career spanning 30+ years, she has focused the last 25+ years specifically in the IT health care arena. Sharon has dedication to the strategic mission of CI, as well as to her team members and their projects. Her attention to detail and keen project management skills moved the CI organization technologically forward.
- Jan Kubiska, Director of Information Technology, Pressley Ridge
- Stephen Mancini , CTO & Dir. of Strategic Operations National Cyber-Forensics and
- Edward Motznik, VP, Technology, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
- Sean Smiles, Chief Information Officer, Dollar Energy Fund
CIO of the Year: Megabyte
Eng Tan, Vice President, Information Technology, Automated Health Systems
Eng Tan has over 20 years of experience in the IT field, with the past 12 years in a management and leadership role. He is an accomplished IT leader with a stellar track record. He is accountable for IT strategic direction, team development, and delivering high-quality IT services to Automated Health’s clients. Eng has developed innovative solutions that improve operations, enhance productivity and deliver exceptional value to our healthcare customers. He focuses on building productive partnerships with our clients by developing and promoting an agile and client-focused culture within IT.
- Philip Savino, Chief Technology Officer, Pittsburgh Parking Authority
- Scott Schiffgens, Director, Information Technology, Burns White, LLC
CIO of the Year: Gigabyte
Ronald Beckman, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Black Box Network Services
Ron is VP/CIO at Black Box Network Services responsible for global strategy for all IT. Ron has 20+ years experience managing global application portfolios. Prior to Black Box, Ron held positions at RTI International Metals and Covestro. He has a proven ability to understand requirements and deliver effective enterprise solutions. Ron’s strategic vision and leadership in his role at Black Box has made a tremendous impact on the companies ability to not only transform it’s systems capabilities but also to transform the business itself. Ron has been instrumental in fundamentally altering the culture within Black Box and how employees view the company, their departments role in the companies success and most importantly their individual role in the companies success.
- Craig Dean, Chief Information Officer, Orrick
- Mark Shozda, Chief Technology Officer, F.N.B. Corporation
- Jack Smith, Chief Information Officer, Federated Investors, Inc.
- Todd Watkins, Director of Information Technology, Rivers Casino
CIO of the Year: Terabyte
Mark Husnick, Chief Information Officer, Arconic
Mark Husnick is Chief Information Officer of Arconic Inc. Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with its customers, Arconic solves complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. With the launch of Arconic from Alcoa’s separation into two companies in 2016, Mark successfully led the creation of a brand-new IT function—out of the resources, infrastructure and business model that existed from the old Alcoa. Mark has been with Alcoa/Arconic for 32 years and as the CIO is responsible for setting the direction and leading all IT enterprise-wide decisions. His team runs all infrastructure, applications, support and cyber security for the company, and his team partners with Arconic’s businesses and their IT teams to support individual business IT needs as well.
- Ed Brady, Chief Information Officer, Matthews International
- Chris Caruso, Vice President, Information Technology, PPG
- Matt Siconolfi, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Dream Center Education Holdings, LLC
- Dr. Robert White, Chief Medical Information Officer, Allegheny Health Network
CISO of the Year: Gigabyte
Dr. Trebor Z. Evans, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Dollar Bank
Dr. Evans serves as CISO and SVP for Dollar Bank, where he securely enables the business by managing risk in alignment with the company’s strategic goals. He serves on two boards at Robert Morris University, teaches IT and Cyber online for SNHU.edu, and attends PA Bankers Advanced School of Banking. In a very short amount of time, Trebor has gained the support and trust of the Board of Directors of Dollar Bank, an $8 billion financial institution. Proof of this trust is evident in his Board approved promotions in his short time at Dollar Bank from Assistant Vice President (AVP) to Vice President (VP) and CISO, and most recently to Senior Vice President (SVP) and CISO.
- Mike Conley, Chief Information Security Officer, Industrial Scientific
- Stacy Moore, Information Security Officer AND Department Coordinator for Cybersecurity and External Partnerships & Instructor, Cybersecurity, Seton Hill University
- Brion Peck, Director Information Systems and Security, Calgon Carbon Corporation
CISO of the Year: Terabyte
Dawn Cappelli, VP Global Security and Chief Information Security Officer, Rockwell Automation
Dawn Cappelli is Rockwell Automation’s VP Global Security & CISO. She is responsible for strategy, governance and security risk management for the global enterprise and manufacturing environments, as well as the Insider Risk and Third Party Risk Management Programs, cloud security governance, security awareness and communications, and crisis management. Dawn is extremely passionate about security. She started her first security job in CERT on August 1, 2001 – 1 month before September 11. At that time, she was working with the Secret Service to protect national special security events from cyber attacks that could impact the event or harm attendees.
- James Ringold, Chief Information Security Officer, Westinghouse
- Justin Zimmerman, Director of Information Security, Giant Eagle, Inc.
CIO Choice Award
Mark Husnick, Chief Information Officer, Arconic
Over the last several years, Mark has faced a unique challenge among CIOs. With Alcoa’s separation into two companies, and the launch of Arconic, he has successfully led the creation of a brand-new IT function out of the resources, infrastructure and business model that existed from the old Alcoa.
In 2017, Mark challenged IT to do more and advance technology within the company. He designed a strategy that allows Arconic’s IT organization to run as a smaller group while off-setting stranded costs and moving the business forward.
He moved on-premise technology (including the North American Data Center) to cloud-based solutions, and he championed the introduction of modern workplace technology, advanced customer relationship management functionality and cloud-based Human Resources systems with a rally cry to “Modernize IT at Arconic from the Shop Floor to the Board Room.”