Webinar 061221 Recruit and Retain People of Color in IT

When:  Jun 16, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)

Organizations often focus on gender diversity, and while this does improve school system's performance, ethnic diversity has an even larger impact on stakeholder outcomes.

Diversity is not just a "do good" thing - it supports your school system's bottom line.

Join us in this webinar to discuss:

  • Why diversity matters.
  • How to attract talent from ethnically diverse groups.
  • How to make sure that the talent you attract wants to stay with you.


Alicia Robson, Coordinator of Events and Partnerships, Info-Tech Research Group

Ugbad Farah, PMP, Senior Research Analyst, IT, Info-Tech Research Group

Rod Houpe, Director of Business Development, ENA

Ugbad Farah, PMP specializes in Project, Program, Portfolio and Organizational Change Management as well as setting up Project Management Offices. Prior to joining Info-Tech, Ugbad was a Project Manager, overseeing enterprise software implementations with higher education institutions in Canada and the US.

Ugbad holds an Honours Specialization Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor degree in Sociology from Western University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Rod Houpe is the National Director of Business Development for Education Networks of America (ENA). Rod has over 30 years of experience as an IT leader in K-12 and state government. Early in his career he served as both Deputy CIO and CIO for the Ohio Department of Commerce, leading the department’s strategic IT initiatives. Rod then went on to hold CIO positions at Columbus City Schools, Cleveland Public Library and most recently Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He has extensive experience creating the technology vision and leading the strategic IT initiatives of multiple large enterprise K-12 organizations. Rod has been an active member of CoSN and the Council of Great City Schools, presenting on best practices and serving on a number of peer review boards. In addition, Rod served in a leadership role on a number of other advisory boards and non-profit organizations. He has been the recipient of numerous state and national awards, a featured speaker at various IT conferences, and published numerous articles on technology innovation in public education.