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SE TechnologyNEXT at Lear Innovation Center
119 State St
Detroit, MI 48226
United States of America
Join Inforum's TechnologyNEXT industry group at the Lear Innovation Center in downtown Detroit. This event will be a panel discussion about the possibilities within careers of technology, and the best way you can work towards them. Inforum welcomes Catherine Lazarock, president and founder of Symplicity; Jenine Parchmon, senior vice president of technology strategy, planning and innovation, Comerica Bank; and Kathryn Ramsay, systems analyst, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
TechnologyNEXT is for Inforum members who are passionate about advancing the careers of women in technology. The group is focused on sharing knowledge, increasing understanding of technology issues and offering unique professional development and relationship building opportunities for technology professionals, as well as educators, consultants, attorneys and other experts who routinely work in technology.
President and founder, Symplicity
Catherine Lazarock, a West Michigan native and GVSU alumni, founded Symplicity Communications in 2007 after putting herself through college as a single mother of two with the dream of making an impact in the world of business. Eventually, her hard work and faith enabled her to grow Symplicity from the ground up. For over 12 years, she has helped make IT and telecom “Symple” for hundreds of businesses by providing them with a deeper understanding of how they can improve their technology strategies. Catherine has grown her business to include 15 employees with clients ranging from small businesses to enterprise organizations. Catherine was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal in 2018. To read more click here.
Senior Vice President of Technology strategy, planning and Innovation, Comerica Bank
Jenine C. Parchmon is the Senior Vice President and director of the Technology Strategy, Planning and Innovation group at Comerica Bank. Jenine is responsible for leading all key strategic initiatives across the Technology organization to ensure successful delivery and execution of the technology vision. She has responsibility for ensuring continued alignment of strategic initiatives between the Technology organization and internal business partners.
Prior to beginning her current role in August 2016, she was a Vice President in the Strategic Services Group at Comerica Bank, in Auburn Hills, Mich. To read more about Jenine click here.
Systems Analyst, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Kathryn began her higher education at Arizona State University, where she fell in love with Microsoft Excel and declared a business major. In 2016, Kathryn dove head first into a rapidly transitioning IT landscape. As a Systems Analyst on the Membership & Billing maintenance team, Kathryn operates the middle ground between business and technical. Her team focuses on building trust and creating value with simple, long term solutions. Kathryn is a force for change.
Kathryn also leads the IT division for Blunited, a cross-functional Diversity and Inclusion Council. Through Blunited, Kathryn and others led over 180 employee volunteers to 17 sites across Detroit for the 12th Annual ARISE! Neighborhoods Day.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Interested in sponsorship? Contact Becky Puckett-Wood at email@example.com
TechnologyNEXT brings together Inforum members who are working in technology to expand their professional knowledge and foster intentional connections.
Whether you own a technology-related business; work in technology development, sales or marketing; or are a self-described techie - this group is for you!
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