Episode 51: Solving for the IT Skills Gap
Attracting and retaining talent is not only a popular topic among tech leaders right now, but a crucial one. It is hard to find good people and as organizations dig further into their transformation strategies, the skills gap continues to be an issue. We invited Linda Calvin, VP, School of Tech at Ivy Tech Community College, to answer some burning questions around this very topic. Linda and Jeff Ton discuss how educational institutions are addressing the widening skills gap, what leaders can do to find and attract the right people and ultimately, with such a competitive industry, how to keep the people you hire.
Linda joined Ivy Tech Community College as Vice President of the School of Information Technology in April 2019. In her role, Linda provides professional leadership in the development of quality standards and consistency in academic courses, training, and other programs to serve the information technology sector. Linda partners with employers to sponsor School of IT activities, identify opportunities to recruit talent from the school of IT, coordinate internships, voice IT curriculum and consult on trends in technology and market demand.
Linda has over 20 years of experience working in IT in the private sector. Before joining Ivy Tech, Linda was the Digital IT Leader for the Security business for Stanley Black & Decker. Linda started her career at Dow AgroSciences, now Corteva, working in Systems Support Helpdesk, she also held roles in R&D and Policy Communications, and served as the global digital/mobile & social media project leader, leading digital transformation in collaboration with IT, business, marketing, and agency/vendor teams.
During her tenure at Dow AgroSciences, Linda earned her juris doctor and subsequently accepted a position with the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis as Assistant City Prosecutor.
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