November 2, 2012

Fetzer Center Kalamazoo

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Hosted by Department of Business Information Systems

Plenary Session

Information to Communication Plenary Session
Moderator: Dr. Nancy Schullery, Professor of Business Information Systems, WMU Time/Location: 3:15 p.m., Kirsch Auditorium

Mary Jane Mapes, President, The Aligned Leader Institute
Presentation: Face-to-Face Matters in a High Tech WorldMary Jane Mapes

Mary Jane Mapes, founder and president of The Aligned Leader Institute, is an awardwinning communication/leadership strategist with a track record of success. As an author, executive coach, management consultant and professional speaker for over twenty years, she works with corporate and association leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada helping them to create great relationships (the bedrock of leadership) and develop a culture of excellence.

Mary Jane is a past president of the National Speakers Association–Michigan Chapter and is one of a small number of women worldwide to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional designation granted by the National Speakers Association and Global Speakers Federation for excellence in the field of speaking. In 2010, Mary Jane was inducted into the Western Michigan University School of Communication Alumni Academy.

Grant Sienko, Regional Director, Windstream
Presentation: Emerging Business TechnologyGrant Sienko

Grant Sienko has 13 years of experience in the technology industry in a variety of different positions ranging from project management and customer service to sales and market development. He is currently charged with leading Windstream's Western Michigan markets in the delivery of smart, personalized technology solutions for business. Grant is a proud Western Michigan University alumnus from the class of 1997.

Windstream is a nationwide provider of voice, data, internet, cloud, and managed network services.

Joy McClendon, Senior Director, Technology, Pfizer
Presentation: Managing Global Information TechnologyJoy McClendon

At Pfizer, Inc., one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, Joy McClendon is responsible for delivering the full range of information technology services, including IT strategy, planning and solution delivery, to 37 manufacturing plants and more than 350 contract manufacturers located around the world.

Joy began her career at Pfizer in 1980 working for the former Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo where she supported the laboratory information management system. Subsequent positions at Upjohn/Pharmacia/Pfizer included leading the Corporate Electronic Mail and EDI functions; Project Leader for the first Pharmacia and Upjohn Corporate Intranet; global director for business solutions delivery; and senior director, global supply americas region.

Before joining the company, Joy worked as an Account Representative and Technical Consultant for ADP Network Services, a remote computing division of ADP. Joy is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Council for Women and IT, is a member of the Pfizer F&BO diversity and inclusion council and is extensively involved in mentoring programs at Pfizer. Joy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Systems and an MBA from Western Michigan University.

Rod Smith, Vice President, Emerging Internet Technologies, IBM Corporation
Presentation: Big Data: Getting Ready for the Next Generation in AnalyticsRod Smith

Rod Smith is an IBM fellow and Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a group of highly technical innovators who are developing solutions to help organizations realize the value of big data. His early advocacy in the industry has played an important role in the adoption of technologies such as J2EE, Linux, Web services, XML, rich Internet applications, and various wireless standards.

As an IBM Fellow, Rod is helping lead IBM's efforts around big data analytics and the application of IBM Watson like technologies to business solutions, helping companies make better decisions more quickly for improved business outcomes. His early identification of emerging technologies has led to a sustained record of achievement in the global software community. Rod has authored numerous invention patents and disclosures, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the TJ Watson Design Excellence Award. He is also a long time member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Rod is a Computer Science graduate of Western Michigan University, and holds a M.A. and B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Math from Western Michigan University.