Georgia Department of Natural Resources
John is an IT professional with over 25 years' experience in the design, implementation, operation, and maintenance of technology products, services, and processes. He is certified in all of the major industry standard process frameworks (CMMI, ITIL, COBIT, 6 Sigma, TQM), and has implemented process improvement programs to increase operational effectiveness and efficiencies in both the Private and Public sector. He has worked in all facets of IT holding positions as, Programmer Trainee, Application Developer, Development Manager, Quality Assurance Director, Operations Director, and Vice President of IT. He received his Baccalaureate degree from the University of Maryland with a BS in Information Systems Management, and a MBA from Wesley College with a concentration in Executive Management. In addition, John holds a Software Engineering Process Management Certificate from Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute and was also awarded a Certified Government Chief Information Officer designation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently working as the Chief Information Officer for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He lives in Duluth Georgia with his wife Jennifer, daughter Erin, and their border collie "Rugby".
What is it that enables leaders and teams to overcome conditions of extreme adversity? What enables people to work together to overcome insurmountable obstacles? What are the specific things that a leader can do to create a cohesive team that can beat the odds? Sir Ernest Shackleton has been called "the greatest leader that ever came on God's earth, bar none" and yet most people don’t even know of him or the leadership lessons that are still relevant today. While his story itself is incredible, what makes this a remarkable lesson on leadership is that to a man, the crew gave sole credit to Shackleton for not only their survival, but for making the endeavor an enjoyable time. Come hear how you can take the leadership lessons learned from one of the “greatest failures” in exploration, and apply them to make you successful in your career in IT. During our Day 2 Keynote, we’ll explore:
- Leveraging lessons from your “greatest failures”
- Collaborating through extreme adversity
- Creating cohesive teams built to beat the odds
- How to motivate and lead a team that strives to thrive, not just survive