On Thursday, June 21, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems will host its 17th Annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception. The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies leadership in the field of technology by demonstrating a commitment to development, innovation, research, and application. Proceeds from the reception support Seidenberg students through scholarship funding and underwriting key academic initiatives.
Verizon CIO and Senior Vice President of IT Strategy and Planning Judith Spitz, PhD, will be recognized at this year’s reception. Spitz is being honored for her contributions to technology including the establishment of enterprise-wide standards for IT computing infrastructure and systems architecture, for IT portfolio and talent management, process and technology transformation, IT governance and compliance, and finally for integration with corporate strategy. Through her 26-year career at Verizon, Spitz has also shown a commitment to encouraging young women to pursue an education and career in technology.
“I have been associated with Pace University and the Seidenberg School for many years and I am continually impressed by the incredible work they do both in educating their students and reaching out to and supporting the community,” says Spitz. “I am so very humbled to be their honoree this year and I am extremely proud to represent Verizon and their commitment to women in technology at the 2012 Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception.”
This year’s reception will also feature a keynote address from Soledad O’Brien, anchor for the CNN morning show Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien and special correspondent for CNN.
The annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception reflects Pace’s commitment to promoting technology as a creative, practical, and empowering career in the 21st century. Over the past five years, the Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception has provided support for more than 50 students. Past recipients of the honor include Gary Butler, President and CEO, Automatic Data Processing; Jay Dweck, Managing Director Global Head of Strategies, Morgan Stanley; Joseph Simon, Chief Information Officer, Viacom; and many others.