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New Information Technology Leadership course

Information Technology Leadership and Private Sectors, July 19-23rd.

IST 600 M010 (72674)

The demand for leadership training is one of the fastest growing areas in the government and private sectors. Although the demand for leadership training is on the rise, many of the courses available do not always address the makeup of an effective IT leader. In recent years, IT leadership has undergone a major metamorphosis. IT leadership jobs such as the Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer typically required, in the past, a technical background. Today, the IT leadership positions have expanded to include the roles of an IT Director and Program Manager, roles that require a comprehensive background in management. In today's IT environment, technical skills are only a portion of what is required of the IT leader. IT leadership in the twenty-first century must be multifaceted, versatile, comprehensive, and flexible. Information Technology Leadership and Private Sectors is a course that will explore the makeup of an IT leader. The course will specifically delve into a comparison and contrast of IT leadership as it pertains to government compliance with laws and regulations and private industry best practices, the pros and cons of leaders, techniques for successful leadership, and team building skills, and take part in discussions on the advantages and disadvantages IT managers face in varying cultures in both the government and private sectors. Students will have an opportunity to engage in discussions with leaders in the government and private sectors on the importance of leadership and the key roles that IT managers' play at every level of the an organization.

Vickie Lavern McCray

Vickie L. McCray is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. Because of an increased interest in leadership concepts by the students at Syracuse and the success of her first leadership course, Ms. McCray is back to teach her second course in leadership. Vickie comes with an extensive background in government and private industry IT and auditing operations. With over 21 years of government experience, Vickie is currently working in the private sector as an Assistant Executive Director at ManTech Security Technologies Corporation. Her hands on experience in leadership roles include serving as a member of the executive staff at the US Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and Office of Computer Security. Given her broad knowledge in the government's Inspector General and IT operations coupled with her educational background in accounting and information studies, Vickie is often at the forefront of many IT and auditing discussion groups. Her education includes a Bachelors degree in Business and Administration, Accounting from Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois; graduate of the National Defense University, Information Resources Management College's, Advanced Management Program, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., 1999 where she also received the Chief Information Officer Certification, and Masters in Information Studies, from Syracuse University, School of Information Studies. Vickie's speaking engagements include Federal Information Systems Security Educator's Association (FISSEA) Conferences and serving as a judge at "The George Washington University MBA Case Competition at the School of Business & Public Management.

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