Brian Challenges us to change the way we think about IT professionals; he also calls upon IT people to rise to the challenge. In too many cases, IT professionals are relegated to basement cost-centers where they're summoned to fix problems. Brian tells us how organizations stand to benefit substantially by integrating IT professionals into the work place and into the boardroom. He ends his talk by prompting a broader re-examination of stereotypes and an understanding of how they can impede progress and achievement across many environments.
Brian Bell is currently employed in the College Writing Program at the University of Rochester as a Systems Analyst. He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Education from St. Lawrence University and his MBA from St. John Fisher College. Brian is a father of three children and an active member of Inspiration Lodge number 109, Free and Accepted Masons, holding the chair of Senior Deacon. His career, educational, and life experiences have shaped his vision for the future IT Professional. Brian believes that the role and expectations for Information Technology professionals need to shift from being a stereotype to being a customer-facing business partner.