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Cincinnati CIO Roundtable Held its 5th Annual IT Intern Summit at Northern Kentucky University on July 21, 2022

On July 21st, the Cincinnati CIO Roundtable held its 5th Annual IT Intern Summit at Northern Kentucky University. Over 200 students from more than 50 schools across the country participated in the full-day event. The experience kicked off with a high-energy keynote from Mayor Aftab Pureval and then interns spent the day learning from experts in our region and networking with one another.

“The IT Intern Summit is such a unique event as it puts our tech talent at the center of the content” said Christina Misali, Director, Talent Pipeline. “This year’s planning committee was spearheaded by Heather Ackels and she and her team at INTERalliance put the intern’s voice at the center of everything. We had students from high school to graduate school sharing more about what they wanted to see – ethics in data analytics, hands-on agile exercises in product management, UI/UX process maps and more.”

Almost 60 representatives from the CIO Roundtable answered the call to serve as speakers or business roundtable leads, providing a unique opportunity to network with leaders from a variety of companies.

“This event is another great example of how the top IT employers in our Region collaboratively work together to make Cincinnati a destination for young tech talent,” said Geoff Smith, Co-Chair, CIO Roundtable. “Our region is committed to retaining these students – we want to show them what a vibrant IT community they will be joining by launching their career with one of our companies.”

“The networking opportunities are the most exciting part of the IT Intern Summit for the interns.” Added Heather Ackels. “Not only do they get to engage directly with Executives and Technologists, but they get to meet and network with their peers.  They will benefit from these connections for years to come, and we are more than willing to provide a starting point.”

The IT Intern Summit was launched in 2017 by the CIO Roundtable in collaboration with the Chamber to be an IT sector-specific extension of the Chamber’s CINC series.  INTERalliance has joined this partnership and took a leadership role this year in the event’s production. Collectively the three partners are committed to the growth of our Region’s diverse and global tech talent.

The Cincinnati CIO Roundtable is comprised of the top IT Officers of the 30 largest IT organizations in the region spanning CPG/Retail, Finance/Insurance, Healthcare, Higher Education, and Manufacturing. The group has a long history of collaborating/co-investing in the Tech Talent Pipeline.  

Contact: Christina Misali, Director, Talent Pipeline, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, cmisali@cincinnatichamber.com

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