Shaping the Future of Your IT Management Team

Virtual Panel Discussion

Learn how to chart a career path in IT management from IT leaders across industries. On March 3rd, IT leaders, Erin Allen of Sargento Foods, Robert Cordova of the Milwaukee Bucks, Scott Noles of Citizens Bank, and Laura Schmidt of the Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition will discuss the future of IT leadership, and share their individual experiences leading and building information technology teams. 

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Wednesday, March 3 from 8-9 a.m. CT
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Discussing the Importance of IT Management

The role of information technology teams has shifted. Between digital transformation and the virtualization of today’s workforce, IT is no longer seen as a siloed department, but a strategic asset. However, while the role of the IT professional has evolved, hiring criteria for these critical positions has largely remained the same. Technical skills are often prioritized over business savvy, perpetuating the myth that IT leaders must be technologists first and leaders second. 

Join the conversation on Wednesday, March 3 from 8 – 9 a.m.

Specific topics include: 

  • The value of IT management, leadership and the skills required for success
  • Diversity and inclusion in the information technology field 
  • Professional development advice and opportunities for IT leadership 

About the Panelists

Laura Schmidt | Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition

Laura Schmidt serves as the Chief Talent Development Officer for the Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition. She is responsible for talent pipeline strategies in K-20 education, as well as Re/Upskilling to support the Coalition’s goal to double the tech talent in the greater Milwaukee region.

Previously, she served as the Director of Corporate Engagement at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), the Strategic Advisor to the Superintendent for the School District of New Berlin, Wisconsin, and as a Manager in Field Technology Systems at Northwestern Mutual.



Erin Allen | Sargento Foods

Erin Allen is the Director of IT Strategy and Architecture at Wisconsin-based Sargento Foods Inc. Her team is responsible for technology innovation and working with business leaders in roadmap development that uses technology to accomplish business objectives.

Erin has more than 20 years in software development, IT practices, and digital strategy leadership. She has worked in several industries including technology, consumer product goods, automotive, and financial services and many Wisconsin companies like Harley-Davidson, Baird, and Miller Brewing Company (now known as Molson Coors Beverage Company).



Robert Cordova | Milwaukee Bucks 

Robert Cordova serves as Chief Technology & Strategy Officer for the Milwaukee Bucks. He is responsible for all technology infrastructure, business analytics, and information systems enabling the Milwaukee Bucks and its ancillary businesses. 

Robert is an innovative technology leader with more than 30 years of IT enterprise experience. Prior to his current role, Robert was the Principal Architect at AT&T where he was responsible for aligning the business goals of AT&T’s enterprise customers with AT&T solutions.



Scott Noles | Citizens Bank 

Scott Noles is the Assistant Vice President—Information Security Officer at Citizens Bank. He and his team work to manage information security risks and IT operations. Scott has worked in various industries ranging from education, medical, construction, the U.S. military, and banking.

Virtual panel discussion is hosted by the advisory board of the University of Wisconsin online Master of Science in Information Technology Management. The degree program is a collaboration among the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus and five UW campuses, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior.