IT Leadership Engagement

IT Leadership Engagement

This group began meeting in January 2018. Join our group on Basecamp for meeting details, communication and document sharing.

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Contact: Gary Blackard, Evangel University

Purpose and mission

Information technology professionals spend an exorbitant amount of time on technical skills and abilities but often ignore broader skills like strategic thinking/execution, leadership development, leading teams, talent management, and financial leadership.

The purpose of this group is to provide a forum for AITP members to discuss these leadership topics, learn best practices in IT management, and engage with IT leaders across multiple industries.

Our mission is simple: To equip and engage with professionals for strategic leadership development.


What a typical meeting may look like

In order to achieve our mission to equip and engage with professionals, our sessions will vary by approach and topic. At times, we will bring in C-suite leaders for best-practice sharing and leadership lessons. We will discover and learn leadership tools that are effective. There will be article/book discussions to understand what the authors are saying and how it applies to information technology leadership. References will include tools and learning from organizations like Gartner, Accenture, Deloitte, Blue Ocean Strategy @ INSEAD, and many Fortune 500 corporate leaders.


When and where

The IT Leadership Group (ITLG) will meet monthly at Evangel University. Day and time will be communicated via Basecamp notifications.


Group facilitator – Gary Blackard Bio

Gary is currently the Chief Information Officer and member of the President’s Cabinet for Evangel University. He is also an Adjunct Professor for the graduate program in Healthcare Administration at USC, a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt leader, and executive consultant. Gary has extensive global operational experience as Vice President for Client Operations and Strategic Services Delivery for Xerox Corporation where he led organizations as large as 700+ people and managed annual revenues of $540M. He has successfully worked over twenty operational improvement engagements as a Performance Improvement Consultant with several Fortune 500 clients including Kaiser Permanente, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Cisco, Northrop Grumman, IBM and many others. He also served in the United States Marine Corps. As a VP, Gary’s organization grew revenues and profits consistently. Over his career, Gary has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia including holding operational responsibilities in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, London, and Paris. His leadership experience includes financial management (large P&Ls), organizational strategy development and execution, leading large organizations, performance improvement, human capital management, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, team development, change leadership, organizational effectiveness, and project management.

Gary earned his B.A. in Business Administration with emphasis in Organizational Management from Vanguard University in Southern California. He then earned his Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors for Teen Challenge USA.