"We can bring value to businesses by giving them access to new people in the tech space," said Nathan Archer, chairman of the community and director of business development for A&H Technology Group, New York, N.Y., in a press statement.
“The research continues to show that the companies with the most diversity tend to make the most innovative decisions, tend to be the most profitable,” Thibodeaux said in his interview.
Security dominated the discussion at the meeting of the CompTIA Managed Services Community. Speakers noted that while most organizations acknowledge the importance of security, a significant number of them have yet to upgrade their defenses. That may require a change in the customer-technology provider conversation, according to Robert Boles, founder and president, BLOKWORX Inc., San Francisco. "Security is not a product," Boles said in a press statement. "Security is really a culture. It's a constant, ongoing learning process."
Two other communities celebrated recent award winners.
Three young leaders who are excelling in their roles with IT channel organizations were honored as ChannelChangers for 2018 by the CompTIA Future Leaders Community. This year's honorees are Jessie Devine, QuoteWerks; Mackenzie Heddy, The ASCII Group; and Hannah Lloyd, Inbay.
At the CompTIA Advancing Women in Technology (AWIT) Community session, three women singled out for their commitment, leadership, and mentorship in the industry and a recent high school graduate were recognized as the recipients of the inaugural CompTIA AWIT Spotlight Awards.
The 2018 CompTIA AWIT Spotlight award winners are Roberta J. Fox, the FOX GROUP; Kathryn Rose, wiseHer.com; and Sheryne Glicksman, Inside the Solution. Also, Sarah E. Johnson of Philadelphia received the inaugural CompTIA/ChannelPro Cecilia Galvin Scholarship Award, named in memory of journalist and former ChannelPro Executive Editor Cecilia Galvin, a passionate supporter of women in technology.
Throughout the four-day event, attendees also have the opportunity to network, attend educational sessions, and meet with the more than 150 exhibitors participating in the show.
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