Diversity in IT

  • 22 Jan 2014
  • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • The Eberhard Center, GVSU
  • 36


  • Any full time student.

Registration is closed
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 
Networking Time: 5:00 pm 
Panelists Take Stage: 6:00 pm 
After-party: 7:00 pm (Eberhard Center)
Location: The Eberhard Center (Map
Parking: Free Event Parking is available at the GVSU "Pew Center Event Parking Lot". Entry to the lot is on W. Fulton street under the 131 highway bridge. (Google Maps) (GVSU Map, D7)

Ever notice that IT teams are kind of homogeneous? You’re not the only one. There have been studies and articles published stating, “Over the past few years, the number of women and underrepresented minorities in IT has been dropping steadily.”

Join us on Jan. 22nd to learn how West Michigan based companies such as Steelcase, Spectrum Health, Meijer and Kelly Services are trying to overcome this pressing issue in today’s competitive market.



Mariana Craft - Kelly Services, BI Solutions Consultant

TaRita Johnson – Meijer, Corporate Recruiting Manager

Richard Hagan – Steelcase, Project Lead

Adam Bakker – Spectrum Health, Team Lead


LeMark Payne – Spectrum Health, Director of Inclusion and Diversity


Speaker information:

Mariana Iannucci Craft

Mariana is a Business Intelligence Solutions Consultant/Business Intelligence & Data Analytics in the Business Intelligence Competency Center (BICC) at Kelly Services. She is a subject matter expert in data warehousing, data analysis and decision support enabling the business to make better decisions regarding internal business matters as well as customer implementation, deployment and servicing strategies. With over 16+ years of Kelly business, operations and IT experience, she also has a Masters of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing/Decision Support Systems, and a Bachelors of Science in Business with concentration in Accounting.

TaRita Johnson

TaRita is the Talent Acquisition Manager at Meijer, where she is responsible for Corporate Recruiting in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Properties, Procurement & Real Estate. Prior to Meijer, TaRita led the Campus Recruiting efforts at KeyBank headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. She was responsible for the creation and execution of the overall campus recruiting strategy. TaRita has a wealth of experience in recruiting. She has served on diversity recruitment committees, as a community liaison to source and recruit top talent and has presented to various groups and organizations on topics such as resume writing, interviewing skills and networking. TaRita holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Social Work from Miami University located in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.

Richard Hagan

Richard is a Project Lead at Steelcase.  Originally from Baltimore Maryland, he holds a B.A. with a double major in French and Spanish. Certificate of programming from Control Data Institute. Held positions at Control Data Corporation and at Federal National Mortgage Association. After moving from Washington DC to Michigan, held positions at various contracting firms. Currently with Steelcase working on an application support team focused on manufacturing and sourcing related applications and, in particular, am focused on the SAP-based applications for those business areas. Richard was one of the original developers on the Fannie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities application and took over as leader of the I.T. support team for MBS after it had been live for 6 months. Manager of a team of as many as 12 people at Fannie Mae for a period of two years. Project lead at Steelcase for the Y2K project.

Adam Bakker

Adam is a Team Lead for Education & Students-to-Business (S2B) in Information Services at Spectrum HealthundefinedWest Michigan’s largest employer. In this role, he developed and deployed a highly successful structured internship program that has converted nearly 100% of eligible interns to full-time Spectrum Health employees since its inception. His team also designed and implemented an Information Services department onboarding and orientation program that was identified by Human Resources as a source of best practices for the rest of the organization.

LeMark Payne

LeMark is the Director of Inclusion and Diversity Center of Expertise for Spectrum Health.  He is responsible for developing and leading strategic initiatives that support Spectrum Health’s commitment to creating an inclusive work environment. His efforts support the development of highly engaged employees in an environment where differences are leveraged to generate innovative ideas resulting in an exceptional experience for members, patients and employees.  During his 15 years in human resources, Mr. Payne also held a variety of leadership positions with Pfizer, Inc, and Choice One Communication. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology from Western Michigan University, his Master of Management degree from Aquinas College and his MBA from Michigan State University.

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