TechPACT Background

The murder of George Floyd and the murders and injustices inflicted upon African Americans and Black Americans have amplified and highlighted the systematic racism that exists in the United States and globally. Americans are demanding social change and equality in the workplace. Many companies are actively creating change by addressing equity in their workplaces through hiring and promotion transformation, altering procurement processes, and philanthropy. Public concern over underrepresentation of women and people of color in the technology sector has been directed toward large technology companies, the venture capital industry, and Silicon Valley. Several large tech companies have made commitments to address inequality within their organizations. They recognize that skills, competencies, motivation, and creativity are better predictors of success than socio-economic background, gender identification, or degree. However, the issue is broader. The ‘Digital Divide’ causes systematic racial inequity. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics) education and training lacks proportionate representation. There is dramatic and harmful underrepresentation of Black and African Americans, LatinX, and women in technology professions and technology leadership roles across organizations.

Who Are The TechPACT Founders?

TechPACT was founded by a group of CIOs and technology leaders with over 200 years of experience in developing and implementing strategic technology visions aligned with organizational goals and objectives. Each of them shares a passion for their field and their colleagues, and collectively they have expertise in application systems, infrastructure, cloud architectures, business intelligence, automation, artificial intelligence, data and analytics, digital solutions, professional services, cybersecurity, marketing, media and much more.

What Are Our Guiding Principles?

  • Membership is inclusive. Anyone who takes the pledge and completes a profile is considered a member.
  • Membership carries no fee, but requires an obligation to be active in contributing to the mission of TechPACT.
  • Members shall refrain from attempting to use their TechPACT association for profit.
  • The TechPACT name or logo can only be used by corporate entities with written permission and never in a manner to suggest endorsement.
  • TechPACT may forge partnerships with nonprofit or educational organizations that measurably advance TechPACT’s mission.
  • Voluntary corporate, foundation and individual donations are accepted to cover general operating expenses.
  • TechPACT will not enter into commercial partnerships or transactions—philanthropic or otherwise—that imply endorsement of entities, products or services.

Founded By CIOs To Make A Difference

TechPACT was founded by a group of impassioned technology leaders joined together to create a direct and effective approach to address underrepresentation in the technology community, which lags behind other professional sectors for proportionate representation among Blacks, African Americans, LatinX, and women.

Earl Newsome

VP & CIO at Cummins


Michael Smith

CIO at The Estée Lauder Companies


Larry Quinlan

CIO at Deloitte

Research Committee

Janet Sherlock

CIO at Ralph Lauren

Programs Committee

Frank Florian

Senior Manager of Accounting Solutions at Hershey


Seth Carpien

Director, DPS at Novant Health

Membership Committee

Bertina Ceccarelli

CEO of NPower

Programs Committee

Denise Russell Fleming

VP & CIO for Defense, Space & Security at Boeing

Programs Committee

Dean Del Vecchio

EVP, CIO & Chief of Operations at Guardian Life

Marketing & Media Committee

Mugunth Vaithylingam

CIO at College of Southern Nevada

Marketing & Media Committee

Raki McGregor

COO at Novant Health

Community Engagement & Partnerships Committee

Pawan Verma

EVP, Global Chief Information Officer at MetLife

Programs Committee

Sarah Angel-Johnson (Emeritus)

CIO at Save the Children

Community Engagement & Partnerships Committee


Kimberly Saxton


Misti Fragen

Principal, InPRO Agility

TechPACT, Head of Marketing & Communications

Megan Berlinger

Senior Executive Consultant at M3 Executive Search

Adjunct Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health

TechPACT, Head of Member Engagement

Tara Fosbre

Head of Technology Leadership Development Programming at Guardian Life

TechPACT, Head of Technology

Zorik A. Amusin

Executive Director, Technology Operations, Information Technology at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

TechPACT, Head of Production

Keem Ibarra 

Instructional Designer, College of Southern Nevada

TechPACT, Head of Editing

TechPACT, Head of Programs

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TechPACT, Head of Fundraising

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TechPACT, Head of Operations

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TechPACT, Head of Research

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TechPACT, Head of Partners

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How We Support The Technology Community

Equal Opportunity

TechPACT provides career exposure, readiness, launch, and success for underrepresented groups.

Knowledge Resources

TechPACT supports and is a resource for original research on the advancement of diversity and equity in the technology community to inform and advance practice across the industry.

Mentorship & Support

TechPACT supports diversity at all levels of organizations and provides mentorship to young people of color and young women to aspire to be tech leaders.

The Membership committee’s primary focuses are the community membership experience and supporting the Governing Body on key strategies, challenges, and needs in order to provide insight on membership recruitment, engagement and retention.
Research and Content
Interested parties can contribute to TechPACT and the committee by joining the Research and Content committee and researching, sharing, and reviewing relevant information that will raise awareness, create opportunities, and the drive positive change that is needed to reduce the digital divide and increase the representation of women and people of color in the technology community.
Marketing and Media

TechPACT Marketing and Media Committee develops and implements strategic campaigns and communications to promote awareness of our mission, vision, and pledge and to increase visibility and membership.

The Programs committee’s primary focus is to conceive and organize programs to advance TechPACT’s mission; such program activities will include sessions at regular TechPACT member meetings featuring notable speakers, panel discussions, research findings and other content that can be uniquely delivered by TechPACT and of value to members.
Community Engagement
& Partnership

The goal of the Community engagement & partnership committee is to establish perpetual member connections, relationships, and collaborations that result in fulfilling TechPACT’s mission.

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