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Keys to Driving Innovation Success

It takes more than just good ideas to drive innovation.

It means inspiring the organization at all levels to think outside the box about possibilities for innovation – re-thinking the company’s mission, target customers, and value proposition.

It requires a process for vetting ideas, and turning them into actionable projects with identifiable value. It means selling ideas to key stakeholders to obtain necessary buy-in for resources and funding.

Come hear our panel of IT executives share their experiences in innovation and how they have successfully brought innovation into their firms. Gain insights on:

• Strategically positioning yourself within the organization to drive innovation
• Bringing about cultural change to promote innovation.
• Building trust and inspiring confidence among stakeholders to secure buy-in at all levels.
• Communicating and selling value, ROI, and cost savings for innovation initiatives.

Panalists Include:

Steve Cheatham, MBA – VP – Information Technology. Game Show Network (GSN)
Tak Fujii, MBA – IT Director, Management Consultant
Pandora Ovanessian – CIO, Technology Advisor. California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC)
Jeff Jenson (Moderator) – IT Director, Management Consultant

When: September 27th 6:00pm Networking 7:00 to 9:00pm Dinner and Panel Discussion
Where: Courtyard Marriott Culver City. 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City, CA 90230
– Validated parking $8.

Registration Link: Advance registration, with your meal choice, is required:

About our Panel:

Steve Cheatham, MBA, VP – Information Technology – Game Show Network (GSN) Adjunct Professor – University of Redlands, U.S.M.C. Veteran:
A proven technology executive with 20 years of providing strategic and technical leadership in complex, high-performing environments, Steve intuitively grasps the “big picture” and conceptualizes and implements technology solutions to achieve organizational goals. He translates complex technical information and advises business leaders on technology-related initiatives.

As Director, Information Technology at FilmLA Inc. he managed operations of the IT team including infrastructure, help desk, outsourced application development, and security/ compliance. He redesigned the data center to accommodate new virtual infrastructure for increased up-time and reliability. He implemented a mobile strategy including hardware and systems to increase productivity and efficiency for mobile teams.

He is an Adjunct Professor, University of Redlands for undergraduate and graduate level courses including information security, organizational change, and Information and Knowledge Management. Steve is also a W.A.V.E.S. project volunteer, providing wounded American veterans and their families the opportunity to experience SCUBA diving.

Tak Fujii, MBA, IT Director, Management Consultant:
Tak Fujii is an award-winning information technology professional currently serving as Manager – College Information Systems for West Los Angeles College, an accredited California Community College. Tak has work experience spanning several industries including financial investment advisory, commercial banking, eCommerce, consulting, real estate development and nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining West LA College, Tak was VP Information Technology and Security – Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. He transformed IT by establishing bimodal IT operations, revamping patient-facing software applications, and implementing strong governance over donor management, marketing automation systems and IT infrastructure.

Tak is a performance-driven leader known for his wide-ranging executive management skills, talent development and turnaround capabilities with strong insights into the relationship between business and use of new technologies. Tak is able to turn IT into a customer-focused service while providing a high level of efficiency and transparency.

A native of Southern California, Tak has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a MBA in eBusiness from the University of Phoenix. Tak is also a former Adjunct Instructor with the University of La Verne where he taught courses in Management Information Systems.

Pandora Ovanessian, CIO, Technology Advisor. California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC):
Pandora is Principal of PO Enterprises, where she provides CIO/CTO interim leadership and consulting services on technology strategy, product innovation, cloud solutions, and enterprise security — enabling companies to maximize IT investments and manage risks.

Pandora is a technology visionary enabling business empowerment through innovation, digital transformation and automation.

Her career includes CIO/CTO roles in startups to multi-billion dollar global operations. With early career development within a “Big Four” consulting firm, her experience spans many industries – healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, retail, pharmaceuticals/ medical devices, and aerospace.

Jeff Jenson – Moderator, IT Director, Management Consultant,Chapter President AITP-LA:
Jeff is President of the Association of Information Technology Professionals Los Angeles chapter since 2012. He is an IT Management professional with over twenty years’ experience managing technology and leading teams responsible for developing, deploying, and supporting IT technology operations both domestically and internationally.

He leads IT turn-around projects and helps companies transition their IT operations from entrepreneurial startup to professional management by implementing processes which provide scalable foundations for growth and stability.

As IT Director at Assisted Home Health he rebuilt the corporate data center and transitioned the company from unsupported, end of life infrastructure to a current and virtualized platform.

At Act-1 Group, an international employment services and HR management firm, he led teams responsible for managing the corporate IT infrastructure, branch office support, and an international expansion initiative for building out remote offices around the world.

As a contract management consultant and developer, he has developed and implemented many innovative custom accounting, finance, manufacturing, and retail distribution applications.

Jeff has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University Northridge.

Location: Courtyard by Marriott – LA Westside, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City 90230

Space is Limited, Registration is required
Members $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Non-members $32 in advance, $42 at the door.

Registration Link: Advance registration, with your meal choice, is required:

With your registration, we’ll add you to the AITP-LA mailing list for future events.

About AITP-LA:
Association of Information Technology Professionals LA (AITP-LA) meets in West LA with a focus on keeping members abreast of trends and best practices in managing technology, and provides strong networking opportunities.

AITP-LA is about technology – bringing experts in their field to share cutting-edge ideas with members. Helping members connect the dots, take the next steps, grow in their ability to apply technologies to competitive advantage.

AITP-LA is part of a national organization that provides leadership, professional development, certification and personal growth opportunities to IT managers and technologists. The core of the AITP experience is the chapter network, with 400 professional and student chapters throughout the country.

For more information, call the chapter telephone at 562-928-5353 or contact Roger Lux at 562-964-1888.


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