Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown to Keynote Virtual Recharged Conference 2023 Jan. 14, 2023

Top Quote Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown, editor-in-chief for the international journal Technology in Society, will include a discussion on poverty and the intersectionality of technology during her keynote address to Recharged Conference 2023, a rolling, one-day conversation that is focusing this year on various aspects of Technology in Society. This year's subtheme is R4 -Reset, Rebuild, Renew to Recharge. End Quote
    QuoteThe theme this year is R4: Reset, Rebuild, Renew to Recharge, said Sharon Egiebor, conference founder.Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 09, 2023 - Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown, editor-in-chief for the international journal “Technology in Society,” will be the keynote speaker for the fourth iteration of Recharged Conference, which will focus on pragmatic issues, emotional intelligence and technical skills.

    The virtual conference will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be hosted on the Zoom platform.

    Dr. Griffy-Brown, PhD in technology, also is the senior associate dean of the Executive and Part-Time Programs and the professor for Information Systems and Technology Management at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School of Pepperdine University.

    “The technology enabled, hyper-connected world of the 21st century has the potential to provide great benefits to our social, economic and political systems. However, technology also brings with it significant concerns and questions that civil society should address in order to create together the future we want,” said Griffy-Brown. “I'm excited to be a part of this discourse and engage more individuals in this critical conversation.”

    Her research areas include cyber risk, digital innovation, the dynamic interactions of technology and society, IoT and analytics. For Recharged Conference, Dr. Griffy-Brown, who has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, will include a discussion on the intersectionality of poverty and technology.

    “Poverty is one of the pragmatic issues affecting how society responds to technology,” said conference founder Sharon Egiebor. “This year, we wanted the participants to understand how the two are connected and to share personal stories during a facilitated session before we addressed life as a tech entrepreneur and how to access technical jobs.”

    This year’s conference theme is “R4 – Reset, Rebuild, Renew to Recharge,” she said.
    “Sometimes, people need to reset themselves, just like you would the computer or a clock,” Egiebor said. “Careers stall, life plans change, and health conditions are all issues that can force a reset. What happens next is crucial. You can sit on the sideline with these issues, or you can take charge. At Recharged Conference, we are offering solutions to rebuild and renew.”

    Rod Logan, North Texas Regional Vice President of Primerica Finances, will follow that conversation with a presentation on generational wealth. Mr. Logan discussed financial management in the 2022 Recharged Conference 2022. Conference participants from 2022, who answered the survey, requested his return.

    The emotional intelligence issues, falling under the reset category, include a session on coping by Cherelle Wilson, M.Ed., principal of Nita Pearson Elementary School in the Garland Independent School District, and a mind wellness/yoga experience taught by life coach JuNene K., BA, M.S. in psychology.

    “It is never too late to learn coping mechanisms,” said Wilson. “The world can be a stressful place and knowing how and when to respond to a situation is critical to a well-balanced, successful life. You can be highly skilled, but unable to function if you do not have the necessary tools.”

    The second half of the conference, Egiebor said, will include lessons learned by entrepreneur Ulysses Hollimon, Jr., the owner of Prescient Software, Inc., based in Atlanta. Mr. Hollimon, B.E.E, MCS, said he had to rebuild his skills and retrain when he transitioned from aviation engineering to computer engineering and then to computer software. “A fulfilling career in technology commands a commitment to lifelong learning. If you are truly ‘wired’ for technology the learning is a labor of love,” he said. “Our software community is a small world that knows no ethnic, racial, or gender boundaries.”

    Therelee D. Washington, II., owner of the nonprofit Texas Premiere Technology Institute, headquartered in Addison, Texas, will give details on how to rebuild a career by accessing technical job training and then translating that into employment. Among his firm contracts, is an arrangement with Texas Workforce Commission to retrain the unemployed and underemployed, and Tarrant County Community College as their IT Academy Partner, he said.

    The second session keynote speaker is Chef Felicia Guimont, owner of Southern Best Catering and OMG Cakes. Guimont, who uses several technical platforms in her catering business, will share why perseverance is necessary for business success. The Mississippi native and philanthropist will share how she has overcome challenges in today’s business environment.

    The rolling one-day conference will be bookended with a morning prayer by Evangelist Patricia Merthie, founder of Lady Patricia Merthie Ministries, and the closing prayer by Ingra Green, founder of Slingshot U, a spiritual personal development company.

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