IEEE Leadership Seminar: "Applying Your Engineering Skills in Leadership and Innovation"
Friday, November 8, 2019
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
2460 A.V. Williams Building
301 405 4471
Applying Your Engineering Skills in Leadership and Innovation
Gerald Charles, Jr.
Vice President of Global IT Operations, Revenue, and Strategy
Abstract: Innovation has always driven our world. Innovation in today’s society is rooted in technology, with Electrical Engineers at its heart. Engineering has taught us how to apply technology, science, and structured thinking to solve the world’s challenges, create greater experiences, and grow commerce globally. But none of that happens without applying those same skills to leadership. It is not always obvious, but those of us that apply our engineering skills to both science and leadership accelerate our life journeys. This session will explore my journey in transformation, innovation, and thought leadership, including its impact inside Global innovators Under Armour and Cisco Systems. This session will leave you with guideposts to set your own visions on how to take our world through its next evolution.
Bio: Gerald Charles, Jr. is Under Armour’s Vice President of Global IT Operations, Revenue, and Strategy, responsible for Global IT Infrastructure, Cyber Security, Retail IT Operations and is now leading development of Omni Retail technology services, enabling the Under Armour brand and Connected Fitness™ platform. This follows a decade of senior leadership roles at Cisco Systems including Executive Advisor to their top global customers.
As an innovative technology strategist, Gerald is a recognized thought leader and C-Suite advisor, developing strategies and business models that create markets, generate revenue streams, and improve customer experiences. He is a published McGraw-Hill author on topics including the 21st Century workforce/workspace, collaboration, cybersecurity, and innovation. He is a noted speaker and has run annual workshops at the Nobel Public Services Summit in conjunction with the Nobel Peace Conference.
Gerald holds a M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and Illinois Institute of Technology, respectively. As an undergraduate, he earned the Congressional Medal for Outstanding Service and Achievement. He serves on numerous boards, including the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).