Online Learning Update

August 21, 2017

Melissa Woo Brings Diversity to Education’s C-Suite

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Julia McCandless, Converge

She works closely with EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit community of IT leaders and professionals focused on advancing higher education, and received the organization’s 2012 Rising Star Award for her accomplishments. Joanna Young, senior managing director at BlueLine Associates and former CIO at Michigan State University, collaborates with Woo at EDUCAUSE and values her strong leadership in the IT field. “We’re both part of a small group — women leaders in the C-suite — and we both get that more participation by women is needed in IT at all levels, as part of the overall need for more technology talent in the U.S.,” she said. Young and Woo continue to “talk” every week on Twitter’s #CIOchat along with others and help widen their circle to include CIOs from a wide range of industries.  Beyond enhancing innovation in higher education, Woo is a passionate mentor who is motivated by seeing others grow and advance to places they dream of. That’s also the reason why working in public higher education remains so important to her. “We are training the minds for the next generation; the people who are going to provide all the innovation going forward,” she said.

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