On June 9, the Seidenberg School celebrated its 15th Annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, friends and alumni we raised over $125,000 which will provide current students with much needed scholarship support. Nearly 200 people joined us for a wonderful evening at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Midtown.
The program began with the recognition of founding dean, Susan M. Merritt, PhD, for her dedication, vision, and leadership in establishing and growing the school over a 25 year period.
Dennis Goett, event co-chair, Constance Knapp, interim dean,
Mark Lobel, keynote speaker, Jay Dweck, honoree, and Mark Kay, event co-chair
We presented this year's award to another visionary leader, Jay Dweck, Managing Director and Global Head of Strategies and Technology, at Morgan Stanley for his many contributions to the IT industry. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Dweck acknowledged the driving force that technology has become. He stated, "Together, we have propelled IT to the forefront of global enterprise, to the point where it is now part of our corporate DNA and a critical weapon of competitive differentiation." He encouraged everyone present to share their expertise and serve as mentors to the next generation of technology leaders.
In addition to offering their beautiful Midtown location and sponsoring the event, PricewaterhouseCoopers partner, Mark Lobel, delivered the keynote address. His speech "Security, Social Networking, and Identity Theft; What it Means to You – and Our World" touched on the increased risks relating to information security and privacy that we face today. He pointed to the prevalence of social networking, a pursuit that has created increased opportunities for identity theft and malware infections. As a result, industry is bracing for stronger regulations and is aggressively investing in its IT security infrastructure.
It is with heartfelt thanks that we recognize our Benefactor and Pacesetter Sponsors for contributing to the success of this year's event.
|The Bank of New York Mellon|
|Jay S. Dweck|
|Morgan Stanley Technology|
|Verizon Communications Inc.|