ITSMF increases the representation of black professionals at senior levels in technology, to impact organizational innovation and growth. We do this by developing and nurturing these dynamic leaders through enrichment of the mind, body and soul.
By 2020, ITSMF will graduate 500 professionals through a series of rich, developmental, and career-advancing programs, and do so by being a second family to its members and partners.
The Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), formed in 1996, began with a conversation between a few prominent technology executives who found that only 3% percent of information technology management roles were being held by black professionals. Studies suggested that not enough black professionals were positioned for senior-level technology positions. This discussion sparked those executives to action as they were compelled to reach, teach and cultivate those aspiring technology professionals. Under the leadership of Carl Williams, the 501c(3) organization was founded in Chicago, Illinois and began the work of recruiting those black professionals who ranked among the Who’s Who in technology; as well as those companies and individuals looking to support the mission of the organization. ITSMF still remains the only national organization dedicated exclusively to cultivating executive talent among black technology professionals.