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May Chapter Meeting

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Donald G. Stevens has been a turnaround specialist and leader of technology-driven innovation within state and local government for over 30 years. In 2017, Donald retired from state government, but it appears that he won’t be spending much time on the golf course -- because he’s still working nearly full-time as a management consultant.

Donald earned his BA from Michigan State University where he majored in Personnel Administration and Industrial Psychology. He earned his MA in Educational Technology from Western Michigan University, where he later became an adjunct professor teaching graduate-level courses in Organizational Change Management and Teaching with Technology. Donald initially developed his technical knowledge during the 12 years he worked for a computer company that today is called Unisys. Over the years, Donald has become less focused on the latest technologies, and more focused on transitioning back to his Industrial Psychology roots, leading Organizational Change for technology-driven projects.

Donald moved to Texas after a 20-year career in Information Technology management with the State of Michigan where he served as: the CIO of the Department of Civil Service; Director of the statewide Information Management Consulting Division within the Department of Management and Budget; and Director of IT Workforce Planning and Development for the State’s newly consolidated IT agency, the Department of Information Technology.  For the State of Michigan, Donald played a lead role in several major change initiatives and consolidations, which formed his passion for addressing the human factors that helped make these statewide “big change” projects a success.

After arriving in Texas, Donald refined his methodology working as an Organization Change Project Manager for a large international software company. But after three years of continuous travel, Donald made a personal big change to join the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin as a senior project manager. A highlight for Donald was having his Improve Fraud Discovery Project receive the 2016 Best of Texas Award for Data Analytics and Business Intelligence. Now in retirement, Donald is turning his focus to Employee Change Reactions Management and helping others benefit from the many lessons he has learned.

Speaking at the May chapter meeting is Donald G. Stevens.

Presentation Topic: If innovating business operations and then getting people to think and work differently was quick and easy, then you probably wouldn’t be contacting Donald G. Stevens for help with implementing your game-changing project. However, there’s been an unfortunate trend where major, well-intentioned business transformation projects don’t fully meet management’s expectations -- and the reason is often about key people not being able or willing to make an important change.

Where: Twin Towers; 1106 Clayton Lane, Austin, Texas 78723
When: Wednesday, May 16, 11:30am-1:00pm
Meeting Fee: $5 for members and $10 for non-members and guests (including first time guests); please note that RSVP and payment in advance on the website is preferred but payment by cash, check or credit card is accepted at the meeting.

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Chapter Meeting Co-Sponsor: PacoTech

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Earlier Event: April 18
April Chapter Meeting
Later Event: May 22
May 2018 Chapter Workshop