The IT Alliance was formed in 2014 as a collaborative effort between educators, workforce development experts and industry leaders to address the IT talent challenges facing the Northeast Wisconsin region. The IT Alliance has since created a multi-prong strategy to build a robust pipeline that will fill the talent pool in the short and long term.
Kathi Seifert, Co-Chair New North, will share a brief overview of the IT Alliance. She will discuss why it was formed, how company and educational leaders are working together to help attract IT talent and inspire people of all ages to pursue IT as a career pathway.
Kathi P. Seifert retired as Executive Vice President for Kimberly-Clark Corporation after 26 years at the company (leading the company’s personal care business and sales organization). Previous to Kimberly-Clark, she was employed by Fort Howard Paper Company as Assistant Product Manager Consumer Products, Beatrice Foods as Distribution Analyst Sana Division, and Procter & Gamble as Market Research Supervisor.
Seifert is a member of the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company, Lexmark, Inc., Appvion, Investors Community Bank, Fox Cities Building for the Arts, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Riverview Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, and New North, Inc., an economic development collaboration for Northeastern Wisconsin.
She is a past board member for Revlon Consumer Products Corporation, Supervalu, Albertsons, Aid Association for Lutherans, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Chancellor’s Council of Advisors, State of Wisconsin Superintendent’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Arts Education, Wisconsin International Trade Council, ThedaCare, and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
Seifert is currently the President and Owner of Katapult, LLC.
She was named Forbes Top 50 Women in 2001 and Fortunes’ 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2002. In 2015, she was named NACD Directorship 100 which recognizes the most influential leaders in the boardroom.
Seifert earned a Bachelor of Science from Valparaiso University in marketing and management in 1971. She also received an honorary Doctorate from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2014.