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Priming the Workforce Pipeline – A panel of experts

April 12 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Don’t miss this thought provoking discussion on the state of training and workforce Initiatives across the country. Technology executives recognize the value of engaging in partnerships with academic organizations, non-profits and businesses in supporting awareness and understanding of alternative training and career initiatives to ensure that the pipeline for STEM talent is primed. They are all confronted with challenges due to policy, capacity, and infrastructure to support and sustain the workforce pipeline with quality resources.

Join us at SIM Connect Live 2018 to hear how three leaders are addressing the issues of business, academic and non-profit cooperation with innovative approaches and insights.


Jennifer K. Bartkowski

George Crawford

Kim L. Mitchell

Vidya Krishnan

Nanci Schimizzi

James Whalen


Jennifer K. Bartkowski, Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Bartkowski serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Ms. Bartkowski has been with GSNETX since 2009, when she joined the council as Chief Development Officer. During her tenure, GSNETX has seen significant growth in its annual and capital fundraising campaigns. When she moved into the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer role, she added focus and innovation to new programming initiatives, mission delivery, and the Girl Scout Cookie Program for the 32-county organization.

Today, as CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Jennifer is leading an organizational transformation for the business, program and culture of Girl Scouts. With a strategic focus on membership growth, record fundraising and innovative programming, Jennifer has developed the local council into a model for national success. Jennifer led the development of the Girl Scout STEM Pledge, a major national initiative to put 2.5M girls through a progressive STEM pipeline by 2025, a $70M campaign that will change the workforce pipeline for this country. A foundational piece of this Pledge is the $14M STEM Center of Excellence in southwest Dallas, a living laboratory for girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math. Today, the STEM Center serves as a 21st century program facility for 4,000 local Girl Scouts and as a field trip destination for students throughout North Texas. The innovative programs designed by this council and offered at the facility, are providing leadership development, STEM skill building, excellent programming and access to mentors for girls who have never had similar opportunities before.

Before joining Girl Scouts in 2009, Jennifer served as the Senior Vice President of Workplace Campaigns for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, responsible for leading an annual campaign of more than $50 million. Jennifer’s career began after receiving a Master of Public Administration, with a nonprofit management focus, at Texas A&M University. She has worked with a variety of organizations including the American Lung Association of Texas, United Way/Capital Area, private start-up Charitygift, and as an independent consultant.

Jennifer is a graduate of Leadership Dallas, Class of 2016, and is an active member of the Leadership Dallas Alumnae Board. She recently completed the CCC Leadership Program for Women, an accelerated version of the Power of Self program. She is also a graduate of the Dallas Public Voices Greenhouse program, a national initiative to dramatically increase the public impact of our nation’s top and most diverse thinkers. Jennifer is the recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Business Award and was named a finalist for the Tech Titans Technology Advocate Award. Through her leadership, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas was recognized in 2016 as the Nonprofit of the Year by Dallas-based CNM Connect, and with The Dallas Business Journal Creative Financing Award for its work with the New Markets Tax Credit financing package of the STEM Center of Excellence.

Jennifer is the mother of two children, and is the proud recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award as well as the Girl Scout Honor Pin, recognizing her outstanding achievements as an adult member of Girl Scouts.

George Crawford, Information Services Partner, Catapult Energy Services Group

Business and Information Technology Executive experienced in multi-industry verticals, Private Equity and consulting. 20+ years as CIO aligning strategic business and technology initiatives by developing a collaborative environment with all business verticals. Extensive M&A/Integration experience combined with organizational alignment, risk management, process innovation and change management with a broad business acumen in startups, accounting, finance, sales and operations. Strong entrepreneurship professional with successful startup, consolidation and exit of multiple companies. Currently Board President of SIM – Houston Chapter and serving on multiple academic advisory boards promoting STEM initiatives and partnerships.

Vidya Krishnan, Head of Competence & Capability Consulting, Ericsson North America

Vidya Krishnan is the Head of Competence & Capability Consulting for Ericsson North America. She has responsibility and a deep passion for transforming how Ericsson creates capability for our customers and their workforces, as Ericsson enables new ways of learning for the Networked Society as a whole. With over 20+ years in the Telecom+IT industry, she knows firsthand that operational excellence comes from having an entrepreneurial start-up culture where speed, agility, and creativity are combined with the experience, caliber, expertise, and know-how of an established organization.

She fervently believes that learning is the intersection of execution, strategy, and engagement. She began her career in engineering operations with AT&T. She then worked at Nortel, building and launching wireless networks, before joining Ericsson in 2009, where she has held a variety of leadership positions in E2E Network Engineering, Integration, Design, Optimization, and Consulting. She holds a B.S. degree from Princeton University and an M.S. degree from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in how technology can uplift impoverished areas. Vidya serves on Ericsson North America’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, where she is responsible for directing the 2018 Ericsson-Girl Scouts Alliance. She is proud and privileged to lead a team dedicated to transforming how, where, and when effective learning takes place in the Networked Society.

Kim L. Mitchell, Vice President Program Development & Operations, NPower, Inc

Kim is the new VP of Program Development and Operations at NPower who’s mission is to create pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for young adults, military veterans and veterans spouses.  She is responsible for leading the programmatic direction and strategic growth agenda for impact and expansion.  This includes managing the regional locations across the country and supporting the Executive Directors to achieve best-in-class outcomes, drive operational excellence and lead the  creation and refinement of systems, processes & practices for recruitment, curriculum development, instruction and  placement.

Kim is a seasoned professional with decades of leadership experience in Philanthropy, Human Resources, Consulting and Diversity & Inclusion while at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Xerox Corporation.  As the former Northeast Region Executive for JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Kim led philanthropic, civic and employee engagement activities and managed a social investment portfolio of over $40 million in grants and strategic sponsorships.

Given this unique blend of experience, Kim is recognized for her expertise and proven record in leading high profile projects, building and leading high performing teams and advising senior business and community leaders on integrating organizational assets to achieve business and community outcomes.   Her work in corporate diversity has been a valuable asset in service to the nonprofit sector.  As funder and thought partner Kim has worked with organizations fighting housing, education and economic inequality to help identify solutions at the organizational, policy and systems level.

Prior to joining NPower, Kim served as Senior Fellow at the Support Center providing consulting services in capacity building, strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, team building, board development and philanthropic advising.

Kim currently serves on the National Board of Directors of Jumpstart for Young Children, leading their diversity and inclusion strategy, Board of Directors for the Center for Children’s Initiatives (CCI), and advisory committees for FirstStep NYC and The Educational Alliance College Access & Success Program.  An important voice and business champion for strong early learning systems, Kim also has deep content knowledge and is a noted public speaker on educational and economic equity, community revitalization, and strategic philanthropy.  She is featured in Winning Beginning NY’s videos, “Its Our Business” and “What is Quality StarsNY” on early childhood education, and delivered testimony to the New York State Education Reform Commission.

A graduate of Lake Forest College in Illinois with a B.A. in Urban Studies, Kim enjoys building and working with teams that have a thirst to learn, compulsion to share, and a bias for action (Jack Welch).

Nanci Schimizzi, Senior Technology Executive

Nanci Schimizzi is a Senior Technology Executive with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.  As founder and principal at Fair Oaks Strategies, Nanci has served as a Management Consultant at large financial services firms, Non-Profit organizations and professional associations.  Nanci has extensive experience in IT strategy, business continuity and resiliency planning, relationship and program management, and software development.  She is actively engaged in championing programs supporting STEM Initiatives.

In addition to Nanci’s professional background, she is engaged in the following volunteer leadership roles including:

  • National Committee Member for Stem Outreach for SIM (Society of Information Management)
  • Past President –  EWGA DC (Executive Women’s Golf Association)
  • Past President and Nominating committee chair for Women in Technology, Washington DC