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Women In Technology Virtual Peer Group Meeting

  • 23 Sep 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting - Link shared via event confirmation email!


  • Registration for those with an annual CAITC Membership!
  • Registration for those who do not have a paid annual membership with the CAITC!

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Return-to-Office with Hybrid Teams


The emerging workplace, post-COVID, is a significant event, not to be minimized. The workplace will certainly be different regardless of your industry or location. For many managers, leaders, and employees the Return-to-Office scenario will be filled with both challenges and opportunities. Those organizations who prepare for this eventuality are the ones who will come out ahead.

Managers and leaders are familiar with traits and skill sets that have always been deemed important in the workplace. Examples of these include empathy, clarity, and agility, to name a few. However, the conditions surrounding how these skill sets are applied will be vastly different than before the pandemic. In execution, the familiar will actually feel unfamiliar. Employees, too, must understand the challenges these new conditions may present.

This transition is an opportunity to invite input, insight, and innovation to reimagine the world of work. Reactions to this new world will be as varied as the workforce itself.

In September’s Capital Area IT Council’s Women in Technology Peer group meeting, we’ll address two tracks of challenges and opportunities…Capabilities and Leadership. Group discussion and shared activities will serve to demonstrate the new application of “familiar” skill sets along with the vital emergence of less familiar ways of interacting in the new world of work.


Joanne Cumiskey is an award-winning leader, professional speaker, certified trainer, facilitator, and savvy business consultant. She owns and operates Vision Quest Leadership, a consultancy firm providing training, professional development, and coaching services to clients nationwide. Two divisions, Business Builders and Nonprofit Builders, serve small business owners and nonprofit leaders in Southwest Florida. In all three endeavors, she develops transformational leaders to leave a legacy of success through social impact. 

Joanne is proud of her track record of achievement which includes numerous awards: Manager of the Year, Regional Manager of the Year, Chapter Member of the Year (twice), Teacher of the Year, and most recently, Business of the Year. She is the past-president of the National Speakers Association of Michigan and has enjoyed both memberships and board positions with local Chambers, the American Business Women’s Association, and the Association for Talent Development.

Joanne graduated cum laude from Michigan State University and has multiple certifications in several industry specialties.

Positive attitudes, self-belief, and visionary thinking are the cornerstones of Joanne’s success. She generates breakthrough experiences for literally thousands of esteemed clients; and is most appreciative of their enthusiastic referrals.

Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership:

Board Champion(s) – Toni Klus- Jackson

Committee Chair – Sharla Piepkow – F&G Annuities and Life

Committee Co-Chair – Brittni Schumacher- Jackson

About the CAITC:

Capital Area IT Council is a catalyst for connectivity by uniting, developing, and promoting our IT Community to attract global talent and become a statewide and national leader in tech-based innovation.

Interested in joining the Women in Technology Peer Group Planning Committee? Reach out to our WIT Peer Group Chair Sharla Piepkow at to find out more about the group!

This event is free to all IT Council members. Non CAITC Members can purchase a ticket for $10.00!

Not an IT Council member yet? Please contact Jordan Davis, CAITC Executive Director, at for a membership application and/or more information.

"I love the peer groups that CAITC has established. I love that I can connect, network, and learn from local IT professionals in my field. I also appreciate connecting with peer groups that I don’t always identify with and learn about opportunities to support and advocate for others. Thank you CAITC for building this community, both in person and virtually!"

Brittni Schumacher
Jackson Enterprise Technology

"As a founding member of the Capital Area IT Council, our small IT firm has benefitted immensely from our continued participation in the CAITC. I have personally benefitted from CAITC-sponsored training programs, such as the IT Project Management course that I attended, which in turn has helped me to better manage clients/projects and generate new business for my company, while also creating new opportunities to grow professionally."

Gideon Francis, MBA, CSM, ITIL, CMMI Associate
Vice President
Global Alliant, Inc.

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