Leadership Forums

Paragon facilitates a pair of leadership peer groups, the IT Leadership Forum and the Emerging Leader program, which are comprised of technology professionals in central Iowa. These members-only groups meet monthly and offer an opportunity to hear from subject matter experts on leadership, management, communication and various technology topics.

The meetings are formatted to provide its members a forum to discuss leadership and technology ideas or issues. Membership is for one year and each program begins in January.

IT Leadership Forum Charity Open

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The 2015 version of the IT Leadership Forum Charity Open was a smashing success. The tournament raised more than $25,000 for college scholarships! Thank you to the Forum members and alumni who helped organize the event and  the sponsor companies and players who made it all possible.

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2015 Forum Scholarship Recipients



Larisa Andrews
HLV

Ronald Battreall
Waukee

Paul Cartwright
Ottumwa

Grace Edwards
Winfield-Mt. Union

You can get a glimpse of the future IT workforce in the bright eyes of students pictured here. They're the winners of an IT Leadership Forum Technology Scholarship. 16 are being awarded to Iowa high school seniors who have been active in technology and plan to earn an IT-related degree. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to apply towards their college education.

Of the 16 recipients, 10 are involved in HyperStream -- a program developed by the Technology Association of Iowa that matches mentors with high schools throughout Iowa. Iowa State University will welcome 10 of the scholarship winners later this summer (15 of the 25 students who've received a Forum Technology Scholarship chose ISU). All will attend an Iowa college or university, as required by the scholarship rules. 

Five are #1 in their class. Four will be computer science majors. Three will major in software engineering (nine of the recipients have an engineering-related major; one will minor in Mandarin Chinese). One recipient is an Eagle Scout. Another is captain of the tennis team. Congrats to all.


Sydney Ehlinger
Waukee

Jared Griffin
Newton

Ashley Harris
Marshalltown

Heather Kemp
Dubuque Senior

Nicholas Knuth
Sioux City North

Jamie Kruk
Marion

Tina Liu
Boyden-Hull

Zach Martin
Boone

Ryan Owens
Norwalk

Sumeet Panchal
Marshalltown

Justin Roepsch
Saydel

Brenton Willier
Centerville