Ohio Tech Day September 24

Ohio Wesleyan University is partnering in September 24’s inaugural statewide celebration of Ohio Tech Day – an event created to raise awareness of the role technology and innovation play in Ohio’s economy and to inspire the state’s next generation of tech leaders.

Ohio Tech Day was created and organized by OhioX, a statewide technology, and innovation nonprofit organization. It is collaborating with Facebook and with partners including businesses, research centers, and educational institutes, such as Ohio Wesleyan.

For the day, the Delaware Entrepreneurial Center at Ohio Wesleyan University and OWU’s Career Connection center are collaborating to host two discussions:

Noon to 1 p.m. – Alternative Pathways to a Career in Tech: A Panel Discussion with Immuta

Four members of the Immuta team will discuss their career paths. Immuta is a market leader in cloud data access control with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, and offices in Columbus, Ohio, and College Park, Maryland. Moderating will be Omar Nesmith, co-founder and managing director of Columbus-based Venture Combine, a performance education accelerator and incubator. The panel discussion will be available online on the Delaware Entrepreneurial Center’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TheDECOWU) and in-person at the entrepreneurial center, 70 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

Participating in the panel discussion will be:

  • Stephen Bailey, who holds a doctorate in educational cognitive neuroscience and works as Immuta’s director of data and analytics.
  • Claire Bogdan, a former middle school band director and Immuta software engineer.
  • Andy Olsen, a former mental health counselor and current Immuta people partner, helping to recruit talented employees.
  • Katie Wrabel, a former high school English teacher and Immuta’s current documentation and training team manager.

The discussion is sponsored by the OWU Career Connection’s STEM and Entrepreneurship Career Communities, specialized groups overseen by career counselors, known as “catalysts,” who target information and opportunities to students interested in those specific areas.