Walk & Talk: When she's not deer watching, she's transforming the state's IT workforce

Colorado Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams highlights the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology's efforts to expose employees to new fields outside their own.

Editor’s Note: Since May 2017, Brandon Williams, Colorado’s Digital Transformation Officer, has been publishing videos in which he “walks and talks” with his colleagues at the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology. In June 2017, StateScoop and OIT partnered to give the series a home on StateScoop. The posts are also available on OIT’s blog , and via a YouTube playlist .

In this week’s walk, I caught up with OIT Deputy Director of Enterprise Applications (EA) Jeannett Davis about OIT’s upcoming “Opportunity Fair” to get state tech employees introduced to new skills, opportunities and projects.

I am thrilled to support this initiative because I think Jeannett and her team are really on to something with how we as a community prepare for the future (in addition to providing people new skills and opportunities they want to work on, which is just the right thing to do!).

The Opportunity Fair kickoff is planned for August 31, and it will be the first of its kind for our employees. A number of project teams working on new technologies and training programs will be represented in a booth-style format, and staff will be able to peruse and learn more.

It will be interesting to see how the program matures to actually move people from one team to another — especially around coverage management challenges. The EA team is confident they can start small and begin this process of getting people into positions they love and armed with the skills they need to future-proof themselves in their career trajectories at OIT.

If you’re interested in doing a Walk & Talk in your state or local government, contact Jake Williams, StateScoop’s Associate Publisher and Director of Strategic Initiatives here .

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