The Knowledge ∞ Continuum, the Center for the Management of Information Technology’s (CMIT) signature event, provides year-round opportunities for technology leaders and UVA alumni to gather, network, and learn from experts, authors, and researchers. The program is designed for business leaders focused on contemporary IT topics, ranging from project and product managers to consultants and C-suite executives.  

Our spring 2023 executive engagement took place at the UVA McIntire School of Commerce on Friday, May 12. Check out the agenda and speaker lineup from that program, below.

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Agenda at a Glance
Time Activity Location
9 a.m.  Breakfast  Room 113
9:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks Room 123
9:40 a.m.  Giving Voice to Values with Mary Gentile Ph.D. Room 123
10:45 a.m.  A Seat at the Table with Mark Schwartz Room 123
11:15 a.m. Fireside Chat with Professor Ryan Nelson Room 123
11:50 a.m. CMIT IT Leadership Award Room 123
Noon Luncheon with UVA students 4th Floor
1:30 p.m.  Preparing for the Triple Threat with Theresa Payton Room 123
2:45 p.m.  Generative AI Briefing with Stefano Grazioli Room 123
3:45 p.m.  Closing Remarks Room 123


Featured Speakers

Mary C. Gentile Ph.D.
Mary C. Gentile Ph.D.
Creator/Director, Giving Voice to Values

Mary C. Gentile Ph.D. is a veteran of Harvard Business School and UVA Darden, where she was the Richard M. Waitzer Bicentennial Professor of Ethics from 2016 to 2022. Dr. Gentile is the creator of Giving Voice to Values (GVV), a cross-disciplinary curriculum and an action-oriented approach to values-driven leadership.  

Giving Voice to Values: The 'How' of Values-Driven Leadership Development fills a longstanding critical gap in our understanding of how to enable ethical practice. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, GVV focuses on ethical implementation and asks the questions, "What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?"  

Case Study: Does Facial Recognition Tech Enhance Security? in Harvard Business Review: A new security system in a daycare center is producing biased results, with false alarms disproportionately affecting people of color. Even after the vendor worked to improve the system’s accuracy, the director of the daycare center must consider if this technology would really make the center safer and if it would open the business to further problems. This fictional case study is by Mary C. Gentile, David Danks, and Maralee Harrell.

Stefano Grazioli
Stefano Grazioli
Professor and Director of the UVA Master's in the Management of IT Program

Professor Stefano Grazioli is the Director of the M.S. in the Management of Information Technology Program, which has a mission to develop managers who deliver greater business value through information technology. Program participants are seasoned professionals, with an average work experience of 13 years. The M.S. in MIT Program has been in existence for over 20 years, and Professor Grazioli has directed it for the last decade. Dozens of his students have achieved C-level positions in business and nonprofit organizations.

Theresa Payton
Theresa Payton
CEO, Fortalice Solutions LLC

Theresa Payton is the first female White House CIO, adviser to Fortune 500 boards, author, global speaker, media contributor, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Regional finalist. Before serving as White House CIO, Payton was a technology leader in the banking and finance sector. She went on to co-found Dark3, a company later acquired by Celerium. Today she is the founder and CEO at Fortalice Solutions, a world-class consulting firm recently named to the lists of “The Global Hot 150 Cybersecurity Companies,” by Cybersecurity Ventures, and “The Top 5 Most Innovative Cybersecurity Companies” in the Washington, DC, area. In 2020, she received our own CMIT IT Leadership Award.

During this program, Theresa will present Predictions for 2024 and Preparing for the Triple Threat, and discuss planning for living and working in the metaverse, an excerpt from the new release of her book Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family. Attendees will receive a copy of the second edition, released in March 2023.

Mark Schwartz
Mark Schwartz
AWS Enterprise Strategist

Mark Schwartz is an outspoken advocate for Agile, Lean, and DevOps methodologies, and espouses a continuous improvement philosophy. He collaborates with enterprise leaders to create innovative cloud-based strategies, and his experience is both wide-ranging and well-demonstrated. While the CIO of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, he brought Agile and DevOps practices to the federal government. As the CIO of Intrax Cultural Exchange, he was the first to use business intelligence and supply chain analytics to place au pairs with host families. As an Enterprise Strategist for AWS, Mark is on a neverending quest to articulate and substantiate the critical role that the cloud plays in today’s enterprises. 

Attendees will receive a copy of Mark's book A Seat at the Table, an examination of the role of IT leadership as it is now and as it should bean integral part of the value creation engine. After Mark's talk, he and Professor Nelson will hold a Fireside Chat on IT leadership with the audience.

We recommend bookmarking Mark's AWC Cloud Enterprise Strategy blog here.

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Logistics and Getting Around

The Knowledge ∞ Continuum takes place at the McIntire School of Commerce, located at 140 Hospital Drive, in Rouss & Robertson Halls on the southeast end of the historic Lawn at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  

Lodging: For attendees coming from out of town, suggested hotels and booking links are available here

Parking: Visitors to the McIntire School can park in the Central Grounds Parking Garage, adjacent to the UVA Bookstore, a 10-minute walk to Rouss & Robertson Halls. 

Continuing education credits (CEUs) are available.