University of Wisconsin–Madison

UW-IT Connects

UW IT Connects recognizes that people are the highest value of a successful information and technology enterprise.

Sponsored by the Office of the CIO and Vice Provost of Information Technology in partnership with campus affiliates, UW IT Connects addresses areas of professional development and networking by creating events and programming to enable a diverse set of opportunities for the community to engage.

Programs & Groups

I &T Leadership Conference

The Information & Technology Leadership Conference (I&TLC) is an on-campus conference occurring annually since 2013. The ITLC delivers to information technology professionals diverse perspectives on leadership, information, technology and other professional development topics from a mix of national, regional, and local speakers.

UW-IT Mentoring

A mentoring program that enables new or current employees to establish a relationship with a peer who has skills, knowledge and experiences in a comparable IT environment or can address specific areas of need for the mentee. Mentors can be within or outside of the employee’s immediate work unit or division to foster an environment of positive relationship building within the campus IT community and professional network.

UW-IT Professionals

Since November 2016, a campuswide team of IT staff has been committed to developing a set of standard guidelines, assembling a directory of training resources and onboarding tools, as well as establishing a UW-IT Professionals organization.

UW-IT Professionals is a campuswide, grassroots organization within the UW-IT Connects umbrella for self-identified new and current IT employees to collaborate and share these tools and resources.

Our shared vision is to improve the IT culture and inter-departmental relationships at UW–Madison. Our immediate plans for the organization are to recruit members to serve on sub-teams to plan and deliver IT- focused programming and training for faculty, staff and students.

UW Women in IT (UW-WIT)

This group serves as advocates for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women within the field of Information Technology. This community of 330+ women supports the purpose of UW-WIT through participation in professional development and networking events.

ITLP Forward

This group supports incoming Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP) cohorts with activities that address questions, supplemental program work and reinforces goals of giving back to campus through service and leadership. Graduating ITLP cohorts reach out to incoming ITLP cohorts with regular activities that engage them throughout the formal part of their program and prepare them to step up and lead on campus information and technology priorities and programs.

Leadership Improv

Leadership Improv provides a monthly opportunity to learn and practice improvisational skills through active participation in exercises and skits to help tackle difficult leadership situations experienced in technology professional’s daily work. This program is intended to build on the curriculum and concepts shared at the Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP) and promotes improvisational skills as a recommended leadership competency. This group meets every last Friday of each month from 12:00-1:15, except November and December due to holidays. The community co-chairs are Sean Bossinger and Jason Erdmann.

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Leadership Breakfast

This program is in its 4th year of providing a speaker series aimed to deliver timely leadership topics and presentations for the UW-Madison information and technology community. The series focuses on engaging the campus IT community through professional development and networking opportunities that bring our communities together to gain deeper trust, understanding, and perspectives.