SCWA February Program

Dr. Maryam Alavi


Digital Transformation


Global Shifts in Workforce Skills


Date:  Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time:  Membership Social at 7:30 p.m.  Program at 8:00 p.m.


Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators, and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Dr. Maryam Alavi

Dr. Maryam Alavi
Dean of Scheller College of Business
Professor of IT Management
Georgia Institute of Technology


It has been said that change is the only constant. These days, even change is changing! Today, and increasingly in the future, the rate, scope, velocity, and depth of changes are and will continue to be unprecedented.

Convergence and pervasiveness of digital and data-intensive technologies are transforming the nature of work, organizations, and industries. New business and economic ecosystems are emerging.

It is not clear how individual workers and businesses should respond to and prepare for these changes, or how the changes will unfold and play out over time.

This presentation explores the “Future of Work” and its implications, with a focus on the role of advanced digital technologies.

Speaker’s Biography:

Dr. Maryam Alavi is an expert in digital innovations and strategic IT applications.  She is a thought leader on IT strategy as well as a recognized educator and advisor with extensive experience in leadership development and organizational
capability building for a digital age.

Dr. Alavi is a sought-after speaker at national and international forums and conferences and has taught in executive programs at some of the world’s most prestigious business schools. She has advised and taught executives on topics of IT and digital strategies and transformations in
organizations including Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, KIA Motors, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, Sodexo, Southern Company, and the World Bank.

In recognition of her professional achievements, Dr. Alavi received the prestigious Association of Information Systems Fellows Award; an award given by peers in recognition of the recipient as a role model and inspiration to colleagues and students within the discipline. She was also awarded the distinguished Marvin Bower Faculty Fellowship at Harvard Business School and recently received a Citation of Excellence Award from Emerald Publishing for her highly-cited paper based on novelty, interdisciplinary interest, and relevancy in today’s world.

Dr. Alavi was selected as the 2017-2018 Woman of the Year for mid-size organizations by the Women in Technology of Georgia. This award celebrates women in their visionary efforts to transform the world of business and technology and recognizes Dr. Alavi’s accomplishments as mentor, role model, and facilitator of women and men pursuing careers in STEM fields. She was also the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Georgia Tech Diversity Champion Faculty Award in recognition of her many contributions toward creating a diverse and inclusive community at Scheller College and Georgia Tech.

Dr. Alavi served on the advisory board of the Center for Knowledge-based Enterprise at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and was twice appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia to the Georgia Technology Authority Board. She is a member of the Atlanta Rotary and serves on the Board of Trustees of Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, the Board of Advisors of Valor Ventures, and the International Advisory Board of the Politecnico di Milano School of Management in Italy.

Dr. Alavi holds a B.A. in mathematics and computer science from State University of New York at Buffalo, and both an M.S. in computer and information sciences and a Ph.D. in management information systems from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.


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Happy New Year


Thursday, February 20:  Dr. Maryam Alavi, Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Dean’s Chair Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology – Topic: “Digital Transformation & Global Shifts in Workforce Skills”

Thursday, March 19: Alasdair R. Young, DPhil; Professor of International Affairs at The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology – Topic: “Breaking up is hard to do: Brexit and European integration”

Thursday, April 16:  Dr. Gunter Jikeli, Indiana University.  Erna B. Rosenfeld Professor in Jewish Studies, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Germanic Studies – Topic: “Contemporary anti-Semitism in Europe”

Thursday, May 14: Dr. Robert H. Latiff, U.S. Air Force Major General (retired) and professor at Notre Dame and George Mason universities focusing on technology and ethics – Topic:  Preparing for the New Global Battlefield

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