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2022 Year In Review

11/28/2022 12:53 PM | Marla Halley (Administrator)

Connect, Strengthen, Champion, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

We were torn between writing you an annual report or an end-of-the-year holiday newsletter. You know the type: That yearly three-page single spaced book full of family highlights that falls out of your best friend from high school’s glitter encrusted Christmas card.

Instead, we chose to give you a Top 12 List of 2022 in Review. You’re welcome!

January – We kicked off the year helping you get organized with a member-to-member benefit session with Organization Solutions. Our Peer Groups for Infrastructure/Cloud and Women for Technology began their new year’s programming together. We saw the birth of a workforce subcommittee in conjunction with Montgomery County Educational Service Center. We finished off the month hosting our annual CIO Forecast Panel.

February –February’s main event was the annual Digital Mixer held at Wright State University. Over 140 students and employees connected to explore career possibilities. Women 4 Technology had a fascinating conversation around The Great Resignation.

March – If it’s March, then it’s all about the Ohio Information Security Conference. Over 300 people  gathered at Sinclair Conference Center to share knowledge of the latest cybersecurity threats and strengthen their processes.


April –Executive Director, Melissa Cutcher, represented Technology First at a workshop to teach web development at the Innovation Hub in the downtown Dayton Arcade building. We were back in person for a Tech Forum addressing staffing challenges & labor shortages in the IT community with Cassie Barlow, Doug McCollough, Chad Bridgman, and Matt Coatney.

May – May saw the Peer Groups in full swing  championing data analytics and cybersecurity. We ventured down south to Mason for some Tech Thursday networking. Executive Director, Melissa Cutcher, participated in an OCEA panel discussion.

June – Women 4 Technology squeezed over 25 participants into Warped Wing’s Springboro location for a Meaningful Networking session. Members enjoyed a Dayton Dragons’ game courtesy of our annual partners altafiber and ATC. Executive Director, Melissa Cutcher, represented Technology First at a two-day workforce development retreat with Montgomery County Educational Service Center.

July – Given the success of the Springboro event, Women 4 Technology ventured down the road to Fretboard Brewing Company in Cincinnati to offer another Meaningful Networking session to our members.

August – Peer Groups for IT Leaders, Infrastructure/Cloud, Cybersecurity, and Data Analytics all met to learn new or different approaches, validate thoughts, and expand on their existing practices. Technology First partnered with The Circuit for a fun night of IT networking in Hamilton at Municipal Brew Works.

September – We enjoyed supporting some members participating in the COMSPARK conference. We also had a wonderful turnout at the annual Golf Outing benefitting the Technology First Scholarship Fund. You helped us raise almost $7000 to award qualified, regional college students!

October – We are happy a few members of the Board of Directors were able to witness Executive Director, Melissa Cutcher, receive the Jeanne Porter Career Achievement Award from Women in Business Networking at their annual gala. Congratulations, Melissa, so well-deserved! We stopped by SOCHEs 55th Anniversary lunch to congratulate them. This month provided members the opportunity to volunteer at the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Cyber Challenge. AND we celebrated Technology First’s 25th Anniversary! We were honored to receive a proclamation from the State of Ohio from Lt. Governor, Jon Husted.

November – More volunteer opportunities this month through the Dayton Metro Library’s Career Adventure Days and The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s STEM Career Fair. And, of course, we gathered with 400+ IT professionals from all over the state for our 16th Annual Taste of IT conference at Sinclair Conference Center. We ended the day with the 9th Annual Leadership Awards where we recognized 11 categories of exceptional IT talent from the Dayton region.

December – Since this month just started, here’s a preview instead of a review. We will close out 2022 with these Peer Group meetings: IT Leaders, Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Infrastructure/Cloud, and Women 4 Technology. Please join us!

Thank you for connecting, strengthening, and championing the best-connected IT community in the Dayton region!


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