DHS’ Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Chairman to Headline Converge 2021 Technology Investors Association

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WASHINGTON, DC — December 11, 2020 —  Fernando Aguirre, DHS Vice Chairman and Janice Olson, DHS’ newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer & Global Director, Employee Engagement, will lead host a keynote for a dynamic group of diversity and inclusion trailblazers at Converge 2021.

Hosted by the Technology Investors Association (TIA) and presented by Accenture, the newly launched, half-day event will be held February 6 at the Southern Exchange Ballrooms in Atlanta. The event highlights technology industry companies and leaders who are leveraging inclusion to drive innovation, demonstrating the power of diversity to keep companies globally competitive.

“DHS is hailed as an advocate for change and is a passionate thought leader, as the firm is committed to innovative, relevant, and contemporary leadership” said Fernando Aguirre, Vice Chairman of DHS.  DHS is responsible for advancing the firm’s employee engagement strategy across diversity, equity and inclusion. Additionally, Olson serves as a Minority in Energy Initiative Champion for the Department of Energy.

Olson previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources & Communications at Sandia Corporation, where she was responsible for the company’s communication efforts, leadership and Labs-wide management of human resources, health, benefits and employee services. Prior to Sandia, Olson held a variety of leadership roles during her 17-year career at Lockheed Martin.

Converge 2021 will feature six interactive content sessions, and the presentation of TAG’s annual Diversity Leadership Awards, celebrating the champions who are leading the way in emerging tech workforce culture.

“TIA is excited to be hosting an event that highlights all that the technology industry here in Georgia is doing to foster an inclusive environment that drives real innovation and keeps our economy competitive,” said Barry Holler, President and CEO of TIA. “A diverse workforce is what drives growth and creates a connected technology ecosystem that thrives.”

About the Technology Investors Association (TIA)

TIA is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters. TIA’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace to fuel the innovation economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates  technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.  TIA hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 26 professional societies. Additionally, the TIA Education Collaborative (TIA’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

About DHS

DHS is a high-stakes advocacy, public strategy, and global public relations and communications firm. Our strategic insights and innovative programming build and sustain strong corporate and brand reputations. We provide our clients with counsel and program development across the spectrum of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, digital strategy, advertising and other communications services. Our clients are companies, industry associations, nonprofit organizations, professional services firms, and other large organizations.

We began as a unique grassroots and lobbying firm with customized services for an elite group of clients. Our work applies equally to regulatory issues as well as legislative ones, and we manage issues for our clients at the local, state, federal, and international levels of government.

We use our core competencies and reach to gain competitive advantage for clients. Our expertise comes from extensive must-win campaign experience and operating successfully at the highest rung of business, government, politics and media. Our reach is the ability to use strategic intelligence to mobilize the message and persuade the toughest audiences. We know what it takes to win in difficult situations. We have proven results for prominent figures, leading advocacy groups and the world’s most successful companies. We leverage what others cannot.

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