Tech Leaders Today
About This Show
The “Tech Leaders Today” podcast, hosted by Cassie Crossley, is a weekly interview show with technology executives and leaders in the I.T. and R&D domains. We discuss the topics of people attraction/retention, technology initiatives, and current technology trends. The audience includes technologists interested in the work and behaviors of their fellow technology leaders.
Most Recent Episode
024: Large Non-Profit's Battle for Talent with CIO Joel Jacobs of MITRE.ORG
5 days ago
Joel Jacobs is vice president and chief information officer of The MITRE Corporation. As CIO, Mr. Jacobs is responsible for advancing information technology (IT) services, infrastructure operations, and the innovative use of information technologies that enable MITRE staff to effectively serve the company's government sponsors. He leads the Center for Information and Technology (CI&T), the organization providing comprehensive information technology, corporate communications, knowledge management, enterprise technical computing, and global security services to the corporation. Mr. Jacobs is among the few CIOs with oversight of both IT and corporate communications and public affairs—a combination that has enabled MITRE to take full advantage of technology to communicate with key audiences. Under Mr. Jacobs' leadership as CIO, MITRE has been recognized for its innovative IT practices and for its outstanding work environment for technology professionals. From 2011 to 2013, MITRE was named to the InformationWeek 500, the magazine's annual ranking of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. Computerworld named MITRE one of the country's "100 Best Places to Work in IT" for eight consecutive years (2005–2012). The company was also named a North American Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) award winner in 2009, 2011, and 2015. And CIO Magazine named MITRE to its 2014 CIO 100 list, recognizing its Knowledge-Driven Enterprise initiative. Mr. Jacobs was honored as a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2011 and as a Boston Business Journal/Mass High Tech CIO of the Year in 2012. In 2015, STEMconnector® named Mr. Jacobs among its 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM in recognition of MITRE's dedication to supporting STEM initiatives. He was also a 2015 Federal Computer Week Federal 100 Award winner. Mr. Jacobs has more than three decades of experience working both at MITRE and in industry on complex IT topics. After joining MITRE in 1981, he held positions with steadily increasing levels of responsibility, managing internal information systems development efforts and directing a variety of network, security, and software engineering and research projects. He served as director of the MITRE Software Center, as department head of Advanced Information Systems Technology, and as a principal investigator in information systems research. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Jacobs was deputy CIO. In 1996, Mr. Jacobs left MITRE to serve