TechConnect Community Event

A FREE Learning and Networking Event in Dublin, OH!

This Fall, The Computer Workshop is bringing our knowledge to you! TCW TechConnect on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at our headquarters in Dublin, OH.

If you enjoy our YouTube channel’s Tech Talks, this event is perfect for you. We are having LIVE Tech Talks to spread the word to our community about the latest trends in technology training. There will be sessions covering hot topics such as Workforce Development, Emerging Technologies, Organizational Data Transformation, Cybersecurity and AI, and Change Management. 

Register Here!   


The morning sessions are intended for Leaders and Strategic Thinkers
8:00 am: Complimentary breakfast and mimosas!
8:30 am: Attract, Train, and Retain Early Tech Talent with Christopher Judd
9:30 am: Emerging Tech is Driving Human Skills Transformation with Jeff Felice

The evening sessions are geared toward Managers and Supervisors
3:15 pm: Networking Reception begins with appetizers and cocktails!
3:30 pm: The Power of AI and Information Security Considerations with Connie Matthews Reynolds and Rehgan Avon
4:45 pm: Making Your Data Work For You! Organizational Data Transformation with Nick Woo  
5:45 pm: Change Management and Your IT Department with Jeffrey DeRamus and Matthew Fuerst

More Details on the Tech Talks are below!

Morning Sessions:
breakfast provided at 8:00 am

8:30 am - Attract, Train, and Retain Early Tech Talent with Christopher Judd

Everybody wants to hire talent with ten-plus years of experience. However, according to every metric, half of the IT industry has less than five years of experience. Which means you are likely eliminating half of your candidate pool. As leaders, we need to hire and help early talent fill their gaps in knowledge and experience to become productive team contributors. This session will provide strategies and lessons learned from hiring and training over 200 recent college grads over the last 11 years through an immersive training program. You will learn how to make your early talent more successful, and your organization will thrive.

Christopher Judd

Christopher Judd is CTO and partner at Manifest Solutions, an international speaker, Java Champion, an open source evangelist, and the Central Ohio Java Users Group leader. He is an accomplished writer having co-authored Beginning Groovy and Grails (Apress, 2008), Enterprise Java Development on a Budget (Apress, 2003), and Pro Eclipse JST (Apress, 2005) as well as the author of the children’s book “Bearable Moments”. Based in Columbus Ohio, he has spent over 25 years architecting and developing software for organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to start-ups across various industries including insurance, health care, education, retail, government, manufacturing, service, and transportation. Mr. Judd spends most of his time consulting while continuing to focus on mentoring and training in Java, cloud, and related technologies.

9:30 am - Emerging Tech is Driving Human Skills Transformation with Jeff Felice

Emerging technologies, such as AI, Data Science, and IoT are powering Industry 4.0. These technologies are rapidly changing the way we engage at work and at home. For many organizations, the adoption of these technologies, as part of their digital transformation strategies, is necessary to remain relevant in their industry. One of the major challenges we face is developing skills across the organization to implement emerging tech solutions that will create value for partners and customers. In this session, we will discuss industry trends, statistics regarding the current emerging tech skills gap, and methods to produce emerging tech competencies across the entire organization.

Jeff Felice

As President of CertNexus, Jeff Felice is responsible for advancing the company's mission of closing the emerging technology skills gap. With 25 years of experience within the training and certification industry, serving in general management and practice leadership roles, Jeff combines his passion for professional performance with technology to bring change within global organizations while improving the opportunities for individuals in emerging tech. When not working towards improving the lives of others Jeff can be found doing the same for his own as an avid reader and cycling enthusiast.

Evening Sessions:
 reception starting at 3:15 pm with appetizers and cocktails

3:30 pm - The Power of AI and Information Security Considerations with Connie Matthews Reynolds and Rehgan Avon

Learn why AI is so powerful from Information Security Pros! As technology evolves rapidly, we must become lifelong learners, and AI is no different. Unsurprisingly, AI is hitting all of us as a perfect storm. Security practitioners can’t just say “No” to the business. We need to understand the business case and how powerful AI can be.

  • AI isn’t different from other emerging technologies; what governance and frameworks do you have in place?

  • What risks do you need to consider, and what is your appetite?

Connie Matthews Reynolds

Connie is the Founder and CEO of ReynCon, a dynamic force in Cybersecurity training. With an unyielding passion for safeguarding her clients, she leads a dedicated team to fortify their security and ensure ongoing protection. As a consultant, educator, and mentor, Connie's expertise is unmatched. From her early days in management and sales to her company's current success, Connie's foundation has always been team-oriented, instilled by her military upbringing. Beyond her business endeavors, Connie is equally passionate about volunteering in cybersecurity, promoting diversity, and fostering community strength.

Rehgan Avon

Rehgan is the Co-founder & CEO at AlignAI and is passionate about building analytical technology and communities. She started her company with her co-founder because they saw a gap in how analytics solutions were built. Her background consists of data analytics, product management, and solutions architecture, while also being an advisor and instructor at times. 

4:45 pm - Making Your Data Work For You! Organizational Data Transformation with Nick Woo

Discover the power of data-driven decision-making and learn how to transform your data into valuable insights that drive organizational success. Join us for this transformative presentation and unlock the key to harnessing the full potential of your data!

Nick Woo

Nick is the Solutions Director at AlignAI and an experienced engineer with a passion for data analytics. He has a spectrum of experience working in the aerospace, automotive, non-profit, food, and insurance industries. Nick is also skilled in facilitating learning experiences, data analytics, lean six sigma, continuous improvement, transformation management, business process outsourcing, and automation.

5:45 pm - Change Management and Your IT Department with Jeffrey DeRamus and Matthew Fuerst

How do you persuade your team to embrace organizational or technical changes? Join this session to discover effective tools for gaining their buy-in and ensuring a smooth transition. Learn how to navigate challenges when shifting to new platforms, software, or programming languages.

Jeffrey DeRamus

As a certified Scrum Master and Project Manager, I have shaped Fortune 100 organizations, state and federal agencies, as well as small and medium businesses for nearly twenty years across the following focuses:

  • Strategic Vision-Mission alignment

  • Measurable goal-setting and tracking

  • Sustainable Organizational Change and Transformation

I seek to empower all members of an organization through data-driven decision-making built on the foundation: “remember the human.”

Matthew Fuerst

I've been a certified instructor for about 25 years and thoroughly enjoy every minute. At The Computer Workshop, I'm a Sr. Technical Trainer and teach anything from:

  • Microsoft Certifications

  • CompTIA Certifications

  • Mile2 Cybersecurity Certifications

  • Programming Courses on C#, .NET, Python, Java, JavaScript and jQuery, PHP, SQL, and more!

I enjoy helping clients advance their careers and stay up-to-date on the latest tech. Technology is always changing and it is vital that our security professionals change with it.

Register Here!