Breakfast/Networking Event: Redefining Technology Today



Please join us at our world headquarters to hear from top tech leaders at Stanley Black & Decker about how the digital landscape is changing. Through automating our manufacturing floors, use of robotics, predictive analytics, and cloud computing we are redefining the way we work and manufacture our products. In addition to hearing about some of these trends, the team will also provide some personal stories on how they got into the IT field and their journeys along the way.

Men are always welcomed at all WITI events!

Featured Speakers

Rhonda Gass, Vice President & CIO, Stanley Black & Decker

Rhonda Gass is Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Stanley Black & Decker. She was appointed to this position in September 2012.

As CIO, Rhonda is driving a strategic agenda that will equip the company's businesses with the digital, data and collaboration capabilities required to win and grow in the global marketplace. Concurrently, she is leading a cultural transformation focused on managing the IT function as a business and delivering greater economic value. Rhonda also leads the Functional Transformation initiative for the company, which is focused on leveraging advanced technologies and innovation to bring greater effectiveness and efficiency to general and administrative operations

Rhonda is a leader in the Women's Network employee resource group, and she was integral in bringing in Workplace by Facebook, the communication and collaboration tool used by the company's tens of thousands of employees around the world. Rhonda and her team are also integral partners for the Industry 4.0 and Data & Analytics initiatives.

Prior to Stanley Black & Decker, Rhonda was a Vice President at Dell, where she served for 12 years in positions of increasing scope and responsibility. Rhonda's experience includes positions as a General Manager for a product line as well as positions leading multiple areas in the IT function, such as the IT systems supporting Dell's world-class supply chain operations. Prior to Dell, Rhonda worked for NCR Corporation, where she began as a software developer and rapidly progressed to executive leadership roles in the Columbia, South Carolina facility.

Rhonda is on the Board of Directors for Flowers Foods, one of the largest producers of packaged bakery foods in the United States. She also serves on the Technology Business Management (TBM) Council board, a nonprofit organization which strives to advance the discipline of IT. Additionally, Rhonda serves on the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Science Center, which is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning through science and endeavoring to create a workforce equipped for jobs in the science-related fields.

Rhonda holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Julie Fitton, Vice President of Digital Product Security, Stanley Black & Decker

Julie Fitton is a highly motivated and experienced leader with expert proficiency in product and corporate security, delivering comprehensive and efficient cyber protection strategies. Julie combines security industry expertise with business strategic thinking to assist in the development of security features that serve as differentiators in product positioning. Julie is currently a Vice President of Digital Product Security for Stanley Black & Decker, she serves as Trustee and Audit Committee Chair for a Massachusetts community savings bank, and is an adjunct professor at Boston College.

Moderator: Lori Groth, CIO of the Industrial business unit, Stanley Black & Decker

Lori Groth is the CIO of the Industrial business unit at Stanley Black & Decker and is responsible for setting the technology strategy and delivering solutions for the Stanley Engineered Fastening, Stanley Oil & Gas, and Stanley Infrastructure BUs. Lori works with her business partners to digitize and optimize business process technology that can be leveraged for ongoing operations and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to her work in Industrial, Lori was responsible for Corporate systems at Stanley Black & Decker and supported global implementations of Finance, HR, Global Supply Management, and Global Shared Services technology. Prior to her 15 years at Stanley Black & Decker, Lori worked for various insurance companies as well as PwC in the IT risk area. She resides in central Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Schedule of Events

7:30-8:45 Registration & Breakfast/Networking
8:45-9:30 Redefining Technology Today
9:30-9:45 Q & A
9:45-10:00 Networking