To the tech and small business community members who attended our Mayoral Candidate Forum on August 17, 2017: My name is Lisa Adkins and I moderated the tech and small business Mayoral Candidate Forum held at FatPipe ABQ the evening of August 17, 2017. We had a fabulous turnout with 7 of the 8 candidates participating in the forum and about 200 audience members. Our theme and format meant to be inclusive of our tech and small business community and we allowed attendees to drop their question in a bucket for the mayoral candidates. Like all the forums being held in our city this summer, there were more questions than could be answered in a single two-hour session. Before we broke for the evening, I asked the candidates if they would be willing to respond to ALL of our questions if I typed them off and sent to each of them. We seemed to have agreement, so I took on the task of compiling our questions and sent them to each campaign. We requested answers by September 8, knowing it was a near impossible task with the campaign trail in front of them. I’m happy to report that we got answers from three of the mayoral candidates and we will share them with you HERE. In the linked document, you’ll find answers to our questions from Tim Keller, Brian Colón and Gus Pedrotty. No other candidates responded to our request. We hope everyone takes the time to vote for our next mayor. The continuity of our efforts in our local ecosystem is imperative and we can’t complain unless we take action to vote. Early voting is already open (find location here: http://where2vote.unm.edu/) and the Albuquerque Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Happy reading!! Sincerely, Lisa J. Adkins COO & Director, FatPipe ABQ & The BioScience Center COO & Cofounder, Ingenuity Software Labs, Inc.
Change is Good – Meet Our New Executive DirectorLet’s face it. No one likes change. But, change is never optional and everyone knows that nothing truly great happens without it. The New Mexico Tech Council has undergone tremendous change over the past year. We have overhauled our operations to better manage our membership and deliver greater value. We have re-crafted a portion of our sponsorship opportunities (now called partnership investments) to better deliver and report our impact. We refreshed our logo, added new peer groups and launched several new initiatives around talent, women in tech, and STEM. And as you will notice with this month’s communications, we are changing the way we communicate to our members and our stakeholders – more personal conversations, shorter and sweeter emails and newsletters. (See more about that below.) All of this change is about taking our organization to the next level. At the end of the day, what makes this step-up possible is the team (or the person) that leads you through it. For the New Mexico Tech Council, that person has been Ms. Nyika Allen and we are proud to announce that as of October 1, 2015, she has assumed the position of Executive Director of NMTC. Lisa Adkins, Director of FatPipe ABQ and Chairwoman of the New Mexico Technology Council had this to say about Nyika and her new role: “I am so very pleased that Nyika has accepted the full-time position as our Executive Director. Her youth, energy and enthusiasm is a breath of fresh air for our organization and I know new and existing members are already seeing the benefits of Nyika’s leadership.” Over the past year, Nyika has served as the Director of Community & Operations at NMTC and has worked to affect all the changes above with the board and other interim staff at NMTC. Nyika brings a variety of experiences from within and outside of the technology industry coupled with a fresh energy around what makes New Mexico THE place for technology businesses to start, grow, and thrive. Nyika’s experience since graduating with a degree in International Management from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management includes being the Tech Expert for 2KASA Fox, Director of Business Development at Volante Software, and President of Nyika Media. And, did we mention that in her spare time she was a speaker at TedXABQ 2015? Join us in celebrating Nyika, the changes at NMTC and the future of the technology industry in New Mexico. This is a great time to get involved. We have so much more to tell you, so many more efforts where we need our members and community to get involved. But, as promised, our newsletters will be shorter and sweeter going forward and will include more unique news, perspectives and happenings in the tech industry. After all, the business of technology is everybody’s business.
NMTC’s Women in Technology Celebration is our most popular event! Held annually to recognize the achievements of women working in New Mexico’s technology arena, promoting the role of women in tech and science, and encouraging women to pursue careers in these fields. Do you know of an exceptional woman in NM who is leading the way in a tech-related field? Consider nominating her for a recognition award at our celebration breakfast to be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:30am at the Albuquerque Marriot. The criteria for nomination is simple: The woman must be a leader in a tech-related field, or a woman who encourages other young women to pursue career paths in technology and science. Submit a nomination here before Friday, February 20, 2015. Women may be nominated more than once, but previous winners are not eligible.