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Shaping the Future of Data Center Talent: Insights from Carrie Goetz

Bill Kleyman  (Program Chair, AFCOM & DCW, Apolo)

Carrie Goetz  (Principal, CTO, StrategITcom, LLC)

Location: Room 207A

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am

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Track: Design, Build, Operate, Control

Session Type: Conference Session

Vault Recording: Video

In an insightful session, we are honored to host Carrie Goetz, a renowned data center expert and author. With a prestigious background that includes an honorary doctorate in Mission Critical Operations and over 40 certifications, Carrie has been a guiding force in the data center industry, sharing her knowledge through international keynote speeches and publications in 69 countries.

This interview will delve into the motivations behind Carrie's contributions to literature, exploring her three pivotal books that address the intricacies and challenges of the data center sector. We will uncover the evolving dynamics of the workplace and the critical role of diversity, focusing on the inclusion of women, tradespeople, and veterans. Carrie will discuss the driving forces behind this targeted inclusion and the significance of apprenticeships and national non-traditional programs in bridging the skills gap.

This interview will dive deep into various critical aspects shaping the future of data centers and the workforce within this dynamic industry.

  • Inspirational Authorship: Explore the rationale behind Carrie's decision to pen three seminal books on the data center industry, offering unique insights into her goals of educating and inspiring professionals in this field.
  • Evolving Workplace Dynamics: Unpack how the nature of work within data centers is transforming, highlighting Carrie's perspective on adapting to these changes effectively.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Delve into Carrie's advocacy for the inclusion of women, tradespeople, and veterans in the data center workforce. Understand the driving factors behind this focus and the benefits it brings to the industry.
  • Apprenticeships and Innovation in Education: Discuss the pivotal role of apprenticeships and non-traditional programs in closing the skills gap, and how Carrie envisions the integration of AI to reshape educational paradigms.
  • AI's Impact on Education: Carrie will share her insights on the revolutionary potential of AI in transforming educational methods and preparing a future-ready workforce.
  • Community Engagement and Outreach: Learn about ways to get more involved in schools and outreach programs, emphasizing the importance of igniting interest in data center careers among the youth.
  • The Power of Mentorship: Highlighting the essence of giving back, Carrie will talk about her experiences with mentorship, underscoring how seasoned professionals can guide the next generation towards success and fulfillment in their careers.

Takeaway

This session promises not only to shed light on the current and future state of data centers but also to inspire attendees to contribute to a more inclusive, educated, and technologically advanced industry. Don't miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insights from Carrie Goetz, a true visionary in the field, as we discuss strategies for nurturing talent and embracing change in the rapidly evolving data center landscape.