The 2017 Schools of Business and Computing and Informatics Speaker Series at Ivy Tech Community College Southwest culminates April 19 with Guest Speaker Bo Drake, workforce alignment executive at Ivy Tech Southwest presenting the keynote address, “Leading by Example.” It is free and open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in Room 344 at Ivy Tech, 3501 N. First Avenue. The event, which features three different events, is sponsored by Banterra Bank.Drake came to Southwest Indiana in 2013 to serve as executive director of Corporate College, (now Workforce Alignment) for Ivy Tech. Charged with serving employers throughout the region, he and his team have brought about significant growth. He has helped the college secure more than $2 million in grants and donations and has begun several programs to serve the workforce development needs in the community.Previously, Drake was employed by Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as a consultant in Mergers and Acquisitions. At Nationwide, he was responsible for training, coaching, and consulting with agency owners and sales managers in multiple states. He consulted on projects totaling more than $50 million and performed extensive financial analysis and forecasting. Drake also worked with the Ohio State Bar Association Insurance Agency in Columbus, Ohio, as the director of Insurance, serving the insurance needs of lawyers throughout the state.He is a board member for the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and serves as chair of the Education Committee. He has served as a volunteer for Junior Achievement and as a committee member for cMOE’s fundraiser, Ignite It!Drake is an Ivy Tech alumnus with an Associate of Arts degree in business administration. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s in human services from Liberty University.A public reception is planned prior to this presentation at 5 p.m. in the foyer area of Vectren Auditorium, on the first floor of Ivy Tech. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m glad that he recognized that the African-Americans have been treated poorly in this country. However, I was dismayed by his obvious lack of understanding of the continually adverse effect of the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States. I hope that Mr. Mangino understands that the current person who occupies the White House is taking the country back to a time when racism was the norm.I won’t minimize the progress that African-Americans have made in the United States. Yet, we have to recognize that institutional racism and biases still exist and prevent the level of economic growth and social acceptance that is easily attained by privileged races.This letter in the opinion doesn’t provide enough space to fully explain why Mr. Mangino’s final statement that African-Americans need to start solving their own problems and cleaning up their own house is an uneducated view of the prejudices that are embedded in this culture.Mr. Mangino, maybe it is time for you to examine your own biases and find ways to educate yourself about the reasons why it’s hard to clean up a house that is being constantly flooded with injustices and inequalities that you have been privileged to escape.Maxine BrisportRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Re Oct. 7 letter, “U.S. done much for African-Americans”: I generally refrain from making broad assumptions about the author of letters in the opinion page. However, I have to assume that Robert Mangino grew up during the time of Jim Crow or another period in this nation’s history where racism and segregation was the norm. This has skewed his view of African-Americans.