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Technology professionals who advocate for digital equity and inspire the next generation of tech professionals.

image of two women smiling with video play button overlayAs one of the first technology centered donor networks in the U.S., Technology United has several priorities. They include, bridging the digital divide, elevating the importance of technology for young people, and offering technology-related project support. They are also passionate about fundraising for United Way’s Community Fund.

Changing Lives

While active in many areas, Technology United’s main focus is on one of the Key Initiatives of United Way, Techquity. The vision of the initiative is simple: ensure the digital equity and inclusion of every resident in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties. 

Techquity pursues digital equity and inclusion for all via four strategies: broadband, devices, skills, and advocacy.

Member Benefits

You can be part of creating lasting change in our community for so many in need. In addition, you can:

  • Connect with technology professionals and grow your network. This is an opportunity to create strong partnerships in the IT field.
  • Receive an invitation to the CIO Forum, one of the largest annual events for technology professionals in the Greater Milwaukee area. Here you can network and hear from prominent CIOs and CISOs on key technology trends and strategies. 
  • Support local nonprofits by participating in the Tech 4 Good Marketplace initiative. Individuals and organizations are matched with nonprofit partners to assist with their technology needs.
  • Become a Techquity Digital Navigator. Trusted volunteers guide and assist community members in internet adoption and the use of computing devices. 
  • Participate in school technology awareness events and mentorships.

Become a Member Today

If your employer runs a United Way workplace campaign, please give $1,200+ through your workplace. All other donors click “Donate Now & Join” to open a new page and start your online donation. You will need to create a username and password so you can make your gift today.

 

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Council Members

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Technology United Co-chairs

Kelly Frank, Microsoft Corporation

Craig Miller, Milwaukee Regional Medical Center

Greg Treichel, Baird

Technology United Council

Julia Boss, GE HealthCare

Nicole Conrad, EEAS LLC

Antony D'Cruz, HSA Bank

Tim Dickson, Regal Rexnord

John Dunn, Accuray 

Jane Durment, The Marcus Corporation - Retiree*

Lois Gresholdt, U.S. Bank - Retiree

Steve Hannan, Landmark Credit Union

Kathy Henrich, MKE Tech Hub Coalition

James Hischke, Clarios

Kerrie Hoffman, Get Digital Velocity, Inc.

Heidi Holdener, Trissential

Nicole Knicker, We Energies

Tina Rock, AcceleratedHires

David Ruzicka, Clarios

Scott Sievert, Accenture

Chad Steighner, Clarios

Stuart Wogsland, Advocate Aurora Health

Stacy Zaja, Northwestern Mutual

Bella Zamborini, ManpowerGroup

Samuel Zielke, Froedtert Health

*Emeritus Member

Technology United CIO Advisory Board

Accuray
John Dunn

Advocate Health
Eric Christian

American Family Insurance
Sheldon Cuffie
Prashanth Mekala

Ascension Wisconsin
Chris Bullerdick

Associated Bank
Tonjia Coverdale
Terry Williams

Baird
Tim Byrne

Baker Tilly
Allen Smith

Berklee College of Music
Kathy J. Lang

The Boldt Company
Maribeth Actherberg

Briggs & Stratton
Brian Olsson

Broan-NuTone LLC
Ken Garfinkel

Carroll University
Ryan Corcoran

Charter Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Joe Herington
Jared Noble

Children's Wisconsin
Angela Johnson

City of Milwaukee
David Henke

Clarios
Krishnan Alampallam
Prasanna Ramakrishnan
Chad Steighner

​Fox World Travel
Sam Hilgendorf

Froedtert Health
Richard Durost
Sony Jacob

GE HealthCare
Christin Lehmann
Aaron Thomann
Kusum Rawat Verma

Generac Power Systems, Inc.
Talal Butt
William Cummings

Get Digital Velocity
Kerrie Hoffman

Harley Davidson Motor Company
Raj Velmurugan

HSA Bank
Antony D'Cruz

Husco
Joe Pfaff

Hydrite Chemical Co.
Gary Branger

IAT Insurance Group
Manish Chawla

Johnson Controls
David Ginn
Diane Schwarz

Johnson Financial Group
Tim Brown

Kohler Co.
Mandy Huth

Lake Hill Advisors
Tim Schaefer

Landmark Credit Union
Steve Hannan

Lesaffre 
Mike DeMartino, Consultant

ManpowerGroup
Amanda Alwy
Juan Fiallo

The Marcus Corporation
Jane Durment, Retiree
Kim Lueck

Marquette University
Laurie Panella

Medical College of Wisconsin
David Hotchkiss

MGIC Investment Corporation
Jennifer Westphal

Milwaukee Brewers
Derek Hyde

Milwaukee Bucks
Robert Cordova

MKE Tech Hub Coalition
Kathy Henrich

Molson Coors Beverage Company
Jeremy Bauer
Darrin Vohs

Navistar
Julie Ragland, Retiree

Northwestern Mutual
Jeff Sippel

ProHealth Care
Donald Reichert

Regal Rexnord
Tim Dickson

Rockwell Automation
Chris Nardecchia

United Way
Laura Meine

Versiti
Lynne Briggs

Vituity
Amith Nair

von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Bill Caraher

Waukesha County
Lance Spranger

WEC Energy Group
Molly Mulroy

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Happenings & Impact

Technology United CIO Forum

2024 CIO Forum

The CIO Forum is an annual event for technology professionals in the Greater Milwaukee area to network and hear from prominent CIOs and CISOs on key technology trends and strategies.

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Techquity

Connects job seekers, students, and others to computers and internet access to ensure everyone has the technology to succeed in our digital world.

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Technology United Career Fair

Volunteer at the Technology United Career Fair where high school students have the opportunity to explore a variety of careers in technology.

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Tech for Good Marketplace

This newer initiative matches non-profit partners who have technology needs to partners who can fulfill them.

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Digital Navigator

Assist community members in internet adoption, the use of digital devices, and learning essential digital skills.

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Coordinated Entry Can Change Our Community

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New Technology Increases Efficiency at PEARLS

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Get Involved

For questions or more information about joining Technology United, please contact Cassidy Korpela via email or at 414.263.8163.