N ablement itkan computerworld laureate press release-final_040612
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ITKAN RECOGNIZED BY COMPUTERWORLD FOR POWERFUL IT NETWORK ITKAN achieves distinction as 2012 Computerworld Honors LaureateCHICAGO – April XX, 2012 – nAblement, a unique channel of SPR Companies focused on supporting thetraining, mentoring, networking, placement and professional growth of qualified candidates withdisabilities into technology roles, today announced that IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program haschosen ITKAN, the professional networking and development group affiliated with the IllinoisTechnology Foundation and nAblement, as a 2012 Laureate. The annual award program honorsvisionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educationalchange.Information Technology Knowledge Abilities Network (ITKAN) was selected as a Laureate from morethan 500 nominations in 25 countries. ITKAN, which serves as a growing resource and channel in thecommunity for career development, network growth and mentoring, is positively impacting not only thecareer opportunities of members but the general population’s perception of candidates with disabilitiesinto the technology sector.“Theres no question technology plays a vital role in driving business forward. It ensures anorganizations ability to compete, innovate, communicate and to thrive. What the ComputerworldHonors Laureates so clearly demonstrate is technologys role in moving society forward. Computerworldacknowledges and applauds the outstanding work being done by individuals and organizations who havesuccessfully used technology to improve the quality of our lives and that of future generations,” saidJohn Amato, Vice President/Publisher of Computerworld. "Computerworld is proud to name the 2012class of Laureates and celebrate their initiatives benefiting society through the innovative use of IT.”nAblement Managing Partner Pat Maher said, "The members and supporters of ITKAN are very proud tobe recognized as a Computerworld Honors Laureate. We are excited to continue learning, exploring andimpacting how technology and innovative thinking can positively influence the lives and careeropportunities of persons with and without disabilities!”ITKAN was recognized by Computerworld in the “Collaboration” category for its innovative use ofinformation technology to promote knowledge-sharing and enable collaboration on these issues.Through its partnership with the Microsoft Technology Center, ITKAN has cultivated high-profile andproductive relationships with executives and developers at the Center, and encouraged members tofurther fuel their passion for the technology field in a progressive and technology-laden facility.“We are passionate about the work nAblement and ITKAN are doing to help eliminate some of thechallenges our IT professionals with disabilities face in the industry. We have seen great work come outof ITKAN, and our team is excited to be working alongside them. We congratulate ITKAN on thisachievement as a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate,” said Adam Hecktman, Director, MicrosoftTechnology Center Chicago.
ITKAN selected as 2012 Computerworld Honors LaureateThe Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and AwardsCeremony on June 4, 2012 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.About nAblementnAblement is a unique channel of SPR Companies focused on supporting the training, mentoring,networking, placement and professional growth of qualified candidates with disabilities into technologyroles. Qualified candidates secure professional technology opportunities suited to their skill sets, andclients secure access to this valuable and underutilized segment of the workforce while extending theirdiversity profile. Visit www.nablement.com to learn more.About The Computerworld Honors ProgramFounded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed bythe not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honorsis the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use informationtechnology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information aboutthe program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies, as well as oral histories of LeadershipAward recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website.About ComputerworldComputerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide,providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworlds award-winning web site(www.computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom researchforms the hub of the worlds largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone,Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society ofBusiness Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience ofover 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, September 2011). Computerworld is published byIDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the worlds leading media, events andresearch company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.ContactAnn WarrenClearEdge Marketingawarren@clearedgemarketing.com770-328-8384 ###