Staying Ahead of COVID-19: The University of South Florida’s Experience

Presenters: Michael Beckley, Appian; Donna Petersen, Sidney Fernandes, Alice Wei and Jennifer Fleischman, University of South Florida

Original program date: November 12, 2020 (available for on-demand viewing through February 2021)

Program length: 60 minutes

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COVID-19 has disrupted businesses and higher education alike, but you do not have to be on hold. The University of South Florida’s success story, as featured in the Wall Street Journal and NBC's TODAY Show highlights how large organizations can reopen safely, even when they're located in COVID-19 hotspots. This program will explore technology’s role in USF’s health strategy and their success in responding rapidly to protect their population of over 80,000 employees, faculty, and students.

About the Presenters: Michael Beckley leads Appian's technology vision and oversees customer initiatives worldwide in his role as chief technology officer and chief customer officer. Beckley serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Virginia's Computer Science Department and is a founder of Appian.

Donna Petersen, ScD, is the Dean of the College of Public Health and chairs the COVID-19 Task Force Chair at the University of South Florida. She is also the author of numerous publications, book chapters, as well as a textbook on needs assessment in public health. From 2011 to 2015, Petersen led the Framing the Future Task Force on the Future of Education in Public Health and is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Systems and Services Research Initiative.

Sidney Fernandes is the University of South Florida System's vice president for technology and chief information officer, overseeing IT for all USF campuses and USF Health information systems. Since joining USF in 1997, he has led the implementation of several large enterprise projects for USF Health. Fernandes was also responsible for the design and implementation of the USF Health data warehouse that included more than 25 source systems, both internal and external to USF. He has helped USF Health stay ahead of technological trends, including the realignment of IT to focus on digital innovation.

Alice Wei is the senior director of transformation and innovation at the University of South Florida. She leads a diverse team of people ranging from user interface (UI), search marketing, customer relationship management (CRM) experts and programmers. Wei's team utilizes agile methodologies and a unique team structure to create new and exciting methods of delivering solutions that drive digital transformation for administration, faculty, staff and future health care providers.

Jennifer Fleischman is the director of emergency management for the University of South Florida System where she leads the USF System's Emergency Management Program, Facilities Management Building Information Services and the Facilities Management Service Center. Fleischman has 12 years of experience working in public safety, with much of it in higher education. She is a Florida Professional Emergency Manager and members of both the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association and the International Association of Emergency Managers.

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SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

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This webcast is sponsored by Appian

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