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Elaine Montilla    

Founder of 5xminority, TEDx Speaker & Assistant Vice President and CIO for IT at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Elaine Montilla is the founder of 5xminority, a TEDx Speaker, and the Assistant Vice President and CIO for IT at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Elaine Montilla is an accomplished Senior Executive with almost two decades as an IT Leader in Higher Education. Skilled in Educational Technology, IT Strategy, Management, System Deployment, and Project Portfolio Management. Recognized for staff professional development, change leadership, and talent for communicating with diverse groups of people.

Elaine is recognized as a dynamic and solutions-oriented IT Executive with 20+ years of progressively responsible experience providing vision and leadership while developing and implementing large-scale IT strategies and initiatives within the higher education industry. She drives operational excellence through improved business processes and enterprise systems, while also managing institutional risks and ensuring alignment with the academic mission.

Elaine represents several minority groups, and as a Latina and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, one of her main goals is to highlight the need for diversity in the field of Technology and to expand STEM learning opportunities to all children equally. As a professional unicorn, this powerful Latina represents the value of diversity and inclusive corporate culture in a typically male-dominated field.

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