Viola Maxwell-Thompson - CEO

Viola Maxwell-Thompson

Ms. Thompson is President and CEO of IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), a national organization committed to the continuous professional development of black senior-level technology executives. She is a nationally recognized thought-leader in business transformation, diversity, equity and inclusion best practices, and leadership development. Ms. Thompson has drawn on her vast experience in program management and career training to transform ITSMF into a professional development organization that successfully prepares black technology leaders for the executive suite. Prior to joining ITSMF, Ms. Thompson was a partner with Ernst & Young LLC, where she specialized in organizational development and technology implementation. For 17 years, she led diverse teams that blended strategic problem solving with state-of-the-art technology solutions to enhance operations for Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing, financial services and consumer products industries. Her expertise in sales and customer- management, combined with her technical proficiency, contributed to her success directing some of Ernst & Young’s largest implementation projects. Ms. Thompson has been quoted in numerous leading industry and consumer publications and books—CIO.com, the Chicago Tribune, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Connector’s Advantage, and Diversity Careers Magazine. She received the PinkTech award for her leadership in the technology industry, was a finalist for the Women in IT USA award, received the Harlem Fine Arts – Salute to African-Americans in Technology award, and was a finalist in the Leadership Character Awards. Ms. Thompson received her B.A. from Lake Forest College in Illinois. She holds a certification in Project Management, serves on three boards, and is a published author.