January 27, 2022 11:30 am

DMACC Building 5, Room 1102 2006 South Ankeny Boulevard Ankeny, IA 50023

Panel Discussion with IT/Cybersecurity Hiring Managers


Panel Discussion with IT/Cybersecurity Hiring Managers

Please join us for a special student engagement lunch at DMACC.

We will have a panel of hiring managers from the Des Moines area and will be going through commonly asked questions about how to land that first IT job. We will be taking a few questions from the audience if there is time


Chris Carney Director of Security Operations at Dotdash Meredith. Chris is an accomplished Information Security leader with over 20 years of experience in IT and Information Security. Chris is uniquely talented at translating the technical security strategy needs to align with the business goals and objectives and delivering results that help the business win. He has worked in a variety of industries including financial services, healthcare, entrepreneurial start-ups and marketing/media. Follow him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/carneychris/.

Kristi O’Brien Senior Account Executive – Information Technology at Palmer Group. Kristi O’Brien has been providing top IT talent in the Des Moines area for over 14 years. She decided to get her degree from Iowa State University in Management Information Systems. After graduation, she started her career with a local, Des Moines company as a computer programmer. Eager to explore the country, she took an opportunity in sales for a national company. In 2007, she learned about a great opportunity to get back into IT at Palmer Group and couldn’t pass it up! She is as passionate about helping people as she is about technology. Her focus is on information technology recruiting contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire positions. Kristi’s goal is to connect IT professionals and grow their careers with a mission to make lives better. In her spare time, Kristi loves spending time with her family and instructing group fitness classes.

Lisa Butler Director of Technology Solutions at Data Innovations. Lisa has been in the information technology field for 15+ years in the healthcare and financial services industries. She has developed knowledge and skills from her various technical roles including data analytics, application support and development, and most recently information security. She has an associate in liberal art from DMACC and a bachelor of science degree in Information Systems from Upper Iowa University. She resides in a suburb of the capital city of Des Moines, IA with her husband Riley, daughter Ella (14), daughter Maci (11), son Ryker(6), and 9 year old shetland sheepdog, Denver. In her spare time (when not busy with kids activities 🙂 ), you’ll find her running marathons, biking, attending hot yoga, traveling to new places or reading a good book.

Greg Lagan Director of Recruiting at Paragon IT Professionals. Greg has been with Paragon for 7 years specializing in recruiting and placement of IT professionals. He has over 9 years of experience in the field and is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

Lunch: catering provided by Leaning Tower of Pizza

If you would like a vegan, gluten free, or alternate lunch option please notify the organizer.


DMACC Building 5, Room 1102

2006 South Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA, 50023

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