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Monday, April 28, 2008

Episode 51, Audrey Russo, CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council

Techno Granny Note: If you are a company in the 14 county network of Pittsburgh Technology Council, this is a must listen to her about promotional and marketing info for small tech companies, health insurance and human resource help and networking.
Also if you have a technology business that you would like to take from your garage to high tech prominence, you should also check out the Enterprize Business Competition sponsored by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. This program offers business training and cash prizes.
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Contact Audrey at:
Audrey Russo
Pittsburgh Technology Council
2000 Technology Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Audrey Russo
President and Chief
Executive Officer

Technology Council

Audrey Russo comes to the Pittsburgh Technology Council from MAYA Design where she served as vice president of operations and chief financial officer since 2005. At MAYA Design, Russo was directly responsible for profit and loss accountability. She also directed all business processes of the software and product design firm, including contract negotiations, talent development, client relationships, project management, business development and resource management.
Prior to her time at MAYA Design, Russo served as the global director of human resources and technology policy for Alcoa. Prior to that, she was manager of Alcoa’s global people strategy, business systems and information technology. As a senior-level human resources and information technology strategist, she led successful efforts to deploy and optimize global IT systems and improve global access to information. She developed internal controls to increase value and reduce waste across manufacturing businesses in almost every region of the world; she helped to shape policy for socially responsible business practices, and she managed the people strategy for the integration of three company acquisitions within one year.
Prior to her tenure at Alcoa, Russo served as director of client relations and performance support
services for Reynolds Metal Company’s corporate information technology, where one of her accomplishments was the migration of common information technology systems across the company.

Russo also spent about a decade working as an independent business strategy and organizational change consultant. Her Fortune 500 clients included AT&T, Lucent and Reynolds Metals, in addition to several small and mid-sized businesses, institutes of higher learning and non-profit organizations.
Russo also previously had spent six years as an adjunct faculty member and project director at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where she was appointed to the governor of Virginia's Executive Leadership Program. While on faculty there, Russo designed and implemented curriculum for a leadership development program. She taught graduate-level courses in strategic planning and interdisciplinary collaboration, and she also acted as a mentor for trainers, produced publications and lectured at conferences.

Currently, Russo is a member of CEOs for Cities: Pittsburgh Innovation Design Team. In addition, she serves as a board member of the Pittsburgh CORO Center. Russo also served on the executive board of the Rudlin Torah Academy in Richmond. Other previous affiliations include the Medical College of Virginia Treatment Center for Children, the Richmond Jazz Society, the Virginia Mental Heath Players, the Richmond Jewish Community Center, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, Virginia Mental Heath and Retardation Services and the Autism Society of Virginia.

What is the Pittsburgh Technology Council?
Since 1983, the Pittsburgh Technology Council has been the principal point of connection for companies from four primary clusters of the technology industry that are represented by a critical mass of businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania including Information Technology, Biomedical, Advanced Manufacturing/Materials and Environmental Technology.
Now in our 25th year, we continue to help the region's technology companies grow and thrive by offering:
• opportunities for meeting business contacts
• guidance on business development
• exclusive discounts on business products and services
• workforce placement and development initiatives
• knowledge-sharing forums, educational programming and entrepreneur mentoring programs
• TEQ and PA Manufacturer magazines, covering regional business developments, trends and best practices
• industry advocacy in state and federal government
• promotional opportunities

Who Belongs to the Council?

Council membership currently includes nearly 1,400 companies in the 13-county southwestern Pennsylvania region, making it one of the largest regional trade associations of its kind in the nation.

Membership includes entrepreneurs launching new ideas as well as established leaders in technology-driven businesses.

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