People in Business: Bruce Dixon named chief executive officer of the Tech Foundry

Springfield – The Tech Foundry, a nonprofit whose mission it is to support the region’s growing need for a qualified technology workforce and elevate underrepresented groups into sustainable careers in information technology, has named Bruce Dixon as their new chief executive officer. Dixon will work alongside an 11-member board, lead a five-member staff, and drive strategic business partnerships and curriculum development to propel the already thriving organization forward.

Founded in 2014, the Tech Foundry has offered internships, networking opportunities and instruction to traditionally low-income, underserved populations, preparing graduates for entry-level IT workforce in the Pioneer Valley. These programs are offered free of charge to participants through generous donations from area businesses and members of the local community.

Dixon previously served as the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program, a social venture that inspires and prepares underrepresented students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It’s this background that generated interest among board members, but it’s his well-rounded background and personal philosophy that solidified his candidacy.

Bruce has held a variety of leadership roles with The Hartford Financial Services Group and the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, and was honored with numerous awards including the Connecticut Science Center Awards for Achievement in STEM Innovation and Education, Wesleyan University’s Social Entrepreneurship Award, and was invited as an “honored guest” to the 2014 inaugural White House Maker Faire.

To learn more about the Tech Foundry, visit thetechfoundry.org.

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