Today we are talking to Mary Beth, the CTO of Blackbaud.  And we discuss gaining respect as a new leader, managing quality by hiring A players, and why you should never shop hungry for engineers

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Mary Beth Westmoreland is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, responsible for leading Blackbaud’s worldwide technology strategy, architecture and user experience across the company’s entire solution portfolio. She has 30 years of experience in software engineering. Mary Beth started with Blackbaud in 2008 and has over 30 years of experience in software engineering and product development.

Prior to joining Blackbaud, Mary Beth was vice president of research and development at Ipswitch, Inc. where she led product development for the company’s entire product portfolio, including the WS_FTP family of products and WhatsUp Gold Network Monitoring and IMail Server product suites. Before Ipswitch, she spent 15 years at the Savannah River National Laboratory where she started as a programmer and eventually managed the company’s Enterprise and Technical Systems Engineering organizations.

Mary Beth has been named one of the 2017 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council — a definitive list that honors the most extraordinary female leaders, influencers and achievers impacting the technology industry. She was recognized for her leadership in Blackbaud’s transformation to a cloud software company that is innovative, agile, and successful, for her mentorship to inspire other women and for her commitment to corporate citizenship.

Mary Beth is a member of the board of directors of the South Carolina chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and a Computer Science Advisory Board Member for Clemson University, and is actively involved in a variety of STEM programs and Women in Technology initiatives. Mary Beth graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Physics from Immaculata University located near Philadelphia, PA.

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Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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