July 19, 2013

Julia E. Wayner

Julia E. Wayner

Age: 37

Your title at work: IT Director

Company: MassMutual

Town where you work: Springfield, Mass.

Town where you live: Glastonbury

What college did you attend: Indiana University, Bloomington (Masters of Science in Global Supply Chain Management)

What I do for fun: Train for triathlons.

Friends/Family that influence me: Michelle Noehren (founder of CTworkingMoms.org).

My Charity/Cause: I'm a member of the Ironman Foundation Newton Ambassador Running Triathlon Team (or, for short, we call ourselves TriTeamforGood). www.triteamforgood.com.

My Passion, Hobby or Special Talent: The sport of triathlon embodies my core values as it requires discipline, perseverance, and willingness to face fear to be part of the sport.

'My biggest challenge was working full time while pursuing my undergraduate degree full time.'

What do you do?

Manage a team of 30 IT staff and consultants supporting and develop 28 distinct desktop, web based, mainframe, and mobile applications providing pre-sales illustrations for life, disability, and annuity based products. Strategically align the department to realize cross functional efficiencies and work towards the common goal of application simplification through redesign and sunset of existing legacy technologies. Spearhead the industry wide implementation of the Software Design Lifecycle as part of a division wide initiative to improve quality, reliability, and maintainability of applications. Oversee architecture of more than 70 servers supporting an elaborate production and development environment. Plan and manage an annual budget of $3.8 million to cover multiple upgrades, and operational initiatives relative to the application.

Please describe your career path.

I started at UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly known as Hamilton Sundstrand) as an engineering assistant in 1997. It was an entry-level position assisting software engineers with testing, documentation, and SDLC artifacts. After two years I was promoted to senior software engineering associate where I took on a more challenging role that included maintaining tools and software. At the end of 2001 I graduated with my Bachelor's in Computer Science and I was promoted to software engineer. Subsequent years after I transferred to Pratt & Whitney (a division within UTC) where I worked in Configuration Management on the F119 program and also within IT aftermarket planning giving me a more holistic view of software and systems. In 2005 I graduated from Indiana University with a Master's of Science in Global Supply Chain Management and I left UTC to work at Gerber Scientific as a special projects operations analyst. After one year I was promoted to GBS Manager leading the education and promotion of a companywide lean transformation. In 2008 I was offered an opportunity to implement a global configuration management IT system for Black & Decker. In four years I built out the infrastructure and software design to handle critical engineering information across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. I designed and architected the system with a minimal staff. At the beginning of 2012 I was offered a position by MassMutual as an IT Director.

What's been your biggest challenge professionally?

My biggest challenge was working full time while pursuing my undergraduate degree full time.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?

I would like to be an executive vice president of enterprise technology.

What is the best advice you received?

"Don't lose your consulting mindset." "Be true to you." — Penny Whitaker, Vice President USIG Business and Technology Solutions

How are you involved in your community?

I am a member of the Cycling Concepts Racing Team where I race with likeminded athletes. I volunteer to lead group training rides, and support local rides, such as the May Day Ride in Glastonbury this past May. In addition, I'm working with the Check for Change Triathlon planning committee as assistant race director to put on a sprint triathlon for the Melanoma Education Foundation in Chicopee. As part of the Ironman Foundation Newton Ambassador Running Team I'll be volunteering at Lake Placid Ironman and Arizona Ironman to better the communities where those events are held.

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