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Technology Trends & Fast-Growth Areas – Leveraging Trends for Career Advancement

A panel of IT Staffing Professionals will discuss latest trends in the IT hiring landscape and how these affect future demand for jobs in the marketplace. Ideas to strategize your next move!
The emphasis is on Technology and hiring challenges – the impact of Silicon Beach, attracting people who are the right fit, virtual teams, the push and pull of outsourcing vs. insourcing, contract vs. permanent employment, and today’s interview processes — phone, Zoom, panel in-person interviews.
interview processes — phone, Zoom, panel in-person interviews.
Big Data, Analytics, Agile, Mobile-centric development, Open Source, Cloud based, CI/CD, User-centric design are all influencing the types of skills needed and creating opportunities for those who are prepared. Align your skills with an area of your passion!
Each of our panelists is vital to the success of the organization they represent, and offer valuable insights. Panelists include:
● Damon Nicholls – IT Staffing Manager – Sony Pictures Entertainment
● MORE — to be announced!
● Carole Schlocker, Moderator
Hear first-hand perspectives to leverage current IT trends to actively navigate your career. Expect INSIGHTS, great NETWORKING and a WARM 2020 welcome to our AITP-LA members and professional community.
This promises to be a stimulating evening with many practical takeaways. Arrive early for great networking.
Space is Limited, Advance Registration is required. We’ll provide the appetizers and drinks.

Date: Thursday, February 20th – 6:00 pm Networking and Dinner, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation
SABIO.LA, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City. 1st floor conference room.
Non-members $10. Members FREE with a reservation. Parking in Structure for a fee. Find free parking on the adjacent streets.
Registration: Advance registration is required. Click here to register:

About our Location: Sabio.LA
Full stack web development bootcamp. Your coding bootcamp should be a transformative experience. It means your confidence, your outlook, and your soft skills beyond coding. At Sabio, you’ll make friends that last a lifetime and will discover just how smart and capable you are. We’re a tight-knit community of hardworking, fun loving, motivating leaders and educators who want to push you to your potential. Our Careers team and an extensive network of successful graduates makes Sabio a great conduit for making your next career move.
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 Paul Barros, CTO of Currency
Paul joined Currency in 2017 as the CTO and has been working to build the Product & Engineering team from 5 in 2017 to almost 100 globally today. He is a published author in the field of artificial intelligence, including machine learning and human-machine collaboration. He served as Principal Investigator and individual contributor on several DARPA projects, including research into mobile clouds, policy-based access control in tactical intel networks, and social network analysis. Paul earned his BS in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and completed the Information Security Sequential Program at UCLA Extension.

Damon Nicholls – IT Staffing Manager – Sony Pictures Entertainmentkets
Damon supports IT staffing requirements across Sony Pictures Entertainment lines of business: Television, Motion Pictures Group, Home Entertainment, Productions, IT Corporate, InfoSec., PMO, and Enterprise
Infrastructure Systems.
His specialties: Full-Life-Cycle Staffing Management, Sourcing Strategy, Vendor Management, Contract Negotiation and Market Benchmarking.

In a career that combines both a desire to understand basic human needs and love for emerging technology, he’s found a rewarding profession applying his abilities for the benefit of others.

When he’s not recruiting, Damon enjoys surfing with his teenage son, playing guitar in his rock band, and can also be found riding a bicycle along the beach with his teenage daughter.

Carole Schlocker, Queen, iSpace
Carole Schlocker has been with iSpace since it was founded and has been instrumental in building the company’s foundation base of clients. Prior to joining iSpace, Carole was Sr. Vice President of D.P. Specialists where she was one of the principal contributors in building the company into one of the premier IT Staffing and Solutions companies in Southern California.

Carole is currently on several Boards including Stem Advantage (, The Disability Community Resource Center (, Association of IT Professionals (Los Angeles Chapter), and the Southland Technology Conference (SoTeC). She serves as the Chair for the Speaker Committees for SoTeC and AITP-LA. She is a past board member of Tech Serve Alliance and she was the Co-Director of the Los Angeles Chapter of Women in Technology where she helped to build the chapter from the ground up. She is also a long-time member of the UCLA I.S. Associates and has served on their board. Carole holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Temple University. She firmly believes that she is practicing social work daily in her work as an IT Recruiter.


 SABIO.LA, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, 90230. 1st floor conference room.


Non-members $10. Members FREE with a reservation. Parking in Structure for a fee. Find free parking on the adjacent streets.


Advance registration is required to reserve your buffet dinner. Here is a link:

AITP-LA is about technology – bringing experts in their field to share cutting-edge ideas with members. Helping members connect the dots, take the next steps, grow in their ability to apply technologies to competitive advantage.

AITP-LA is part of a national organization that provides leadership, professional development, certification and personal growth opportunities to IT managers and technologists. The core of the AITP experience is the chapter network, with 400 professional and student chapters throughout the country.

For more information, call the chapter telephone at 562-928-5353 or contact Roger Lux at 562-964-1888.


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