Daniella Diaz – IT Authorities

Describe your relevant work history, awards, and accomplishments in 300 words or less.

As a USF Alumna, I quickly realized the potential for growth in technology. In 2017 I began working at IT Authorities as a Service Delivery Manager, helping organizations both large and small prioritize technology initiatives and continuous improvement opportunities. I was later promoted to an Account Executive, working to grow IT Authorities’ portfolio while helping businesses navigate technology solutions. Simultaneously, I co-founded High Tech Connect, a community-based organization focused on attracting and retaining tech talent in the Tampa Bay Area while showcasing the innovation-driving organization that call Tampa Bay home.

What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?

Tampa Bay has become home in my 4+ years in the area. There is so much diversity and support to be found in this community which provides endless opportunities to meet new people and organizations. As a self-proclaimed foodie, the numerous restaurants and breweries are some of my favorites to explore.

What are some of your favorite things to do around town when you aren’t working?

Networking is a huge part of my post-work calendar, with new connections and learning being at the core of my week.When I am not out and about and tech-focused events, I spend time with those closest to me and pursue continued education opportunities. As a sports fan and former USF Sundoll I love attending games or watching from our favorite, Hattricks! I also continue to teach dance classes in St. Pete.

How do you give your time back to the community?

High Tech Connect’s mission is to empower our technology community and the talented individuals that have built Tampa into an emerging tech hub. Additionally, I sit on boards and advisory committees for The Children’s Cancer Center, Ronald McDonald House and local universities to give back as much as possible to the community that has given me so much.

Tell us about the tech project that you are most proud of.

As someone on the sales and continuous growth side of tech, I gain the most satisfaction working with local organizations to determine pain-points and develop plans for improvement. In building High Tech Connect, our driving factor is the individuals who gain value from our events. From students determining their career path based on a connection made, or someone getting a job with one of our partner organizations, we pride ourselves on putting community first. I also rebuilt our HTC website – a personal accomplishment!

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