April 02, 2019
Interview by Lindy Kyzer, Clearance Jobs

Partnering with Local Universities to Grow Tomorrow’s Tech Talent

The shortage of tech talent continues to draw news headlines and calls for increased innovation and more resources. It’s not just about finding professionals from within the existing workforce, but to also take proactive steps to grow talent from the ground up.

With a backlog of more than 500,000 pending investigations and one-to-two year clearance processing times for initial clearances, the ability to initiate the security clearance process early, and get students adapted to the nuance of federal government careers, can be very useful.

Brendan Walsh, SVP Partner Relations, and Dana Pittman, SVP Talent Management and Human Resources join in with Lindy Kyzer, Senior Editor at Clearance Job, to discuss growing cloud talent through training and partnerships, initiating clearances, and how it’s a win-win for students, government, customers, and industry.

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“I think it really is back to that win-win-win for the student, for the government, for the customers, for industry. Talent is talent, and talent has always had options when it comes to career paths. Being able to really promote career paths in information technology really benefits the industry as a whole, and of course the government customers who are consuming this next group of talent.”


– Brendan Walsh, SVP Partner Relations

“We see is it as our true pipeline for the future. It’s going to allow us to identify opportunities for students, and hopefully opportunities for ourselves to further our commitment with customers that we’re supporting, providing them with on the job-trained and hopefully cleared resources that will hit the ground running.”


– Dana Pittman, SVP Talent Strategy and Human Resources

Relevant Links:

Sonu Singh

Sonu is the founder of 1901 Group and corporate leader responsible for our strategic vision, innovative business model, and financial performance.

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Paul Wilkinson
EVP, Corporate Strategy and BD

Paul leads Business Development, Capture Management, Marketing, and Channel Partners. Paul provides leadership for 1901 Group’s growth initiatives by supporting the development of new markets and services.

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James Christopher
EVP, Operations and Engineering

James brings over 25 years of industry experience to 1901 with a focus on delivering Information Technology business solutions and managed services.

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Dana Pittman
SVP, Talent Strategy & Human Resources

Dana is the leader of our Human Capital Management function for providing organizational growth, performance, and profitability.

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Brendan Walsh
SVP, Partner Relations

Brendan leads our partner relations and management efforts and supports business development activities in addition to establishing strategic business alliances with leading cloud service providers and security solutions.

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