This Week’s Women in Technology Thought Leader: H. James Dallas, Retired Former Medtronic 

H. James Dallas is an accomplished senior executive with extensive experience as an agent of change in large domestic and international corporate settings. He has successfully implemented over 10 transformation and turnaround initiatives, 15 acquisition integrations, and 5 operations/quality shared services centers of excellence.

James has over 30 years of experiences in General Management/Business Operation roles as well as a Chief Information Officer positions. A recent retiree of Senior Vice President of Quality, Operations and IT at Medtronic, Inc. in September 2013, James had the responsibility for executing cross-business initiatives to maximize the company’s global operating leveraging. James also served as a member of Medtronic’s executive management team. Prior to joining Medtronic, Inc. in 2006, James was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, a global forest products company that employed over 55,000 people. In his 22 years at Georgia Pacific, James held a series of progressively more responsible information technology and operating roles. He also served as a member of Georgia Pacific’s executive management team.

He began his career as an internal auditor for C&S National Bank, a large regional bank in Atlanta, GA, and has experience as a cost accountant with a focus on profitability and key profit drivers. The majority of his career has been focused on bridging the gap between strategy and execution; specifically, leading large, enterprise-wide projects and acquisition integration; using IT for competitive advantage, and leadership development. In addition, he has years of experience with IT security and data privacy.

Upon retirement in 2013, James began to speak to various individuals, organizations and businesses on how to effectively lead large projects, turn around unsuccessful ones, turning strategy into reality and achieving organizational alignment. After noticing the growing need for leadership guidance, James started James Dallas & Associates in 2014. James also serves on the boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations, including civic and community organizations. He has been named one of the most powerful black men in corporate America several times in his career by Black Enterprise and Savoy magazines. James is fond of saying, “Leaders have two responsibilities: (1) To make a difference, which means that leaders have to be change agents; and (2) To develop other leaders, which means leaders also have to be teachers.” Dallas is on a mission to do both.

James is also an advocate for Women in Technology Atlanta, and a supporter of the mission:

I support WIT because it first opens the minds of young girls and then doors by making technology cool; by making technology a community; and by making technology a rewarding career that they want to pursue. Fun, friends and fulfillment–that’s what WIT is about. I also support WIT because my first programming teacher and project leader were women. I learned a tremendous amount from them not only about technology, but also how to listen and work with others.

James will be the featured speaker at WIT’s August 17 forum, titled “Three things women need to break the digital glass ceiling”. He will also be available at the end of the forum to sign your copy of his book, “Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change: Inspire the People and Succeed Where Others Fail”.

August 17 – 7:30am – 9:00am
Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

“Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change” provides managers with an informative, insightful guide to leading a transition through change effectively. This motivating guidebook shows you why change agents aren’t the same as project leaders, and how to get the tools, strategies, and people you need at the helm of your initiative to build a much stronger, more effective organization.
More About H. James Dallas:

LinkedIn: H. James Dallas

Currently Reading: The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

Best Advice You’ve Ever Received: When I was in college, my grandmother saw that I had started letting what other people said and did constrained my thinking too much. She said, “True success comes to those who first feel things in their bones and hearts, and then pursue them with their brains, eyes, ears, arms, and legs.” Life was on after I heard that.

Originally published on Atlanta Daybook