Dennis Shultz has played a role at multiple big tech giants for more than 25 years. From Rackspace, Samsung, and Dell to his current role at Microsoft, he has taken many career opportunities that have come his way. Another significant role that Dennis plays is the Executive Director for Blacks in Technology. Today, Alan and Dennis discuss career changes, lessons learned, and how being black impacted Dennis in these big-tech roles. Tune in as Dennis shares advice from his experiences.
In This Episode:
[03:42] Dennis talks about factors of success and failure he experienced in his roles
[12:05] Decisions that drove Dennis to change careers
[20:58] How Dennis got involved in the Blacks in Technology Foundation
[24:32] Dennis shares about challenges of being a black man in technology
[23:36] Details about Bitcon 2022
[35:02] Advice from Dennis on what to do and what not to do in a career
It is okay to move jobs and have multiple careers. It can be hard to disappoint people, but you have to consider yourself first when considering moving careers.
Know yourself and be confident in what you can do. Be intentional about your decisions.
You need other people. Mentors can help you and it is better to lean on others than try to do it alone.
Dennis Schultz is the Executive Director of the Blacks In Technology Foundation, an organization that boasts the largest network for Black technology professionals with over 65 chapters in 17 countries. Dennis has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry serving in a variety of roles including, enterprise sales, business development, customer success, and consulting. Dennis’ experience includes time at tech’s most respected brands such as Dropbox, Gartner, Samsung, Dell, Lenovo, Rackspace Technology, VERITAS Software, APC, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise to name a few. Currently Dennis works at Microsoft helping major corporations with digital transformation.