International Association of Women Recognizes Kelenda Allen-James as a 2020-2021 Influencer

Kelenda Allen-James, IT Support Manager at St. HOPE Leadership Academy, joins networking organization

The International Association of Women (IAW) recognizes Kelenda Allen-James as a 2020-2021 Influencer. She is acknowledged as a leader in information technology. The International Association of Women (IAW) is a global in-person and online networking platform with more than 100 local chapters, International Chapters and 1,000+ in-person and virtual events.

Kelenda Allen-James uses her expertise in information technology to help others, something she has always been passionate about. For nearly four years, she has held the position of IT Support Manager at St. HOPE Leadership Academy, a high school-preparatory public charter school located in New York City.

“As a nonprofit technologist, I am able to bring affordable mission-based technology to organizations,” Ms. Allen-James said. “This allows for less money to go to overhead and more funding to go to the mission of the organization.”

In her role, Ms. Allen-James uses her skills and expertise in educational technology, network administration and technology management. Her numerous responsibilities include managing all school-wide technology projects and issues, evaluating new technologies, managing outside vendors, developing customer support policies, and much more.

Although she often faces challenges along the way, including finding all the stakeholders at the beginning of an initiative, Ms. Allen-James acknowledged the most rewarding part of her career is when she sees the positive impact efforts have on students’ lives. “If the data I provide allows a student's family to improve their scholar’s attendance, or the savings I generate by converting telephone services to VoIP allows for more funding for permanent housing to an additional person, all my efforts were worth it,” she added.

In the future, Ms. Allen James hopes to increase the conversations the nonprofit community is having about how technology can move their missions forward.

Education & Accomplishments: Master of Science in Information Systems, Touro College, New York, Concentration: Technology Leadership; Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Baruch College, Project Management; Bachelor of Arts, Centre College, Major: Spanish; Minor: Computer Science; Industry Certifications: HDI Support Center Director; Google Certified Trainer; Google Certified Educator Level 1 and Level 2; Google Certified IT Support Professional; Google Cloud Certified: G Suite

About IAW
The International Association of Women (IAW) is a global in-person and online professional networking platform that provides women the forum, professional development and services needed to thrive in an interconnected world. Through 100+ local chapters, International Chapters and 1,000+ in-person and virtual events, members cultivate valuable connections, develop professionally, and promote themselves and their businesses. Founded in Chicago in 2017, IAW is a division of Professional Diversity Network, Inc., an online network tailored to provide diverse professionals in the United States with access to employment opportunities.

Source: International Association of Professional Women

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The International Association of Women (IAW) is a global in-person and online professional networking platform that provides nearly one million women with the forum, education, and services to thrive in an interconnected world.