A Conversation with John Connolly, Founder/CEO of InspiriTec, Inc.
Join fellow CEOs and board members as John Connolly, CEO Trust member and CEO of InspiriTec gives us an inside look into his unique business. The unemployment rate for persons with disabilities is 3x that of persons without disabilities. John’s firm, InspiriTec, with a staff of over 600 and operating in 3 states, employs mostly individuals with disabilities – including over 150 Veterans -- in IT and Contact Center professions. InspiriTec provides sophisticated turnkey IT Help Desk and Call Center services to federal and state government agencies as well as commercial customers.
John will describe the fulfillment, thrills, opportunities, and challenges in running an award winning not-for-profit IT organization. He will give us a tour of the InspiriTec offices and call center, introduce us to some of his inspirational employees, allow us to hear their remarkable stories, and reveal how he created this impressive organization. You will be touched and amazed as we are given an inside view into this remarkable company.
Engage in a lively discussion about the risks and rewards of operating a social enterprise and share your own expertise and advice with this non-profit that acts like a for profit!
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7:30 - 8:00 AM - Gathering and Coffee
8:00 - 9:00 AM - Breakfast and Discussion
9:00 - 9:30 AM - Tour
John has been with the firm's management team in prior organizations for over 25 years. Since its launch in 2000, InspiriTec has become a successful Information Technology and Contact Center enterprise with a mission of serving its customers while employing persons with disabilities. Many of John's colleagues are disabled Veterans. He has led the development of high profile systems for firms such as AT&T, the National Disease Research Interchange, the University of Pennsylvania, and ActionAIDS. He has helped design and implement robust Help Desk and Contact Center solutions for the Department of Defense, the US Army, and various agencies in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
John graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Lehigh University with three majors: Sociology, Religion Studies, and Urban Studies. He received his Master of Social Work degree from Penn and an MBA in Finance from Temple.