TechPoint adds to leadership team to bolster Talent efforts and welcomes an Orr Fellow
TechPoint is beginning the new year with two additions to the team, and plans for more as it shifts into a new gear for Talent acquisition and retention. Joining the team is Dennis Trinkle, executive vice president, talent pathways and programs, and Daniela Cervantes, operations coordinator.
Pressing the gas on Talent Pathways & Pipelines
Dennis Trinkle, PhD, joins TechPoint from Ball State University where he previously served as director for the nationally ranked Center of Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) and director of the Applied Research Institutes. His position marks an exciting new chapter in TechPoint’s mission to maintain and foster Indiana’s already stellar tech talent pools.
“We could not be more thrilled to have Dennis joining our team,” said TechPoint Vice President, Chief of Staff Merillat Flowers. “He will lead our talent efforts into the next chapter, continuing to improve upon the current programs we offer while also expanding our efforts to support innovative employer and education partner practices. His unique background and impressive skill set will benefit TechPoint and our tech community at large for years to come in this position.”
An Indianapolis native, Trinkle says he looks forward to giving back to the community by working to help lift others up through exciting job opportunities in the growing Indiana tech ecosystem.
Trinkle will focus on partnerships and relationships. “I firmly believe that the future opportunities and challenges that confront the Indiana tech sector focus around talent in particular, and will require the key players to come together and collaborate,” he said. “Having been a tech entrepreneur, led a government agency, worked across higher education, and led non-profits, I have learned what it takes to get key stakeholders to come together and pursue shared goals.”
Among his directives will be to bring tech employers into a more active leadership position in defining in-demand occupations and aligning pathways for training and careers.
TechPoint is actively seeking to add a senior manager of career pathways to the staff, to help design and scale new talent pipelines. See the job description here.
Orr Fellow brings energy
For decades the Orr Fellowship has placed talented college graduates in exciting positions in Indianapolis. Daniela Cervantes has joined the TechPoint staff as the new operations coordinator through the Orr Fellowship.
“Daniela is the perfect fit to support our entire team’s operations,” said Flowers. “The Orr Fellowship proved once again that they find exceptional talent and we can’t wait to watch Daniela’s journey unfold through the experiences with the program and with TechPoint.”
The recent Butler University graduate and Warsaw, Ind., native, has prior internship experience with Women4Change Indiana, The Mind Trust, Indianapolis Mayor Hogsett’s office, and Butler’s Desmond Tutu Peace Lab.
“What interested me the most about my new role with TechPoint was the ability to aid in the growth in the tech industry here in Indianapolis and around my home state,” said Cervantes. “There is a limitless amount of talent here, and TechPoint successfully fosters, spotlights, and advances the opportunities for talented and up and coming individuals.”