Viola MaxwellThompson

Viola Maxwell-Thompson is President and CEO of IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), a national organization committed to the continuous professional development of Black senior-level technology executives. She is a nationally recognized thought leader in business transformation; diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices; and leadership development. Previously, Ms. Maxwell-Thompson was a partner at Ernst & Young LLC (EY), where she specialized in organizational development and technology implementation. Ms. Maxwell-Thompson is often featured in the media for her expert insights on a variety of business topics, and she has been quoted in numerous leading industry and consumer publications and books, including CIO, Chicago Tribune, Black Enterprise, The Connector's Advantage, and Diversity Careers. Ms. Maxwell-Thompson received the PinkTech award and the Harlem Fine Arts' Salute to African Americans in Technology award, and she was a finalist for both the Women in ITUSA award and the Leadership Character Awards. Ms. Maxwell-Thompson earned her bachelor of arts degree from Lake Forest College and is certified in project management. She serves on three nonprofit boards, was appointed to the board of advisors for AboveBoard, and is a published author. She can be reached at