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State of Colorado

Theresa Szczurek
Theresa Szczurek
Chief Information Officer & Executive Director
State of Colorado
Phone: (303) 764-7707
State of Colorado
Governor's Office of Information Technology
601 E 18th Ave, Ste 250

Denver, CO 80203

Year Appointed:

2019

Biography:

Dr. Theresa M. Szczurek, a serial technology entrepreneur and role model  for technology leaders, is a senior global executive and strategist who has  led and served on Board of Directors of business-oriented organizations.  She is a dynamic business leader in telecommunications, software, and  technology industries with experience producing extraordinary results.  Engineer who co-founded three technology ventures. Financial manager  with multi-million dollar P&L responsibility in global, publicly-traded and  private companies who demonstrated business and operating shrewdness.  Innovative thinker who established vision and values, developed  strategies, and executed plans necessary to create new businesses, driveexplosive market growth,and produce performance in highly competitive business segments. 

Theresa is co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Boulder-based Radish Systems, LLC. Radish 2.0 (​www.RadishSystems.com​), an award-winning private enterprise software  firm, was launched to develop the innovative ChoiceView® – a visual interactive voice  response, visual phonebot, visual chatbot, and live assistance platform. This new product is  revolutionizing how people use their mobile devices to buy products, receive complex  information, conduct business, and obtain customer support or technical assistance.  

Previously as co-founder, board member, and Chief Planning Officer of RCS (i.e., Radish 1.0),  Szczurek was key in transforming the telecom start-up into a thriving firm that sold for over  $40 million. As CEO of consulting firm Technology and Management Solutions, LLC, she uses  her skills to help clients build revenues and profits, transform customers into loyal champions,  and build a passionate workforce.  

In addition to guiding the board of Radish Systems, Theresa currently serves on non-profit  boards: International Women's Forum of Colorado, University of Colorado Boulder Alumni  Association, and Girl Scouts of Colorado Membership Connection Board Committee. Past board  service includes: State of Colorado Information Management Commission and private, for-profit companies: Hybrids Plus, Taps Are Talking, and Ecology House. For her board work  to guide economic development through business incubation, she received Colorado  Technology Incubator (i.e., CTEK) Model of Excellence and Board Member Service Awards. 

Theresa is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) with the Institute of Management  Consultants and served on its Board. 

Szczurek began her career with seven years at Bell Telephone Laboratories and AT&T  International, first designing and greatly improving performance of business information  systems, and then producing large-scale revenue growth by managing their delivery into world  markets. 

Theresa wrote the Amazon-bestseller, ​Pursuit of Passionate Purpose​, which provides her  proven, step-by-step formula for success. Recognized internationally as a guru in  entrepreneurship and business incubation, she co-authored ​Financing High Technology  Ventures​ with executives from the Polish Chamber of Commerce. Her first book is ​Champions  of Technological Change: How Organizations Successfully Implement New Technology​. A  highly awarded professional, she was a columnist for Telecom Reseller, BizWest, and Colorado  Biz Magazine. 

Szczurek has a thirst for helping the underprivileged. She received a Spirit Award from  Business and Professional Women of Colorado (BPW/Colorado) and National Issues Award from  BPW/USA for helping women be competitive in worldwide trade. She was also honored with  the BPW Visionary Award for spearheading the non-profit Colorado BPW Foundation's (​www.cwef.org​) endowment campaign to help women attain economic self- sufficiency  through education. 

Theresa holds a M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University and an M.B.A. and Ph.D.  in Business Administration (with focus in Marketing & Organization Development) from the  University of Colorado. After growing up in the Chicago area, she has lived in Colorado for  decades with her husband Richard and daughter Annie. She loves the outdoors, dancing, and  being a life-time Girl Scout and leader. 

Other Info:

CIO Statute: 24-37.5-103 - Office of Information Technology-Creation

IT Procurement Responsibility: State Procurement Office

Special Projects & Broadband: http://broadband.co.gov/

 




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