Blair Milo to Present CEWiT Summit Keynote Address

By Ellen Glover

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Blair Milo, Indiana’s first Secretary for Career Connection and Talent, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s fifth annual Summit, a weekend-long technology conference held on IU’s campus intended to provide women from all disciplines with the opportunity to learn about and experience technology.

“Bringing women together to celebrate and encourage career paths in what are often considered non-traditional roles is what excites me about CEWiT’s Annual Summit,” Milo said in a statement via email. “Women are doing incredible work across the technology sector, and telling that story to other women is how we break barriers to increase the footprint of women in this and many other sectors.”

Milo was appointed to her current position by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb after an executive order was passed in July of 2017. Her job is to fill an estimated one million job openings in the next ten years.

Although Milo is only in her thirties, her professional career has been expansive.

After graduating from high school in her hometown of La Porte, Indiana, Milo attended Purdue University, earning a B.A. in political science and an Ensign position in the United States Navy in 2004. She went on to serve five years as a Surface Warfare Officer, completing two deployments in the Persian Gulf and service in Bahrain, Iraq and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

In 2010, Milo transition to reserve duty and earned a Master’s Degree in legislative affairs from George Washington University. The following year, Milo was elected as the mayor of La Porte at the age of 28, becoming one of the youngest mayors in the town’s history and its only second female mayor. She served two terms, during which time she focused on building the town economically, providing sustainable infrastructure and fostering positive lifestyle choices among her constituents. During her time in office, 1,100 new jobs were created and more than $260 million were invested in the town.

Milo was initially appointed to her current position of Secretary for Career Connection and Talent by former Indiana Governor, current Vice President, Mike Pence. Now, under Governor Holcomb, she serves on the State Workforce Innovation Council, which is dedicated to developing employment opportunities and fair wages to Hoosiers. She’s also chaired the Career Counseling Task Force, which is charged with initiating career readiness standards with K-12 education.

Milo has also been an active advocate from women and positive leadership. She is a member of Governing Magazine’s 2017 Women in Government Leadership Series, which is made up of 25 elected women around the country. She also serves on the state’s Advisory Alliance for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Board of Governors for the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

Milo will be speaking at the Summit’s kickoff banquet on Friday, March 23. Attendees must also register for the Summit, and because of limited seating, it is open only to the first 220 to register. Find out how to register HERE.