Expertise: Technology, Using Technology to Accelerate the End of Poverty, Chief Information Officer, Performance Coach, Keynote Speaker
Jim Finwick serves as Compassion’s Vice President of Information Technology and believes technology will accelerate the demise of poverty as well as the transformation of children served by Compassion International’s programs.
According to Jim, the biggest reason extreme poverty still exists is that we expect it to. “Poverty appears to be an insurmountable condition that is produced by many variables that cannot be controlled,” he says. “Throughout human history there are key moments when technology has touched humanity. The technological advances of the last 50 years mean that this generation is uniquely positioned to push poverty off the planet.”
At Compassion, Jim leverages technology to:
- increase revenue
- reduce costs
- improve processes
- provide scalability
Jim works to maximize the value of information management, which in part has fueled Compassion’s growth from 400,000 children served in 2001 to over 1.4 million children served today.
“The children we serve are the future of the world,” Jim says. “Their potential is priceless. By creating a world in which every child can grow up healthy, strong, educated and engaged means that solutions to problems that were previously thought to be impossible are now possible. Diseases that we previously thought to be incurable are now curable by igniting this passion and accelerating our human potential.”
He continues, “It’s a rare opportunity that one can be instrumental in joining a movement in human history that future generations will refer to as “before” and “after.” But such is the world in which we live. And such is a new generation of world changers who realize that technology is only useful if it transforms lives.”
- Managed the growth of Camelot Consulting from a $100,000 start up to a successful $1.2 million consultancy.
- Co-authored patented predictive project management methodology modeled in the WorkLenz product (US Patent #7729939).
- Partnered in a Kilimanjaro charity climb in 2010, raising money to benefit the release of children from poverty.
- President and CEO of Camelot Consulting Group, a nationwide professional services firm specializing in technology and business consulting to create high-performance organizations.
- Co-owner and Chief Information Officer for Métier, Ltd., a project management SaaS and business services provider.
- Chief Technical Architect at Métier, Ltd., where he created a patented, web-based, enterprise-level project and portfolio-tracking tool called WorkLenz.
- California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, BS, MIS
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