2024 Influential Mainframers

This month, Planet Mainframe celebrates influential mainframers nominated by the community. The field benefits from their efforts in making the mainframe what it is today and working towards the mainframe of tomorrow.

Today we are celebrating a vocal advocate for collective improvement and industry engagement.

Lauren Valenti

Director, Mainframe Education and Customer Engagement Programs, Broadcom

Melville, New York, USA

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Lauren Valenti, currently the Director of Mainframe Education & Customer Engagement at Broadcom, has built a distinguished career since joining CA Technologies in 2000, before it merged into Broadcom. Her role encapsulates managing pivotal elements within the Mainframe Software Division, including education, customer engagement, and insights, marking her as a key player in shaping the future of mainframe technology.

Recognized for her dedication to nurturing mainframe skills and supporting women in tech, Lauren’s initiatives focus on equipping individuals and organizations with the technical training necessary for IT proficiency, especially in mainframe systems. Her efforts to bridge the mainframe skills gap through innovative educational programs have not only demonstrated success in cultivating new talent but have also contributed toward’s Broadcom’s recognition as the “Best Learning Team” by the Brandon Hall Group as a part of the Excellence Awards.

Lauren attributes her inspiration and leadership approach to the Executive Leadership Team at Broadcom’s Mainframe Software Division. “They were able to communicate a clear vision for the future of the mainframe platform and demonstrate their continued investment.” She continued, “They stressed the importance of collaboration and teamwork as this was key in addressing challenges and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. I’ve learned valuable lessons in strategic thinking, adaptability and resiliency by observing their leadership styles and decision-making. They served as mentors and role models who offered guidance and invaluable insights so that I could polish my leadership capabilities and strive for excellence in my work and contributions to my team and the mainframe community.”

As a vocal advocate for collective improvement and industry engagement, Lauren frequently shares her insights through blogs and speeches, demonstrating a commitment to addressing the skilled labor shortage and ensuring a resilient future for the mainframe workforce. Her belief that “a rising tide lifts all boats” reflects her dedication to community-wide progress and the advancement of mainframe technology.

“If the last few years have taught us anything, it is this: there are plenty of people in the world to overcome the mainframe skills shortage. You don’t need a computer science degree to master the mainframe. And with the right educational tools, we have and will continue to find the right people for the job—on our customers’ behalf, and for the greater good of the industry.” – Lauren Valenti