Growing up in a small, close-knit community in Bastrop, Louisiana, taught Derrick Warren the importance of relationships and results.
From a young age, his parents, Calvin and Idell Warren, instilled in him the reality that a quality education was very important to success. They also ensured that he knew he could learn something from everyone he met in life. Now, this self-described “Global Life Learner” drives positive transformation for the Southern University System as Director of Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Southern University Alumni Federation. He performs these critical tasks by utilizing social/digital engagement, technology transformation, strong communication strategies and innovation.
Warren advises alumni on the Southern University System, targeted initiatives, new ways of working, speed to market concepts and creative strategies that can differentiate them in today’s highly competitive marketplace. This results in accelerated alumni membership value and growth. He feels that analytic research, which is grounded in technology and Big Data, unlocks new possibilities that will help the Southern University System rapidly succeed. His specialty areas are stakeholder engagement, services productization, technology transformation and helping Southern alumni, administration, faculty, staff, students and stakeholders tap into leading practices, techniques and talent.
Over the course of his 32 year plus corporate career at IBM, Derrick was responsible for the overall client satisfaction, financials, and delivery execution of large accounts ranging in size from several hundred million to over a billion dollars in total contract value. He developed compelling value propositions, created innovative tactical/strategic plans, executed roadmaps for effective execution, resolved complex escalated issues/disputes as well as guided the participation of all IBM Lines of Business. He also served as a member of the IBM Technical Leadership Team and was featured in the company’s’ “On Demand” Thinker Ad Campaign. This campaign appeared globally in business publications that included Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, The Economist, Money Magazine, Barron’s, CIO, CFO as well as other international business publications.
In recent years, Warren achieved success living abroad leading teams that provided complex technology solutions for corporations in Asia Pacific and Africa. The countries included Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, Nigeria and other countries across Africa and The Middle East. While overseas, he established IBM’s Project Executive Competency which improved certifications by more than 300%, rapidly drove positive double digit grew C-Suite references and engineered a marked enhancement to client satisfaction year to year. He has also published articles in industry magazines and is an accomplished speaker at business symposiums, conferences, and universities around the world.
Warren is a cum laude honor graduate of The Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. While on campus, he served as Student Government Association President, Junior Class President and a member of the University’s Famed “Human Jukebox” Marching Band. He is a life member of the Southern University Alumni Federation, life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Kappa Phi Kappa Fraternity and a Charter member of the John G. Lewis Masonic Lodge.
Derrick was also honored to deliver Southern’s fall 2011 Commencement Address. He earned an MBA from the University of South Florida in Tampa as part of the school’s Executive MBA Program. Derrick is currently pursuing an Executive Doctorate in Business at Georgia State University – Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife, Anita, currently reside in Roswell, Georgia and are transitioning to Baton Rouge, La. They are the proud parents of two sons, Derrick II and Dillon, daughter, Dhalyn, and granddaughter Emersyn.