The Professional Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievement in any professional field. This award honors alumni whose achievements in their fields have brought distinction to themselves as well as credit to Illinois Institute of Technology.
B.S. Mathematics (’79), Xavier University; M.S. Computer Science (’82), Illinois Institute of Technology
Littlejohn has more than 30 years of experience in strategy, architecture, development, and operations in the financial services and telecommunications industries, leading large-scale, technology-based transformation initiatives in these highly regulated sectors. She began her career at Bell Laboratories and continued in advanced leadership roles at Pacific Bell and AT&T before joining Wells Fargo in 2002. As executive vice president, Littlejohn leads the Internal Innovation Strategies team and oversees enterprise technology idea generation as a catalyst for transformative change across the company. She manages development of relationships with IT industry leaders, universities, venture capitalists, and private equity firms and leads the company’s patent strategy and delivery.
Littlejohn is a mentor to others seeking to be great leaders. She serves as chair of EMERGE, a women’s leadership forum with the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF). At Illinois Tech she has given generously of her time, serving on the African American Alumni Association, Alumni Association Board of Directors, Computer Science Advisory Board, and Board of Trustees, as well as several board committees.
In 2016 Littlejohn was named one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” by the National Diversity Council. Her other honors include being named one of the Bay Area’s “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times and being awarded Member of the Year by the Information Technology Senior Management Forum.
Littlejohn encourages students to take advantage of the breadth of knowledge found at Illinois Tech in order to develop “a well-rounded purview of business, technology, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a desire to improve our human condition in a way that allows you to be productive day one upon graduation.” She adds, “Stay curious, learn, and be open to new possibilities.”
Eunice Santos, Ron Hochsprung Endowed Chair and Professor of Computer Science at Illinois Tech, nominated Littlejohn for this award. “Sherrie has been extremely influential in the field of information technology,” says Santos, noting that Littlejohn is “a visionary, a mentor, and a true leader.”
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