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June 15, 2021

Creating IT Futures and TEKsystems recognized for fostering diversity in IT

Creating IT Futures and TEKsystems, one of the world’s largest technology service firms, recently received a gold SHIFT Award from the CLOSE IT Summit, a leading employment tech conference and a program of Innovate+Educate.


The SHIFT Awards recognize employers who have shifted from traditional hiring, assessment and advancement methods to create new paths to employment, training and economic opportunity. The awards especially seek out programs that serve under-represented and often overlooked populations, such as minorities, persons with disabilities, veterans, military spouses, and others.


For nearly a decade, TEKsystems and Creating IT Futures have collaborated through Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready Technical Support program (now operated by CompTIA Tech Career Academy) to foster career opportunities for groups under-represented in the technology field – most notably women and people of color.


During that time, TEKsystems has hired dozens of IT-Ready graduates from cities across the country. The organization also provides donations to other Creating IT Futures programs that cultivate cultures of inclusion, such as TechGirlz, whose mission is inspiring middle-school girls to explore technology careers, and the Women in Tech Summit (WITS), a conference series featuring solely women speakers.


“Since the beginning, our relationship with TEKsystems has shared a common mission: Making technology careers more accessible to anyone with a dream and the passion to pursue it,” said Colleen Crino, Chief Development Officer for Creating IT Futures. “Together, we’re diversifying our nation’s IT talent pipeline one entry-level job candidate at a time. We are honored to be among the amazing group of companies that received this year’s SHIFT Awards.”


Franklin Reed, TEKsystems’ director of inclusion and diversity, serves on the Creating IT Futures board and is a driving industry force in cultivating diversity.


TEKsystems and Creating IT Futures were among eight companies honored with the gold award.


The winners of the SHIFT Awards were announced at the CLOSE IT Summit by Jamai Blivin, CEO and founder of Innovate+Educate, and Sean Sullivan, CHRO of SHRM, the world’s largest human resources professional trade organization.


“What I find so compelling about the SHIFT Awards is that they celebrate reaching traditionally untapped talent in ways that exemplify what SHRM advocates for through policy, knowledge, toolkits, and research,” said Sullivan.


The CLOSE IT Summit is produced by Innovate+Educate, a nonprofit focused on shifting training, hiring, and advancement strategies to ensure that the country’s more than 100 million low-income workers gain access to learning and employment leading to lifelong economic success.