Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • March 17, 2014

    Early guidance positioned Craig Brown for success

    Craig Brown’s father was instrumental in making sure he had the classes he needed to be ready for a future in engineering. That guidance led Craig to four degrees, a great career and owning his own company. Now, Craig has advice for today’s young people.
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  • January 22, 2014

    Passport to Prosperity

    As a student in Iraq in the late 1970s, Lamia Al-Azzawe was always very good in math and science. When she finished high school, she sailed through a computer science degree and began a job for the Iraqi government as a programmer and analyst, a job that lasted nearly a decade. But in the late 1990s Iraq’s economy started to free-fall. She and her husband looked around for better options, but the only country that would accept them without a visa was Libya.
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  • December 16, 2013

    Being the Standard

    Edgar Flores didn’t have an older brother or sister to show him how to throw a baseball, ask a girl out, or decide what courses to take in school. He had to figure those things out for himself.
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  • November 20, 2013

    Be an Apprentice

    After performing auto body repairs for more than 20 years, Jim Osterhues suddenly found himself laid off and out of work. So Osterhues put that first-hand experience to work by studying for and obtaining a license to work as an insurance adjuster in Minnesota. Yet despite the fact that he knew auto body repair – probably better than the average insurance adjuster – Osterhues could not find a job anywhere.
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  • June 17, 2013

    Leadership as a Learned Trait

    Aptitude and attitude are not enough to move up in today’s business environment. Meaningful success also requires character and teamwork. “It’s not enough to be a smart technical person,” said Paul Cronin, a member of the boards of directors for CompTIA and the Creating IT Futures Foundation. “If people are going to stand up in their own ways and feel the strength inside them, that takes something else."
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  • June 17, 2013

    Tip of a Lifetime

    After 15 years of steadily working his way up the restaurant industry food chain – from busboy to cashier to manager – Daniel Duran suddenly found himself one day working under new owners – and headed in an entirely different direction. “I talked with the new owners, but they already had people in mind, people they were bringing with them,” he said. “So instead of progressing, I was going backward."
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