Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • May 8, 2014

    Hard work and focus pay off

    Looking back on her science and technology classes, Megan Lewis remembers the classmates who seemed like geniuses. “They would just relax and coast through difficult classes,” Lewis says. Meanwhile, she says, “I’d work hard and attend study groups. There were times that my hard work would pay off because I would receive higher test scores.”
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  • April 21, 2014

    From Receptionist to Entrepreneur

    Miranda Monahan, 37, is the CEO of M-Power Tech, the company she founded in Bradenton, Florida, three years ago. It’s hard to imagine that she started out her IT career as a receptionist.
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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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  • November 20, 2013

    New Ground

    A new collaboration with a Minneapolis nonprofit is testing a widened scope of information technology (IT) job training. Since Creating IT Futures introduced its IT-Ready Apprentice Program in early 2012, two groups that haven’t qualified for the program have stood out.
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  • October 21, 2013

    Honoring Her Mother’s Vision

    Lakecia Gunter noticed how the magazines and books were piling up in her mother’s house. Her mother, a diabetic, had recently lost vision in one of her eyes. Lakecia turned to her company’s technology for help. She reached for the Intel Reader, which allowed her mother to see the writing on the page “and feel like a whole person” again.
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  • October 21, 2013

    Not a Short-Term Crush

    For 30 years now, educators and business leaders have all but begged teenaged girls to consider careers in technology. And for 30 years, their pleas have largely fallen short. As a result, the technology industry overwhelmingly remains male. Although women account for nearly half of the U.S. workforce, only about a quarter of information technology (IT) workers are female.
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