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Episode 58 – Talking Gratitude: How an Attitude of Appreciation Shapes the Creating IT Futures Mission
December 27, 2021

As 2021 rolls to a close, Charles Eaton, CEO of Creating IT Futures, joins the organization’s Chief Development Officer, Colleen Crino, for a conversation about how feeling gratitude has shaped – and

Episode 57 – Talking Apprenticeships: How does CompTIA’s Apprenticeships for Tech Program Work
December 22, 2021

Why is the technology industry buzzing about a technical skills-sharpening technique from the Middle Ages? Listen as Amy Kardel, leader of the CompTIA Apprenticeships for Tech program, and Wendy Brors

Episode 56 – Talking to Volunteers: Why Volunteering May Be the Highest Form of Learning
December 17, 2021

Ever heard the expression “Teaching is the highest form of learning?” Listen as technologist Amy Cliett, director of TechGirlz, a program of Creating IT Futures, makes the case from her USAToday/Media

Technologist Tales Miniseries #19: Voices from TechGirlz
December 12, 2021

What do a small business owner, an operations manager and a special education teacher have in common? In this miniseries, we hear from Gloria Bell, Amy Cliett, and Alicia Park, three key voices from C

Chapter 68—Alicia’s Tale: From TechShopz Volunteer to Full-Time TechGirlz Advocate
November 05, 2021

What do educators and technologists have in common? A passion for problem-solving, a lot of empathy and the organizational skills to translate understanding into action. Listen as Alicia Park, Nationa

Episode 55 – Talking D, E & I: How CompTIA’s GEM Partnership Helps Women Leaving Incarceration Secure Tech Jobs
November 03, 2021

CompTIA’s new partnership with Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM) helps women leaving incarceration build futures for themselves and their children through customized technical training and enhanced educat

Chapter 67 -- A TechGirlz’ Tale: A Passion for Tech, a Penchant for Mentorship & a Pandemic Pivot
November 01, 2021

Is there an ideal time in life to launch a tech career?  director of , a program of , doesn’t think so. Listen as she describes switching to a technology job in her 30’s, why she did and how she’s hel

Chapter 66 – Jason’s Tale: From Professional Musician to Cybersecurity Technologist in 5 years
October 25, 2021

Must the road to a successful technology career begin in a high school STEM program? Or include four years studying computer science in college? No on both counts. Listen as , chair of the  National A

Episode 54 – Talking D, E & I: How IT-Ready Partner IT Assurance Fosters Greater Diversity, Equity & Inclusion from the Inside Out
September 15, 2021

Zac Cramer, CEO of IT Assurance, a managed services firm in Portland, Oregon, hires graduates of CompTIA Tech’s IT-Ready training program on a regular basis. He also believes fostering greater diversi

Chapter 65 – Gloria’s Tale: From a Girl Impressed by Technology to a Leader Connecting, Educating & Inspiring Women in Tech
September 10, 2021

The sight of a computer filling an entire room sparked Gloria Bell’s passion for technology at the age of six. Over the years, she translated that fascination into co-founding the Women in Tech Summit