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Chapter 53 – Randi’s Tale: From Crafting Public Policy to Shaping Philanthropic Partnerships
March 26, 2021

How often does a technologist’s journey wind through the lecture halls of law school and the corridors of Capitol Hill? Listen to this tale celebrating Women’s History Month, as Randi Parker, senior director at Creating IT Futures, shares how her...

Episode 47 – Talking WITS: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Women in Tech Summit
March 18, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, and on the eve of the WITS Spring 2021 Virtual Summit, Technologist Tales producer Celine Dirkes connects with Gloria Bell, Co-Founder and Operations Director of the Women in Tech Summit (WITS), the only...

Chapter 52 – Nancy’s Tale: From Business Media Marketer to IT Training Technologist
March 12, 2021

How does hauling pickle barrels prepare you for a successful career as a technologist? Nancy Hammervik, incoming CEO of the CompTIA Tech Career Academy and leader of CompTIA’s membership organization explains in this tale celebrating Women’s...

Chapter 51 – Angela’s Tale: From Tech Training to Technologist Mentor
March 05, 2021

Revisit the “Technologist Triumph” of Angela Curtis, a graduate of IT-Ready Technical Support training. Hear how CompTIA Tech Career Academy helped Angela translate her passion for solving problems into an IT help desk career at international...

Episode 46 – Talking about Writing: 3 Technologists Share the Privilege & Process of Articulating CompTIA’s “Core Beliefs”
February 25, 2021

True technologists think strategy first. That makes them planners. And good planning requires perspective on your past, present and future. Listen as Randi Parker, Senior Director, Partner Engagement for Creating IT Futures leads a conversation with...

Chapter 50 – Nate’s Tale: From Technician to Technologist
February 22, 2021

Revisit the “Technologist Triumph” of Nate Perkins, a graduate of IT-Ready Technical Support training from the CompTIA Tech Career Academy. Hear how Nate’s decision to pursue certified tech skills – such as CompTIA’s A+ certification – has...

Episode 45 – Talking CompTIA Tech: How IT-Ready Fills Tech Jobs Faster by Disrupting the Traditional Education Track
February 17, 2021

Is pursuing a typical technical education– first high school STEM, next college computer science, then off to the workforce – the best way to fill hundreds of thousands of technology positions available in today’s job market? Not if you want to...

Chapter 49 –A Tale of Two Partners: How Verizon & Workday Support Creating IT Futures
February 05, 2021

How are relationships between Creating IT Futures and our philanthropic partners holistic and integrated? This chapter offers two prime examples: Verizon Foundation and Workday Foundation. Listen as Jeff Lareau, manager, strategic partnerships, and...

Episode 44 – Talking Tech Jobs: Why Today’s Career Changers with Service Skills Can Find Opportunities Working in Tech
January 28, 2021

Why are service-industry workers ideal candidates for entry-level positions working with technology? Because service is about listening, then helping others meet needs and solve problems. Same applies to the IT Help Desk. But are enough tech positions...

Episode 43 – Talking about Partners: How Do Volunteers, Donors, Funders & Sponsors Work with Creating IT Futures
January 15, 2021

How are the people that work with Creating IT Futures like chickens? For answers to that amusing riddle, listen as Jeff Lareau, manager, strategic partnerships, and Alicia Park, national outreach manager for TechGirlz, describe how they develop and...