Atlanta, Minneapolis IT Pros Focus on Professional Development; Dallas Chapter in the News

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As the association has grown to more than 11,000 members, CompTIA AITP and its chapters are creating robust programming to support growing tech communities and provide IT pros with networking and professional development opportunities. Here's a look at what's been going on around the country.  

IT Pros in Minnesota Uncover Their True Professional Identities  
On Tuesday, July 17, CompTIA AITP hosted Your True Professional Self, a networking and professional development event aimed at helping IT pros in the Minneapolis area learn how to talk about their skills and successes in an authentic and approachable way.

The event brought together a diverse group of local CompTIA AITP members, as well as Minnesota graduates of IT-Ready, a training and career placement program launched by Creating IT Futures to teach people the technical and soft skills they need to succeed in an IT career. The 30 attendees ranged from retired IT professionals to mid-level managers looking to grow and expand their careers.
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In addition to an opportunity to network and connect with one another, the program, hosted by Jacob Sorem, assistant professor, School of Technology at Rasmussen College, provided IT pros with the tools they need to uncover their unique skills and attributes in order to build an authentic, professional identity.

“We are so pleased to bring these valuable networking and learning opportunities to tech pros in Minneapolis. We are looking forward to additional professional events that will continue to bring these folks together, help them build relationship and teach them the tools that will allow them to continue growing in their careers,” said Colleen Loeffler Phonwiang, director of CompTIA AITP.

Atlanta Chapter Hosts Women Tech Leaders Forum
In June, CompTIA AITP Atlanta hosted its 5th annual Women Leaders in Technology Forum, featuring a variety of women working in tech today. The panel, moderated by Amy Auriemma, an operations executive in the software industry, included Tina Allen, senior director, technology - web COE at Equifax; Kim Seijo, data innovation and excellence leader at HD Supply; Muthoni Richards, IT governance consultant at IT GRC; and Cathy Hackl, futurist at You Are Here Immersive Labs.
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The panel tackled a diverse range of topics—from discussing the paths that eventually lead to careers in technology and managing their careers in a predominantly male industry to finding mentors and convincing more women to pursue tech.

“Have confidence to speak in areas that are uncomfortable,” Richards advised the women in the room. “Be prepared to share your opinion. Don’t wait to be asked.”

More than 40 tech pros attended this lively and enlightening discussion, which included dinner and networking with Atlanta-area IT pros.

Dallas Chapter President Featured in Q&A on Dallas Tech Workforce
Mike Rochelle, president of the CompTIA AITP Dallas chapter, recently connected with Dallas Business Journal to discuss why he believes Dallas-Fort Worth has a strong enough tech workforce to attract Amazon’s second headquarters, and how CompTIA AITP is working to expand the universe of individuals in the region who see a career for themselves in tech.

Rochelle emphasized that CompTIA AITP Dallas’ mission is to “develop ethical business technology leaders at all levels and encourage and grow active thinkers to change the world through universal virtues and action. That’s the 'why' we do it. The 'how' is, we nurture an inclusive community of business technologists to connect, have fun and grow together. We embrace people at the beginning of their career, fresh from college, when they’re building their resume, all the way through active giving as a retiree. It’s unique. Most organizations are either executive or they’re employee-driven or they’re gender-driven. We are all of those things.”

Get involved! Search CompTIA AITP events and find out what’s happening in your area.