One of my favorite rappers is Lecrae. I find his song Round of Applause to be apropos for the phase Strategio is in. For the last few weeks we have been hiring. To hear the stories of these potential technologists has been inspirational. It brought me back to a place where I was a 23yr old college graduate pursuing an opportunity in tech. My dream company was International Business Machines Corporation aka IBM. I went to Old Dominion University’s Career Services center and found an ad for a diversity program called IBM Project View. Through this program I was able to land a software engineering role at my dream company. At IBM I learned so much about not only tech but also about how to be a leader and an "intrapreneur". In spite of my background- one generation removed from living in the projects of Baltimore, Maryland – shout out to McCulloh Homes- I guess you can say I beat them odds!!
Round of Applause to…
Since being in tech I have made it my mission to change the face of IT! As companies review their diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) initiatives from 2021 and set goals for 2022, please keep in mind how important it is to be intentional about DEIB. One way to fulfill DEIB would be to hire early career diverse talent. Strategio understands that 25% of all computer related jobs are held by women. African-American women have a 3% representation in software engineering and Hispanic women only 2%. Strategio’s mission directly tackles these problems by proactively sourcing, investing, training and delivering underrepresented talent for enterprise organizations.
With 2022 before us, I want to encourage everyone, especially those that have become part of Strategio’s community of technologists, to continue to defy the odds and thanks for making Strategio a part of your career journey! Keep pursuing your destiny! I also want to encourage companies to consider talent creation through Strategio to meet your DEIB needs! Remember SHARING KNOWLEDGE IS POWER and KEEP LEARNING!