Hold the front page – MaximITy’s Tracy Pound is on IT!

CompTIA have released the first issue of new membership magazine and “our Tracy” – MaximITy’s Managing Director Tracy Pound makes the front cover and is featured inside the magazine with a a six page article on her work……

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Tracy picks up her CompTIA member of the year award at #AMM17 Chicago

MaximITy’s Managing Director Tracy Pound was presented with her  CompTIA “Member of the Year” award at the organisation’s Annual Member’s Meeting in Chicago today.


Aspiring Digital Marketeer speaks to Tracy Pound

Short video posted by 3aaa Apprenticeships who state “In this video, one of our Digital Marketing Apprentices discusses with Tracy Pound, the Managing Director of MaximITy, 2016 winner of PRC’s Women of the Year and 3aaa Apprenticeships Ambassador why she chose to do her Apprenticeship, why she would like to be successful in Digital Marketing and how she dreams of setting up her own business!”

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Aspiring Cyber Security Technician meets Tracy Pound

Short video posted by 3aaa Apprenticeships who state “In this video, one of our IT Apprentices discusses with Tracy Pound, the Managing Director of MaximITy, 2016 winner of PRC’s Women of the Year and 3aaa Apprenticeships Ambassador the aspects of technology that she is interested in and how she would like to get more girls and women into the industry.”

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CompTIA names Tracy Pound its Member of the Year

PCR Online reported:

“The founder and owner of a technology business who has championed industry diversity and served as mentor and confidante for scores of colleagues has been selected as Member of the Year by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association….

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CompTIA Names Tracy Pound its Member of the Year

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The founder and owner of a technology business who has championed industry diversity and served as mentor and confidante for scores of colleagues has been selected as Member of the Year by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association.

Tracy Pound, founder and managing director of MaximITy, a technology training, consultancy and project management company based in Tamworth, England, will be recognized as CompTIA Member of the Year at the association’s Annual Member Meeting in ChicagoMarch 21-23.

“Tracy continues to be an amazing asset to the CompTIA member community and the industry at large,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “Her steadfast belief that with the right understanding and initiative any partner can transform their business for the future is contagious. We’re so happy and proud to honor her as Member of the Year.”

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Thanks for the great response!

I was recently featured in Standard Issue’s (link   http://standardissuemagazine.com/))  ‘Glass ceiling smashers’ series of interviews with women who are blazing a trail in different sectors.

The online publication was launched by comedian Sarah Millican. It’s a fresh, new, sassy read with a host of features to make you think, laugh and learn.

So it was brilliant to be included.

Part of the interview offered an opportunity to pay tribute to inspirational women. This was too good a chance to miss to name Nancy Hammervik, vice-president for industry relations at CompTIA. (link: https://www.comptia.org/about-us/executive-staff)

You can read the interview here:

Glass Ceiling Smashers: Pounding her way to the top

Hazel Davis talks to IT industry leader Tracy Pound about being told what to do and taking the locks off the IT world. (http://standardissuemagazine.com/lifestyle/glass-ceiling-smashers-pounding-way-top/)

Since the article was published, we have been thrilled with the very positive response. Sarah Millican herself urged people to read about Tracy’s achievements and re-tweeted a link to her almost two million followers.

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to say how much they enjoyed the interview. And thank you to the Standard Issue team for featuring me in such auspicious company.

Could women be the answer to the IT skills gap?

Tracy Pound, CompTIA Board member and MD of MaximITy, pens a guest blog for PCR Online speaking about the struggles facing women in the IT industry and what can be done to get more women involved……

“The IT & Tech industry is facing an unprecedented skills gap that could be detrimental to both business and the UK economy. It was reported by the Institute of Engineering and Technology that in 2015 the skills gap increased for the ninth year in a row. It isn’t a surprise that employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find the right talent, with many employers seeing this as significant threat to business.

One area that demands significant attention, is the appeal and diversity of the industry to women. Speaking last year at the Microsoft Future Decoded Conference in London, Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of lastminute.com noted that only 4% of the world’s engineers and 10% of technology company founders are women. It is clear that more work needs to be done and this could present an opportunity to plug some of the skills shortage.

I have been in the IT industry for over 30 years, and am passionate about encouraging more girls and women to look at tech roles. This needs to be addressed, not only from a business perspective with women being given the opportunity to have more senior roles, but also at a grass roots level through education and STEM subjects in school. ….”

We Must Stop Hindering Women’s Technological Development

MaximITy’s Managing Director, Tracy Pound’s blog post for the HuffPost Tech United Kingdom

“Throughout history women have played a key role in innovating and developing technology. From Ada Lovelace publishing the first algorithm intended to be carried by the first modern computer, through to Margaret Hamilton overseeing the team tasked with developing flight software for NASA’s Apollo space mission, women have had a huge impact on how technology has shaped our world.

However, despite women’s influence in the sector, gender diversity is a persistent issue within the technology industry. In such a vast and growing area, women still take up a very limited amount of IT positions. Research by Deloitte found that only 18 percent of the IT workforce in the UK are women – this is a miniscule figure and does not reflect well on the industry as a whole.

An increasing number of technology roles are opening up, and we do not have the amount of trained staff available to fill them. This skills gap is even being noticed at government level. In the recent Digital Skills Crisis report, published by the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, it was found that the digital skills gap is costing the UK economy £63 billion a year in lost GDP. Encouraging women into the sector should be a top priority to help fill these roles and bringing a wider set of skills to the industry…..”