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Dorothy O’Berry walked to the podium prepared to tell 400 IT professionals her life story. O’Berry was also there to thank them. Taking a deep breath, O’Berry began by saying her story was about doors: revolving doors that offered limited hope, inviting doors that changed her life, and open doors to a world where she can contribute and be valued.

Revolving doors and limited hope were a reference to O’Berry’s not so distant past. It is hard for most to imagine attending high school while living in a homeless shelter. O’Berry does not have to imagine — it was real for her. As for hope, studying at night in a homeless shelter could not have offered much.

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