Pictured: TouMong Vang and Tim Thull
Tim Thull is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Medica. Tim is also a member of the Genesys Works Twin Cities Board of Directors. Tim has worked with TouMong Vang, a former young professional at Medica, who now is a College Intern and full-time student at Hennepin Technical College.
How did you first get involved in Genesys Works?
I first got involved in 2011. One of our staff members had shared information with me about the program and it sounded like a really good idea. That first year we had three interns, and I was amazed over the progress even in their first year. The thing I really liked from the beginning was that we were able to actually get the real work done for our departments and we also have the ability to grow talent. Even more importantly, we get to see the confidence level of the individuals who would come in the door the first week, very timid and shy and within a couple of months you could tell how much more comfortable and confident they had become. It’s great seeing that built up level of confidence after holding down a job in the corporate world and figuring out the value that they bring to it. It’s great that we can grow talent but we’re also building the confidence and bringing value to the students’ lives which goes beyond any benefit to the organization. We’re supporting the individual. Are they comfortable and confident in the environment? For each intern who has been here, you can just really see them grow over the course of the year.
What has been the most memorable part of having interns here at Medica?
Early on, we did a lot of work to bring the interns in to report out and have them provide us feedback. Over the course of the year, you could see the level of engagement and improvement and confidence level for the interns. The growth and seeing their outcomes really stands out to me. There is a lot of positive feedback. I remember with our executive team, receiving a lot of positive feedback from the work the interns were bringing – not only the help they bring, but they bring a lot more energy to the team. They’re excited to be there and they really increase the energy level for the entire team.
What has it been like since becoming a member of the Board of Directors?
I was approached by Karen [Marben, GWTC Executive Director] and actually taken aback and honored to be asked to be a board member. I had always been interested in giving back to the community and when this opportunity came up and when Karen indicated there was an interest in me, I was excited and thrilled. Based on the other members of the board, who I know to varying degrees, it was clear it was a great opportunity to be a part of it. I’m very pleased to be a part of the GW board and thrilled that we are growing the board with new individuals as well. Getting involved and participating in the organization is all about helping the organization to be successful. How can we open doors for more students? How can we help the staff to be most successful? I’m so excited for where the organization is headed into the future. We have strategies and plans on growth and to make more of an impact.
What advice would you give to Genesys Works interns?
Definitely take advantage of the program and all that it offers. Maximize all you can at the program. Maximize the opportunity that you have. We have folks who have been here who have come back to work for us, either as college interns or full-time interns. Take advantage of those opportunities and leverage your network. Don’t let that network go, use that to grow your opportunities in the future. It’s much more than just a program, use the entire organization and relationships.
What would you share about Genesys Works to other CIOs?
To me, it’s a no-brainer. I believe every CIO should be involved with the Genesys Works program. We all need the talent; every single IT department needs more staff members. How can you go wrong with bringing in people, nurturing them, growing their IT and life skills, growing our IT pipeline but also getting the work done for your organization at the same time? You’re getting real work done and building the next generation of IT talent. It’s absolutely a no-brainer.