Twin Cities News

If I could go back in time, here’s what I’d tell myself

If I could tell anything to the girl I was back in August, I would tell her to be happy with the goals she has accomplished and the progress she has made. I would also tell her that nothing has to be 100% perfect. If she could make everything perfect, she simply wouldn’t be human.


How asking a question was also my breakthrough moment

Hello everyone! My name is Alexis Williams, and I intern at Medtronic in the Global Communications IT. Throughout my internship, I have learned so much that I don’t think I would have ever had the chance to learn without this experience. I am very thankful that I got this opportunity of a lifetime and had the chance to learn so much. On the first day I met my team, we had a lunch together. They asked me what I wanted to get out of this internship. I told them I wanted to get better at interacting with people.


2020 Think IT Scholarship Spotlight: Faiza Mah

York Solutions, in partnership with Genesys Works Twin Cities, the Think IT Association, and Wallin Education Partners, is excited to announce the 2020 Think IT Scholarship winners: Veronica Venegas, Sue Xiong, Faiza Mah, and Pa Gar Vang. In the third of four features, we are excited to spotlight Faiza Mah, a first-year student who just finished up her year at Minneapolis College and will be transferring to the University of Minnesota this fall to major in Computer Science. As a Class of 2019 Genesys Works young professional, Faiza interned at Medtronic and attended high school at Columbia Heights High School. She was also the feature of last year’s Annual Report for her outstanding internship achievements.


How investing in Genesys Works means preparing future tech talent: a guest blog by Bo Gebbie of Evolving Solutions

Those of us in the Information Technology (IT) field know we are nearing a talent crisis in Minnesota.  According to a recent Minnesota Tech Association Workforce Update report, there are 10,369 IT jobs currently open1 in the State of Minnesota with a median average salary of $119,200.  The gap between available jobs and available skilled individuals to fill those jobs is only expected to widen.


From “wandering junior” to young professional and finding her passion in business technology

Before Genesys Works, I was a wandering junior. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to be “when I grew up.” I never even understood what it meant when people asked, “What are you passionate about?” or instructed, ”Just do something you’re good at.” Coming from a low-income family, I was never exposed to many school sports or extracurricular activities. There was just never the time or money for it, and it really led me to feel lost and unhopeful for the future. How would I learn what I was good at if I never really had the chance to explore?


2020 Think IT Scholarship Spotlight: Sue Xiong

York Solutions, in partnership with Genesys Works Twin Cities, the Think IT Association, and Wallin Education Partners, is excited to announce the 2020 Think IT Scholarship winners: Veronica Venegas, Sue Xiong, Faiza Mah, and Pa Gar Vang. In the second of four features, we are excited to spotlight Sue Xiong, a sophomore at Augsburg College majoring in Computer Science. As a Class of 2018 Genesys Works young professional, Sue interned at Capella University and attended high school at Central Senior High School in St. Paul.


ThreeBridge sponsors Breaking Through at Home

ThreeBridge has been intricately involved in Genesys Works success for multiple years now. Case in point: it’s their fourth consecutive year as the presenting sponsor for our annual graduation event – this year, coined Breaking Through at Home.


How working on technical projects taught more than just technical skills

During my internship at Optum, I had the opportunity to work on a scrum team. A scrum team is a group of people who work together to deliver products, and there are three main parts of any scrum team…. All of the Genesys Works interns on my team are developers, but we all also got a chance to be a scrum master. Throughout the year, my team worked on and learned from several projects.


2020 Think IT Scholarship Spotlight: Veronica Venegas

York Solutions, in partnership with Genesys Works Twin Cities, the Think IT Association, and Wallin Education Partners, is excited to announce the 2020 Think IT Scholarship winners: Veronica Venegas, Sue Xiong, Faiza Mah, and Pa Gar Vang. In the first of four upcoming features, we are excited to spotlight Veronica Venegas, a sophomore at Minneapolis College majoring in Computer Science who plans to transfer to Augsburg University in the fall. As a Class of 2018 Genesys Works young professional, Veronica interned at Medtronic. And, you may recognize her name: she was our keynote speaker at the 2018 CIO Luncheon, and her speech earned her a standing ovation.


Forging my career path with Genesys Works and Target

I joined Genesys Works because I wanted to learn more about the tech industry and gain hands-on insight into corporate life. I didn’t know much about what I wanted to pursue once I was attending college, so Genesys Works was a chance to see if Information Technology was for me. During my high school internship at Abbott, I found out that I liked IT, but I had a bigger passion for art and decided to declare a major in Graphic Design. However, I was still uncertain what exactly I wanted to do with this degree.