Women in Technology :: Part 2

If you've ever been a part of an engineering meeting, or sat amongst a group of IT professionals, you may have noticed a trend. A large number of people in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields tend to be men. Efforts are being made on many levels to bring more women on board, and it's starting as early as elementary school.

June is national Women in Technology month and just like last year, I spoke with a number of women in high profile STEM positions who had some very interesting insight into being the minority in their role. The article was picked up by MiTechNews, which was a perfect outlet, considering the subject. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Women in Tech :: Grow. Learn. Succeed.
"In an industry of constant change and evolution, Amanda Regnerus has at times found herself lacking the confidence that she would be able to make the change or learn at the pace that was needed to keep up with the IT industry. Her admission to those fears may come as a surprise, considering Regnerus is the Vice President of Marketing at US Signal Company, a global technology enterprise." + Continue reading the entire article.

A special thanks to those who contributed:
Follow them on Twitter to keep up with the latest tech trends.
Carrie Borchers :: IT Resource Director of Sales :: @csborch or @itresourceinc
Nicole Johnson :: Cisco Systems Engineer :: @tech_nicole
Deidra J. McClelland :: The Skye Group CEO :: @skyegroupgr
Patti Phillips :: Cisco Mid Market Account Manager :: @cisco
Becky Puckett-Wood :: Experis Managing Director :: @experis_us
Amanda Regnerus :: US Signal Company Vice President, Marketing :: @aregnerus

Grand Rapids Business Journal's 40 Under Forty

Congratulations are in order! Our very own Co-Owner and Creative Director, Andrea Snyder, was selected as part of this year's 40 Under Forty class, presented by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. This is the second time Andrea has received this prestigious honor.

The reception was held at the Goei Center and entertainment was provided by the talented Ralston Bowles. Once again the Business Journal put on a stellar event.

Here's Andrea proudly displaying her framed piece from the event. You can read the 40 Under Forty publication in its entirety here - Andrea is featured on page 17. Thank you again to GRBJ for the recognition, this is always a fantastic list to be a part of!

Young Entrepreneurs Series

The Grand Rapids Press recently did a week long series featuring young entrepreneurs in the West Michigan area, and you can only imagine how thrilled I was to find out that STUDIO3TWENTY was going to be among the businesses featured. The call from the reporter was just the start of wonderful things to come.

6 days after our initial conversation we were seated in our office with Cami Reister, a business reporter for The Grand Rapids Press. She and I spoke on the phone various times over the previous week, so it was great to meet her in person. She had a bevy of questions for us, inquiring about everything from our backgrounds to our clients to our spare time. I admired how quickly she was able to write notes. One of the many skills of reporting, I suppose.

Up next was our photo session with Press photographer Cory Morse. We thoroughly enjoyed this portion of our 15 minutes of fame, considering we have a particular interest in photography ourselves. It was interesting to be on the other side of the lens.

We had to wait almost 2 weeks to see the actual article in print, and honestly, we were a bit nervous and excited. When I purchased that day's paper I was surprised to find that we were pictured on the front page of the Grand Rapids Press. We quickly turned to the article and were so pleased to find that Cami did a wonderful job accurately portraying STUDIO3TWENTY, the way we do business, the way we think, and where we had come from. It truly was a very accurate and positive article. We were also really pleased with the way the photos turned out. Cory has a great eye and a knack for interesting angles.

The response we got from the article was nothing but positive and we've had a number of potential client interactions due to the coverage. Above all, we are truly thankful that Cami and The Grand Rapids Press saw potential in our business and felt we were worthy of covering.

You can read the entire article here. All photos included in this blog post were taken by Cory Morse of The Grand Rapids Press and can also be found at the article link.

Andrea Receives One of Grand Rapids' Top Honors!

Excitement came recently in the form of an email notifying me that I had been selected as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal's 40 Under Forty. According to GRBJ, they are looking for those who lead the community in one way or another, provide business and community leadership, and make a difference. To be recognized among such an elite group of young professionals was truly an honor.

To start the process I had to get a professional head shot taken for the publication, which I found to be a pretty exciting ordeal, even though the whole photo process only took about 2.5 seconds. After directions to tilt this way, turn my chin that way, and smile, we ended up with what you see above. Thanks Johnny Quirin, for making me look nice:)

The 40 Under 40 recipients were honored at a reception held at the Goei Center. It was a beautiful facility and the reception was top-notch! The keynote speaker was Mike Jandernoa who spoke about the state of Michigan's economy, as well as how Grand Rapids has the opportunity to thrive. Very interesting stuff.

Each recipient received a framed piece with their article and photo. 

It was not only a special night for STUDIO3TWENTY, but also for one of our clients, IT Resource, of Coopersville. Their sales manager, Carrie Borchers, was one of the 40 Under 40 recipients as well. Here we are, happy together:)

Being recognized as one of Grand Rapids Business Journal's 40 Under Forty was truly an honor. I thank those that thought I was worthy of the recognition, and I thank the other recipients for all they do for our community. Grand Rapids is a great place to encourage business to thrive!

See the Grand Rapids Business Journal 40 Under 40 publication in its entirety here. PS: Take a look at page 22:)