Richmond, Va. (November 30, 2006) – Steve Wilson, President and Co-Founder of Impact Makers, gave the commencement speech to graduates of ITT Technical Institute today at the Holiday Inn Kroger Center Select on Midlothian Turnpike.
Wilson addressed an audience of about 200, which included students, parents, teachers, and others. He spoke about how to effectively manage a career and take it in any direction. He peppered his speech with personal anecdotes, advice, and some details about the successes and challenges of his career.
Throughout his work life, Wilson has frequently volunteered for local charities. He began his career at working with hospice organizations in Ohio while at the same time volunteering to help severely mentally and physically disabled children. He later started working as a researcher for Stanford University’s School of Medicine in Palo Alta, Ca., before working in Silicone Valley in the 1990s. He sold deep sub-micron computer chip technology for a number of years and entered the consulting industry prior to moving to Virginia in 2000, narrowly missing the tech bubble collapse. In October 2006, he co-founded Impact Makers, which offers consulting services in Information Technology, Management, and Web Design and Development.
His career path had a lot of relevance to the graduates. The Institute is part of ITT Educational Services, a leading private college system focused on technology-oriented programs of study. It operates more than 85 ITT Technical Institutes in 30 states, and they predominantly provide career-focused, degree programs for about 40,000 students.
Wilson identified five goals that were responsible for much of his success:
1. Don’t fear change
2. Take bold risks
3. Cultivate mentors
4. Protect your reputation
5. Maintain contacts with mentors and successful cohorts
“It took me 20 years to figure out these goals,” said Wilson. “My hope is that you’ll be able to learn from my experiences and develop the skills necessary to reach these goals much earlier in your career. Once you have mastered these skills, you’ll be empowered to take your life in any direction you choose.”
Founded in October 2006, Impact Makers, Inc. is a non-stock, not-for-profit venture with headquarters in Richmond, Va. The company gives all its profits to a non-profit charitable partner and focuses on providing Information Technology, Management, and Web site consulting services to local, national, and international businesses. Impact Makers is located at 2318 Stuart Ave., Richmond, VA 23060; (804) 677-3442; fax (703) 832-5551; and