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Tech Girls Rock at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women make up 58 percent of the U.S. professional workforce, but only 25 percent of the computing workforce.

The Boys & Girls Clubs are out to change that.

In March, Tech Girls Rocked the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. For the first time ever, the Clubs partnered with CA Technologies to offer more than 100 tween and teen girls a full-day workshop developed to encourage the kids to discover and cultivate an interest in information technology (IT) and ultimately, in tech-related educational opportunities and careers.

The event, which took place at the Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch in Scottsdale, included career exploration panels, interactive discussions on key IT trends and topics, and plenty of technology-focused challenges to provide a hands-on experience for all. CA Technologies employees volunteered their time staffing the workshops as well as working with kids one on one throughout the day.

Click here to see FOX 10 live from the event.

“We hope workshops like this at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale help young women who normally wouldn’t venture into a career in IT get excited and encouraged to explore the field,” says Lisa Brighton, community relations analyst for CA Technologies. “With this most recent event, we’ve reached 800 girls total nationwide.”

Tech Girls Rock Tweens - Courtesy of BGCGSBrighton notes the goal is to reach 1,000 girls and cultivate an interest in technology, tech-related educational opportunities and careers.

Before coming to Scottsdale, workshops began in 2012 with events in Boston; Chicago; New York; Plano, Texas; and San Francisco. As part of its commitment, CA Technologies will host additional Tech Girls Rock workshops through July 2013 in additional cities, with the goal to reach more 1,000 young women. This initiative evolved from a long-standing partnership between CA Technologies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America and incorporates two core philanthropic focus areas for CA Technologies: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and the Advancement of Women in IT.

“All of our Clubs are always looking for innovative and inspiring learning opportunities for our members,” said Lauren Stratton, branch director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch. “Tech Girls Rock provides a fun, interactive way to empower girls to explore a potential future in technology. The exposure to IT professionals, who can offer their perspective on the role of technology, and guidance for those considering a career in the field, is an invaluable learning opportunity for these young women.”

In addition to Tech Girls Rock, the greater-Scottsdale Clubs have ensured a long-time focus on providing tech-related opportunities to both male and female members through several other programs, including, but not limited to:

  • Skill Tech I and II
  • Web Design
  • Movie Making
  • Design Tech
  • ImageMakers National Photography Exhibit
  • Music Making

The Clubs also offer monthly field trips to the Scottsdale Microsoft store to enhance technology skills of Club members with the latest software.

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Celebrity Fight Night raises $7.2 million

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 stars and athletes from around the country converged on the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XIX. The evening opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the Phoenix Boys Choir in which a rare Bald Eagle was released into the room. GRAMMY Award winning leading lady of country music Reba McEntirereturned for her eighth year as emcee, kicking off the night by introducing a special performance by Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers. With Muhammad Ali on stage, international superstar Jennifer Lopez, actor and musician Steve Martin, and philanthropist and owner of the Washington Companies Dennis Washington, were honored with the 2013 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. The awards portion of the evening concluded with a special video tribute to Muhammad and Lonnie Ali from legendary musician Paul McCartney.

Following the awards guests were treated to a host of performances under the direction of the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster, who returned for his 14th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director. Performers included Billy Ray Cyrus who sang “Hillbilly Heart,” “Achy Breaky Heart,” and “Johnny B. Goode,” along with American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart who sang her rendition of “Bennie and The Jets.” Actress and musician Rita Wilson returned to the Celebrity Fight Night stage to perform “Personally,” followed by the winner of The X Factor, Tate Stevens, who sang “I Got This,” and “Power of a Love Song” for the crowd. Andrea Bocelli gave an unforgettable performance including songs “Ave Maria,” “Funiculì, Funiculà,” Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” “O sole mio,” “Con Te Partirò,” and a special duet of “Quizás Quizás Quizás” with Jennifer Lopez, marking the first time the duo have ever performed together. Jennifer Lopez closed out the evening with incredible performances of “Get Right,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Club Tropicana,” “Let’s Get Loud” and “On the Floor.”

The black tie event also featured cocktails, a silent auction, an elegant dinner and an exciting live auction featuring one-of-a-kind luxury items. The live auction featured a dinner with Reba McEntire at her Beverly Hills, CA home, with special guests Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and David Foster, which went for a total of $800,000 – two bidders paying $400,000 each. Tom Hanks also threw in two tickets to his upcoming Broadway show “Lucky Guy” plus a backstage meet and greet via phone to seal the bids. Also included in the auction was a week long trip to Tuscany plus a special VIP performance by Andrea Bocelli followed by a private dinner with the musician himself, which sold for $550,000. Celebrity Fight Night XIX raised a total of $7.2 million benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. Each year dozens of celebrity guests attend the event that has raised $87 million dollars in 19 years.

Additional celebrity guests included Billy Crystal, Yank Barry, Jerry Colangelo, Bo Derek, Keith Harkin, Evander Holyfield, Mannie Jackson, Michael Johns, Nancy Lieberman, Mario Lopez, Nick Lowery, Harvey Mackay, Joe Manganiello, Sam Moore, Frankie Muniz, Lute Olson, Chris Rich, Ralph Sampson, Kevin Sorbo, Verne Troyer, Kenny Williams and many more.

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Four companies take the spotlight among Most Admired Companies in Arizona

On Sept. 5, AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ honored 40 of the most innovative and exceptional companies in Arizona at the third annual Most Admired Companies Awards at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix.

In addition to being honored with MAC Awards, four companies were singled out as spotlight winners in the categories of  leadership excellencesocial responsibilitycustomer opinion and workplace culture.

Customer Opinion: CA Technologies

CA Technologies — an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments, from mainframe and distributed, to virtual and cloud — manages and secures IT environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services. Here is just one of example of how CA delivered for its customers: The State of Arizona’s Information Services Division (ISD) was under pressure to deliver more service for less. With 25 different groups juggling 200 projects and 10 times that many concurrent tasks at any one time, project management was missing from the state’s ISD. CA Clarity has enabled the state to transform its IT support operation, helped manage task timelines and labor, as well as having the financials and forecasting officials needed to stay on time and within budget. As a result, the state’s executive branch experienced an eight-figure savings, so the software is literally helping to generate the revenue that pays for its own installation.

Video by Cory Bergquist

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Arizona base: Scottsdale
Arizona leadership: Jon Hunter, general manager
Years in Arizona: More than 20 years
Employees in Arizona: 88
Fast fact: Partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to launch “Tech Girls Rock” to inspire girls to explore technology-related opportunities and careers.
Web: ca.com


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