The Mikell Solution
Dreams Taking Flight in IT
Health Care Service Corporation
Real life leadership
Business Development Manager
onShore Networks, Inc.
Finding the i.c.stars training program came at the perfect time in my life. I was unemployed and unable to find a job, with only three weeks of unemployment left. It was a stressful time and I had nowhere to turn. I was considering returning to a telemarketing job I once loathed. I was on my own, and unable to rely on my family for support and needed to get back to work. Then I happened to see a TV news story about i.c.stars, and even though I wasn’t a techy person, I was drawn to the leadership development component and knew I was smart enough to learn about technology. Within weeks I completed the i.c.stars interviewing process and began the program.
I had always been community-oriented so I really enjoyed the program. I learned cool technology skills and better understood how I could take Bold Chicago to greater heights, the organization I became a founding board member of nine years ago that targets Chicago Public School teens. As a result of the i.c.stars program, I have become a stronger community organizer, with a flourishing website business and community organization.
My training through i.c.stars has changed my life in ways I never dreamed of. With the leadership skills I acquired, I now can think past the day-to-day chore of working to make ends meet, and instead create opportunities for others and make the community a little better each day.
Today I volunteer my time to teach html to teens through The Black Data Processing Association and sit on two committees for Black Angel Network, helping bring its mentoring program for girls up to 21 years old to community organizations, including the South Shore Cultural Center.
The initial volunteer work I did following the i.c.stars program in 2006, which included building websites for the CPS Recycling Project, the CPS Harris Fellows Project and Black Angel Network, led to opening my own business, Second Nature Digital. The website services I offer to my clients are firmly rooted in i.c.stars leadership principles and specifically cater to community organizations and small businesses. I always work within their budget and provide the software solutions they need so they can also help make the community a little better every day.