Creating ThoughtWorkers

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Creating ThoughtWorkers

On Wednesday July 16th, our Future Leaders visited the Chicago headquarters of Thoughtworks, a global software development firm.

We met in Englewood as usual and took the red line into the loop for our 10am meeting at the second tallest building in Chicago, the Aon building.  The teens were very excited.  Even though some of them have a fear of heights, they all eventually fell in love with the view from the 25th floor.

 “I have never seen Chicago from this perspective.  When I come downtown, we usually just go to a restaurant or movie and leave. I can get used to this!”

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City Incite strives to develop well rounded young people that strive for success and become positive contributors to society. We have been having a great time working with the youth during our Afterschool Matters summer program.

Patrica Abney of Thoughtworks was great in setting up a wonderful day on fun and discovery for our teens.  She even facilitated a video conference with Mr. Saleem Siddiqui, a Thoughtworker currently working on a project in Germany.

The questions from the teens ranged from, “Is the air cleaner there?” and,  “How do you like working on different projects all the time?” to, “What programming language do you think is the best to learn first?”

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We were also lucky enough to hear from other Thoughtworkers on site including, designers, developers, project managers, office managers, business analysts, and even the Head of Finances for North America!

The teens were happy to learn about career opportunities with Thoughtworks and within the Chicago technology industry.  I think we have a few future developers in our group.

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After the busy morning, we took a brief stroll though Millennium Park and jumped back on the red line headed to “The Cell” to see the White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals thanks to tickets provided by our friends at Chicago Voyagers. The game was fun and relaxing even though the good guys lost.  🙁

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