Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80CompTIAWorld | SPRING 2017 18 Funny thing is, Pound, CEO of British-based IT consultancy MaximITy, almost didn’t make it into technology, despite her parents’ heavy involvement in computing during the 1950s. They counted micro-computing pioneers amoung their friends and installed one of the very earliest personal computers at home, giving Pound plenty of opportunity to explore. “Technology is what we had around, what we used, what we tinkered with,” she said. Unfazed that her hobbies didn’t fit the typical girl mold, she applied to study computer science, only to be told her math grades disqualified her. “I was not good at math,” she said. “My dad is, but I didn’t inherit that gene set. I struggled with school and had to fight and fight and fight to get my way into the program.” When her persistence paid off, she became one of just two women in the area studying computer science. Early on, she understood there was no precedent for women in technology, which gave her plenty of freedom. “You could go far as long as you’ve got that inclination,” she said, “and I’ve always been naturally inquisitive.” Since then, Pound has built computers, wired cables, and crawled under desks to install server racks and expansions. She’s worked as a programmer, software installer and trainer, and spent years as a technologist in manufacturing, where she digitized processes and learned product development soup to nuts. Today at MaximITy, she’s the definition of a trusted adviser. ‘CompTIAwasaBreathofFreshAir’ Stereotypes have never suited Pound. “I don’t mind being different to other people,” she said. “I have long, painted nails, and I like driving fast cars. I don’t fit the geek stereotype.” One cliché she couldn’t shake, though, was how the IT industry was perceived when she first joined. “In the 1980s, I struggled with the image that IT was like the used car salesmen who is going to rip you off,” she said. Through the grapevine, she heard about a nearby meeting of CompTIA’s UK Community, and, after just one session, she was hooked and became one of the association’s Premier Members. “I had thought for a long time that something needed to be done about the state of IT, and coming across CompTIA was just a breath of fresh air,” Pound said. “Right away I was like, ‘How can I play my part and share what I’ve learned?’” She became heavily involved with UK Community initiatives and soon T here’s one constant in Tracy Pound’s diverse 32-year technology career: When obstacles arose, she persisted. “Technology can be scary for people,” said Pound, easing her British roadster onto an English highway. “I know it can be a struggle to learn, or a struggle to be allowed to learn something. It gives me empathy for people who are struggling with technology and feeling vulnerable.”