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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving CT manufacturing leader to share the positive messages around the industry with two goals:

1) To share best practices amongst manufacturing business leaders to help each other to grow and succeed

2) To spread the word throughout the state that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the President, CEO and Founder of IT Direct, a Technology Managed Service Provider in Hartford, CT. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it is making on our local economy. IT Direct focuses on providing its manufacturing clients the technology, support, and strategic guidance they need to not only meet their business goals but to drive future success. 


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Produced by Miceli Productions -

Jan 26, 2021

This episode with Shannon Marimón, Executive Director of ReadyCT, is loaded with valuable information on the state of educational programming, career pathway opportunities, and higher ed partnerships in CT. She covers ReadyCT's connection with the CBIA, how we can do a better job of educating our youth, and the importance of student development in the state.

Shannon talks to Ari about educator externships and how this will help students understand and appreciate the career opportunities that are available to them. By developing clear pathways and programming, we can ensure that students are set up for success in their preferred industries!

Books discussed in this episode:
Growth Mindset by Carole Dweck
The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick Lencioni

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