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Catch Up With Michelle Lyons

Learn how IBM i community member Michelle Lyons discovered her career on the platform.

Photograph of Michelle Lyons sitting in a chair by her camper.

Image by Sara Stathas

Company name: imPower Technologies 
IT Experience:
Community involvement: Webmaster for WMCPA

How did you end up in IT? After many years of being a stay-at-home mom. I found myself in the position of needing to support myself and my family. I enrolled in some courses at the local college and ultimately ended up on a programming path. I had been an administrative assistant years before and always had an interest in IT. I would hope that my experience would inspire other women to feel that a career in IT isn’t out of reach at any age.

What IBM product could your company not function without? Because we train programmers RPG on IBM i, we would not be able to function without IBM i, IBM Db2®, compilers, Rational® Developer for i and Access Client Solutions.

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in IT? I think I would be flipping houses.

What trends are affecting your work? Companies that are looking to modernize and have more web-based applications have affected our business very positively. Many companies have hired developers with skills in web languages and we teach them RPG.

Who’s been your greatest mentor? What role has that person played in your life or career? Jim Buck has been my greatest mentor. He was one of my instructors when I was in college and is now my business partner. He genuinely cares about his students and wants to see them succeed.

What’s been your biggest accomplishment? My biggest accomplishment has been going back to school and getting two degrees in my 40s.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work? Vacationing and camping with my family.

What superpower do you wish you had? I wish I had the superpower to rid the world of sickness and suffering.

If money were no object, what would you purchase and why? I would purchase a very nice motorhome and travel the country with my family.

What’s your favorite sound? The ocean.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? The best piece of advice I was given was to take some IBM i classes while I was pursuing a degree in web development. This system and the community surrounding it has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined.

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you? I love ‘80s rock and karaoke even though I’m not very good at it.
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