SPARCS@Brocade / Teen Tech Day May 4, 2016 at Brocade in Plymouth, MN!

SPARCS@Brocade / Teen Tech Day May 4, 2016 at Brocade in Plymouth, MN!

Minnesota High School Girls: Jump-start your career in Information Technology with Brocade and Advance IT Minnesota!

Want to jump start your career in Information Technology? Smart move, considering that IT is woven into the fabric of every major industry in today’s global economy. Advance IT Minnesota is hosting a Teen Tech Day at Brocade May 4 at Brocade’s Plymouth, Minnesota facility! Brocade is an American-based global technology company specializing in data and storage networking products.

Think this is only for prospective engineers? Think again.

Brocade will be allowing students to speak with employees across all departments – Project Management, Sales Operations, Technical Support, Support Delivery, Sales, Customer Service, Inventory Planning, and many more!

Snag some Brocade SWAG

And, wait until you see what Brocade has planned for each student who attends (can you say SWAG?). Activities will include an overview of the company and the various organizations that comprise its competitive stance in the IT market today, various hands-on activities and demonstrations (with potential to win prizes), catered lunch and a mock interview panel.

It’s completely FREE, and (BONUS) … it’s taking place during the school day!


This event is full

Registrants: Download, print and complete this form: bring it with you May 4 to Brocade:

QUESTIONS? Email Russell Fraenkel

Mitch Anderson
Premier Services Senior Manager

Mitch graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of MN before the first router was invented and subsequently has worked in the IT industry for nearly 33 years at Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Brocade. At Brocade he has been responsible for product management in our Global Services business and is currently looking after the support relationship with our largest OEM and system integration partners. In his spare time, Mitch is a private pilot and an avid skier who stinks at golf. He lives in Chaska with his wife Jill, son Zach (a HS junior) and a black lab, Willie.

Chloe Huisman
Sales Operations Team Lead

Chloe is a 2009 graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato with a degree in Business Management and minor in Business Administration. Her dreams led her to take her first job in Bismarck, ND in healthcare. When it became apparent that the job was not sustainable for her long-term future she moved back to Minneapolis and reached out to a Contracting Agency that placed her with Brocade. Although it was intended to be a temporary placement until she could find something more permanent, she got hired full time and has never looked back. Within her various roles in Brocade Sales Operations, she has found an environment that supports her passion for cause, attention to detail and leading projects that drive operational efficiencies. When she’s not working she stays busy traveling back home to rural MN on the farm, gardening, shopping and enjoying Minnesota’s warm weather on the lakes.

Mary St. Aubin
Contract Renewals Specialist

Mary graduated with a two year degree in marketing. Over her career she has held positions such as retail Regional Manager and Business Development Manager selling transformers and inductors to the telecommunications industry. At Brocade, Mary works in the Contracts Renewals department. Mary enjoys travelling, reading, playing golf and time with her family. Mary lives an adventurous lifestyle as a strong and independent woman, hoping to continue to do so for the foreseeable future!

Sharon Talberg
Contract Renewals Specialist

Sharon graduated High School and went to work in the technology field and has been doing so now for 34 years. She began working at a company called MFG building PC Boards and has held various roles ranging from scheduling customer shipments to commissions to reconciliation of account records. She now handles Maintenance Contract renewals for the Federal business unit of Brocade, enjoying time outside of work with family and friends. She knows it all!



9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Plymouth, Minnesota


9 – 9:20 a.m.

Arrive to Brocade

Suite E390, 3033 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441
Tel: 763-268-6000

9:30 – 10 a.m.

Brocade 101 Presentation

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Rotate groups of girls through three, 30-minute activity/demo stations

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (provided by Brocade)

Career Stories

12:30 – 1 p.m. – Rotate groups of girls through Brocade labs for a tour/quick demo of plug-and-play with some offline switches

1 – 2 p.m.

Rotate groups of girls through two, 30-minute activity/demo stations

2 – 3 p.m.

Mock Interview Panel

3 – 3:30 p.m.


Final Q&A