I'm Shonna Dorsey, an Omaha native, the Vice President of Business Development and Tech Talent for AIM Institute and community builder.
My personal and business missions are to help change lives for the better.
- Shonna Dorsey
I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. I grew up in North Omaha and I attended Omaha North High School. I applied and was accepted into Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). I decided to attend UNO following my acceptance into the Goodrich Scholarship program.
I graduated from UNO in 2003 with a Bachelors Degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and after some time in Atlanta and Norway, returned to Omaha to pursue a Masters in MIS which I completed in December 2010.
During my Captsone course for the Masters in MIS program, I was appointed to a leadership role by my classmates and served as our team's scrum master during the development of a web application for the nonprofit organization Project Harmony. My experience working on this project helped to solidify my passion for working to improve the lives of others through technology.
Following several years of professional growth and development, I was offered the opportunity to launch a startup called Interface: The Web School in partnership with Dundee Venture Capital Founder, Mark Hasebroock, and a team of rockstars including Beth Engel, Jerod Santo, Jake Stutzman and Seth Carlson. To date, Interface has been the ultimate expression of my desire to build a company I LOVE, with people who truly care, and give back to our community. By August 2015, I had personally introduced over 200 people to web development via free workshops at locations within and outside of Omaha including a few stops in Lincoln, Des Moines, and Council Bluffs.
Interface School was acquired by AIM Institute. This acquisiton has not only opened doors because of the non-profit status of the school, but due to the strength and size of the AIM team, we are in position to scale Interface's program offerings within our community and beyond.
Since I began my career in tech, I have been working on creative ways to be involved in and engage the community by developing relationships with professionals at all levels from help desk technicians to CEOs. My ultimate goal is to be a resource to the communities I serve by connecting tech professionals to meaningful opportunities to give back.
The selected stories are mostly related to work with Interface School and feature students, graduates, community topics, etc.