Episode 17: Mike Hess – Blind Institute of Technology
Mike Hess is the Founder and Executive Director of the Blind Institute of Technology. The Blind Institute of Technology is a team of staff, volunteers and board members passionate about addressing an attitude shift for blind professionals and educating companies on how to hire and cultivate success for the visually impaired.
As the token blind guy in private Fortune 500 companies, Mike experienced just what it takes to build organizations through people, processes, and tools. Mike managed multimillion dollar projects throughout his career, and states it is because of his blindness, not despite his blindness, that he became a 6-figure engineer. Even though Mike had great success in his corporate career, he always had the notion of serving the greater good and following his calling. In 2013 Mike left Level3 Communications (Now CentryLink) to launch the Blind Institute of Technology.
After 4 years of challenges and successes, he has created partnerships with Davita, Uber, OppenheimerFunds and many other organizations to meet the goals of BIT. Along the way, because of key partnerships and wins, the Denver Post, Denver Business Journal, and CBS News 4, have all done significant stories on Blind Institute of Technology.
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