Life and Journey

About Lynette Spano

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Spano, made her own way in life. Coming from a poor area of Brooklyn, Spano started as a receptionist for a software company and developed an interest in technology. She branched out on her own and started SCI in her mother’s basement in 1983. Spano has made it into a 275-person company that lands multimillion-dollar federal contracts. She’s overcome not only financial challenges but also life-threatening illnesses and has created one of the largest woman-owned federal contracting companies in the country. | Family: Lives in Fairfax and New York; adult daughter, Amanda | Education: Two years at Brooklyn College as a pharmacy major

What did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian

What is your favorite part of your job? Developing relationships with my customers and helping them solve problems and spending time with my employees socially

What is the toughest challenge you have faced professionally? Constantly having to prove that as a woman and a minority, I am just as competent and capable as men and non-minorities in my industry

What is the biggest challenge facing minority leaders in business today? Cuts in federal programs that teach and support minority and small business entrepreneurs how to get a piece of the federal business pie

When you’re not at the office, where can you be found? On the beach in Puerto Rico or hanging out in New York City

What were you like in college? I went to my classes but didn’t have many relationships in college. I left home at a young age and had to quit school so I could support myself

What are you like to work for? No nonsense

What’s on your iPod? Salsa music