2016 Goals – Consider this before setting any goals

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2016 Pre-Goal Consideration Idea: I thought of this last year and it worked for me, so I feel safe sharing it with you.

Before you write down any goals take some time to be still and think about your overall “LIFE INTENT and PURPOSE.” By doing this you :

1. Become very clear about the engagements, movement, activities and conversations you will participate in and identify those which align to your Intent and Purpose (great way to say “yes” or “no” to opportunities or obstacles)

2. Won’t rush to write your goals (this is not a race and you are not in competition). Sit with your intent and purpose until it feels real to you. This may mean writing goals in February, be kind to yourself and know that’s OK.

3. Identify your three words. Write down three words that epitomize who you need to be, characteristics warranted, or actions you feel support your Intent and Purpose. You may write down 30 words at first, but take all the time you need to identify the top three.

My three words are: BOLD, FOCUSED, and PRESENT.

4. Write down your Intent and Purpose and three words. Keep these in front of you as you write your goals. You will find that it will be much easier to write goals that are aligned with your statement and eliminate goals that may be things you feel obligated to do but aren’t truly in your heart, and simply look good on paper.

5. Throughout the year, life will happen and your goals may change. If you keep your Intent and Purpose in front of you, you will find it easy to consciously adjust your goals. Although life changes, the essence of who you are (your intent and purpose pretty much remains a constant).

My intent and purpose is to motivate, empower, inspire, educate, mobilize, and give back, so I truly hope this helps someone to take the angst out of goal planning and to empower you to make this process your own personal journey.

Wishing you all a great New Year! I’m SO very excited about the amazing things that are waiting me in 2016 Looking forward to sharing the journey! #noexcuses

Weekend Website Warrior: Build a Website using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS – December Cohort

“Weekend Website Warrior” Experience

Build a Website using Java Script, HTML, and CSS in a Weekend

Day 1: Saturday, December 5,  2015 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Day 2: Saturday, December 12,  2015 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

**Must attend both days**

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER

During this project based class you will learn to code interactive websites using JavaScript, HTML and CSS.  Whether you are looking to re-career into the field of technology, become a front-end developer, design a personal or business website, start a business, or simply try something new, this class is for you.

At the end of the weekend you will:

  • Have a working knowledge of basic JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
  • Understand the components to build an interactive website
  • Have a basic knowledge of universal programming concepts such as loops, variables,    and functions
  • Know how to write simple JavaScript Plug-ins
  • Build an interactive website
  • Understand the components of client meetings and the data collection process
  • Leave with tools and references to expand your learning after class
  • Gain a new skill you can use immediately
  • Leave EMPOWERED understanding that you can learn something new and potentially re-career into the field of technology.

What you need to bring:

Eliminating all stress and barriers all you need to bring is YOURSELF, a willingness to learn and a smile!  We provide all hardware/computers and software, so there is no need to bring your laptop or miss this opportunity to learn if you don’t have one.  We also provide lunch and snacks each day along with online and manual learning materials for your personal use during and after class.

Prerequisites

During this program you will learn the skills needed to become a front-end developer, however you DO NOT need to have previous coding experience.  Participants should be comfortable using computer applications like Microsoft Windows, Internet, and Email.

After Class Resources (included in the cost of the program)

Our weekend website program is not just a “one hit wonder,” we pride ourselves with providing you with the tools you need to become a coder and provide after class resources including:

  • Updates on technology career opportunities
  • Invitation to professional technology networking opportunities
  •  Access to a community of women with similar goals and experiences

Refund Policy

We do not offer cash refunds, however you can use your payment towards another Sisters Code Class.

In an effort to provide the optimal learning environment seating is limited.

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER

Weekend Website Warrior: Build a Website using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS – September Cohort

“Weekend Website Warrior” Experience

Build a Website using Java Script, HTML, and CSS in a Weekend

Day 1: Saturday, September 12, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Day 2: Saturday, September 19,  2015 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

**Must attend both days**

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER

During this project based class you will learn to code interactive websites using JavaScript, HTML and CSS.  Whether you are looking to re-career into the field of technology, become a front-end developer, design a personal or business website, start a business, or simply try something new, this class is for you.

At the end of the weekend you will:

  • Have a working knowledge of basic JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
  • Understand the components to build an interactive website
  • Have a basic knowledge of universal programming concepts such as loops, variables,    and functions
  • Know how to write simple JavaScript Plug-ins
  • Build an interactive website
  • Understand the components of client meetings and the data collection process
  • Leave with tools and references to expand your learning after class
  • Gain a new skill you can use immediately
  • Leave EMPOWERED understanding that you can learn something new and potentially re-career into the field of technology.

What you need to bring:

Eliminating all stress and barriers all you need to bring is YOURSELF, a willingness to learn and a smile!  We provide all hardware/computers and software, so there is no need to bring your laptop or miss this opportunity to learn if you don’t have one.  We also provide lunch and snacks each day along with online and manual learning materials for your personal use during and after class.

Prerequisites

During this program you will learn the skills needed to become a front-end developer, however you DO NOT need to have previous coding experience.  Participants should be comfortable using computer applications like Microsoft Windows, Internet, and Email.

After Class Resources (included in the cost of the program)

Our weekend website program is not just a “one hit wonder,” we pride ourselves with providing you with the tools you need to become a coder and provide after class resources including:

  • Updates on technology career opportunities
  • Invitation to professional technology networking opportunities
  •  Access to a community of women with similar goals and experiences

Refund Policy

We do not offer cash refunds, however you can use your payment towards another Sisters Code Class.

In an effort to provide the optimal learning environment seating is limited.

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER

Five tips for women who want to learn how to code – Bridging the gender and diversity gap in technology

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20-years ago I literally stumbled into the field of of technology, and my life was transformed.  After college I was an aspiring mortician at a local funeral home.  My day consisted of learning to embalm, consoling grieving families, and even singing and praying at the funerals.  Hey, I was every woman!

Unfortunately coding and technology are often presented in a very complex way, and it’s really not that deep.  A career in technology is accessible, you don’t need a thousand degrees, you don’t have to live in a certain area and you don’t have to look a certain way. As I work on bridging the gender and racial gap in technology, I speak with many women who feel they don’t have access to tech jobs or they lack the confidence to try.  I always say there is power in the first step, so below you will find five fun and easy tips (things you can do today) to move you closer to your technology goals:

1.  Try an introductory class.  No, not a class that costs thousands of dollars.  Before you make that type of investment, I would encourage you to try it out first.  After Sisters Code’s Weekend Website Warrior Classes, we have many women who experience coding “ah-ha” moments and go on to re-career into the field of technology or become tech entrepreneurs.  There are also some women who realize they hate coding, and I also consider that a success as they can now truly find their true life purpose.  Bottom-line:  Find a cost effective local introductory class or try an online option like codeacademy.com.

2.  Speak with other women who are in the field.   When I started my career in technology, it was great to see other women who looked like me in the field.  If you don’t know someone currently working in the tech field, don’t let that stop you.  This is where you get creative.  A few options:  Find a local women technology group, Google or Bing a woman you admire in tech and simply reach out (what’s the worst thing that could happen?)

3.  No apologies allowed.  No, you don’t know how to code.  No, you aren’t even sure what coding is.   Trust me, when I started my career in technology the only thing I knew about coding was how to spell the word.  If you are curious about entering the field of technology, don’t apologize to anyone for what you don’t know.  This is the time where you walk in with your head up high, and ask for what you want.  Focus on what you want to learn and take the necessary steps to get you there.

4.  Show up.  “Coding” is the new cool thing and the new buzz word, which means there are quite a few opportunities to  pick up this new skill.  However, I would be a millionaire if I had a dollar for every woman who has told me that there aren’t opportunities to learn and/or network.  The table has been set on a national level, now it’s time for you to show up and take your seat at the table.   Show up for classes, conferences, networking events and job fairs.  As the “excuse annihilator,” I can’t think of any excuse for you to stay away.

5.   Tap into your inner Swagger.  My teenage daughter would cringe at my use of that word, but I like it.  My definition of swagger is your confidence, the way you walk into the room, understanding that you deserve the best, etc.   Before you can learn to code or accomplish any other goal for that matter, you must first believe you can.  The underlying belief that you can do this, that you can accomplish this, that you can re-career into the field of technology is important.  It’s the first step…..

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Marlin is a Globetrotting Speaker, Founder of Sisters Code, and thought leader on bridging the racial and gender gap in technology.  Marlin serves as speaker for Microsoft’s global DigiGirlz Program and has been invited to present at SXSW, Techonomy, Meeting of the Minds, and more.  Marlin also serves as a media contributor on WDIV’s Live in the D.  Marlin’s Book and Music Single empowers girls to love and believe in themselves.

 

 

 

Sisters Code in Dbusiness Magazine

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Seeking to boost the number of women in front-end technology — build­ing Web and mobile applications — Detroiter Marlin Page launched Sisters Code. The Detroit nonprofit aims to provide 2,020 females with employable digital skills by the end of 2020.

Already, 50 women have completed the first 13-week program, held at Microsoft Corp.’s regional offices in Southfield. After 500 women are trained in metro Detroit, Sisters Code will expand its curriculum nation­wide. Beyond that, Page says the nonprofit has the potential to operate in perpetuity.

“We provide the students with an hourly salary, which takes away a lot of the barriers of getting to class each day,” she says. “It’s a radical idea — (paying) people to attend classes — but it’s needed. Plus, we provide one-on-one mentoring, and career and life coaching.”

Each class will have 16 students, and no coding experience is needed. To help raise capital for the effort, Page launched a crowd­funding effort earlier this year, and new classes are being planned.

In-kind donors include Microsoft, Henry Ford Health System, Chalkfly, and the Michigan Council of Women in Technology.

“My goal was to weave technology with empowerment,” says Page, a tech­nology strategist for Microsoft. “I also advise parents on what their children are doing with social media. It’s not something you can leave to chance. You need to monitor everything your children are doing online. db

Sisters Code Participants Receive Free Membership to Michigan Council of Women in Technology

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Sending a special thank you to the Michigan Council of Women in Technology for gifting two Sister Code participants with free memberships to their illustrious organization.  MCWT is a progressive organization that inspires and supports women as they enter, advance, and contribute to Michigan’s technology community.

Last week in partnership with Microsoft Corporation we celebrated 50 “New Geeks.”  Since Sisters Code was founded in September 2013, we have trained 50 women to code in Java Script while building interactive websites.  Some of the women have gone on to develop websites, start their own businesses, and enrolled in college courses.  During the celebration, MCWT Executive Director, Janette Phillips motivated the women to believe in themselves and to consider re-careering into technology.

Since launching our 2020 BYTE 2020 Campaign last week,  we have received hundreds of inquiries.  It is evident that women are interested in re-careering into the field of technology, however it is very important that they see people that “look like them,” who are already doing it.

Kudos to MCWT for affording Sisters Code’s participants with an opportunity to network with some of the greatest women in technology.

For more information on MCWT please visit:  www.mcwt.org

 

Sister Code Weekend Website Warrior Graduates to Shadow Developers at Detroit Based Chalkfly

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Two Sister Code Weekend Website Warrior Graduates will have an opportunity to take their new coding skills and shadow some of the best developers in the City of Detroit.  Chalkfly is an organization that is really working tirelessly to make a positive impact in the community.

As we move towards bridging the technology gender gap, it is very important for women to “see people” who are actually working in the field, and Chalkfly has stepped up to give our participants that opportunity.   “Sisters Code is larger than a class, and we will not be a “one hit wonder.”  This is a movement to bridge the technology gender gap, therefore we cannot just teach a class and not offer support for further career growth.   Asking corporations to offer opportunities like this doesn’t cost anything, however a shadowing or mentoring experience could potentially transform the life of a woman. I would say that the “ask” is worth it,” states Sisters Code Founder, Marlin Page.

Chalkfly’s entire business culture is stemmed in giving back and uplifting the community.  When you purchase an item from their online office supply store a portion of your purchase goes DIRECTLY to a teacher of your choice.  We all know that teachers are always looking for ways to enhance our children’s learning experience, and Chalkfly’s effort helps get them closer to that goal.

Click here for more information on Chalkfly.

From Zumba Instructor to Website Developer – Women in Technology in Detroit

In December 2013 a fearless young lady, Chandra Floyd decided to “Awaken the Mature Geek,” and attend Sisters Code Weekend Website Warrior Experience. Chandra took a break from her work as a Zumba Instructor, and decided to learn to code using Java Script, HTML, and CSS. She did not have previous programming experience, but at Sisters Code…that is not a problem! Sisters Code offers an unconventional style of coding education where we provide: motivation, inspiration, sisterhood, and eliminating barriers by addressing the digital divide and providing all participants with the hardware and software needed to be successful in our classes – definitely not a “one hit wonder.” As proven with Chandra we are transforming the lives of women through technology

In the video she mentioned that the class was life changing, I think she didn’t realize how fast that change would come. One month after the class, Chandra shared some excellent news. I will let Chandra tell you in her own words:

“I’m doing it!!!! I am making my dream a reality. I found an opportunity and seized it. A woman commented in a group that she wanted to do a certain thing (whatever it was I forget) but first she had to get her website in order. I inboxed her and said that in addition to my Zumba classes, I do websites now. I’m looking to build a portfolio and I’d like to volunteer to work on her site.

She agreed to meet me, and I have my first stakeholder meeting this Saturday! I’ll use the resources from Sisters Code to create a checklist of questions to ask her and to define expectations. I will put a time limit and parameters so the project doesn’t drag on forever.

*singing* I’m so excited! I just can’t hide it! I’m about to lose control and I think I like it!” – Chandra Floyd.

Congratulations!

Million Women Mentors Launches National Movement to Mobilize One Million Mentors of Girls & Young Women in STEM Education and Careers

Photo courtesy of STEMConnector

Photo courtesy of STEMConnector

Million Women Mentors (MWM) was launched on January 8, 2014 in an effort to engage one million science, technology, engineering, and math  (STEM) mentors.  The initiative’s goal is to empower females to actively pursue STEM education and careers.   MWM has 13 corporate sponsors and more thatn 40 organizations dedicated to mentoring and increasing access to professionals working in the STEM field.

MWM’s launch includes the debut of the website www.millionwomenmentors.org, which will be developed in phases. The first phase will include a national call to action for those interested in mentoring.  The second and third phase will pair mentors and mentees in STEM Fields.

“We have the responsibility as a country to move the needle on girls and young women in STEM careers from 24 percent of our current workforce to 50 percent,” said Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector and Co-Founder of Million Women Mentors.

“STEM careers offer women and girls the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of innovation. TCS believes we collectively need an all hands on deck approach, clearing hurdles as women navigate careers in STEM, and paving the way towards realizing greater equality and economic success,” said Surya Kant, Tata Consultancy Services’ President for North America, UK & Europe. “We are proud to be a Founding Partner of MWM and pledge our commitment to make mentoring accessible to girls and women across the nation, especially those from underrepresented minorities.”

Founding Sponsors include: Accenture, Cisco, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in addition to Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, Microsoft Research, Walmart and ADP. Silver sponsors include: Adecco Group North America, General Motors, Intellectual Ventures and UST Global.

Sisters Code Perspective:  When I entered the field of technology, I didn’t have a formal mentor and unfortunately there were not many females at the technology table.  Luckily, I found a mentor and he taught me the value of learning to code and helped me to navigate through a field filled with men.  I believe that a formal mentoring program and allowing young girls the ability to see “someone who looks like them,” in the tech field will  definitely help to bridge the gender gap in technology.   Sisters Code has joined the movement pledging to mentor help females looking to re-career into the field of technology!  We are looking forward to joining the movement!

Question:  Do you think mentoring will help empower girls in STEM?

Click Here to Find out more about MWM