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

Weekend Website Warrior: Build a Website with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS – May Cohort

“Weekend Website Warrior” Experience

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

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

Day 2: Saturday, June 6 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.

 

 

 

Lady Paragons Interview – My journey in technology and how we empower women to re-career into the field of technology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had an amazing conversation with Sarah Worsham of Lady Paragons during the Women in STEM Podcast.  We talked about my journey from mortuary science to techie, the importance of awakening the mature geek and empowering women to re-career into technology, the Sisters Code difference, bridging the technology gender gap, the importance of walking in the room and “owning it,” and so much more.

Lady Paragons believe that women and girls can and do excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They are building a community to tell the stories of women in STEM, showcase Women’s STEM organizations, and provide a platform where ladies can help ladies succeed in STEM careers. Click here for more information on Lady Paragons.

Below you will find the link to the podcast.  Check it out…would love your comments.!

http://bit.ly/1q51CVP

Weekend Website Warrior – How to Build a website with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS

“Weekend Website Warrior” Experience

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

Day 1: Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Day 2: Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

**Must attend both days**

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 required 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
    ·      Have access to work on “real life” projects as an intern/assistant with Sister Code partners
    ·      Have a new skill you can use immediately
    ·     Experience a boost in your self-confidence!

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
·      Invitations to professional technology networking opportunities

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 the link to Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weekend-website-warrior-build-a-website-with-javascript-html-and-css-tickets-12212496907

 

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

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.