May 19: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 59

Happy Tuesday, wonderful people, I hope you’re staying healthy and safe! Here’s another issue of Women in Tech Weekly with lots of things to celebrate and resources to consume 🥰

Don’t forget to share your story for the next one. Make sure to check out the submission form at the bottom of the post 🙂

Featured Woman 👩‍💻

Stephanie and Chingonas in Tech

I’m so in love with this girl and her energy! Every time I talk to Stephanie I get a boost of confidence because she is such a badass that it’s contagious. This girl means business: from her career in cybersecurity to empowering minorities in tech to be unapologetically themselves!

Learn about Stephanie’s story here!

Celebrations 🥂🎉

Nikki started a coding account on Instagram!

In her own words:

“Started an Instagram account for coding to share my knowledge in tech and inspire other women who want to get their hands dirty in tech. Been a programmer since I was 16!”

Sundas was invited to give a talk at UCLA!

In her own words:

“I was invited to give a talk at the University of California, Los Angeles on embracing failure. It was a big achievement for me to be invited to such a prestigious university. Luckily the talk was recorded.”

Neha launched the Women Decode STEM podcast!

In her own words:

“Women Decode STEM is a weekly podcast where women from different fields share mentoring and career advice and how to close the gender gap. You can subscribe to it on all podcasting platforms now!”

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A lot has changed since I started the women decode account. I want to get reacquainted with all of you 🙋🏻‍♀️ Hi, I am Neha! A tech entrepreneur and advocate for gender equality in STEM careers. A few months ago I took the biggest step in my career, and quit my 6 figure salary job to work on my dream job. The least I can say is, it was not an easy or quick decision to make. It affected my mental health, I had to make big budget cuts to invest and save for my future, understand and tend to my family's needs and lastly research immensely on my options of being an entrepreneur as an immigrant. My corporate job was draining me mentally and physically. It involved monthly travel, team building every few months with new projects, making sure our work was satisfying the client, a lot of working extra hours(because that’s what consulting is all about). These were the least of my problems, the most painful thing was to fight the patriarchy, constantly. With my perfectionist attitude, I hold myself accountable to all the work I took on. In the fight to prove myself to everyone around me, my commitment was always more than 100%. This meant I had to finish what I picked up without excuses. And so, my social media projects took a back seat. My surroundings at work eventually started affecting my morale. I was losing my enthusiasm to work on things I loved. I had to choose to stay and fight to advance my career or take my learnings, quit and redirect my energy towards my next step in life. I finally decided the fight was not worth it, my surroundings were not set for gender equality. I decided I had to fight a bigger battle for all women, with all women. I hope to collaborate with all women I meet on this platform in one way or another! Afterall we all have the same big goal🤗 I hope to use my learning in my career and my technical abilities to amplify every woman’s voice to help her reach new heights 📈 I will be sharing my honest, unfiltered experience of my journey as an entrepreneur, an advocate and a tech nerd. Watch out this space for exciting new announcements coming soon 💫

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Natasha started a cooking blog!

In her own words:

“During the quarantine, I’ve been cooking a lot, of course. I’ve been documenting some of my cooking moments and recipes on my new blog :)”

https://www.instagram.com/p/CANbYrYJgs-/

Savanah moved from a program management position into engineering 11 months ago!

In her own words:

“This has been such an incredible process. Breaking into engineering without a full engineering degree is a long road but ultimately it has been the most rewarding thing I’ve done. I have found support from mentors both men and women who trust me and push me to make technical contributions and problem-solve daily.”

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date night 🥰

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Alison graduated from her Masters in Cybersecurity!

Congratulations Alison!! I know this has been a windy and challenging road, but you’re finally on the other side of it! Very proud of you and very excited to see what you do with this degree ❤️

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAOfRROgb9S/

Tierra had a virtual commencement ceremony!

Congratulations, Tierra! It sounds like this ceremony wasn’t ideal but on a bright side, you get to celebrate your degree a lot! And in the meantime, you can get out there and have a real impact in this world because you’re an absolute badass! 🥰

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Are you a 2020 graduate? 🎓 ⁣ 👩🏾‍🎓 I just had my commencement ceremony…virtually! ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 👩🏾‍💻 Some of you may recall I graduated from @uofpenn in December 2019 but planned to walk in the May 2020 ceremony.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🎓 In the middle of March, it was announced that the spring celebration would be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic and that we would instead have a virtual ceremony this May.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 😔 Of course, I was pretty disappointed that my journey as a CompSci student wouldn’t end with a traditional celebration with my classmates, friends, and family. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ✍️ In the hours following the announcement, a petition garnered thousands of signatures, and the next day, it was announced that in addition to the virtual ceremony, an on-campus celebration would take place when safe.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 👏 Fast forward to earlier this week, we got news that the in-person ceremony is scheduled for May 2021.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🍋 On the bright side, it looks like I’ll be getting to celebrate my Master’s degree three times over three different years!⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 💙 I loved being a @pennengineering student, learning technical concepts I never thought I’d be able to wrap my head around, and making friends from all around the world!⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🎊 If you’re a fellow member of the class of 0x7E4, congrats to you!⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ✅ exit(0);⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #PennEngGrad  #PennEngineeringProud

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Resources 👩‍💻

Embrace Failure: Build a Growth Mindset with 5 Actionable Next Steps – created by Sundas

Sundas says:

“The road to success is rarely smooth. To be successful, we need to be able to deal with and embrace failure. Learn how to become risk-averse and hear some tips on how to embrace failure.”

Web Security Academy by PortSwigger – shared by Savanah

Savanah says:

“This is a free, lab-based site that takes you through core web application security concepts. It has been one of the main ways I brush up on topics and practice things I’m unfamiliar with!”

Changing Careers and Getting into Tech – Experience of 3 Self-Taught Programmers – created and shared by me 🙂

Are you thinking about making the transition into the tech industry? If you are, I’m sure you have a ton of questions about the process: about what you should learn and about where do you even start? So I’ve interviewed three brilliant self-taught programmers on the topic!

10 Self Love Habits that Changed My Life – created and shared by me 🙂

Self-love is about knowing and accepting yourself as you are – and striving for things that will uplift you and benefit you long-term. It’s not about right now, it’s about the bigger picture. It’s about building a loving and trusting relationship with yourself.

Over the last few years, I’ve built some life-changing self-love habits and I want to share them with you so that you can also do the same!

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Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below and if you’d like to share something for next week’s issue, here’s the submission form!! Bookmark that and add anything you’d like to share in there 🙂

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