April 28: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 56

Happy Tuesday! The further we go into this crisis the more I have to remind myself that I’m in charge of my own mood, thoughts and attitude. So focusing on positive things should be intentional these days 🙂

Therefore, here’s another Women in Tech Weekly and another reason to smile and celebrate some awesome women in the community!

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 👩‍💻

Maria and Coding With Maria

Maria lives and breathes coding – and for a good reason! It’s an outlet for her creativity and a constant challenge for her. But it hasn’t always been this way – she hasn’t written a single line of code un until university! Learn more about this wonderful human’s journey below and follow her on social media to get inspired and learn something new with every post!

Learn about Maria’s story here!

Celebrations 🥂🎉

Stephanie turned 28!

Happy birthday, girl! Stay as awesome and badass as you are ❤️ I’m super excited to see what you get up to in this new year!




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Happy #workitwednesday techies!⁣ ⁣ WORK LIFE BALANCE⁣ ⁣ I get this question a lot from people who are new in their careers and are nervous about becoming slaves to their work. When we start a new job, we’re so eager to perform and stand out that it’s easy to let your career consume your life! Next thing you know, you aint been out the house in 3 weeks, your gym membership done expired (jk these mf dont play about their paper) and your friends are starting to wonder if you contracted the Corona virus #toosoon? ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Chicos. Chicas. Learn to say no to things! You can’t take care of others (your job included) if you don’t take care of yourself first. You are a person first, someone who is dynamic and has hopes & desires for their life. You owe it to yourself to nurture your passions both at work and outside of it! Take that vacation, sign off at a normal hour to go work out, put your phone on airplane mode (after responsibly communicating to your team LOL dont get fired boo) and check out for the night. ⁣ ⁣ Work will always be there! Make sure you’re taking time to enjoy all of the beautiful opportunities your life offers. Yes, hustle and get shit done, absolutely. But listen to your body, get in tune with yourself so you know when you need to reset. And, from the bottom of my heart, if you don’t feel like your job is supportive of that, time to start updating your LinkedIn. Its never that deep.

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Alina celebrated her birthday!

Happy birthday, Alina! Knowing you, I know that you’re taking this time to evolve, grow and will come out of the lockdown with awesome new projects and stronger than ever ❤️

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Sarah published her 4th primary author paper!

This is amazing dear, congratulations!! We are all super proud of you and couldn’t agree more about your point on publication stigma. No matter how big or small scale the research is, it’s all so impactful! 😍




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🎉Another publication in the books🎉! . Super excited to share with you all that my 4th primary author publication has been published, ekkkk😭😍! Although this is a smaller research paper, it’s my first publication where I completed every single experiment myself💪🏼(minus 1 thing done externally), so for that I am very proud! This is paper outlines the first ever isolation and pharmacological characterization of a novel gene that encodes an acetylcholine receptor located in parasitic nemetodes🐛. . No matter how big, or how small your publications are, you should be proud of yourself no matter what! I hate the stigma around publishing smaller research papers, because at the end of the day, you work with the cards you have been delt, and every publication is a contribution to the overall scientific knowledge. Small scale research projects set the grounds for larger projects to be build on. Just remember never let anyone cut your efforts short and make you feel lesser than you are. And definitely don’t put others down for their accomplishments. Let’s celebrate each other 💗! . How are your research projects going right now? Are you working towards any publications? Would love to hear from you and be your cheerleader 📣 🥰! . Have a wonderful weekend friends‼️

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Resources 👩‍💻

What I Learned Teaching An Online Open Source Workshop (During A Pandemic) – created by Vui Nguyen

Vui hosted recently an amazing and valuable workshop for the Women Who Code Mobile track about how to contribute to open source projects. She wrote a blog post about her experience and the lessons she learned and I think that it will be very helpful to anyone who wants to create a similar event especially during this pandemic. A must-read!

Developing A Data Scientist’s Mindset – created and shared by Haley

Haley says:

“Data scientists are expected to do so much more than write some code and make some predictions that are hopefully right. Data scientists are change-makers, deep thinkers, and storytellers. Developing a data scientist’s mindset will make you a force to be reckoned with!”

Acing a Virtual Interview – created by Kaylee

Since our lives have shifted to virtual reality, so have job interviews! And Kaylee has some awesome tips in this post, make sure you check it out!




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Acing a Virtual Interview . . Coming to you from my parent's cabin instead of my usual apartment I am sharing with you all some virtual interviewing tips! It has made me so sad to see my LinkedIn feed fill up with posts about rescinded internships and job layoffs and having recently gone through some virtual interviews myself (more to come on this!) I thought I would spend some time writing a post with some tips. . . I hope you all find this helpful and that you're staying safe and healthy ❤

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What are Phishing Scams and How to Recognise Them – created and shared by me 🙂

Phishing scams are incredibly popular these days – and as it turns out cybercriminals are using something called social engineering to appeal to us. It’s easier to get phished than you think! Watch my interview with Stephanie on the topic and learn how to stay safe.


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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