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August 04: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 70

Happy Tuesday! This week’s issue has so much goodness – I hope you’re ready to get inspired and celebrate these awesome women with me 🥰

If you’d like to submit anything for next week’s issue, please do so using the submission form at the bottom of this post.

New Project 🌟

Community has been at the centre of everything I do for years now ❤️ I think that notion of belonging, support and sisterhood is the best way to raise everyone’s level. It’s the best way to generate ideas, solve problems and create better, more inclusive products and services. It raises everyone’s level!

I’ve been itching to create a community for women in STEM for years now and it’s time to do that. I feel like it’s now or never! Watch this space for upcoming updates 🥰 If you’d like to be the first to know when it launches, please express your interest by filling out the form below!

I’m pausing Featured posts as I’m focusing more of my energy on building this. I hope that the result will help you find and connect with even more strong, inspiring, like-minded, stereotype-breaking women in STEM!

Celebrations 🥂🎉

Anastasia got one more step closer to taking control of her anxiety and having a consistently confident state of mind!

In her own words:

“I have been analysing my behaviour in different anxiety-inducing situations, whether it’s at work or in my personal life. There are 3 questions that I ask myself now, before an interview or an important meeting, which help me to work through my anxieties and build long-term confidence. I think it can be useful for anyone, who’s struggling with feeling confident and for whom all the usual confidence-boost tips don’t seem to work.”

A post shared by Anastasia | Data Scientist (@anastasia.vl.kuznetsova) on Mar 6, 2020 at 9:35am PST

Magda completed Intel Edge AI Nanodegree by Udacity!

In her own words:

“After dozens of hours of intense coding during the last couple of days (and nights😅), I’ve finally completed my Intel Edge AI Nanodegree by Udacity! I’m very happy that I’ve managed to finish it despite a serious lack of time. So happy about everything I’ve learnt 👩🏻‍🎓🧑🏻‍💻 🤖⁣⁣”

A post shared by Magda | Data Scientist (@travelingprogrammer) on Jul 23, 2020 at 6:00am PDT

Sasha celebrated her birthday!

Happy Birthday, Sasha! It’s been over a week now, but we still wish you the most fulfilling year ahead with a ton of awesome projects and adventures 🥰

A post shared by Sasha Tran – UI/UX Engineer ( on Jul 27, 2020 at 10:22am PDT

Steph has launched her business website!

What a great, milestone, Steph – congratulations!! The website looks awesome, you did such a wonderful job with it 😍 may it bring a ton of clients and opportunities your way!

A post shared by Steph | Latina Tech Founder (@wellnesstechie) on Aug 1, 2020 at 9:15am PDT

Vivian turned 27!

Happy Birthday, Vivian! I hope you’ve had an incredible day surrounded by loved ones! May this new year in your life bring you a ton of joy, opportunities and sunshine. Sending you a ton of positive vibes, girl ❤️

A post shared by Vivian Smiari • ICT Engineer (@viviansmiari) on Aug 2, 2020 at 1:48am PDT

Priscilla got on Forbes’ Top 10 Women Behind Tech Brands List!

Congratulations, you absolute badass! You never stop to amazing me, Priscilla, keep on killing it and inspiring all of us 😎

A post shared by Priscilla Elora🔹بريسيلا إلورا (@priscillaelora) on Aug 2, 2020 at 8:13am PDT

Masha celebrated 3 years of being a business owner!

Yes, that’s me 😉 I was trying to remember myself 3 years ago and reflecting how far I’ve grown over that time. Entrepreneurial years are definitely dog years and are the best school you could ever get. I’m incredibly grateful for this journey and to be able to share it with all of you ❤️

My company has turned 3 years old today! Celebrating this personal and professional milestone today 🍾✨ ⁠ .⁠ These 3 years definitely feel like dog years though, I've learned and grown so much while being a complete beginner, experimenting, making mistakes, asking silly questions and getting used to being vulnerable in front of people in professional settings.⁠ .⁠ This experience has made me think of the importance of celebrating milestones like this one though. Making a point to do that, marking your calendar and actually doing something special. Recognising your professional and personal growth is such a great exercise!⁠ .⁠ I think this exercise is especially important for women, as we need to approach it from a more intentional place. Society and gender stereotypes typically make us focus much more on celebrations around relationships and family – which are obviously important, but so are our professional and personal development milestones!⁠ .⁠ That was my intent behind creating Women in Tech Weekly – to celebrate all types of women's achievements and milestones ❤️ I'm revamping the newsletter and looking to attract sponsors for it and I'd love your help – if you enjoy it, could you please write a short testimonial for this newsletter? Whether in the comments below or in a DM ☺️⁠ .⁠ And of course, if you have any news, celebrations or resources you'd like to share for the next week's issue – please do so using the link in my bio! Bonus brownie points if you recognise a fellow badass woman 😍

A post shared by Masha | Stereotype Breaker (@codingblonde) on Aug 1, 2020 at 10:50am PDT

We all struggle with self-doubt, the need for external validation and that inner critic that never seems to chill and let us be.

But I want you to remember that you are wonderful, unique and are bringing so much value in this world. Sometimes it just takes intentional work to recognise that – and we should all have habits in place that remind us of our own self-worth. Click here to download my list of Self-Worth Strengthening Affirmations and Gratitude Prompts!

Resources 👩‍💻

Anastasia says:

“I have been working on my own confidence and anxiety and took a different approach. It helps me deal with many commonly stressful life situations and improves how I think of those situations in the long term. I summarised it in 3 simple questions you can ask yourself when you start feeling anxious and how you can work with the answers to become more confident in yourself!”

Beginners guide to ethical hacking – shared by an anonymous badass

She says:

“This book first teaches basic programming skills as one needs to understand the code before exploiting the program. Then in the following chapters, it provides an excellent explanation on how to perform program exploitation. Lastly, it also includes information on networking, shell-code, countermeasures, and cryptology.”

CERN related blog – created and shared by Milena

Milena says

“CERN just opened an application for students studying computer science, engineering, and physics. Blog Tau Bytes contains all the information to help with the applications (e.g. how to write your CV and motivation letter). In case students have additional questions or want somebody to review their application, they can leave a question on the blog or send an email. I will be happy to help. :)”

Livie shares her experience going through her first tech job interview (spoiler alert: she got the job!) – and gives her tips for anyone going through the process. A must-watch for anyone searching for jobs!

Bree talks about an algorithm practice problem that forced her to change the way she looked at problems and programming altogether.

M’benda talks all about Software Engineer salaries – and, in particular, the difference between what a full-time employee could earn vs a contractor.

We live in an era of automation and smart devices, so naturally, these developments have found their way into the car industry! Let me show you some of the most useful tech developments in that space.

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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