October 20: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 81

In Partnership with my Free Course: Identify Your Definition of Success

Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe it’s almost Halloween – is it me or is this year zooming past us? Well, the ladies in this issue are on fire and aren’t wasting time – they’re making their dreams a reality! ❤️

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.

Celebrations 🥂🎉

Jennifer celebrated her 30th birthday!

Happy Birthday, Jennifer! We all hope you’ve had a wonderful celebration 🥰 May this year bring you fulfilment, joy and take you to the next level on all accounts!




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CHAPTER 30!!!!!! 🌻 IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!! I'm so thankful for all that the 20s have taught me about who I am, the gifts I carry, the "flaws" I have learnt to love, the journey in tech that I am only just beginning & I'm thankful for every one of you for supporting & uplifting me in the good times & bad. I tried to have a 30th Birthday Photoshoot for myself to mark it. Hope you like the BTS of the fun I had by myself. (You have to learn to love your company and I definitely do!) Here's to Freaking 30….during lockdown! 😷🥰 • • #MyFutureIsTech #ADHD #Neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #WomenWhoCode #WomenInTechnology #WomenInTech #GirlsWhoCode #BlackWomenInTech #LearnToCode #SoftwareEngineer #BlackEngineers #BlackInTech

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Holly won the Women in Channel Rising Star 2020!

Congratulations, Holly! “barrier-busting role model” describes you perfectly, this is so well deserved, you absolute badass!




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Started the day feeling really positive and feeling like today was going to be a good day… DAMN did it deliver!! ⠀ ➡️ Dev: I made awesome progress on my feature. I hit all my goals for the day and have just a bit of UI polish to do tomorrow before it's PR ready. 👩‍💻⠀ ⠀ I also started writing documentation for the wiki I am championing across the team. 🖋 I have wanted to start for the last couple days so it feels good to have made more progress. ⠀ ➡️ Advocacy: Spoke on a panel with @whitehatgb about Building the Workforce of the Future. 🎤 Such a fascinating conversation with the other panelists. ⠀ ⠀ Shared a Microsoft Principal Software Engineering Manager role on the Search and Intelligence team to my network to work (if you think you would be a good fit, DM me). 💪 I was asked by our a lead on our sister team! ⠀ 🌟 PLUSSSSSS, won the Women in Channel Rising Star 2020 award!! 🤩🎉 I am so honored to have been nominated! The judges said I was a "barrier busting role model". ⠀ ⠀ Hah days like this just remind me about what I love about my role in tech. It's the combination of my dev and advocacy work that brings me real fulfillment in my role. ⠀ ⠀ Start your day off on the right foot! It makes the whole day better 💜

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Shylia welcomed 41 in style!

Happy Birthday, Shylia! Keep on killing it and inspiring people around you in the meantime 🥂 Cheers to a new chapter, new achievements and new wonderful moments with people you love!




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Looking at 40 like… birthday week.. welcome 41.. grateful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #relax #vibes #chill #grateful #libragang #libraseason #🎉 #2020 #california #belair #westhollywood #love #laugh #art #life #birthday #goodvibes #the40club

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Bree is celebrating her birthday today!

Happy Birthday, Bree! You’re such a ray of sunlight, keep spreading your positivity and wisdom and shining on all of us! I hope you’re going to have a wonderful day with your loved ones 🥰




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✨ This is an awesome trend on Twitter, so I figured I would go ahead and bring it over to Instagram! So many of use are #BreakingTechStereotypes every single day! How are you breaking stereotypes? Here are mine: 🌟 I’m a black software engineer. 🌟 I’ve owned a cupcake business. 🌟 I failed my first Data Structures course in college. 🌟 There are currently no green squares on my Github.

A post shared by Bree Hall | Software Engineer (@bytesofbree) on Sep 9, 2020 at 5:37am PDT

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Resources 👩‍💻

Kajol Phadnis Patel – Management Consultant YouTube Channel – created and shared by Kajol

Kajol says:

A free resource for current or aspiring tech consultants to brush up on basic consulting skills. Much more coming specifically to digital and tech consulting! I have a specific video on how women can get promoted at work here: https://youtu.be/UIRcH7ZBNlE

5 Valuable Skills Every Developer Needs – created by Bree

As a software developer or engineer, your technical skills are important. But being an expert in a specific stack usually isn’t enough to land you a job. There are some soft skills that relate to how you do your job and interact with coworkers and clients that can be just as important (if not more important) for you to know. Bree is sharing 5 that have been the most important in her personal experience!


How to: Be the Perfect Candidate for the Job! 5 Major Interview Prep Tips – created by Laila

Laila shares tips on how to be a great candidate so that companies are more likely to hire you especially when industries and roles have become so competitive.


How to Cope with 2020 and Become Stronger – interview with Jillian

This year has been really challenging for most of us. It seems like one bad thing after another keeps happening. Sometimes it can feel difficult, but we need to keep going. What can we do to cope and keep going strong? How can we carry on in the face of so many tough situations? Today I want to share with you ways that we can not only survive hard times but even thrive!

How To Get The Most Out Of Virtual Career Events – created and shared by me 🙂

Remote work and virtual events are becoming the new normal. Job searching can also look different these days, which means we need to know how to adapt to the new process. Let’s talk about virtual career events in particular – and how you can make the most of them when exploring your next career move.


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