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September 1: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 74

Happy Tuesday! And welcome to September, time really flies – even when life is upside down. But that doesn’t stop these incredible women from going for their dreams and achieving new heights! Join me in celebrating these amazing ladies ❤️

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 🥂🎉

Natasha has been invited to host a webinar!

In her own words:

“A company in the UK associated with Digital Experts Academy has asked me to host a webinar focused around branding oneself and how to go about doing that. I’ll be talking about finding and focusing on one’s passions, strengths and how to leverage those to work for your business. I’ll also talk about building a website focused on one’s brand, the do’s and don’ts and how to really stand out. I’m beyond excited as I get to reach people on a broader scale.”

A post shared by Tina | Frontend Developer (@tinadevelops) on Aug 27, 2020 at 7:32am PDT

Shreya celebrated her 25th birthday last week!

In her own words:

“I turned 25 last week! The trajectory of this past year has brought me to heights I could never imagine possible. Some highlights of the past 12 months have been a career promotion, solo travel, technical advancement outside of work, reevaluating friendships, and joining a community (online and offline).”

~~ FIVE Moments of Personal Growth & Pride From 24 ✨ ~~⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ✨ Happy Monday friends! I’m back and (as of last Wednesday) a year older! Today I want to reflect on some moments of pride and learning from the past 12 months as I turn the page on another chapter. ⁣ —— ⁣ ⁣ 🎂 Career Promotion – Knowing that my manager and team members all vouched for me and my engineering work quality brings me so much pride and excitement for the future steps to come. As someone who did not major in computer science in college, it was a vindicating turning point for me where I finally started dropping my imposter syndrome. ⁣ ⁣ 🎂 Solo Travel – I haven’t talked about this topic on my page, but in November 2019 I treated myself to a trip to Taipei, Taiwan. I had the most incredible time exploring, eating, and experiencing a new culture. I had been scared to go somewhere so far on my own for so many years, and conquering this mental hurdle is something I’m so proud of myself for! ⁣ ⁣ 🎂 Technical Advancement unrelated to work – Earlier this year was the first time I’d ever created something with code outside of work or school. I found enjoyment and pride in this and went on to complete a Udemy course teaching myself a whole new stack. There was a point I thought I’d never want to code outside of work, and this year I broke that mental barrier. ⁣ ⁣ 🎂 Removed friendships – Without getting into too much detail, I re-evaluated some of my friendships this year. It’s no secret that quality > quantity on this matter, and I found myself having to cut some people out of my life this year. This isn’t natural for me as an extrovert who wants to stay friends with everyone, but taking action to remove toxic people was a turning point for me.⁣ ⁣ 🎂 Joining a community (online and offline) – Offline, I joined an in person Lean In community in November 2019 and had some impactful conversations with other industry members. Online, I’m so happy to have found such supportive IG friends and opportunities via @codewithshreya. Thank you all for these experiences ❤️⁣ ⁣ —— ⁣ ✨ Let’s celebrate! What’s one thing from the past 12 months that you’re proud of yourself for? ⁣

A post shared by Software Engineer🔹Coach (@codewithshreya) on Aug 24, 2020 at 9:02am PDT

Emily’s series, Emily’s Wonder Lab, is now on Netflix!

Emily, this is incredible!! Congratulations, you amazing woman! Thank you for helping little girls fall in love with STEM and for being an inspiration to all of us ❤️

A post shared by Emily Calandrelli (@thespacegal) on Aug 23, 2020 at 12:50pm PDT

Estefannie gave an intro to IoT class at the University of Houston!

Yesss you go girl! Super proud of you and very excited to see what’s next 🥰

A post shared by Estefannie Explains it All (@estefanniegg) on Aug 26, 2020 at 10:08am PDT

Holly got promoted at Microsoft!

Congratulations, Holly! What a great way to set your goal and see so obstacles 😍 super proud of you!

2 years ago I set a goal to get promoted twice in 2 years – today I achieved that goal! I'm now a Microsoft Software Engineer 2!!! 👩‍💻🙌⠀ How did I get here?⠀ ⠀ 1. Was very clear to my manager what my goals were right from the start⠀ ⠀ 2. Set regular goal and progress reviews with my manager to get honest, actionable feedback⠀ ⠀ 3. Sought ways to maximize my impact using my strengths and interests⠀ ⠀ 4. Stayed vigilant for new opportunities and areas of growth⠀ ⠀ 6. Did independent learning and research to upskill my engineering and professional skills⠀ ⠀ 5. Helped others!⠀ ⠀ I wouldn't have gotten to this point without my incredibly supportive manager and mentors who have guided me throughout these two years, so a massive massive thank you to them! 💜💜

A post shared by STEM•Career•Advocacy (@herhelloworld) on Aug 26, 2020 at 1:56pm PDT

Steph turned 26!

Happy Birthday, Steph! I hope you’ve had a wonderful day ❤️ may this year bring you love, joy and a ton of fulfilment!

A post shared by Steph (@_steph.js) on Aug 26, 2020 at 2:20pm PDT

Alex got a new job and moved to Mexico!

This is awesome, Alex! Congratulations on both new chapters – very excited to follow you throughout them and for the next issue of lgbtq+ in tech newsletter!

A post shared by Alex Rhodes ( on Aug 27, 2020 at 9:49am PDT

Natalie celebrated her 30th!

Congratulations on this milestone, Natalie! Thank you for blessing this world with your light, ideas and the sense of community you create everywhere. I hope you’ve had an awesome day with your loved ones and can’t wait to see what this new decade brings you 🥰

A post shared by Natalie Franke (@nataliefranke) on Aug 27, 2020 at 5:27am 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 👩‍💻

Are you looking for how to be a web developer? M’benda has put together a quick web developer roadmap with the tips you need to reach your goals!

What are the best coding projects to show off your skills and add to your resume? Vicky’s got you covered!

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