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5 People We Love – In Tech and Digital – This Week! 7/12/17

Instagram is a treasure trove of cooking videos, furry animals, beautiful scenery, and…. amazing women in tech. That's right. These women are showcasing the awesome things they're doing to break down barriers in the tech industry. This week I decided to highlight just five — there are tons of them out there — who are doing amazing things from revolutionizing VR, to creating communities for women in tech, to starting fellowships. Check out these women below!

Laura Medalia // @codergirl_

A quick glance at her Instagram account and you'd be hardpressed not to see a picture without her computer. But that's ok! She's hard at work on both personal and professional projects. The rest of her Instagram? Coffee, chocolate, and coding puns, so how could you could you not love her feed? Most importantly, Laura's adding much needed visibility for women in tech. Check out her shop and buy some cute coding gear!

Estefannie // @estefannieegg

Talk about keeping it real. Estafannie shows us that working in tech isn't always the most glamorous thing, but it's still pretty darn fun. When she's not sharing her latest breakthroughs on Instagram she's probably uploading videos to her youtube channel. Be sure to subscribe!

Angie Chang // @thisgirlangie

Angie's Instagram is a gem. She takes us along with her on her journey to learn more about tech. Like this photo, in which she shares a free resource for other women in tech to learn more about deep learning. She also co-organized Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners which helps women in tech in the Bay Area come together, over good food and drinks, to network and learn from each other. If you're in the Bay Area, check them out!

Sage Franch // @thetrendytechie

In between exploring what VR on Mars might look like and securing speaking gigs at tech conferences, you can find Sage coding. Super casual. But seriously, she understands how important community is in this industry, which is why she recently launched a contributors series. Trendy Techie Contributors allows people from all over the tech industry to talk about their passions. Maybe one day you can contribute!

Nicole Stott // @astro_nicole

Ok Nicole is a legit astronaut. She's been to space and everything. Let that sink in. She refers to herself as the "Artistic Astronaut" and her feed isn't anything short of amazing. From colored space helmets to pics of her floating through space, there's plenty of inspiration to go around. She's also a great example for younger women entering tech who want to see that this is a field where women belong.

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:

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How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.

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10 Tips to Stand Out at a Virtual Job Fair

Your guide to preparing for virtual career fairs and making a great impression with recruiters

According to a LinkedIn survey, up to 85% of jobs are filled via networking. For job seekers, virtual job fairs make networking with recruiters more convenient. You can interact with potential employers from all over the world, ask them questions, and apply for jobs. Every event is different, but they most often include video conferencing features, chat rooms, and Q&A sessions.

Dilyara Timerbulatova, Virtual Job Fair Coordinator at PowerToFly explains that, "virtual job fairs have many benefits, namely connecting top talent and recruiters that would otherwise never cross paths. These events are a tool to help companies build well-rounded, diverse teams that align with the company culture and business vision."

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Pride At Work: Learn more about Our Partners, Sponsors & Speakers

Learn more about our amazing speakers and sponsors at our June 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Pride At Work, three days of conversations and panels plus an interactive virtual career fair.

Our Pride At Work summit certainly made us proud! PowerToFly was thrilled to present talks by members of the LGBTQIA+ community alongside some amazing allies. Our conversations ranged from leaders at the highest levels of government positions to visionaries in the worlds of business & tech to artists from the music and entertainment industry. If you tuned in, and celebrated our speakers, thank you! And if you missed the summit or would like to re-watch any of the talks, those conversations will all be available to watch for free on PowerToFly.

We want to extend a HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors American Express, NGA, Smartsheet, S&P Global, Raytheon Technologies, PwC and Esri plus our media partner MMCA.

If you can, please consider donating to some of the amazing organizations we highlighted at the summit including GLITS, fighting for the health and rights of transgender sex workers; Garden State Equality, the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization in New Jersey, with over 150,000 members; National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, including people living with HIV/AIDS; and NYC Anti-Violence Project, empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Plus, don't forget to visit our Merch Store and grab yourself some PowerToFly apparel. 100% of the proceeds from our sales will be going to TransTech Social, supporting transgender and non-binary people in tech.

Finally, registration for our July 12th - 15th virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Tech For Social Impact is now open! Join us to learn about founders from mission-driven organizations and their social impact. Register for free here
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