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Watch Our Virtual Event with Women Leaders on Microsoft’s Core Engineering Team

On May 14th, PowerToFly and Microsoft hosted an intimate virtual networking and hiring event with the women behind Microsoft's Core Engineering team. The event featured a keynote address, panel discussion, and an extensive interactive Q&A session.

WATCH THE VIRTUAL EVENT HERE

Speakers from Microsoft included:

  • Soumya Subramanian, Core Platform Engineering Partner Group Manager
  • Wumi Fagbami, Sr. Service Engineer
  • Rachel Daly, Director of Business Management
  • Megan Gustafson Melloy, Program Manager- Launch Infrastructure
If you are interested in learning more about Microsoft, visit their page on PowerToFly.
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Watch Our Virtual Event with Leaders in the Microsoft Azure Data Organization

On April 30th, PowerToFly closed out the month by hosting a virtual event featuring some of the inspiring female leaders and male allies being the Microsoft Azure Data organization.

WATCH THE VIRTUAL EVENT HERE

Hosted by PowerToFly's Lauren Hagerty, speakers from Microsoft included:

  • Sonali Gururaja, Partner Group Engineering Manager
  • Elnata Degefa, Principal Software Engineering Manager
  • Yadi Reyes, Software Engineer II
  • Amy Yuan, Principal Group Engineering Manager
  • Kati Iceva, Principal Group Software Engineering Manager
  • Zella Henderson, Senior Software Engineer
  • Ashwin Shrinivas, Partner Director Engineering
To learn more about Microsoft, including their open roles, just visit their page on PowerToFly.
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Moms Share Their Tips For Parenting Through a Pandemic

Let's be honest: juggling personal and professional responsibilities as a mom has never been easy. But in the midst of a pandemic? There are times when it feels virtually impossible. In this new world of massive unemployment, millions working from home for the first time, virtual school, and social distancing, parenting has entered uncharted territory — What To Expect When You're Expecting certainly didn't prepare anyone for this.

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Q&A with Halaa Menasy, a volunteer with the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS program

COMPUTER SCIENCE IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL:How One TEALS Volunteer is Making CS Accessible to Students in Her Community

Below is an article originally written by Microsoft, a PowerToFly Partner. Go to Microsoft's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

The Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Program supports computer science (CS) education by recruiting and training tech professionals to serve as yearlong classroom volunteers. Each volunteer goes into class twice a week,before work, to help their assigned high school teacher establish a permanent CS program. TEALS was founded in 2009, by Kevin Wang. Since then it has grown into a national program that has made CS accessible to over 75,000 students. Halaa Menasy is a TEALS Volunteer at Pan American International High School in Queens, NY.

During the quarantine, TEALS Regional Managers, Aimee Rosato and Lucia Berliner, found time to catch up with Halaa about her first year as a volunteer.

Q: Let's set the stage. How did you get into tech?

I was talking to my calculus teacher, during my senior year of high school, about the fact that I had no idea what I wanted to do post-graduation. My parents wanted me to be a doctor. For any first-generation child of immigrants, it seems like becoming a doctor is the only option. It's the most sure-fire way to get prestige and stability, which is what every newcomer wants, yet I wasn't interested. My teacher suggested: "Well, how about computer science?" I had no idea what that was or how to make a career of it, so she shared resources with me. It seemed interesting and that's where it all started.

Q: Tell us about your day job. What do you at Microsoft?

I am a Cloud Solutions Architect. It's a fancy way of saying that I help other businesses create their products in Azure. When a business decides that they want to build their application in the cloud, they lean on us to make sure their infrastructure is set up optimally and that they're using the best services for their design scenario.

Q: It sounds like you're a busy woman! What made you decide to carve out two mornings of your week to volunteer with TEALS?

When I heard what TEALS was trying to accomplish, I figured that it had to be a sign. Who knows where I would have ended up if I hadn't been fortunate enough to have someone tell me about CS when I was in high school? The school that I attended wasn't tech savvy and we barely even had AP classes. Tech exposure was very limited. The focus was getting as many kids as possible to graduate, but no one was thinking beyond that. When I heard about TEALS,I thought to myself that using two mornings of my week to change a student's path, or show them what else is out there, would be better than sleeping in.

Q: Why do you think a program like TEALS is important?

Half the battle is knowing what's out there. If you ask me, it should be mandatory that all schools give students an opportunity to decide for themselves if tech is something that they want to pursue. Technology only becomes more deeply intertwined with our daily lives as time progresses. Failing to make tech part of a standard education means leaving a generation of students behind.

Q: What do you do as a TEALS volunteer?

I am a teacher's assistant. I help the teacher with the block-based programming lessons and, if necessary, I help him understand concepts before they are presented to the class. I also help students as they work through their labs and answer questions about CS.

Q: What do you think is the greatest contribution that you've made in the classroom this year?

A requirement to attend my TEALS partner school is that students have lived in the U.S for less than four years. A lot of my students use Spanish as their primary language. It was hard at first because they were shy about speaking in English and learning a programming language on top of that barrier was no easy feat. I am definitely not fluent in Spanish, and the students knew that, but I created an environment where they felt comfortable to try to communicate in English and where I tried to use some Spanish. I was especially happy about creating an environment where my students felt confident to just try.

Q: Have you learned anything new about yourself or the world through this experience?

We should definitely rethink how we teach Spanish—I've learned more from the kids than I did in all four years of taking Spanish in high school! All jokes aside, I learned that I definitely need to make time for things that I care about and that inspire me. Sometimes office work can be a little tiresome, so having things that energize me, like teaching with TEALS, is very important.

Q: We know teachers aren't supposed to have favorites… but do you have a favorite student?

I think the students who really give this class an honest shot are my favorite--so, all of them.You know I can't pick favorites! They're all admirable for their own reasons. For example, the other day, before the COVID-19 lock down, a few of us were chatting about an anime that we all watch. Clearly, they're a cool bunch!

Q: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?

I would say that if you have the time, you should volunteer. It is a small part of your week, but it can certainly make a difference. I also strengthened my ability to effectively explain things,which helps me with my job. This is absolutely a mutually beneficial experience.

You can learn more about the TEALS Program and how to get involved here.

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15 Companies Still Offering Internships This Summer

These companies are ready for you to apply now!

With no clear end to the Coronavirus pandemic in sight, many college students are finding themselves in a tough spot — numerous summer internships have been canceled and the possibility of an in-person internship is looking less and less likely.

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