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Hannah Becker

Gender Equality/ Technology

4 Myths about Working in Technology

woman working at a laptop

Throughout my early career, I never thought about working in technology.

I thought technology was for nerds. I thought technology was for men. I thought technology was people different than me – a millennial woman that liked being around people and enjoyed being active. Like many young professionals, I mistakenly thought technology wasn’t a viable or satisfactory option for my career or lifestyle goals.

The year I turned twenty-five, I got a chance to experience the tech world as a part of Silicon Valley startup team.

It was awesome.

It was exciting.

It was so me.

The people I met through my tech experience were really, really different than the tech-tracked software engineering students my university had publicized. Instead of being a homogenous group of calculus-crushing gamers, modern changemakers in technology were part of a vibrant and diverse community.

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Ranch Living/ Tiny House

Becoming Kansan

abandoned Kansas farmhouse

If you’ve ever met me in person, it’s no secret that I’m not a native Kansan.

I drop way too many “y’all’s”, own way too many sundresses, and spend too much time researching the ultimate fried chicken recipes to be considered a natural born child of the Sunflower State.

So how’d I end up living on a recently revived homestead nestled in the Flint Hills? By quite the circuitous route.

It all started in Memphis, TN – our nation’s most dangerous city. I was raised in the shadow of Elvis, half a dozen Evangelical (or Fundamentalist, depending on your political leanings) cult leaders, and the ultimate sweet sauce BBQ. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship

Is My Business Idea a Good One?

Not businesses are a success.

While there are many factors influencing whether or not a business will turn a profit, all successful businesses start with one thing in common – a good business idea.

Aspiring entrepreneurs often run in circles, trying to figure out whether or not their latest hare-brained startup inspiration is financially feasible.

Will the business model work? Will it turn a profit? Will customers support their new business? Is there any way to know whether or not their business idea will work before betting the farm?

Good news: Entrepreneurs have a framework for testing business idea feasibility without diving in head first.

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Career Advice/ Higher Education

3 Things New Grads Can Do Besides Get a Boring Job

The fateful day of freedom has arrived – you’ve graduated college.

Peddling your bachelor’s degree, you carefully survey the selection of traditional post-grad opportunities and you find yourself saying, “WTF?”

Don’t worry – you’re not the only new grad that’s perceived the 9-to-5 as a slow death wish. It’s not for everybody.

So what’s fresh young talent to do when traditional positions just don’t cut it?

Here are three non-traditional post-grad options for the adventurous new grad:

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Technology/ Wellness

My Phone is My Best Friend

woman holding phone

I have a very on-again/off-again, love-hate relationship with my smartphone.

As a marketing professional that spends 6+ hours a day on social media, I can’t exactly ditch the device and still pay my bills.

As an avid outdoorswoman (yes, that is a word) that really, really enjoys breaks from the 9-to-5 screentime, I pretty much continually fantasize about throwing my always-there mobile device off the peak of a Colorado 14er, watching as it shatters into a thousand inoperable pieces on the rocks below.

I’ve done digital detoxes (LOVE!!!), commit to frequent screen breaks, and stick to a pretty rigid schedule of when I’m staring into that little Wi-Fi powered box and when I’m not. Overall, I’d say I have a pretty healthy relationship with technology, especially since my job depends on spending a LOT of time online. It takes commitment, and structure, but (most of the time) it works.

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Travel Notes

Snow Skiing in South Dakota

skiing down a ski slope

What states come to mind when you think “snow skiing”?

Colorado, Montana, Wyoming?

Yeah, those are home to my top ski destinations.

What about South Dakota? Did you know there was skiing just outside of Sioux Falls?

Turns out, there’s a lot more to South Dakota than just the Badlands, Wall Drugs, and historic mining towns like the ultimate Wild West destination – Deadwood, SD.

Just outside of Sioux Falls, a publically-owned ski area – Great Bear Recreation Park – offers super budget-friendly snow sports with over a dozen runs, three lifts, and none of the typical Rocky Mountain crowd congestion.

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Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship

Celebrate New Year’s by Letting Go of Sunk Costs

Millennial woman working at a laptop

2018 is just around the corner – New Year’s fireworks, parties, and the never-ending resolutions.

If your social media feed is anything like mine, it’s currently clogged with “I will…” and “My Resolutions…” posts.

Some resolutions have to do with personal development, like health and generosity.

Others are more professionally-focused, such as finishing a degree program or expanding a department.

This time of year, the New Year, is all about one thing – the future.

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Career Advice/ Networking

3 Ways to Update Your LinkedIn Profile

phone on couch with coffee

It’s the end of the year.

Christmas is over. You’ve watched and rewatched everything National Lampoon. You technically have a couple more days off, but vegging no longer feels right.

You start thinking you should do something professional, but you don’t want to change out of pajama pants.

Good news – updating your LinkedIn profile can help your career development in the new year, and it won’t require a wardrobe change.

If you’re hoping to build a personal brand, enter the running for a promotion, grow your business clientele, or just develop a stronger network, LinkedIn can help. A professional-only platform has over 500 million users and 10 million job listings, LinkedIn has become a true one-stop-shop for everything work-related. Maintaining an active and updated presence on LinkedIn can open up so many professional doors for talent in all career stages.

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Ranch Living/ Travel Notes

An Old Fashioned Chase County, Kansas Christmas

Spring Hill Ranch house decorated for Christmas

Chase County, Kansas is one of my favorite places on earth.

It tops the list of places I’d like to live.

While it may not look like much according to its Census Bureau stats (less than 3,000 people, miles away from the closest grocery store, terrible cell reception, almost no infrastructure), Chase County is a community with a whole lot of heart.

Hailed as one of the crown jewels of the picturesque Flint Hills, Chase County’s strategically situated as a quiet hamlet along the Flint Hills Scenic Byway (K-177), nestled up against the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and its impressive buffalo herds. Chase County has a ton of history, a gorgeous Courthouse, and lots of unique cultural events (ever heard of the Symphony in the Flint Hills? It’s amazing.).

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Career Advice/ Workplace

My First Month with a Standing Desk

White desk with computer and coffee cup

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Standing desks are all the rage, at least that’s what my fellow-techie running group tells me:

Sitting is the new smoking.

Office work leads to an office bod.

Studies show that running an hour a day doesn’t counteract eight spent at a desk, plus a long sedentary commute.

Then my physical therapist started in:

Your back pain is probably exacerbated by your work environment.

Sitting for extended periods of time can aggravate old injuries, like yours.

We think your joint pain could be due to lifestyle extremes – running long distances followed by extended periods of office work.

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