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Career Advice/ Technology

13 Female-Friendly Technology Conferences

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Attending conferences can be a great way for professionals to grow their networks, gain new skills, and stay up-to-date on industry trends.

However, in the very male-dominated world of technology, being the lone woman attending many of the tech-oriented events can be frustrating. A female colleague of mine just returned from an employer-sponsored tech conference where she was one of eleven women in attendance (over 600 attendees in total). She said there was more gender equality in a college frat house than at the conference.

Not fun.

Focusing on female-friendly tech conferences, I put together a list of well-reputed events that prioritize gender parity both in speaker line-up and attendees. A few of the listed conferences are all female, others include both genders but have a reputation for being inclusionary (not too bro fest-like).

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Technology

What I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Blogging

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I started blogging five, almost six, years ago.

Not sure what prompted my interest in online publishing. A suppressed photojournalism interest? Compounding frustration from an unfruitful post-grad job hunt? My millennial-attempt at trying to find a solution to the whole Great-Recession-killed-our-careers? Who knows.

My first blog post was a 2,500-word essay on job interviews (APA-style referencing included). Ew.

I wish I could say the next post was better, but that’s probably a stretch. Blogging, like most new skills, took awhile to get the hang of. Writing styles, SEO, images –  were all new concepts to a fresh academic. I watched a lot of YouTube videos, joined some Facebook groups, and read everything the Content Marketing Institute put out on blogging.

Over time, and a few dozen courses, I began to feel more comfortable with sharing my journey online.

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Gender Equality/ Technology

4 Myths about Working in Technology

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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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Technology/ Wellness

My Phone is My Best Friend

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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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Give Back/ Technology

5 Ways to Use Coding Skills for Good

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Coding is a powerful skill.

It lets you create web pages, develop new sites, and even build apps.

Knowing how to write code in HTML/CSS, Python, Javascript, etc. is often hailed as one of the most in-demand skills of the 21st century. Whatever industry or career stage you’re in, the ability to code can catapult your professional path into a totally amazing dream work orbit.

So learning to code can give you the hook-up on amazing, Recession-proof job opportunities, increased income potential, and legit entrepreneurial opportunities that have the potential to land you the coveted titled of tech’s Next Big Thing.

But, know what else coding offers? The opportunity to give back.

Regardless of your coding skill level – super beginner to programming pro – there are multiple ways to give back through your coding experience, paving the way for new tech talent and opening doors for mission-focused organizations.

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Technology

The Daily Blogging Challenge

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been blogging every day.

Sometimes I catch a quick early thirty with my laptop first thing in the morning (before my cows are even up); other times, I try to hammer out some quick thoughts before bed (after the cows are fed).

Not everything I write ends up on the blog. Sometimes, my daily scribbles become more of a journal entry than a structure blog post. I’m becoming more and more okay with that.

Throughout the majority of 2017, I’ve been wanting to make The Motivated Millennial blog and social following more of a priority as 1) I absolutely LOVE connecting with y’all and 2) did I mention that I absolutely LOVE connecting with y’all?

My adulthood journey to-date has been rather isolating – war,  living out of military and VA hospitals, followed by a move to the middle-of-nowhere (courtesy of Uncle Sam) has a way of making one feel, well, cut-off from the rest of the world. While there’s no networking group or yoga class I can routinely take advantage of from way out here, I am able to chat and share with members of my digital communities on a regular basis. Isn’t technology awesome?

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Higher Education/ Technology

Yes, You Can Learn to Code

Learn to Code

Technology dominates our lives.

Almost every job involves staring at a screen of some type – whether you’re planting a field of corn from a John Deere tractor or processing patient intakes at an area hospital, we’re all spending a considerable amount of our day on some technological device.

Despite our culture’s increasing reliance on tech-based innovations, the average user knows little to nothing of how such programs are run and are unable to describe even the basic of computer-driven functions.

The job outlook within the technology sector continues to increase (no surprise there), with many of these positions requiring little more than an online certificate and some project experience. For those with industry experience, like Front End Developers, opportunities routinely compensate six figures, with many of these offering remote working environments.

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Technology/ Wellness

3 Social Media Habits That Will Keep You Sane

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Social media – an empowering platform or unnecessary evil? Depends on who you ask.

As a marketing consultant and millennial blogger, I spend a lot of time on social media. Posting, streaming, tweeting, and snapping my life, along with the curated content of my client’s, is broadcasted 24/7. The internet never sleeps, and given that my bread and butter is reliant on social media, I found it tempting to justify being “plugged in” around the clock.

Turns out, I’m not the only super “social” professional out there; recent studies show that Americans check their phones an average of 46 times a day and spend over two hours a day logged into a social media platform (some studies reported upwards of five hours a day). Constantly being plugged into social apps has been repeatedly linked with dangerous physical and mental health effects, including anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, neck pain, poor posture, and vision problems.  Continue Reading…

Technology/ Travel Notes

#NoPlaceLikeKS Kansas City Instameet

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Kansas City is a unique city, in more than one ways than one.

The barbeque is fabulous, the museums are awesome, and there’s a lot of history for your inner nerd. Oh, and there’s the KC Royals, and the Chiefs (can’t forget those!).

Another Kansas City distinction is that it’s a city spanning two states – Kansas and Missouri.

Although I’m a Kansas resident, I haven’t spent much time on the Kansas side of Kansas City. The majority of the metro’s population, along with a lot of historical development, is on the Missouri side. So, as a KC local, most of my day to day happenings end up being hosted across the state line, on the Show Me State’s side.

Like many residents, I’d heard a lot about must-see attractions in Kansas City, Missouri; however, I was pretty oblivious to the unique art and culture offered over in Kansas City, Kansas (KCKS). Thus, I was just tickled pink when Kansas Tourism announced the June #NoPlaceLikeKS Instameet hosted in Kansas City, Kansas (KCKS), as I was finally going to get to explore the often underrated KC gems of the Sunflower State!

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Career Advice/ Lifestyle/ Technology/ Wellness

5 Tips for Your First Digital Detox

As you may remember from last month, I’d shared my mobile device dependence experience in Unplugging: My First Digital Detox post.

Over the course of three days, I’d gone tech-free (including my phone) and journaled the concerns and emotions ditching my devices brought up.

​It wasn’t easy, but it was much needed.

I was so pleased with the health benefits going three days without devices provided that I’ve made this whole “digital detox thing” a regular event.

It’s been a wonderful way to reconnect with the non-tech world, along with myself, recharge and refocus in a way that leaves me towards optimal experiences with my community, family, and work. Continue Reading…