M. "Nikki" Flores

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Résumé Monica S. Flores

msf Monica "Nikki" Flores facilitates the development of digital products as a Certified ScrumMaster® and technical project manager at Lullabot, a strategy, design, and development agency supporting redevelopment/new rollouts for Fortune 500 brands, government agencies, higher education, publishers, and enterprise technology companies.

Since 2004, she has developed over 200 websites for clients and employers including the redesigns for New Relic, IBM Selector Tool, Green America, the GIST Network for the U.S. Department of State, and Changemakers for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. As a full-stack developer, using Drupal since 2008 and working with agile methods since 2014, she is a proponent of using technology to solve problems, connect communities, and build more effective change-making teams.

She served in leadership for DC FemTech and was elected board member to Green America, where she chaired the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion board committee 2018-2020. She teaches for the Nonprofit Technology Professional certificate, started Techwomxn, and co-founded 10K Webdesign. She supports women-focused ventures through the Female Founders Network (LinkedIn).

A recipient of the 2018 and 2019 NTENny Award and the 2021 FutureHack Hack for Good, Flores speaks at conferences and panels on technology, management, and entrepreneurship. Flores is a Pantheon Hero and an Arcadia Ambassador for clean energy.

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16 April 2019   Host, Tech-I Global Pitch Competition, 12 finalists pitching for $230k in cash and prizes
Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Bahrain

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16 April 2019   Tech-I Global Pitch Competition, female founders Queenny Lopez, Thuy Huong Ngo,
Jasmine Lim, Ariuntuya Altangarel, Monica S. Flores, Heidi Nguyen, Oghenetijiri Emuveyan
Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Bahrain

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Founder, advisor, manager building digital products at the intersection of social justice, technology, education, & community

Short Biography

M. Nikki Flores (@monicasflores) builds digital products to support a socially just, environmentally sustainable, equitable society. As a technical project manager she leads redevelopment/new rollouts for Fortune 500 brands, government agencies, higher education, publishers, and e-commerce. Since 2004, she has developed websites for over two hundred clients.

Flores was on the leadership team for DCFemTech and an elected board member to Green America, where she was active with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She teaches for the Nonprofit Technology Professional certificate, started Communitytech.co (2021), Techwomxn.com (2019), FemaleFounders.Network (2015), and co-founded 10K Webdesign (2004). She has volunteered at elementary school and middle school parent-teacher organizations and has also served as a Girl Scouts volunteer. She is the recipient of the 2018 and 2019 NTENny award and 2021 FutureHack Hack for Good Award and speaks, writes, and presents on entrepreneurship, technology, and leadership.

Nikki's speaking engagements include

  • DrupalCamp NYC
  • Florida DrupalCamp
  • Drupal Diversity Camp
  • Women in Technology World Series
  • Lesbians in Tech
  • NTEN
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week DC
  • Women in Technology Summit Southeast
  • Tech Rebalanced
  • Tech-I GIST Network Global Pitch Competition Bahrain
  • DC Startup Week
  • STEEAMnista Summit New York
  • DC Startup Weekend
  • Net2DC
  • DC Web Women
  • Working Mother DC
  • Women in Technology Summit Philadelphia
  • DrupalCamp Hawaii

Full Biography

msfM. Nikki Flores brings experience as a project manager, web developer, engineering manager, digital products director, technical founder, and advisor to national and global teams. A Certified ScrumMaster®, her recent engagements include digital product director leading redesign for Green America, lead software engineer for the GIST Network (a project of Global Entrepreneurship Network for the U.S. Department of State), and product team lead for redesign at Ashoka Changemakers. She taught herself to code in 1999 and moved to Drupal in 2008, implementing agile methods since 2014.

In her current role as technical project manager at Lullabot, she supports teams on projects including Fortune 100 companies and enterprise software brands. Lullabot also serves higher education, government, and membership organization, and publishing organizations. She researches requirements and deliverables, keeps timelines on track, communicates with clients, explains processes, and helps identify functional specifications, determines and documents content types, user permissions, and reporting tools, and supports teams during buildout.

Flores is passionate about leadership, innovation, education, and technology. She speaks and presents on project management and entrepreneurship and has served on the faculty for the Nonprofit Technology Network's Professional Certification, teaching "Developing Good Data Practices" since October 2017.

She advises emerging projects that build community, foster connectedness, and advance technology to create a better world. She's familiar with startups, serving as founder, A Successful Woman (2006-2012), and founding board member and interim executive director, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (2004-2006). She is the recipient of the NTENny Award in 2018 and 2019. She co-founded 10K Webdesign, founded/sold A Successful Woman, and was a member of The Wing (2018-2020). Flores highlights women in technology through TechWomxn (since 2019) and supports startup ventures through the Female Founders Network (since 2015).

Current Highlights:

  • Arcadia Ambassador for Clean Energy (January 2020 -)
  • Pantheon Hero for Drupal/Wordpress Hosting (December 2019 -)
  • Leadership Team member, DC FemTech (2019-2020)

She received a B.S. from the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Cornell University and is currently based in the Washington, DC area.


14 Steps to Think Like a Digital Leader

14 Steps to Think Like a Digital Leader

For mid-career professionals interested in developing additional leadership skills: review foundational digital skills, commit to an accountability plan for expanding use of technology, gain a checklist of how to be more effective in leadership, and learn how to prepare for workforce trends
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7 Tips to Successfully Manage a Fully Distributed Workforce

100% Remote: 7 Tips to Successfully Manage a Fully Distributed Workforce

Technical project manager Monica S. Flores will share practical knowledge on how to manage remote teams based on the experience of the 100% distributed team at Lullabot, a design and strategy agency that supports Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, higher education, and publishers. Lullabot staff work across 9 time zones using tools like scheduled meetings, Slack, Paper, Google, Jira, and Zoom. We’ll discuss fundamental ways to practice compassion, respect boundaries, and foster psychological safety based on lessons learned in the field.
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Intro to Drupal

Introduction to Drupal

Setting up a Drupal site on Pantheon, identifying content types, basic user roles and permissions, and views
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Good Data Practice

Develop Good Data Practice

Thinking through your data structures, understanding how content types relate to one another, and making a plan for collecting and utilizing data at your organization.
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Case Study: Green America on Drupal

Case Study: Green America on Drupal
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Developing an Action Plan for Diversity and Inclusion

Building an Action Plan for Diversity and Inclusion at your Organization

Slides and presentation for discussion of how to increase integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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Case Study Drupal

5 Learnings about the Website Redesign Process

Breaking down the architecture, timeline, and requirements to move a website onto Drupal 8 to increase capacity, allow for more integrated content, and better deploy meaningful information to clients, customers, and the community.
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Five Tips to Increase Our Leadership Capacity

Women deserve greater opportunities for financing, mentorship, and advancement – women seek more responsibility (and better pay), and simultaneously navigate the path that leads to leadership opportunities. Learn five specific ways to increase demand for your expertise by “putting yourself out there”, giving yourself a chance to #failforward, facilitating professional development within your organization, operating around deliverables/results, and mentoring the next generation.
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Learning to Fail Forward: Embracing Failure on your Journey to Success

Women with skills, enthusiasm, and determination face a wide-open future. We learn fortitude and flexibility by starting, growing, scaling, or in many cases, failing in our new venture. We’ll review six lessons in the entrepreneurial journey that model how to embrace change, learn from past mistakes, and move forward in your next opportunity.
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Ten Tips to Travel the World

Use these tips to plan your journey of discovery. Voyage into the world with effective equipment, a positive attitude, and this roadmap to know who you are, where you are going, and how you will get to where you want to be.
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2017 Marymount University Career Event

Gave remarks about supervising an intern, and the importance of communication, patience, and flexibility.

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2016 DC Startup Weekend

Served as mentor for this hackathon focused on social good.

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2016 STEEAMnista Summit 2016 - NYC

Panelist at event focused on increasing the participation, visibility, leadership, and celebrating the achievements of women across S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) + Entrepreneurship + Makers.

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2015 Women in Tech Summit "Inspiring Women to Take a Chance"

Speaker Panel “Women Helping Women” in Philadelphia, PA

Philly Women In Tech Summit 2015

Philly Women In Tech Summit 2015

2015 DC Web Women Speaker Series

Panelist for DC Web Women focus on Entrepreneurship

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I have written since 2008 on a variety of platforms and my current personal blog is at medium.com/@monicadear.

10 Tips for Effective E-commerce
originally at The Nook Online
October 1, 2019
Top 12 Hiring Tips: Find Better Candidates for your Available Job
originally at The Nook Online
September 17, 2019

Twenty Years Post-Odyssey World Trek
January 11, 2019
The Wing: Investing into Women-Centered Workspaces
Female Founders Lead the Way
November 19, 2018
Building My Facebook Messenger Bot
Chatbots Magazine
October 3, 2016
10 Ways to Build Community
Green America
September 15, 2016
My Advice, in 28 Tips for Living
February 1, 2016
25 Tips on How to Behave
Female Founders Lead The Way
August 29, 2015
Five Things all Founders Need
LinkedIn Pulse
March 4, 2015
8 Steps to Narrow the Cone of Uncertainty
Pulse, featured in Software Engineering
December 28, 2014
Failure is always an Option
LinkedIn Pulse
December 5, 2014
6 Ways Green Businesses Make a Difference
Women on Business
October 19, 2012
Laid-off? Now What? 5 Steps to Moving Forward
A Successful Woman
October 9, 2012
Business Infrastructure, for Beginners
A Successful Woman
October 9, 2012
22 Excellent Tips for New Drupal Developers
SixRevisions now WebFX on Business
20 Modules to Boost Your Website's Functionality
Originally for Six Revisions now WebFX

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