Monica S. Flores

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msf Monica S. Flores (@monicasflores) facilitates the development of digital products as a Certified ScrumMaster® and technical project manager at Lullabot where she leads redevelopment/new rollouts for Fortune 100 brands, academic and government agencies, publishers, and e-commerce.

Since 2004, she has developed 200+ websites for clients and employers including the redesigns for Green America, the GIST Network for the U.S. Department of State, and 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 is on the leadership team for DC FemTech and was elected board member to Green America, where she chaired the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion board committee. She teaches for the Nonprofit Technology Professional certificate, started Techwomxn, co-founded 10K Webdesign, and founded/sold A Successful Woman. A member at The Wing, she supports women-focused ventures through the Female Founders Network.

A recipient of the 2018 and 2019 NTENny Award, Flores speaks at conferences and panels on technology 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 and advisor building digital products at the intersection of social justice, technology, education, & community

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Monica S. 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, academic and government agencies, publishers, and e-commerce. Since 2004, she has developed websites for over two hundred US-based & global membership groups, non-profits, public agencies, and startups, including IBM, Green America, the U.S. Department of State / Global Entrepreneurship Network, and Ashoka Changemakers.

Flores is on the leadership teams of DC FemTech and the Campbell Parent-Teacher Association and was elected board member to Green America, where she was active with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. She teaches for the Nonprofit Technology Professional certificate, began Techwomxn.com (2019), started the FemaleFounders.Network (2015), co-founded 10K Webdesign (2004), and founded/sold A Successful Woman (2006-2012). She received the 2018 NTENny award, given to those "who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to our sector, driving our community forward and tirelessly working for excellence."

Monica is available to speak, moderate, or judge women’s groups, college groups, startup, entrepreneur, hackathon groups, female founders, womxn in tech, diversity in tech, and non-profit organizations, membership groups, and trade associations.

Past speaking engagements include: Lesbians in Tech (not IRL Squad), NTEN, Global Entrepreneurship Week, 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.

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msfMonica S. Flores brings over fifteen years of 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 for Fortune 100 companies. She researches requirements and deliverables, executes on complex projectss, keeps timelines on track, communicates with clients, and explains processes, as well as helps identify functional specifications, determines and documents content types, user permissions, and reporting tools, and supports teams during buildout.

Author of the A Successful Woman’s Handbook series, Flores is passionate about leadership, innovation, education, and technology. She speaks and presents on leadership 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 is a member at The Wing since November 2018. Flores works with women in technology through TechWomxn (since 2019) and supports women-focused ventures through the Female Founders Network (since 2015).

Current Highlights:

  • Arcadia Ambassador for Clean Energy (since January 2020)
  • Pantheon Hero for Drupal/Wordpress Hosting (since December 2019)
  • Leadership Team member, DC FemTech (2019-2020)
  • PTA VP Programs, Campbell School (2019-2020, 2020-2021)
  • Council Member and Instructor, The Nook Online (since February 2019)
  • Board member, Green America (since December 2017)

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.

Presentations

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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Leadership

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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FailForward

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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Travel

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

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2015 DC Web Women Speaker Series

Panelist for DC Web Women focus on Entrepreneurship

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Articles

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

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10 Tips for Effective E-commerce
originally at The Nook Online
October 1, 2019
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Top 12 Hiring Tips: Find Better Candidates for your Available Job
originally at The Nook Online
September 17, 2019
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Twenty Years Post-Odyssey World Trek
Pulse
January 11, 2019
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The Wing: Investing into Women-Centered Workspaces
Female Founders Lead the Way
November 19, 2018
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Building My Facebook Messenger Bot
Chatbots Magazine
October 3, 2016
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10 Ways to Build Community
Green America
September 15, 2016
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My Advice, in 28 Tips for Living
Github
February 1, 2016
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25 Tips on How to Behave
Female Founders Lead The Way
August 29, 2015
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Five Things all Founders Need
LinkedIn Pulse
March 4, 2015
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8 Steps to Narrow the Cone of Uncertainty
Pulse, featured in Software Engineering
December 28, 2014
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Failure is always an Option
LinkedIn Pulse
December 5, 2014
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6 Ways Green Businesses Make a Difference
Women on Business
October 19, 2012
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Laid-off? Now What? 5 Steps to Moving Forward
A Successful Woman
October 9, 2012
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Business Infrastructure, for Beginners
A Successful Woman
October 9, 2012
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22 Excellent Tips for New Drupal Developers
SixRevisions now WebFX on Business
2011
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20 Modules to Boost Your Website's Functionality
Originally for Six Revisions now WebFX
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