Monica S. Flores

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Overview
Monica S. Flores (@monicasflores) builds digital products to support a socially just, environmentally sustainable, equitable society. She currently serves as technical project manager on staff at Lullabot, a strategy, design, and Drupal development agency.

Since 2004, she has built websites, launched digital platforms, and led redesign/refactoring for 240+ US-based & global membership groups, non-profits, public agencies, and startups, including Green America, GIST Network for the U.S. Department of State, and Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.

She is the receipient of the 2018 NTENny award, a member of The Wing, founded 10K Webdesign, cofounded the FemaleFounders.Network, writes as a Council Member for The Nook Online, and is an elected board member and chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion board committee for Green America (5 steps for inclusion). She speaks at conferences and panels on leadership, technology, and entrepreneurship.

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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   Photo credit: G. Lodise


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 at Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Bahrain
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Monica is available to women’s groups, college groups, startup/entrepreneur/tech/hackathon groups, female founders, women in tech, diversity in tech, and/or non-profit organizations, membership groups, and trade associations. Past speaking engagements include: Tech-I Global Pitch Competition Bahrain, DC Startup Week, STEEAMnista Summit New York, DC Startup Weekend, Net2DC, DC Web Women, Working Mother DC, Women Tech Summit Philadelphia, DrupalCamp Hawaii. Contact via e-mail.

Short Biography

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

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 digital product rollouts for Fortune 500 brands, academic and government websites, publishers, and e-commerce. Since 2004, she has developed websites for 240+ US-based & global membership groups, non-profits, public agencies, and startups, including Green AMerica, the U.S. Department of State / Global Entrepreneurship Network, and Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.

She taught herself to code in 1999 and has been using Drupal since 2008, implementing agile methods since 2014.

Flores was elected board member at Green America (2017-) and currently serves as board chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion subcommittee. She is an NTEN Faculty member for the Nonprofit Technology Professional certificate. She started the Female Founders Network (2015), co-founded 10K Webdesign (2004), and founded/sold A Successful Woman (2006-2012). She sits on the board of RCLS Corp. real estate and was an early advisor to MAAN Softwares Inc. She is the recipient of the 2018 NTENny award.

Full Biography

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. Most recent engagements include her role leading large-scale redesign and refactoring as digital director for Green America, lead software engineer for the the GIST Network (a project of Global Entrepreneurship Network for the U.S. Department of State), and product team lead for the Ashoka Changemakers redesign.

As a technical project manager at Lullabot, she supports engineering teams on product lifecycle development for projects that make a positive difference. She keeps plans and executes on complex projectss, keeps timelines on track, communicates with clients, and explains processes, and also 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 writes, speaks, and presents on social justice, environmental sustainability, and entrepreneurship, and currently serves on the faculty for the Nonprofit Technology Network's Professional Certification, teaching "Developing Good Data Practices."

She advises emerging projects that build community, foster connectedness, and advance technology to create a better world. Past founder, A Successful Woman (acquired 2012), founding board member and interim executive director, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (2004).

Current highlights:

  • Board member elected to three-year term at Green America, also led redevelopment of website as director of digital products
  • Chief editor and founder, FemaleFounders.Network (2015-)
  • Co-founder, 10K Webdesign in 2004, delivering 240+ web design projects for business, government, and education
  • Recipient, 2018 NTENny Award, for "people who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to our sector, driving our community forward and tirelessly working for excellence."
  • Council Member, The Nook Online, women's community (February 2019 - )
  • The Wing Member, All-access (November 2018-)

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.

Hashtags: #makeapositivedifference | #femalefoundersleadtheway | #stemdaisies | #womensocent

                           







Philly Women In Tech Summit 2015
Philly Women In Tech Summit 2015
Philly Women in Tech Summit 2015

Presentations

Good Data Practice

Developing 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. link to presentation

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. link to presentation

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. link to presentation

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. link to presentation

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. link to presentation

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. link to presentation

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
(The Nook Online, October 1, 2019)
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Mental Health on Campus – Five Ways to Support One Another
(Fund Your College, September 24, 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, 2011)
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