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I Can & I Will
2016-09-21 15:18 UTC by Michele

Full Post: I Can & I Will

I can and I will graphic

My word for this year is DO and this quote is a perfect reminder. I’m very good at planning and researching and organizing, but I often lose interest with the doing part. I want to change that.

I have all these awesome ideas and I’ve planned and organized them very carefully, but now I need to DO them. I’m getting better. Baby steps…….

How do you handle the “doing”? Are you a planner or a doer? Any tips for me are greatly appreciated…

Please share if you like this quote!

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It Begins And Ends In Your Mind #WednesdayWisdom
2016-09-07 21:03 UTC by Michele

Full Post: It Begins And Ends In Your Mind #WednesdayWisdom

#WednesdayWisdom

Be sure you are giving the right things the power. I have to remind myself of this all the time. I’m working on positive talk in my head.

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Winner of the Women In Tech Demo Day in DC
2016-09-01 13:54 UTC by Michele

Full Post: Winner of the Women In Tech Demo Day in DC

This is a Capital One sponsored post. 

Yesterday I wrote about the Women in Tech Demo Day event in DC and today I’m sharing the pitches from the 12 teams and the winner.

Women in Tech Demo Day group photo. Teams and judges paving the way. #WITDemoDay
Photo taken by Leticia Barr of Tech Savvy Mama

Twelve Pitches at #WITDemoDay

The atmosphere in the room was exciting. Just knowing that 12 teams were creating solutions for a problem was inspiring. The specific challenge for the DC Demo Day was to:

Help inspire more girls of color to learn coding by creating a solution that enables our tech divas to imagine themselves a computer scientists.

Below is the Facebook Live post with all 12 of the pitches from the Women In Tech Demo Day. The event was at the Capital One offices. Capital One partnered with AngelHack.

And now the pitches for Women In Tech Demo Day #WITDemoDay Capital One @angelhack BlackGirlsCode These 11 teams have worked so hard!

Posted by Michele Rasner McGraw on Saturday, August 27, 2016

Women In Tech Demo Day DC Winner

The winner was Alika’s Treehouse. It is an interactive comic book for girls of the digital age. It follows a storyline and allows girls to learn coding by interacting with the story.

The first pitch in the video above is the winning pitch if you’d like to see the demo.

Unfortunately, Facebook closed down on me before they made the final announcement of Alika’s Treehouse as the winner, but the video below explains how the judges chose the winning pitch.

Winner of #WITDemoDays is Alika’s Treehouse @CapitalOne @BlackGirlsCode @AngelHack #Sponsored

Posted by Michele Rasner McGraw on Saturday, August 27, 2016

Alika’s Treehouse received a $10,000 scholarship to General Assembly and $15,000 was give to the nonprofit, Black Girls Code.

Final Thoughts on Women In Tech Demo Day

There were so many creative solutions for this challenge. I hope that all the teams continue to bring their ideas to life.

Teams working hard at the Women in Tech Demo Day in DC. #WITDemoDay
Photo taken by Leticia Barr of Tech Savvy Mama

The experience that Women In Tech Demo Day gives each member of the team is immeasurable. It’s not easy to get up in front of a group of people and give a three minute pitch.

Teams working hard at the Women in Tech Demo Day in DC. #WITDemoDay

Leticia and I spent some time talking with the teams and helping with pitches. It was clear that everyone there has a passion for getting more girls and young women to go into tech fields.

As a mother of two girls (and two boys), I am hopeful that if my girls decide they want to go into a tech career, they will have the opportunity and support.

Disclosure: Capital One supported my attendance at Women In Tech Demo Day. All opinions are my own.

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Worrying and Today’s Peace
2016-08-31 19:12 UTC by Michele

Full Post: Worrying and Today’s Peace

Worrying doesn't take away tomorrow's troubles. It takes away today's peace.

This is such a good reminder. I’m a worrier! I will worry about anything and everything. I’ve had to learn that worrying doesn’t make the situation any better or worse. So I work out the worst scenario in my head and come up with a plan for that worst case.

Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.

Then I put the worry in a box and put it aside. Any time I think about it again, I immediately think about my plan.

This quote really brought it all home for me. It’s so true because I end up worrying the day away instead of being present in the moment.

Are you a worrier? What do you do when the worrying takes over?

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Women In Tech Demo Day in DC #WITDemoDay
2016-08-31 14:17 UTC by Michele

Full Post: Women In Tech Demo Day in DC #WITDemoDay

This is a Capital One sponsored post.

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Women In Tech Demo Day in the Washington DC area. Women In Tech Demo Days are presented by Capital One in a partnership with AngelHack. In DC, they partnered with the nonprofit group, Black Girls Code.

Women in Tech Demo Days at Capital One in DC #WITDemoDay @Angelhack @BlackGirlsCode

What is Women In Tech Demo Day?

In DC, there were 12 teams of women and men who created apps, pitched them to a panel of judges in hopes of winning a $10,000 scholarship to General Assembly and $15,000 to the nonprofit, Black Girls Code.

They didn’t just create any app. The challenge was to:

Empower girls and women by building a technical solution (mobile app, web app, etc.) to support a local nonprofit (Black Girls Code in DC).

Some of the teams were formed on Saturday morning and some of the teams started a few weeks ago. Leticia Barr and I spent the afternoon mentoring the teams by listening to their pitches and helping them refine their message.

Teams working on their project at Women in Tech Demo Day #WITDemoDay
Photo taken by Leticia Barr of Tech Savvy Mama

Each team had 3 minutes to pitch their idea and demo the product. The judges had 2 minutes to ask questions. After all 12 teams finished pitching, the judges had to decide which team completed the challenge of empowering girls and women to go into the tech field.

Women In Tech Demo Day

Here is the post that I shared when we first got there. I was really excited about seeing what the teams had created.

#WITDemoDay with Capital One @angelhack & @BlackGirlsCode #sponsored: Capital One supported my attendance at Women In Tech Demo Day.

Posted by Michele Rasner McGraw on Saturday, August 27, 2016

During the lunch, 3 women who work in tech at Capital One spoke about their journey as women navigating the tech field. They all had very different stories and reasons for going into a tech field.

women in tech navigating the tech field #WITDemoDay

The Keynote Speaker was Kimberly Bryant, who is the founder of Black Girls Code. She started Black Girls Code after realizing that it wasn’t going to be any easier for her daughter to enter a tech career than it was for her.

The entire day was very inspiring. I left feeling very positive about the future of women in technology. With a group like the one below looking for ways to empower and encourage girls and young women to go into tech fields, I know that my girls will know that tech is an option.

Women in Tech Demo Day group photo. Teams and judges paving the way. #WITDemoDay
Photo taken by Leticia Barr of Tech Savvy Mama

Women In Tech Demo Days in Dallas

If you live in the Dallas area, the Women In Tech Demo Days will be coming to the Dallas area on October 29, 2106. This is a great opportunity to get involved.

Tomorrow I will share the pitches and the winning pitch.

Disclosure: Capital One supported my attendance at Women In Tech Demo Day. All opinions are my own. 

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I Have Seen Stranger Things on Netflix; Have You? #StrangerThings
2016-08-29 17:39 UTC by Michele

Full Post: I Have Seen Stranger Things on Netflix; Have You? #StrangerThings

This is a Netflix #StreamTeam Sponsored post.

I have seen Stranger Things on Netflix this summer. And boy was it strange!!

Stranger Things on Netflix. #streamteam

If you have no clue what I’m talking about, watch this trailer:

The show starts with four boys playing Dungeons & Dragons. When one of the boys disappears, the entire town searches for answers. There are so many conspiracy theories floating around and just as you think you’ve figured it all out, you haven’t! Twists & turns at every corner!

I can not watch anything scary or I’ll have nightmares, so I was not sure how this would turn out after watching Stranger Things. It is not scary at all. I LOVED it.

Not only did I love the plot, the characters, the acting was outstanding, but it takes place in the 1983. I saw things on the screen that we had in our house.

Now I’m totally bummed that I need to wait for season 2.

Stranger Things is DEFINITELY worth watching. My 13-year-old son watched it and loved it. If you have kids younger than 10, watch it first and decide whether they can watch it. Teens and up, definitely!

Disclosures: As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received product in exchange for my monthly posts. All opinions are my own. 

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Visit the Best Buy Tech Home and Enter the Sweepstakes
2016-08-25 18:21 UTC by Michele

Full Post: Visit the Best Buy Tech Home and Enter the Sweepstakes

This is a Best Buy sponsored post. 

Would you love to see the latest and greatest technology brought to life? Touch the technology? Try the technology? Ask questions about the new technology? You can do all of that at Best Buy’s Tech Home at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN.

Visit the Best Buy Tech Home

What Is The Tech Home?

I bet you are wondering what is up with this Tech Home thing, aren’t you? Let me explain. You hear about all this great new technology for your home, but you have no idea how it works. Will it make your life better? What does it do? Do I need it?

Seeing and trying the gadgets in a home environment with experts on hand to explain everything to you is what you will get at the Best Buy Tech Home.

Some of what you will experience:

  • Samsung SmartThings technology to control and monitor your home from your smartphone.
  • Products from Samsung, Canon, NETGEAR, Philips Hue, Sony, Sonos, and Savant.
  • Tour the Tech Home with an expert Blue Shirt or Geek Squad agent. They can answer all your questions and show you how everything works.
  • Help figuring out what connected home technology you need in your home.

Best Buy Tech Home Sweepstakes

There are two ways to enter the sweepstakes.

1. Visit the Tech Home at the Mall of America and find out how you could win:

10,000 Best Buy Gift Card, a Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Collection, Samsung Dream Kitchen, and a Samsung 55” SUHD 4K TV and more

2. Visit the Mall of America and be one of the first 250 visitors each day from 8/22-9/17 and you could win:

One of many prizes made with Qualcomm technologies including Sonos Play:1 speakers, Samsung Gear S2, and more

Read the full sweepstakes details at the Best Buy Tech Home site. The sweepstakes is by Best Buy. I am sharing the information with you.

If you have the chance to visit the Best Buy Tech Home, leave me a comment below and let me know how you liked it. 

DisclosureThe reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions are my own. 

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The Softer Skills Needed To Get Ahead In IT #Infographic
2016-08-24 16:16 UTC by Michele

Full Post: The Softer Skills Needed To Get Ahead In IT #Infographic

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Capella University. The opinions and text are all mine.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I can hear it already. Softer side of IT? What kind of prank is she pulling over on us now? IT involves coding and computers and that isn’t very soft.

Now that I have your attention, let me explain the softer skills needed to get ahead in IT.

Capella University offers the opportunity to gain the softer skills needed to get ahead in IT. #Infographic

12 Skills You Didn’t Know You Needed In IT Infographic

Capella University offers the opportunity to gain the softer skills needed to get ahead in IT. #Infographic

Graphic source: “12 Skills You Didn’t Know You Needed in IT,” Capella University, 2016.

Examples Of The Softer Skills Needed In IT

The sales team in your company is working on a big proposal and are on a tight deadline. The computer they are working on goes down and they are afraid they may have lost everything. (Yes, you’ve reminded them a million times to back up their work, but of course, they didn’t!)

They call you in a panic and need help. Here are some of the softer skills you will use:

  • Communication skills – You need to be able to communicate with them. Part of communicating is understanding and listening.
  • Relationship Skills – If you have a good relationship with the sales team and they know they can count on you, they will trust that you will do everything you can to solve the problem.
  • Decision Making Skills – This problem may require you to make quick decisions on your own. You need to be confident that you can and will make the best decision quickly.
  • Creativity – Many IT problems are hard to solve because there are so many variables. You will need to be creative in your problem solving and think outside the box.

Another Example Of Softer Skills Needed

Your company is going through a major software update and you and your team are working non-stop over a weekend to get it completed by Monday morning. It’s Sunday night, everyone is tired and things aren’t going as planned. (Sound familiar?)

Here are a few softer skills that will help you in this situation:

  • Prioritization – It may be clear that not everything will be completed. You need to be able to prioritize the work and have the most important tasks completed by Monday morning.
  • Knowing Your Business & The Organization – In order to prioritize, you need to know the company and understand what tools are most important to get the job done.
  • Analyze The Process – After you have completed this job, you need to be able to analyze the entire process that took place over the weekend to see where you can do better.
  • Teamwork – You need to keep your team focused even though they may see that they will not complete everything.

Can you see where having these softer skills will help you get ahead in IT? IT is a competitive field and anything you can do to improve your own skills is a plus.

How Do I Know What Skills I Need?

Another very good question.

Capella University is offering a free CEB IT Talent Assessment  to help answer that question.

Taking this assessment will give you a better idea of where you stand with your current abilities of the 12 softer skills needed to get ahead in IT.

So go take it! What are you waiting for? I’ll be here when you get back.

How Do I Get These Softer Skills?

I’m glad you asked that.

Capella University understands IT professionals and they have worked to create programs that will help you gain these softer skills. They will help you find the most direct path to reach your goals. Everyone’s path is a little different and Capella will help you find yours.

For more information about Capella, visit the university’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube pages.

See graduation rates, median student debt and other information at http://capellaresults.org/outcomes.asp

Let me know in the comments below if you took the assessment. I took it!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Capella University. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Poll – What Type of Smartphone Are You Using?
2016-08-23 18:28 UTC by Michele

Full Post: Poll – What Type of Smartphone Are You Using?

In an effort to get to know you better, I’m going to be asking questions periodically. This helps me decide what articles to write and what products to review. This post is my first poll and also a test to see how well this poll works.

Please share this post after you’ve taken the poll.


Thank you!

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Win A Philips Sonicare For Kids Ice Age Toothbrush #IceAge #CollisionCourse
2016-07-19 14:42 UTC by Michele

Full Post: Win A Philips Sonicare For Kids Ice Age Toothbrush #IceAge #CollisionCourse

This is a sponsored post. 

Ice Age: Collision Course is the 5th movie in the Ice Age series. In this movie, the Ice Age World is threatened by cosmic events that Scrat accidently set off. The Ice Age friends set off to save the world.

Ice Age: Collision Course, third movie in the Ice Age trilogy comes out July 22, 2016 #IceAge #CollisionCourse

One of the characters I’m most excited to see in this movie is the Shangri Llama.  He seems like a pretty laid back guy. Who doesn’t love a Llama who does yoga?

Ice Age: Collision Course, third movie in the Ice Age trilogy comes out July 22, 2016 #IceAge #CollisionCourse

Ice Age: Collision Course Final Trailer

This is the final trailer for the Ice Age: Collision Course movie which comes out on Friday, July 22.

Philips Sonicare For Kids Ice Age Power Toothbrush

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The toothbrush connects to an app (iOS or Android.) The app helps  children, ages 4+, adopt healthy brushing habits and motivate them to brush their teeth on their own.

This toothbrush is only available for a limited time. Be sure to enter the giveaway below.

Available at Philips.com, Drugstore.com, Amazon, Walmart  and others; download the Philips Sonicare For Kids app in the Apple and Google Play app stores.

Suggested Retail Price: $49.99

Ice Age: Collision Course, third movie in the Ice Age trilogy comes out July 22, 2016 #IceAge #CollisionCourse

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the same prize package as the giveaway in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

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