• ABOUT

    ~ #makeapositivedifference through social justice, tech, education, & community ~

    Monica S. Flores (@monicasflores) builds digital products to support a socially just, environmentally sustainable, equitable society. She works in the technology space with communities, dreamers, & doers who #makeapositivedifference.

     

    Since 2004 she has supported US-based & global membership groups, non-profits, public agencies, and startups on how to best reach their online communities.

     

    Clients and employers include Princeton University, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, the U.S. Department of State, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, the GIST Network, and Green America.

     

    She is a full-stack developer, using Drupal since 2008 and working with agile methods since 2014.

    Monica's focus is to build community, foster connectedness, and use her technology skills to make a better world.

     

    She believes each of us has an ability and obligation to use our knowledge, ideas, and talents to advance fairness, justice, safety, health, and sustainability.


    She builds and leads effective teams, explains business processes, prioritizes functional specifications to budget, creates database architecture, & implements systems.

     

    Projects include large-scale web development projects, including redesign, refactoring, and digital platform buildout, as well as building and supporting teams of designers, developers, and coders.

    Monica is passionate about leadership, innovation, sustainability, social justice, diversity, entrepreneurship, education, and technology and science as tools for positive social change, and speaks, writes, and presents on these topics.

     

    She chairs the Green America board committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and teaches DEI coursework for NTEN.org's non-profit technology professional certificate.

     

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    • BIOGRAPHY

      Since 2004, Monica S. Flores (@monicasflores) has built websites and led teams for the design and development of large-scale digital projects, supporting U.S. and global clients such as Green America, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Changemakers.com, the U.S. Department of State, Global Entrepreneurship Network, the GIST Network, Princeton University, and 240+ government, public agencies, trade associations, and non-profits.

       

      Because of her interest in online communities, she frequently advises startup groups on emerging projects. She consults with leadership teams on building and leading product teams, understanding business processes, prioritizing functional specifications to budget, creating database architecture, & implementing systems. Projects include large-scale web development projects, including redesign, refactoring, and digital platform buildout, as well as building and supporting teams of designers, developers, and coders.

       

      She is passionate about leadership, innovation, sustainability, education, and technology and science as tools for positive social change. She speaks and writes about web development, diversity/equity/inclusion, entrepreneurship, and women in business.

       

      She is a board member representing Green America staff (2017-) and serves as board chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion subcommittee. She is a course instructor for the Nonprofit Technology Network's Professional Certification (2017-) for "Diversity and Inclusion" and "Develop Good Data Practices." She started the Female Founders Network and co-moderates a LinkedIn group for women entrepreneurs.

       

      She co-founded 10K Group web consulting (2004-), founded and sold A Successful Woman (2006-2012), co-founded Gramercy & Co. (2010-2017), sits on the board of RCLS Corp. real estate (2015- ) and was an early advisor to MAAN Softwares Inc. (2016- ).

       

      She is interested in working with projects that #makeapositivedifference by building community, fostering connectedness, and advancing technology to create a better world.

       

      She received a B.S. from Cornell University, and lives in the Washington DC area with her family.

       

      ~ Images ~

      Photo credit: A Beyard
      Speaking credit: G Bell

      Flickr photostream: monicadear

       

    • Published Articles

      Articles

      Writer/Contributor

    • VALUES

      ~ digital connections for the new millennium ~

      Communication

      Making space for a diversity of opinions, freely expressed and carefully considered, creates a better end outcome.

       

      Communication means we brainstorm, share, and evaluate all options to find the best solution.

       

      There are no stupid questions.

      Honesty

      We each face challenges and obstacles.

       

      Honesty means that we evaluate, accept where we currently stand, make a plan, and move forward, together. One day at a time, one moment at a time.

       

      The truth always sets us free.

       

      Transparency

      Live in possibility, promise, and prosperity by evaluating your unique gifts and aligning with others to solve the world's needs.

       

      Be as clear as possible about what you need, what you offer, and how best to collaborate.

       

      "Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got." - Janis Joplin

       

    • EDUCATION

      Cornell University

      B.S. in Environmental Systems Technology,
      Division of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
      Cornell University

      Team win for contest in student engineering: "A Learning Car for Kids" - technology for children with developmental disabilities


      Activities: Work Study
      (Entrepot Deli, Risley Dining, Blauvelt Lab, PEWS ILR)
      Pianist at Catholic Mass
      Praxis Literary Journal

      Institute for Shipboard Education

      Spring Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh

      Travelled to 10 port cities in 100 days on the SS Universe


      Itinerary:

      Nassau, Bahamas
      La Guaira, Venezuela
      Salvador, Brazil

      Cape Town, South Africa

      Mombasa, Kenya

      Madras, India

      Penang, Malaysia

      Hong Kong

      Keelung, Taiwan

      Kobe, Japan

      Seattle, Washington, USA

      Activities: Yearbook, Shipboard Auction

    • Mission

      To make a positive difference through utilizing all of my knowledge, ideas, and talents to advance fairness, justice, safety, health, sustainability, and wellbeing.

       

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    • Collaborate / Book Time

    • Sample Talks:

      I typically speak as keynote, presenter, in-depth trainer, or panelist.

       

      Five Tips to Increase our Leadership Capacity

      As women leaders, we continue to learn and grow - here are five ways to increase your overall capacity as a woman in a leadership position in your organization. link

       

      Six Ways to Fail Forward on our Our Journey to Success

      Learning how to fail is essential to success. Find six ways to increase your probability of reaching your goals, and gracefully learning from failures. link

       

      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

       

      Building an Action Plan for Diversity and Inclusion at your Organization

      Slides and presentation for discussion of how to integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into an organization. link

       

      10 Tips I Learned from Backpacking the World

      In my 20s I travelled to 35 countries in 18 months, creating content for one of the first online educational curriculums. Here are ten tips learned from those early days. link

       

      Case Study: Converting to the Drupal Content Management System

      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

       

      Video sample: http://bit.ly/monicasfloresvideo

       

      #stemdaisies

      #femalefoundersleadtheway

      #makeapositivedifference

       

       

    • Public Engagements

      Judge/Mentor/Speaker/Board

      • Green America Board Chair, Subcommittee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion '18
         
      • Green America Board Member, '17, '18, '19
         
      • DC Startup Week, Advisor '17
         
      • Princeton Social Impact Judge '18, '17, '16
         
      • Startup Weekend DC '16 Speaker and Judge (Social Good)
         
      • STEEAMnista NYC Speaker Panel '16
         
      • Net2DC Speaker '16
         
      • DC Web Women '15 Entrepreneurship Series
         
      • Working Mother Video Series '15 (#WorkMom)
         
      • Philly Women Tech Summit: Women Helping Women, Panelist '15
         
      • NASA Goddard '15 social media coverage
         
      • DrupalCamp Hawaii Organizer, Speaker '11
         
      • WordCamp Hawaii Speaker '08
    • CONTACT

      I am open to connecting with you!

       

      If we are in alignment on my "match list" there is a greater chance we'll be a good fit.

       

      Are you booking my time to discuss your project, demo your product, or discuss mutual connections, advice, or support? Please leave a message at: #646-807-8198.