Monica S. Flores
Monica started coding full-time in 2004. She currently serves as director of digital products for Green America (national environmental nonprofit), product team lead for Ashoka Changemakers (global social enterprise organization), and consultant to other U.S.-based and international groups. She collaborates with teams to identify requirements, write functional specifications, create database architecture, produce wire-frames, and build out pilot projects. Author of the A Successful Woman’s Handbook series and frequent blogger, speaker, and presenter, she is passionate about women’s leadership in technology. Her current project #STEMDaisies invites women to film their workspace, office, or lab to share with girls. She founded and sold A Successful Woman, a woman-supporting membership organization, and co-founded and launched Gramercy & Co, a luxury home accessories and fashion e-tailer. She is a graduate of Cornell University.
Monica S. Flores started coding full-time in 2004 and currently serves as digital director for Green America. She also staffs the product team for Ashoka Changemakers, where she works with an agile team to channel corporate philanthropy, grants, and micro-finance into social investment and social enterprise opportunities worldwide.
She consults on Drupal, working on functional specifications, database architecture, initial content types, user permissions, and views/reports, and focuses on building online communities. Her unique skill is translating specific business needs into working solutions. As a manager and expediter for teams, she creates strategic plans, defines metrics, and breaks tasks into manageable pieces to optimize conditions for success.
Monica is passionate about women’s empowerment, social justice, diversity, entrepreneurship, and technology, and is a frequent speaker, presenter, and blogger. Her current projects include: #STEMDaisies - women in science, technology, engineering, and math film a brief video of their workspace, office, or lab to share with girls; FemaleFounders.info - supports and highlights female founders; and #womensocent - stories of women in social enterprise. She founded and sold A Successful Woman, a woman-supporting membership organization, and co-founded and launched Gramercy & Co, a luxury home accessories and fashion e-tailer.
Monica’s current focus is to build community, foster connectedness, and use her technology skills to create a better world. She is a graduate of Cornell University.
~ Judge/Mentor ~
Princeton Social Impact '16
Startup Weekend DC '16 (Social Good)
~ Speaker ~
Working Mother '15 (#WorkMom Video series)
Philly Women Tech Summit '15
DrupalCamp Hawaii '11
WordCamp Hawaii '08
~ Presenter/Panelist ~
Hawaii Women's Business Center
Young Women Social Entrepreneurs
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (San Francisco)
Oakland City Council
~ Government ~
Visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to share the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission via NASASocial, for social media.
~ digital connections for the new millennium ~
I believe that a diversity of opinion, freely expressed, and carefully considered, makes for a better end outcome for the project.
Teams that truly value communication celebrate great news and cope with bad news - together. Brainstorm, share, and evaluate all options to find the best solution.
There are no stupid questions.
I've had enough challenges and obstacles to understand that life happens to everyone.
Honesty means that we own up, accept where we are currently at, and carry forward.
The truth always sets us free.
When we are able to honestly evaluate our unique gift, and are able to align that with the world's pressing problems, we live in a wonderful nexus of possibility, promise, and prosperity.
Transparency means being as clear as possible about what we are able to do, the skills we may offer, and where we best do our work.
"Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got." - Janis Joplin
I've worked as a web developer, database architect, product manager, project manager, client manager, engineering manager, and director of digital products.
I am a proponent of "#failforward" and have acted as CTO, technical advisor, and principal coder for a number of projects that did not survive past launch. I believe whole-heartedly in the idea that founders "get up 10 times after falling 9".
Connecting, Consulting, Collaborating, Coaching
I am very open to connecting with your project, initiative, or startup.
Monica was terrific to work with.
Her mastery of communication and expertise made the collaboration easy to understand and painless.
She is one of the most accessible consultants that I work with and can handle any related projects with ease and patience for those of us unfamiliar with the technology.
I also appreciate her suggestions for new ideas and ways to grow my business.
— Laurie Silverman
Environmental Systems Technology, Ag and Bio Engineering, BS 1990 - 1994
Team win for contest in student engineering: "A Learning Car for Kids" - technology for children with developmental disabilities
Semester at Sea participant, Spring 1993
Graduated in seven semesters
Activities: Work Study
(Entrepot Deli, Risley Dining, Blauvelt Lab, PEWS ILR)
Pianist at Catholic Mass,
Praxis Literary Journal
Institute for Shipboard Education
Spring 1993, Semester at Sea 1993 - 1993
Travelled to 10 port cities in 100 days on the SS Universe
Activities: Yearbook, Shipboard Auction