• 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 to support communities, dreamers, & doers who #makeapositivedifference.

     

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

     

    She leads and manages large-scale web development projects, including redesign, refactoring, and digital platform buildout.

    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 creates technical solutions through building effective teams, developing functional specifications, creating database architecture, and implementing systems and processes.

    Monica is passionate about sustainability, social justice, diversity, entrepreneurship, education, and technology/science as tools for positive social change.

     

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    • CONNECT

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    • BIOGRAPHY

      Monica S. Flores (@monicasflores) has worked in technology for organizations such as Green America, Ashoka Changemakers, Global Entrepreneurship Network for the U.S. Department of State, and 240+ international and national clients in business, government, and education.

       

      Because of her interest in building communities online, she works with leadership and engineering teams on product lifecycle development. She trains organizations on how to write RFPs, identify functional specifications, plan complex database architecture, define content types, understand user permissions, determine reporting needs, and manage/maintain system-wide processes.

       

      Author of the A Successful Woman’s Handbook series, she is passionate about leadership, innovation, education, and technology. She speaks and writes about social justice, environmental sustainability, and entrepreneurship.

       

      She is a worker board member representing Green America staff (2017-). She serves as course instructor for the Nonprofit Technology Network's Professional Certification (2017-) for "Diversity and Inclusion" and "Advanced Data Management." She edits FemaleFounders.info (2015-)and PosDiff.com (2016-). She co-founded 10K Group web consulting (2004-), founded and sold A Successful Woman (2006-2012), and co-founded Gramercy & Co. (2010-2017). She advises emerging projects that make a positive difference by building community, fostering connectedness, and advancing technology to create a better world.

       

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

       

      ~ Images ~

      Photo credit: A Beyard
      Speaking credit: G Bell

      Flickr photostream: monicadear

       

    • Judge/Mentor/Speaker

      • DC Startup Week, Advisor '17
         
      • Princeton Social Impact Judge '17, '16
         
      • Startup Weekend DC '16 Speaker (Social Good)
         
      • STEEAMnista NYC Speaker '16
         
      • Net2DC Speaker '16
         
      • Working Mother Video Series '15 (#WorkMom)
         
      • Philly Women Tech Summit Panelist '15
         
      • NASA Goddard '15 social media
         
      • DrupalCamp Hawaii Organizer, Speaker '11
         
      • WordCamp Hawaii Speaker '08

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      • 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.

         

         

         

        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

        Environmental Systems Technology, Ag and Bio Engineering, BS

        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

      • CONTACT

        I am open to connecting with your project or initiative.

         

        Use my "match list" to determine if we're a good fit.

         

        Note that I accept 4-5 connections each month organized through Clarity.fm, which allows you to book my time at a reduced rate in order to discuss your project, demo your product, or discuss mutual connections, advice, or support.

         

      • Mission

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