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Jacqueline Jensen - Learning Ruby on Rails - 5th Annual LEXI Women's Leadership Summit


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This presentation was given at the 5th Annual LEXI Women's Leadership Summit and was about my journey learning Ruby on Rails.

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Jacqueline Jensen - Learning Ruby on Rails - 5th Annual LEXI Women's Leadership Summit

  1. 1. N W E S My Journey to Challenge Myself: Learning Ruby on Rails How I learned to enjoy being the new girl in class
  2. 2. WHO I AM Jacqueline Jensen (@JackieMJensen) Smart, well educated, responsible, good at social media, PR, and business Co-founder and COO of Daughter, sister, friend, #VegasTech community member Developer @JackieMJensen, #LexiLV (Nov 2013) 2
  3. 3. WOMEN IN TECH How STEM Stereotypes Effect Women When women take on STEM careers, unlike men, they risk being judged by the negative stereotype that women have weaker ability. Women hold only 27% of all computer science jobs. Less than 20% of bachelor’s degrees in computer science go to women. Women experience “stereotype threat” around STEM. An unconscious bias that STEM are “male” fields. 3
  4. 4. TIMELINE My Life In Tech First job: Format disks for a quarter Begin learning about social channels – Twitter, blogging 1990 2008 1985 1993 Launch 2010 BORN Microsoft Encarta is released Left day job to create Middle school, high school, college: Math and science are for nerds. Don’t be a nerd. @JackieMJensen, #LexiLV (Nov 2013) The nerds are making loads of money and there is a shortage of them. I should double down on being a nerd. 4
  5. 5. M Y I N S P I R AT I O N Powerhouse Women Marissa Mayer Sheryl Sandberg Cyan Banister Tech Queen Advocate Founder + Investor Hacker President and CEO of Yahoo! COO of Facebook and author of “Lean In” Founder of Zivity and a angel investor (Uber, Zappos, PayPal, and more) @JackieMJensen, #LexiLV (Nov 2013) Susan Hinton Developer and advocate of the Syn Shop Hackerspace in Las Vegas 5
  6. 6. MY DREAM Add Another Layer on the Cake • • • • + Business Development Finance Sales Marketing Developer Tech Super Woman! @JackieMJensen, #LexiLV (Nov 2013) 6
  7. 7. W H AT H A P P E N E D N E X T ”I’m Learning to Code!” In August 2013, I set a goal. In 2-3 years, I was going to be a proficient developer. (Gasp) @JackieMJensen, #LexiLV (Nov 2013) 7
  8. 8. P U S H I N G PA S T O B S TA C L E S Reasons Why I Could Have Said No There are many reasons why I could have said no to learning how to code. (And no one would have blamed me for giving up.) I have the skills I need already. It will be too hard to learn to code. @JackieMJensen, #LexiLV (Nov 2013) There aren’t enough hours in the day as is for my startup. I might fail. 8
  9. 9. FINDING THE YES #VegasTech Made It Easy The #VegasTech community makes it easy to learn a new skill. I joined the Las Vegas Ruby Users Group (@LVRUG) for their weekly meet-ups and met with @VegasTechFund CTOs to get inspired. Seek out free resources online like Eliminate excuses. Design your goal. What’s your goal? How will you know you have reached it? How long will take? You’re dumb – it’s ok. Accept being the beginner in the room. Always ask why. Why this goal at this time? @JackieMJensen, #LexiLV (Nov 2013) 9
  10. 10. M Y M O T I VAT I O N Commitment “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.”
  11. 11. N W E S What’s your next journey? Find your next challenge and practice commitment.