I grew up in West Oakland California in one of the most dangerous slums in the world.
I learned to code at 11, it changed the trajectory of my life.
Values & Integrity instilled at home helped me build a career in technology that has taken me to amazing heights.
When I was 14 internet access changed my life. The critical point was when my brother taught me 5 lines of HTML code that read HELLO World onto the screen. But the internet also posed a major problem; with unlimited access to information positive and negative I had to answer an important question….
As Van Jones once said, “code or be coded”.
Have great hopes and dreams and develop strong habits and practices to support them in becoming a reality.
Know how to identity resources no matter how small, and learn to maximize them for impact in your life and others.
Entrepreneurship is a great route to independence, and living your life with power will make you an incredible person and entrepreneur
Your body is a great muscle that supports your mind, they both need to be fed in order to stay healthy and lead you to success.
Whatever you have treat it well, especially your body. Making your own plans will keep you from becoming the victim of someone else’s failure to plan.
Allow yourself time to quiet the mind, and hear your inner voice.
Spend your time in spaces that help you grow, with people that help you grow.
Words have incredible power…
When facing a challenge always look for the solution.
Live in your power as much as you can with your words.
Set yourself up to be supported by others with your words rather that doubted.
Live in the present with your words as much as possible.
Replacing as many weak words as you can with powerful words
Find a tool to use for life modeling. Some write bucket lists, some create vision boards. I use a Life Model Canvas.
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You don’t need a “daddy”, a “mama” or “friends”. You need support. Learn what support looks like and through that you can learn to identity the father figures from the pimps, and friends from frienemies.
You are not a product to be bought or sold. You can create products with your mind and ideas – sell those products. Don’t sell yourself.
Grown Ass Woman.
This is a “Woman”. The statement “Grown Woman” creates redundancy. Make your emphasis meaningful, when you say it, say it once and say it powerfully. This teaches people to listen when you speak. Never use expletives to refer to oneself, “head bitch”, “grown ass woman”, you are not a body part, or an animal. You are a Woman. That is incredibly powerful.
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West Oakland to the White House - 4 Key Ideas to Help Women and Girls Succeed in Life, STEM, #WorkLifeIntegrity
West Oakland to the White House:
One Woman in Tech’s
Tips to Young Women
By Ayori Selassie
The vision or idea of something
that you would like to execute
The practice or autonomous
execution of something
Useful persons, places or things
that can further a mission, cause
The habit of utilizing resources
to maximum efficiency to
achieve a mission, cause or
A person who develops a
“business model” and is fully
responsible for it’s success or
A person who develops a “life
model” and is fully responsible
for it’s success or failure
Walking, working out, yoga,
martial arts, boxing, biking,
Eating fruits and vegetables,
iron, calcium, vitamin A, B, C, D,
E, Omega 3s, avoiding
Keeping my body clean, caring
for my things no matter how little
Filling my time with progressive
tasks, making clothes, studying,
not being available for drama
Quieting my mind, listening to
music, lighting a candle
Talking to God, asking for
guidance, committing to my best
Where I go to spend time, find
quiet, culture, entertainment
Who I spend time with, what
they do, how they talk about
themselves, how they think
about their future
They do things,
- Ursula K. Le Guin
Implies lack of control, doom,
helplessness, & powerlessness.
What can I…
Announces exploration of
possibilities, creates opportunity
to receive guidance & support.
I have to
Implies lack of choice,
I choose to
Announces taking responsibility,
awareness of options,
Implies limitations, presents an
excuse for success, predicts a
poor outcome or failure, shuts
Announces a requirement,
explains what is needed for
success, creates an opportunity
for others to provide support.
Implies shame, living in the past,
is powerless in the present.
conviction and dedication, is
presently empowered and
claiming the future.