The “life-changing” non-technical lesson I learned at Techonomy Detroit

David Kirkpatrick, Founder and CEO - Techonomy

Growing up in Detroit it was a prerequisite to be resilient and tough.  At times I was taught to be suspicious  of people looking to help, as they were probably trying to get over or take something from me  Although I knew that this was not true in all cases, the activity that took place at Techonomy Detroit squashed all those crazy thoughts.

Techonomy Detroit brought together some of the most progressive technology minds however, I learned the most from the human interactions and connections made.

During my panel, Education 2.0 for Americans 2.0, I was in my element.   I love to speak, I live to empower, I love to share and I am NEVER short on opinions.  The activity that took place after the panel and throughout the day changed my life forever.

While on stage I shared my life story of wandering around after college as an aspiring mortician, with a degree in Public Relations, until someone gave me the opportunity to learn how to code.  I talked about my passion for empowering girls and women in S.T.E.M. and life and a little about my new venture Sisters Code.  Sisters Code’s mission is to educate, empower, and entice women ages 25 – 85 to explore the world of coding and technology. 

During the networking break, I was humbled by the number of people that approached me about my panel responses, my work in S.T.E.M., and Sisters Code.  Everyone had a positive word to say, gave words of encouragement, offered their time, asked me to speak at other events, offered career options, words of wisdom and so much more.  All of this blew that “Me Against the World,” theory right out of the water.  The fact alone that Techonomy approached me to speak at the conference was rewarding and amazing, and I thank them for the opportunity.

What I know for sure is that Detroit is not alone in our quest to improve the quality of life for our citizens, to positively impact the educational systems, to increase our economic bottom-line in this global society, and return us to our greatness.

Detroit may be bankrupt and a little broken, but our spirit is alive and kicking.   It’s true Detroit hustles harder, but I am 100% sure that we don’t have to do it alone.

Marlin Page is a Globetrotting Speaker, empowering women and girls in STEM and Life. As Chief Technology Mommy sharing and exposing online safety stories, tips, and technology information to keep parents informed and children safe on the Internet.  Marlin also serves as a speaker for Microsoft’s Global DigiGirlz Program and Camps.

- See more at: http://www.marlinpage.com/2013/blackberry-scholars-program-offering-4-year-scholarships-to-women-interested-in-technology/#sthash.FZnMePg3.dpuf

Marlin Page is a Globetrotting Speaker, empowering women and girls in STEM and Life. As Chief Technology Mommy sharing and exposing online safety stories, tips, and technology information to keep parents informed and children safe on the Internet.  Marlin also serves as a speaker for Microsoft’s Global DigiGirlz Program and Camps.

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Marlin Page is a Globetrotting Speaker and Founder of Sisters Code – empowering women and girls in STEM and Life. As Chief Technology Mommy, Marlin shares and exposes online safety stories, tips, and technology information to keep parents informed and children safe on the Internet.  Marlin also serves as a speaker for Microsoft’s Global DigiGirlz Program and Camp and Technology Strategist for a variety of corporations and organizations.

 

 

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2 Responses to The “life-changing” non-technical lesson I learned at Techonomy Detroit

  1. Carole McNeal-Otis says:

    This is an interesting article by Marlin Paige, I invite everyone to read it you’ll certainly be inspired.

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