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CEO Hana Hassan refuses to be ignored

August 24th, 2020

If you’re friends with Hana Hassan, you might know her by another name: Dope’rah (yes, it’s a combination of “dope” and “Oprah”). She was given the nickname because, as she puts it, she does her best to make sure “people feel seen and heard.” One way she does that is through her role as an…

How Nikiya Simpson brought meaning to her work

August 14th, 2020

In 2009, Nikiya Simpson was dealing with burnout. She’d been working in data processing at a tech company for six years but recently found herself wanting “something more meaningful.” “I felt like the long nights and weekends, the overtime and stress, didn’t contribute to making anyone’s life better,” Nikiya says. “Especially my own.” Nikiya decided…

How Women Techmakers India reimagined their IWD event

June 11th, 2020

When the Women Techmakers International Women’s Day event in India was canceled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Program Coordinator Lakshya Sivaramakrishnan knew she had to find another way to bring the group together. Originally scheduled for March 21, the event was supposed to host panels, tech training, networking events, and inspiring keynotes…