Posted by Laura Plant
@lauralynplant

As Co-Executive Director of Ladies Learning Code, Laura is on a mission to inspire women and girls to leverage tech as a creative tool to change the world.

Introducing our WordPress Workshop Mentors!

Well, here we are. It’s November already and we are about to host another exciting Workshop – (Intro to WordPress) and are we ever pumped! Once again, our community came forward to support the Ladies Learning Code mission. Our developer email list continues to grow daily. This is critical to our ability to follow through on our goal of providing our learners with a collaborative, social learning environment geared toward absolute beginners.

A HUGE thank you to our WordPress mentors. We couldn’t do this without YOU!

More about these fantastic individuals here…

Lead Instructor: Wes Bos(@wes_bos | http://www.wesbos.com)
Self Employed Web Designer and Developer

What are you passionate about?  “From a high level, I’m super passionate about design, development, and business. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to do all three as a career. From a technical standpoint, I spend most of my time working with JavaScript, PHP, and HTML5. I’ve been a WordPress developer for 5 years now and over the past year have been working a lot with HTML5, NodeJS and sprinkles of CSS3. New and open sources web technologies make me super excited and I can’t wait to see whats to come of the web in the next few years.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “All of the best things in my life are because of the community that surrounds them. With a group of people that are passionate about a certain topic, it fosters a community that allows for learning, sharing of knowledge and growth. I believe that sharing what you know with others is one of the best way to not only improve the community but also improve upon your skills. I’ve never taken a formal web development or design course and I haven’t read very many books. Everything I’ve learned comes from seemingly total strangers who offer up their time to help others learn. Passing this knowledge on is the obvious next step.”


Gavin Smith (@gavinsmith | http://gavinsmith.me )

Lead Front End Developer at Jet Cooper

What are you passionate about?  “Building interfaces and functional user experiences.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Heather attended one of Jet Cooper’s Show and Tell sessions – Kept an eye on it since then!”

Mohammad Jangda (@mjangdar | http://digitalize.ca )
I wrangle code and provide support for VIP developers on WordPress.com at Automattic

What are you passionate about?  “Finding new challenges and finding ways to overcome them.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “We need more women in tech. Without them, we miss out on much. Plus, coding is fun. Teaching people to code is even more fun!”

Kitty Shum (@kitty_shum | http://kittyshum.wordpress.com)
Product Manager at Xtreme Labs

What are you passionate about?  “Technology, Mobile, Sports and Travelling!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “After working in a male-dominated environment for years, I would love to encourage more ladies into this field. I love technology and love what I do everyday! I want to share that passion with others and support a great organization.”

Kandirra Wilson (@kandirra  | http://www.kandirra.com)
Program Coordinator: Web design, project coordination, communications, multi-media production in support of professional development programs at the Centre for the Support of Teaching, York University.

What are you passionate about?  “Creative means of communication. I’m an ideas person.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I decided to get involved because of my love for making connections, networking, and creating community support that facilitates learning and knowledge sharing; something we are most in need of in an industry where women are under-represented.”

Dara Skolnick (@daraskolnick  | http://daraskolnick.com)
Web Developer at University of Toronto

What are you passionate about? “Great design! Also, photography, good music, and good people.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I really enjoy showing people that the world of coding and technology doesn’t have to be daunting or intimidating.”

Gabriel Mansour (@gabrielmansour | http://gabrielmansour.com/ )
Freelance Web Designer & Developer

What are you passionate about?  “Web Standards. Ruby is also pretty darn fun. And Improv (not technology-related, but hey).”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I think LLC’s a fantastic initiative and I want to see more ladies getting involved in the tech space, or at least learning how to write program, and it’s not as daunting as it may appear.”

Brian Hanshaw (@brianthetrain | Biondo.ca)
System Administrator at Muskoka Delivery Service

What are you passionate about?  “I am most passionate about learning. If i don’t learn something i can use later i feel like i wasted the day.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “The cause is excellent and I love to help out.”

Dwayne Forde (@dwayneforde )
Software Architect at Xtreme Labs

This is Dwayne’s 2nd time instructing Ladies Learning Code!

What are you passionate about?  “Coding 🙂 Creating innovative software that pushes technology past its limits and encourages innovation.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I like teaching people who are willing to learn. I usually take any chance I can get to teach/learn someone something new.”

Saman Alvi (@err_sage | www.systemerrorcs.wordpress.com)
Mobile Software Developer – Android at EnvisionMobile

What are you passionate about?  “I am really passionate about using technology to help people. One of the reasons I enrolled in the Computer Science program was because I enjoyed seeing people use the programs I made, and to see that it made their lives a little bit easier. I enjoyed being able to help them in some small way.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I decided to support Ladies Learning Code because I thought it would be great to meet other women in the field. Also, I enjoy helping people, so I thought it would be a great way to learn new things, grow as a person, and teach someone else something neat.”

Anne Thomas (@AlfalfaAnne | annethomasdesign.com)
Front-End Web Developer at Grip Limited

What are you passionate about?  “UX Design / WordPress / Horses.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Love the idea / Love to help / Love to meet awesome people.”

Rebecca Putinski (@h4xnoodle | http://bexsys.com)
Agile Engineer at Xtreme Labs

What are you passionate about?  “Mobile, web.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Launch Party!”

Conrad Muad (@radicalradical | http://www.radicalradical.com/)
Independent Contractor – Web Developer, front end and server side

What are you passionate about?  “Usability, user experience, ease of use.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “It is awesome :-)”


Darcy Clarke (@darcy_clarke | http://darcyclarke.me)

Co-Founder of Themify, a Commercial WordPress theme company, DealPage, a Daily deal Aggregator & Member of the jQuery Front End team.

What are you passionate about?  “JavaScript, jQuery, HTML5, CSS3, PHP, WordPress, UX, Design, People… Most importantly, I’m passionate about creating amazing tools and experiences online.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I think it’s important for everyone to have outlets where they feel comfortable to work, learn and grow with other like-minded individuals. LLC is one of those outlets. With an emphasis on learning through practical implementation, it’s definitely been a long time coming. For many, there’s only so much you’ll be able to learn from listening to someone talk. Often, putting those learnings into practice will be the key to tipping that balance of knowledge to understanding; being able to help facilitate that shift, in any way, is an opportunity I wouldn’t miss for the world.”

Ameena Philips (@ameenaphilips | ameenaphilips.com)
Php Web Developer (html emails, landing pages, blogs) at WebCanada Inc.

What are you passionate about?  “Web development and yes, WordPress!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Being the only female web developer at my company, I’m lonely and would love to see more women out there. Also, I’m very excited about helping someone else have fun with web development.”


Andy McIlwain (@andymci | http://www.andymci.com)

In-house Web Specialist at Quartet Service Inc.

What are you passionate about?  “Entrepreneurship!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I love WordPress, and I love introducing others to WordPress. It’s an amazing tool.”


Emir Hasanbegovic (@PhiGammEmir | http://www.emirweb.com)

Agile Engineer at Xtreme Labs Inc.

This is Emir’s 3rd time instructing Ladies Learning Code!

What are you passionate about?  “I am all about developing core infrastructures that can be used as tools over and over again. Building stronger application cores allows for better end-user experience and development tools. I love to look at technology from the inside out.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I strongly believe in the power of learning. Learning is super, super fun and I want to help others have the same experience with learning technology as I have.”

Gavin Lobo (http://www.rabidgeek.net)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, grad student, research assistant, tutorial instructor

This is Gavin’s 3rd time instructing Ladies Learning Code!

What are you passionate about?  “Teaching, Science, Mathematics and Programming”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Coding is so much fun! More women should get involved!”


Laurie M. Rauch (@lauriemrauch | http://www.lauriemrauch.com)

Owner and Chief Code Nerd at Elle Media

This is Laurie’s 2nd time instructing Ladies Learning Code!

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

What are you passionate about?  “I am passionate about good, semantic, valid code. There’s something just so awesome about how a couple of lines of code can so dramatically transform a site and make it come together the way you want it to. Though I’ve also been known to get a little passionate about my TV, a cute purse, or the perfect pair of shoes. :-)”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I love being able to share my passion and how much fun coding can be with other people. When I was in school, my classes were more female-dominated, but in the real world, there does seem to be significantly more men as the go-to gurus of web development, so anything I can do to help other women who want to get into this whole coding game, I’m all for it.”

Pearl Chen (@androidsnsheep | Google+)
Research & Tech Manager at CFC Media Lab

This is Pearl’s 2nd time instructing Ladies Learning Code!

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

For my entire professional career (especially while freelancing as a web developer), I have never found myself working with another professional female developer (except once when I was involved in the hiring process). So…where are you, ladies? What scared you off? I hope Ladies Learning Code will help me answer this.

 

These people ROCK!

This workshop promises to be full of fun, learning and collaboration.

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