Entrepreneur, Culture Strategist, Software Developer. Empathic. Steeped in tech culture since childhood. Founder of Cultivate & Co.
As a self-taught female software developer, former BBSer and MUD junkie, long-time tech community organizer, and founder of Code Scouts, I have a unique perspective on tech culture. My interpersonal skills allow me to use this perspective to help tech companies build healthy organizational cultures.
What this means for you is: happier employees, less turnover, increased productivity and, as a result, huge monetary savings. If you're struggling with recruiting, retention, conflict, or general unhappiness on your team, get in touch. I can help you uncover the root causes.
Michelle's knowledge of programming is impressive, but her interest in making the underlying concepts clear to CodeScouts members takes her expertise to a whole new level. I routinely recommend CodeScouts as a practical way to learn programming to individuals just starting out.
I've known Michelle for a very long time, and always believed she was absolutely brilliant. When she first jumped into software development, I knew she would excel. Now that she's focused on building Code Scouts, I have watched her truly bloom into the entrepreneur that she is. Of course, she's great with people of all walks, her positivity has magnified over the years. What really sets Michelle apart is her tenacity - she does not like to lose, and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. You can bank on her succeeding in any venture she sets her eyes on.
Michelle has a great talent for helping people work effectively with technology,
whether by creating tools that are approachable and understandable, or by
working with users and stakeholders to train and support them. She digs deeply
into complex problems in search of simple solutions, and combines objective
measurements with feedback from colleagues in order to build the right thing.
Michelle also excels at bringing people together from different disciplines and
departments, building bridges to help folks solve common goals.
Michelle is one of the friendliest people you'll meet: ready to lend a hand, explain a difficult concept, jump in on a project and listen to her colleagues. She has a gift for communicating with people from different departments; that is, she can easily switch from talking tech issues with engineers to explaining the big picture to customers and stakeholders.
Michelle is a problem solver. She's not satisfied with treating "symptoms." She looks for the root of the problem, analyzes possible outcomes and collaborates with teammates to deliver the best solution.
Michelle has big ideas and a big heart. I so enjoyed working with her.