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To All the Giants, Whose Shoulders We Stand On

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By Jennifer Takács

What is gratitude? Harvard Health Publishing defines gratitude as “a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible.” I was recently reminded of the power of gratitude during Derek Tangredi’s keynote speech at the Bring IT Together Conference in Niagara Falls. After listening to his transformative experiences at Wilfred Jury Public School, I was inspired to reflect on the benefits of gratitude in my own life.

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What I learned by “being bad at technology”

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By Cassie Tatone

I am one of those self-proclaimed people who are “bad at tech”. My younger brother was always the one who managed setting up a movie on the TV or to reboot the internet when it broke. I never installed the newest IOS, only updating when I bought a new phone that came with the newest system or really wanted to use some of the new Emojis I was seeing around. If I couldn’t get the printer to work, or if I accidentally switched modes on my computer and needed help, I would blame “being bad at tech” as the culprit.
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My Letter to a Girl Who Thinks She Can’t Code…

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A blog feature written by Olivia Xiao, a Hackergal participant and passionate coding enthusiast!

Today it is not unusual for people to hear about exciting breakthroughs in technology and big developments in the future of mankind. Often, it’s a new function for phones or another rocket launched by Elon Musk, and behind most of those advancements, one can often sense intrigue, tremendous effort, and fantastic programming skills. The accomplishments of experienced coders, often showcased on the news or through social media, have always seemed nothing short of extraordinary to me, as someone who knew nothing about coding at the time. These new developments happening right beneath our eyes are in some ways veiled from us, and their powers exclusively reserved to those who are well versed in the art of coding.

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Thinking of Your Career as an Adventure

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This week our featured woman in tech is Maya Beri, the VP of Financial Crimes Technology at CIBC.

Maya’s team is accountable for keeping CIBC’s clients and bank data safe and protected. Her team is responsible for building and running technology systems that proactively protect the clients and the bank from money laundering, cyber security attacks, and internal and external threats.

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Getting through code one piece at a time!

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As a woman in tech, CIBC’s Sukhpreet Birdi joined Hackergal’s first all-girls hackathon on Parliament Hill this Spring.

Growing up Sukhpreet really enjoyed learning, analyzing and solving problems — whether it was an equation or a jigsaw puzzle. Her curiosity led her to Computer Science, but it wasn’t love at first sight! Her first encounter with coding made her wonder whether software technology would lead to an exciting career. Luckily, after a short time, she realized writing code wasn’t so scary and similar to a jigsaw puzzle, she could get through it one piece at a time!

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For the tech industry to be successful, it is crucial to have diversity of thought and approach

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This week, as part of our #HGWomenSpotlight, meet Maryam from CIBC.

Growing up, Maryam Hosseini’s dream was to become a Genetics Engineer curing all diseases; she did not envision a career in technology. Today she helps employees across CIBC get the best experience when it comes to their technology needs. In her role as Senior Director, Employee Technology Delivery & Adoption at CIBC, Maryam works with an awesome team of about 60 people. She was recently promoted to the position of Senior Director, a huge accomplishment. Maryam helps employees learn how to adopt new technologies so they can use them to their best advantage to help serve CIBC clients.

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