Inaugural #ItWasNeverADress STEAM Conference to Empower Young Women!

12-17 Year-Old Girls will Learn Coding, Confidence, and other STEAM Curriculum!

We launched the wildly successful #ItWasNeverADress campaign to inspire the next generation of women to pursue STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) fields. To continue this movement, we created a conference for girls between the ages of 12 and 17 and worked with local schools and nonprofit organizations to hand select 50 girls to attend.

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What Does it Mean to Collaborate?

Three Key Concepts of Project Team/Customer Collaboration.

Everyone talks about the importance of collaboration in our projects. Collaboration is defined as “the action of working with someone to produce or create something,” but it is also defined as “traitorous cooperation with an enemy.” Oops. What are we talking about here? We all know it is the former, not the latter! But seriously, haven’t we been collaborating on projects for decades? Well, yes and no. We have been “collaborating,” but we can and should be doing a better job at it, with the tools we have now that weren’t really available before. A file drawer in the project manager’s office or cubicle is not a real collaborative tool – especially if it’s a locked cabinet and only the PM has the key and he/she is traveling or on vacation. So the PM of the ’80s and even ’90s was not truly collaborative and desired ‘collaboration’ wasn’t really feasible. Now it is – on the cheap… and sometimes even for free.

So what does it mean to be collaborative? In my book – for the purposes of project management – these are three key concepts of project team/customer collaboration:

A Day in the Life of an AxoShadow

Writen by Zaira Sweeney, a 13-year-old with a passion for writing.

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What the heck am I gonna do with my life?

That’s what I was thinking, as the normal school day proceeded. Today was another repeat of smelly boys, slamming lockers and annoying teachers.

There must be more to life then this, but what did I know? I was just a (hormonal) 13-year-old with a passion for writing. But it seemed that no one really noticed or cared about my stories and my school’s main focus was the STEM program.

However, when it was announced that the 8th grade class was visiting a company called Axosoft, I was curious. My first thought was “What even is Axosoft?” So I looked it up on Google (the all-knowing website) and found it was a tech company that focused on developing software for other companies. I wondered what are we going to do there?

Axosoft CEO, Lawdan Shojaee, Walks the Walk

Girls in Tech Announces New Board Members

Axosoft first partnered with Girls In Tech, an organization focused on empowerment, engagement, and education of women in technology, earlier this year for their Catalyst Conference. We have since strengthened our relationship with this organization that aligns so closely with our company’s values and the goals of our #ItWasNeverADress campaign. In fact, Axosoft CEO, Lawdan Shojaee, is so committed to this partnership, she is one of ten new outstanding business leaders who were just appointed to the Girls in Tech Board of Directors.  All ten members are CEO’s or Senior Executives in their fields.