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Please Congratulate our February Blogger of the Month
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@rida!

Way to go, @rida! You are our February Blogger of the Month! Way to go! Now, just send your parents’ home mailing address to us (info at itwixie dot com) and we’ll send a pocket writing journal to you! Thanks for helping to build the iTwixie Nation – your blogs, comments and ideas make everyone feel right at home and inspired on iTwixie! We love reading your blogs! You rock!

We encourage all iTwixie girls to read each other’s blogs and see how they can spark your to write your own blogs! Maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

How the New Blogger of the Month Works
For each month in 2017, our iTwixie Team will choose 5 girls to be featured in a vote for Blogger of the Month. Then we all get to vote for who we think ought to win. The winner will get a prize! Once you’ve won Blogger of the Month, you will need to wait a year before getting another  chance to be featured in the vote, so that more girls get the chance to win. Sound fun?

Get blogging and voting and maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

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29 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Bear Douglas
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Number 29: Slack’s Bear Douglas

No. 29: Slack's Bear Douglas

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Bear Douglas is the Developer Advocacy Lead at Slack.

Douglas just joined Slack from Twitter to help it serve and attract developers. There are already hundreds of apps that integrate with Slack but Slack is so serious about this area, it is investing in Slack-based startups.

Douglas is well-known from her time in this same role Twitter. (And Twitter poached her from doing the same job at Facebook.)

Twitter offered a service called Fabric, a tool that helps them improve their apps. She helped convince 580,000 developers to use Fabric. Twitter just sold it to Google in January.

Although her background is in anthropology, archaeologic and economics by education, she was a kid coder who self-taught herself mobile apps and has earned the respect of the dev community.

Thank you, Business Insider, for introducing these world class engineers to us!

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28 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Raji Arasu
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Number 28: Intuit’s Raji Arasu

No. 28: Intuit's Raji Arasu

When she was a little girl, she had big dreams. She was just like you. Now, Raji Arasu, is Intuit’s senior vice president of Platform and Services where she’s responsible for a global organization. Her task is to support developers and third-parties who build products that tie into Intuit’s core products. She’s the former  CTO for StubHub who earned her stripes at Oracle and eBay early in her career.

She’s also an advisory board member of Code.org, a non-profit dedicated toward training more people to code, particularly women and minorities.  And she’s on the board of federal tech service provider NIC.

Thank you, Business Insider, for helping us get to know these global superstar engineers!

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Vote for Blogger of the Month for March
iTwixie Girls Write Blogs

Some girls write blogs about their life. Others write poems. Some make lists of good things to do, and a bunch of girls give good advice. iTwixie bloggers ROCK! That’s why we like to give out a Blogger of the Month award to recognize your unique, awesome voices! We think the world should join us and #ListenToGirls!!! And so now it’s time to Vote for the Blogger of the Month for March!

How iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month Works
Each month, the iTwixie Team presents five bloggers as candidates for Blogger of the Month. And then YOU vote for the winner. We make sure there’s a new winner each month. It’s our way of recognizing the cool bloggers that make iTwixie so cool.

Check out these amazing bloggers and then vote for your fave! We’ll announce the winner next week: @levvi-dawn @twixergirl @basicallyfinella @elephantemma and @jacey0321

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27 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Deb Liu
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Number 27: Facebook’s Deb Liu

No. 27: Facebook's Deb Liu

Big dreams can come true. Deb Liu was a little girl who had big dreams and now she is the vice president of Platform & Marketplace at Facebook. She runs product management and engineering for Facebook’s developer and commerce businesses. She manages all kinds of products that help make money on Facebook.

For instance, she led Facebook’s games business, manages the payments platform, led the business unit’s first mobile ad product and she collected a handful of patents along the way.

She also serves on the board of a nonprofit that encourages girls to enter STEM careers, Expanding Your Horizons Network, and, last year, co-created the networking organization Women in Product.

Thank you Business Insider for this incredible resource for getting to know world class engineers!

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26 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Melody Meckfessel
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Number 26: Google’s Melody Meckfessel

No. 26: Google's  Melody Meckfessel

When you dream it’s wonderful to see how you can make those dreams come true. Melody Meckfessel was once just like you and now is the senior engineering director at Google’s Cloud Platform. In 2013, before Google got into the cloud business in a big a way, Wired named her as the woman who was “at the heart of everything Google builds.”  That year, she took on the role she has today, leading Developer Tools and Signals for Google’s Cloud Platform and its engineering teams.

These are the tools that will convince programmers to choose Google’s cloud for their apps, starting with Google’s own internal crop of the thousands of programmers.

Thank you, Business Insider, for introducing us to these phenomenal engineers!

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25 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Kate Bergeron
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Number 25: Apple’s Kate Bergeron

No. 25: Apple's Kate Bergeron

Dreams, education and hard work are the stepping stones for great success, right? It’s what you do, too, right? Well then, you are just like Kate Bergeron, who is proof that it works. She is vice president, hardware engineering at Apple. Bergeron is a key player on the team that develops Mac accessories, like its mouse and its keyboards.

She’s part of the Apple design labs known as the Input Design Lab, which has worked on items like Retina displays, rechargeable input devices, a force touch trackpad and so on, Backchannel’s Steven Levy reported in 2015.

She’s been at Apple since 2002, working her way up from a senior engineer role.

Thank you, Business Insider, for this great list of engineers!

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24 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Myra Haggerty
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Number 24: Apple’s Myra Haggerty

No. 24: Apple's Myra Haggerty

If you are like Myra Haggerty, you have big dreams. And if you work hard, you can be like her, and become vice president of a great company. Haggerty leads sensor software and UX prototyping at Apple. Maybe you’ll work at Apple one day, too! And if you like all the ways Apple devices respond to touch input, from the fingerprint sensor to multi-touch controls, you can thank Haggerty and her team. She’s virtually never in the limelight, rarely speaks at conferences or the like, even though she’s been at Apple for 23 years and has been part of multiple patents. Her work has influenced everything from the Mac to the iPhone. She’s a superstar and it all started when she had big dreams as a little girl, just like you.

Thank you, Business Insider, for this incredible list of engineers!
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23 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Aparna Ramani
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Number 23: Facebook’s Aparna Ramani

No. 23: Facebook's Aparna Ramani

Did she dream of doing great things, just like you? Of course! And then she worked hard and now Aparna Ramani is the director of Engineering, Realtime Data at Facebook. She runs the team responsible for real-time data processing and analytics at Facebook, which is one of the major technologies that Facebook uses in Newsfeed. These tools are also how Facebook figures out which new features users like the most. Aparna’s team is all an Exabyte-scale lake of big data — which is all kinds of new, fancy and exciting technology!

Prior to Facebook, Aparna led product development at Cloudera, the unicorn big-data startup.

Thank you Business Insider for introducing us to these world class engineers!

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22 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Sophia Velastegui
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Number 22: Nest’s Sophia Velastegui

No. 22: Nest's Sophia Velastegui

Once upon a time, Sophia Velastegui was a little girl with big dreams. She worked hard and now, today, she is head of silicon/product architecture roadmap at Alphabet’s Nest. That means she’s responsible for the chips in Nest’s smart home appliances— everything from managing suppliers of custom chips (hard stuff) to device security (also hard stuff).

She joined Nest from Apple in 2014, around the time Google bought Nest. She’s been awarded a number of patents and is also active in the greater tech community.

For instance, she’s on the advisory board of Georgia Tech – Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, involved in its Create X incubator, and is an avid supporter of Elwyn.org, a school for children and adults with disabilities. She rocks. Just like you.

Thank you, Business Insider, for this great list of amazing professionals!

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21 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Jill Wetzler
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Number 21: Lyft’s Jill Wetzler

No. 21: Lyft's Jill Wetzler

Do you dream big like Jill Wetzler did? Then keep dreaming and you might be a success just like her! Today, Wetzler is director of engineering at Lyft. She leads the ride-sharing company’s core services and infrastructure organizations. She also helped create UpLyft Tech, the internal group that celebrates diversity and inclusion within engineering. She came to Lyft from Twitter, where she managed teams of engineers and data scientists. She began her career at Salesforce, working her way up from entry level to manager.

Thank you, Business Insider, for this very cool list of pro’s!

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