• Photo: M Lodise

    Mission

    My personal mission is to make a measurable positive difference by using all of my knowledge and talents to advance fairness, justice, safety, health, sustainability, wellbeing, and education.

     

    Monica "Nikki" Flores facilitates the development of digital products as a Certified ScrumMaster® and technical project manager at Lullabot, a strategy, design, and development agency supporting redevelopment/new rollouts for Fortune 500 brands, government agencies, higher education, publishers, and enterprise technology companies.
     

    Since 2004, she has developed over 200 websites for clients and employers including redesigns for New Relic, IBM, Green America, the GIST Network for the U.S. Department of State, and Changemakers for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. As a full-stack developer, using Drupal since 2008 and working with agile methods since 2014, she is a proponent of using technology to solve problems, connect communities, and build more effective change-making teams.


    She served in leadership for DC FemTech and was a board member at Green America, where she chaired the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion board committee 2018-2020. She teaches and mentors for the Nonprofit Technology Professional certificate, started Techwomxn, and co-founded 10K Webdesign. She supports women-focused ventures through the Female Founders Network.

     

    Flores is the recipient of the 2018 and 2019 NTENny Award and the 2021 Hack for Good award. She keynoted the first annual Drupal Diversity Camp and helped organize the 2022 Non-profit Industry Summit at DrupalCon. She is currently onboarding into the Drupal Community Working Group with a current effort of reviewing and making suggestions on an updated Drupal Code of Conduct. She also currently serves as a Pantheon Hero and Arcadia Ambassador.

     

    updated: August 31, 2022

  • ABOUT

    ~ making a measurable difference through technology, teams, and communities ~

    M. "Nikki" Flores facilitates the development of digital products as a technical project manager, on staff at Lullabot since 2019. She earned her Certified ScrumMaster® status in 2020.

     

    Since 2004, she has supported US & global organizations on how to connect with their online communities, make sales, & share information.

    Flores has built 200+ websites, and she is a proponent of using available tools to solve problems, bring people together, and build effective change-making teams.

     

    She believes each of us has an ability to use our knowledge, ideas, and talents to make a measurable difference.

     

    Flores builds and leads teams, prioritizes specifications to budget, creates data architecture, & implements systems.

    She speaks, writes, and presents on technology and how to build websites using Drupal on Pantheon.

     

    She received the 2018 and 2019 NTENny Award, for those "who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to our sector, driving our community forward and tirelessly working for excellence." She is also the recipient of the 2021 "Hack for Good" Award.

     

       

      • VALUES

        Communication

        It's important to make space for a diversity of opinions, freely expressed and carefully considered, by a cross-section of individuals.

         

        This creates a better end outcome.

         

        Communication means brainstorming, sharing, and evaluating all options to find the best solution.

         

        There are no stupid questions.

        Honesty

        We each face challenges and obstacles.

         

        Honesty means we evaluate, accept where we currently stand, make a plan, and move forward, together.

         

        One day at a time...

        One moment at a time.

         

        The truth always sets us free.

         

        Integrity

        Identify your unique gifts and align with others to solve the world's pressing needs.

         

        Be as clear as possible about

        • what you need
        • what you offer
        • how best to collaborate

        "Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got." - Janis Joplin

         

      • Additional Experience

        • January 2004 - January 2014: Principal Developer/Managing Director, delivering 200+ websites for public agencies, membership groups, e-commerce, non-profits 
          (Drupal 6, 7, 8) (view list)

           
        • 2002-2004: Policy Analyst evaluating community-based organizations serving children, youth, families for the City & County of San Francisco through JMPT Consulting
         

        Founder/Co-Founder Experience

        • 2010-2017: Co-founder, Gramercy & Co. e-commerce for home & fashion​
           
        • 2006-2012: Founder of A Successful Woman for success-oriented women 
           
        • 2004-2005: Founding board member, APA for Progress
          (1st internet advocacy group for Asian Pacific Islander Americans)

          Educator Experience

          2000-2002: The Odyssey World Trek for Service and Education, leader for pilot Mexico visit, travel team backpacking worldwide for 18 months creating educational curriculum (K-12 CA Standards)

           

          http://bit.ly/monicasfloresbooks

          • Articles

            Blogging since 2007.

            More Posts

          • Recent Speaking Engagements

            a11y talks: Fostering Inclusion in Technology

            Ten tips for fostering more inclusion in technology, based on a compilation of tips presented through a previously-published blog series.

            Drupal Diversity & Inclusion Camp - Keynote

            Building a Mutual Aid Network on Drupal (on Pantheon)

            The Women in Technology World Series

            Online Festival, 2021: Introduction to Drupal on Pantheon

            Florida Drupal Camp 2021

            Case Study: Converting an Environmental Nonprofit to Drupal

            DrupalGovCon2020

            100% Remote - Tips for Managing a Fully-Distributed Workforce

            Introduction to Drupal on Pantheon

            Setting up Drupal on Pantheon
            slides - bit.ly/introtodrupal
            video - http://bit.ly/drupalonpantheon-video 

            Future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - GEW 2019

            Panel discussion on #diversity, #equity, and #inclusion

            #LGBTQIA in Tech - GEW 2019

            Moderator for panel discussion on #LGBTQIA in technology

            • Case Study: Converting to Drupal: Architecture, timeline, requirements to move a website onto Drupal 8. link
               
            • Five Tips to Increase Leadership Capacity: For women in leadership link
               
            • Developing Good Data Practice
              Data structures, content types, and planning for data collection link
               
            • Action Plan for Diversity, Equity,& Inclusion 
              How to integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into an organization link

          • Public Engagements

            Speaker Highlights

            • Drupal Diversity and Inclusion Camp '21, Keynote
               
            • Women in Technology World Series '21
               
            • DrupalCon '21
               
            • Florida DrupalCamp '21
               
            • Pantheon Inclusive Leadership '21
               
            • Tech Rebalanced '21
               
            • MidAtlantic Women in Tech Summit, Speaker '20
               
            • The Future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Technology: Panelist, Global Entrepreneurship Week DC '19
               
            • Raleigh Women in Tech Summit, Speaker '19
               
            • Startup Weekend DC '16 Speaker and Judge
               
            • STEEAMnista NYC Speaker Panel '16
               
            • Net2DC Speaker '16
               
            • DC Web Women '15 Entrepreneurship Series
               
            • Working Mother Video Series '15 #WorkMom
               
            • Philly Women in Tech Summit, Panelist '15
               
            • DrupalCamp Hawaii Speaker '11
               
            • WordCamp Hawaii Speaker '08

            Moderator / Host / Judge / Advisor

            • Organizer
              DrupalCamp Hawaii '20
              (cancelled due to COVID-19)

               
            • Moderator
              Holding Space for LGBTQIA Inclusion in Technology:  Global Entrepreneurship Week DC '19

               
            • Host emcee
              GIST Tech-I Pitch Competition Bahrain '19

               
            • Advisor
              DC Startup Week '17

               
            • Judge
              Princeton Social Impact '18, '17, '16

               
            • Social media ambassador
              NASA Goddard '15 
              social media coverage
               
            • Organizer
              DrupalCamp Hawaii '11

            Community Involvement

            • NTEN Coaching, '21
               
            • DC Fem Tech Leadership Team, '20 and '21
               
            • NTENny Awardee '18, '19
               
            • Session Advisory Committee, NTEN '19
               
            • Campbell Elementary PTA VP Programs '19
               
            • Board Chair, Green America Subcommittee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion '18
               
            • Green America Board Member, '18, '19, '20
               
            • Girl Scouts Leader: 2008-2017
          • EDUCATION

            Cornell University

            B.S. in Environmental Systems Technology,
            Division of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
            Cornell University

            Team win for contest in student engineering: "A Learning Car for Kids" - technology for children with developmental disabilities


            Activities: Work Study
            Entrepot Deli, Risley Dining, Blauvelt Lab, PEWS ILR
            Pianist at Catholic Mass
            Praxis Literary Journal

            Institute for Shipboard Education

            Spring Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh

            Travelled to 10 port cities in 100 days on the SS Universe


            Itinerary:

            Nassau, Bahamas
            La Guaira, Venezuela
            Salvador, Brazil

            Cape Town, South Africa

            Mombasa, Kenya

            Madras, India

            Penang, Malaysia

            Hong Kong

            Keelung, Taiwan

            Kobe, Japan

            Seattle, Washington, USA

            Activities: Yearbook, Shipboard Auction

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