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    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 IAAP Certified Accessibility Professional. She works as 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.


    Her client list at Lullabot includes IBM, New Relic, and the State of Iowa.

    Since 2004, she has developed over 200 websites for clients and employers including redesigns and product launches for software-as-a-service, government, and education, including the GIST Network for the U.S. Department of State, Green America, and Changemakers for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.


    Originating as a web developer working with agile methods since 2014, and using Drupal since 2008, she is a strong proponent of using technology to solve problems, connect communities, and build more effective change-making teams.

    In leadership, she was elected a Drupal Association Board Member (2022-2024). She also served on the board at DC FemTech and was a board member at Green America, where she chaired the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion board committee 2018-2020. She taught and mentored for the Nonprofit Technology Professional certificate, started Techwomxn, and co-founded 10K Webdesign. She currently 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 organized the 2022 Non-profit Industry Summit at DrupalCon. She served on the Drupal Community Working Group to build an updated Drupal Code of Conduct. She currently serves as a Pantheon Hero.


    updated: July 30, 2023


    ~ 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 and certification badge from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals in 2022.


    She supports U.S. & international organizations on how to connect with their online communities, make sales, & share information.

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


    She believes each of us has an ability and obligation 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.


    She is available at monicasflores1 (at) gmail (dot) com.



    • VALUES

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      I make space for a diversity of opinions, freely expressed and carefully considered, by a wide variety of individuals. Thoughtful input typically creates a better end outcome.


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


      There are no stupid questions.

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      When we face challenges and obstacles, honesty means we evaluate, accept where we currently stand, create a plan, and move forward --together-- to make things better.


      One day at a time...

      One moment at a time.


      The truth always sets us free.


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      I strive to uniquely hone my gifts, determine what makes alignment with others, and I solve for my current project's pressing needs.


      "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)



        • Articles

          Blogging since 2007.

          More Posts

        • Recent Speaking Engagements

          #Belonging - Beyond Inclusion: Building a Culture of True Equity, at DrupalCon 2023 Pittsburgh

          Speaker with Ellie Fanning about belonging and inclusivity

          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)

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          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


          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

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          • 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

          • Co-Speaker, Beyond Inclusion, DrupalCon 2023, Pittsburgh
          • Speaker, National Center for Employee Ownership Conference 2022, Seattle
          • DrupalCon 2022, Organizer, Non-profit Summit, Portland
          • 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
            Non-Profit Summit
            DrupalCon 2022 Portland
          • 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

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          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

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          Institute for Shipboard Education

          Spring Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh

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


          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

        • CONNECT

          Connect with a question, comment, or feedback

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