Earlier this month StartOut announced the awards for three outstanding LGBT Entrepreneurs. Recipients of the StartOut Awards represent those in the LGBT community “who have made significant personal and professional contributions within the LGBT and entrepreneurial communities.”
Among the awarded was our very own CEO of Pathbrite, Heather Hiles. Heather was presented with the StartOut Innovator Award, which recognizes innovators who are revolutionizing their industry. Heather’s commitment to closing the education and employment achievement gaps for learners of all ages has fueled her passion for building Pathbrite. With leadership in the community spanning over twenty years she hopes to continue to help learners curate their achievements and also get recommend pathways for continuous success.
Zoe Dunning, a fellow award recipient, received the 2013 recipient of the StartOut Advocate Award. Zoe serves as 1st Vice Chair to the San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee and is a Senior Fellow with the Turman National Security Project. Dunning was one of the first members of the military to be prosecuted by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, where she fought and won her discharge hearing and served as an openly gay individual in the U.S. military for thirteen years. Since then Zoe has continued advocacy and is recognized as a champion for LGBT leadership.
The third recipient, Jordan Goldman, was awarded with the StartOut Next Generation Award. Jordan created, out of his own frustation, the best-selling “Students’ Guide to Colleges.” Post graduation from college Goldman then founded Unigo, what Walt Mossberg from The Wall Street Journal calls “a college resource built for the age of YouTube and Facebook.” Jordan in a promising young entrepreneur who has already accomplished so much and is only headed toward more success in the education space.
StartOut is a non-profit organization that is focused on helping aspiring entrepreneurs, and start up companies among the LGBT community by engaging successful mentors and role models with the less established.
Meet Neil MacKenzie, he’s the Director of Marketing for Stanley Furniture, with over ten years of experience of marketing experience. For the last three years he’s been working as the Director of Marketing for Stanley Furniture Company focusing on the Young America brand. Neil is passionate about his family, which includes his two-year-old daughter who keeps him on his toes, about seeing big ideas get fully implemented, and golfing. Neil read about Pathbrite in an article by Mashable, and it had him thinking about his own evidence of his achievements. He had always kept samples from his past projects/milestones, but never had any way of presenting them in a consistent and easy format. Neil found Pathbrite to be the perfect tool that allowed him to not only capture the essence of his work and experience, but also allow him to tell the story of his own personal journey. So far Neil has received great response from friends and colleagues, and he’s hoping that his new portfolio will open up more opportunities in the future for collaboration and networking in the future. Great looking portfolio Neil, we’re excited to see what you do next!
A students’ college experience becomes the responsibility of the educators to prepare those students for life after college when a student embarks on their journey. Institutions must be making sure they implement programs that educate their students with up to date knowledge and techniques; especially if they are expected to succeed in a fast-paced and consistently changing work place.
Meet Garret AJ, he’s a freelance Illustrator and Concept Designer. His long list of experience ranges from everything from book covers to asset design for social games. Garret is passionate about learning new things and is a huge fan of science, art, and history. His love for a broad spectrum of things and curiosity for how things are made and why they are made that way actually renders a great asset when it comes to his artwork.
His ultimate goal is to eventually nab a job at a successful or up and coming game studio, wherever Garret ends up he wants to make sure he’s the best at what he does.
Garret stumbled upon Pathbrite at Makers Faire in 2012. He was in search of a good portfolio website, so when he came to check out our product he liked what we had to offer! As a freelancer, Garret depends on tools that can showcase his wide array of skills through all of his artwork, and Pathrbrite Portfolios seemed to suit his needs. Pathbrite Portfolios allows Garret to easily showcase his entire portfolio with potential employers by simply sending a link! Garret’s portfolio has even been seen being well received on Reddit. With his positive attitude , drive, and talent, we know Garret will go far! From all of us here at Pathbrite, we wish him the best of luck!
Meet Kristen, she’s a graduate architecture student at Kansas State University. She’s just embarking on her job search journey, and was looking for a tool that could showcase her work from school, as well as extra curricular activities. That’s when Kristen found Pathbrite, and decided to give it a shot. Kristen loves how easy it is to give potential employers samples of her work as well as show a little more of who she is at the same time. She’s struggled with sending along files of her projects due to their enormous size in the past, but being able to simply send a link to her portfolio has solved any complications. Pathbrite portfolios have also provided a more interactive space for both employers and Kristen to work with in comparison to the typical blog hosting sites available. The range of media that was upload-able was also a helpful feature for the architecture student. Kristen has sent out her portfolio to potential employers and have even used it during Skype interviews. Great work Kristen, good luck on the job search!
Meet Julie , she’s an instructional designer, teaching assistant and writing coach that telecommutes to two colleges in Maryland. Julie has been using her ePortfolio to connect with groups she collaborates with and also as a career development tool. She’s also found her ePortfolio to serve as a great example for her students that she works with, who are required to create their own ePortfolios in order to graduate. In addition to our Pathbrite ePortfolio’s flexibility and adaptability, Julie also has found the option to make several different portfolios very useful. Julie has already been actively using her ePortfolio, she’ll be using it to link to a presentation she’s giving at the International Forum of Women in Elearning conference in Florida. She has created a QR code that appears on her business cards that also link to her Pathbrite portfolio page, which encourages more networking. What great ways to really get some use out of an ePortfolio Julie, good luck at your conference!
The Reynoldsburg City School district is predicted to be one of the high achieving districts to implement a “thoroughly re-engineered” concept of “learning and schooling.” Getting Smart wrote a post about how Superintendent of RCS, Stephen Dackin created “small schools,” which are smaller charters that support student improvement based teacher incentive pay. In the public educational system teaching and learning are becoming more and more disjointed; Dackin wants to change this and sees more opportunity in making learning custom and more available. RCS and Dackin are essentially building a cohesive learning ecosystem by focusing on four major areas that create the structure that keeps learners in mind.
1: Expanding Educational Choice.
Theme/interest based focuses for all “small schools.” Students may attend any school in the district that supports their own personal interest. Personal learning programs paired with community and business partner engagement will offer a more skills based education and better preparation for career readiness by graduation.
2: Embracing Blended Learning.
Digital content as well as technology will be integrated with everyday lesson plans. This type of integration will also influence a competency-based assessment model, so that it is the mastery level instead of time spent in the classroom that is the measurement of learning outcomes.
3: Enabling Collective Impact Through Collaboration with Community Partners.
Local and community collaborations will align resources to “support the most effective strategies and services using data.” Embracing these collaborations will help to expand learning opportunities in classrooms on a day to day basis in any given school day.
4: Using Data Analytics to Support Personalization.
Analytics collected and analyzed will provide a way for educators to be empowered with suggestions on how to intervene with students and help them when they struggle. Once enough data is collected with more time, more factors that contribute to student achievement and readiness may be analyzed and recognized.
This week our first portfolio spotlight is on Scotty. Scotty found himself pursuing his broadcasting career with no real medium to showcase all his experiences in a more comprehensive manner. His brother suggested a few places he could create a “virtual resume,” and Scotty found Pathbrite to be the best tool. The aspirations Scotty has for his portfolio is to land a radio broadcasting job or a hockey play-by-play broadcasting job, which would be a stepping stone to his dream job as the play-by play voice of the New York Islanders. As Scotty puts it, following that path is his destiny, and he’s definitely passionate about it. Pathbrite portfolios were a great way for Scotty to show all his experiences in radio, writing, screenwriting, acting, directing, blogging, and play-by-play broadcasting. It’s very convenient to be able to have all his examples of his skills “live” in one place, to better show a more efficient reflection of who he really is. He plans on sending his “virtual resume” out to potential employers soon to get started on his new journey. We wish you all the best Scotty!
Our first spotlight this week is on Kristen Martin, she’s a graduate Architecture student at Kansas State University who is beginning the job searching process. Kristen has found Pathbrite Portfolios to be a great tool to showcase he work not only from school but also her extra curricular activities. Kristen has had trouble sending large files sizes with samples of her work, so she loves just being able to send out a link to potential employers instead. Pathbrite Portfolios have been a great tool for employers to get to know Kristen as a person even when they interview her over Skype. Great work Kristen, we wish you all the luck in the world during your job hunt! We are definitely pumped up to see where you take your career next!
The New York Times published an article about the digital badge movement. Digital badges are a type of credential being created and issued by some big players in the business and learning industries in the world. Badges have both become sources for information on the level of skill of an individual and also utilized a page from video games by improving incentives to learn more in order to achieve and unlock more badges. Badges are a great way to showcase achievements of students when they reach milestones, and many prestigious universities are adopting the practice.
Currently leading and introducing the badge movement is Mozilla. Mozilla has actually created a site where badges earned from different places may be stored and is helping organizations learn how to better utilize badges with employees. Alternative credentials could very well hold more value in the job market in the nearing future, which means the opportunity for learning and growth could become unlimited. Read more about the details here.