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Wh y Kids Sh ou ld Teach Th eir Par en t s How To Code

byGregoryW ickham People are always talking about how kids and students should learn to code. I agree, because coding is interesting and fun. It allows you to make anything you want such as videogames, websites, robots, and so much more. I like making useful websites, applications, and games. You can see most of my projects

at and to have skills gregorywickham.com. that get them better Two of my favorite and higher-paying programming jobs. When parents languages to use have better and are PHP and C++. higher-paying jobs, they earn more But here is what I money. And when think is the most they earn more important reason money, they can why kids should buy kids more stuff. learn to code: So they can teach their If you like getting stuff bought for parents to code. you, learn to code Kids don?t have so that you can jobs. Parents have teach your parents jobs. Parents need to code. (And even to look impressive

if you don?t like getting stuff bought for you, learn it anyway because, like I said, it?s interesting and fun, and one day you?ll be an adult who needs a better and higher-paying job so you can buy your own stuff.) .

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There are many good free online places where you can learn different programming languages. You can find a directory at my website, Coursacado (because it is part course, part avacado). You can also find a good infographic for deciding what programming language to learn

here. Try to think about what would be most useful to your parents when using this infographic.St ar t w it h Scr at ch . You don?t have to, but in my opinion, Scratch is the best programing language to introduce to beginners. It teaches you the basics of most programming

concepts, and makes it one million times easier to pick up other programming languages (that was hyperbole, of course; it is probably more like 10 time easier.). If you want more

help deciding what programming language to teach your parents, then I?ll explain what languages I like to use and what I like to use each for. I like to use Scratch for just making something easily.

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You may be wondering why this is Article Zero. It is Article Zero because in programming you start counting at zero. Computers start counting at zero because they use binary, which is base-2 counting, but they show you decimal numbers, which is base-10. In both base-2 and base-10, the first

digit is zero. (As far as I know, there is no number system in which zero isn?t the first digit.)

thing.) Adults will never understand easily or quickly what you try to teach them.

It is hard to teach adults how to code because they are sooooooo slow. They take forever to learn things because their brains have solidified into a bad learning mode. (I think that was a stupid evolution

Because of that, here are some tips I have for teaching your parents to code:

Be pat ien t . They will try your patience, but be patient, anyway. Try to explain

everything to them slowly and clearly. The minds of adults aren?t nearly as versatile or teachable as children?s minds. Kn ow t h e pr ogr am m in g lan gu age you ar e t each in g t h em . It is easier to teach something when you know what you are teaching.


I use Java to make stand

alone exe applications, and console games. I also like to use Processing for Java because it allows you to make stand alone apps easily. For example, I made trueDraw with Java and Processing. I use C++ for making very simple things that do a specific task such as running multiple programs in a sequence. I also use C++ for making console games. I like to use PHP for everything server-side. I made most of my websites

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such as Coursacado, Athenian Learning, and Crime Book with PHP.

should teach your parents, go out and learn how to code!

Whenever I want to make an Android app I just use App Inventor. I try to avoid using JavaScript because it behaves differently in different browsers, and some people disable it. However I have made multiple Google Chrome extensions. So now depending what your parents want to do, you should have a decent idea of what each language can be used for. So now that I?ve explained why (stuff), how (slowly) and what (languages) you

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below): Boom er s (bor n ~ 1945 t o 1959) Boomers are ?baby boomers,? babies born when WW2 ended and soldiers returned to the U.S. to start families. Boomers take second place of the three groups in numbers in the workforce today because they are starting to retire, but there are many Boomers who are still working. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 74 million Boomers in the workforce. This

number is expected to decline rapidly as Boomers reach retirement age. Boomers, for the most part, are parents of Millennials. Gen X (bor n ~1960 ? 1979) Gen Xers grew up in the 80s, and are known for their independence because, often, parents were at work rather than home. This was the first generation where more often than not, both parents worked and kids were home alone for stretches of time between

school?s end and when parents returned home from work. There are the least Gen Xers in the workforce today compared to Boomers and Millennials. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 66 million Gen Xers in the workforce. M illen n ials (bor n ~1980 ? 1999) Millennials are known for their ease with and use of technology. This generation grew up with regular communication and feedback from Boomer parents as well as close supervision. 9


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It was raining so hard in New York

A few weeks ago, I hosted a potluck brunch for several of my RD friends. I?d had lofty goals of today, and of course, I left my umbrella at home. I?d been planning making some kind of summer-fruit dessert, but to stock up on groceries, but no way then (whomp whom) my oven broke. Though I could have gone the no-bake route, the was I going to lug a bunch of bags 90-degree temps got me t hinking about ice through the downpour. Instead, I cream and sorbet. I looked at the frozen fruit opted to concoct a few bizarre dishes selection in my freezer and then this happened.

using what was around (let?s not talk about the quinoa-kale-chickpea-marinara thing-y). Not having any ice cream was a good reason to whip up some frozen banana soft-serve for dessert. It was very simple, I sliced a ripe banana and froze it for a few hours. When I was ready for something sweet, I put the frozen banana slices into the food processor for a few minutes.

As fate would have it, one of my friends? husbands made an outstanding vanilla ice cream and another brought a gorgeous fruit salad with coconut tossed in? dessert ended up being a gorgeous celebration of summer flavors after all! Ingredients: 1 cup frozen mango chunks1 large frozen bananaÂź cup unsweetened coconut milk, plus extra if needed1 cup frozen berries Directions: Blend first three ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding more coconut milk if needed, a tablespoon at a time.Fold in berries until well mixed.Pour sorbet into a freezer-safe container and freezer until ready to eat.

It?s pretty cool to watch the fruit get churned into what looks exactly like ice cream. I can?t take credit for this one? it?s one of those raw food (serves 6) things some genius thought up. It?s great alone or with added ingredients like chocolate, nuts and other frozen fruits.


M EET AN IDEA GIRL: HANNAH JENNINGS Han n ah Jen n in gs is a h igh sch ool sen ior f r om Spir it Lak e, Iow a. Even t h ou gh sh e's st ill in h igh sch ool, Han n ah w or k s f or a m ar k et in g com pan y, a cr eat ive co-op, an d an in depen den t clot h in g lin e all w it h in t h e ar ea. Sh e also t ook ou r leader sh ip qu iz an d is a h ear t leader .

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WHAT ARE SOM E OF YOUR HOBBIES? I love photography, art, writing, being outdoors, and helping people! DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON. My idea comes along with all the negativity that surrounds us in the world. I have always wanted to break out facts about mental illnesses, bullying, and everyday problems for women of all ages. My page focuses almost-completely on the works of kindness and positivity, as well as educating the uneducated brain on what exactly happens when someone is dealing with mental illnesses, or the science and facts behind the diseases. HOW DID YOU COM E UP WITH THIS IDEA?

I had done a writing on my website that went almost-viral, which inspired me to create a Facebook page completely based on being kind. I also have a website where I post my personal writings.

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOM E THEM ? I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in January of 2015. I had struggled with these mental illnesses for three years before I got proper help. I am now in remission with these illnesses. I also was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in August of 2016 after eleven years of struggling undiagnosed, and without proper help, all the way through my grade-school years.

WHAT ARE SOM E GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA? I have gotten to help so many beautiful ladies with many different situations that they?ve been dealing with. I have also gotten attention from newspapers about my path and journey to and through overcoming these problems, as well as so much support behind me with my new adventure with my own personal campaign on Facebook.

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I would love more attention on it. I think it?d be awesome if I could go

around to schools and speak about the necessity for kindness and positivity, but also share facts on bullying and mental illnesses. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO M AKE HAPPEN? Just go for it. Brainstorm, start it up, find support, and hit the ground running. I, personally, will always support anyone, so they?d have at least one person in their corner at all times. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR M ANTRA? ?Be who you needed when you were younger.? If you know a girl with a story like Hannah's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl using this link.

WHERE CAN WE FIND THESE WRITINGS? https://www.facebook.com/BecomingBraveCampaign https://www.youcallthislife.wordpress.com


UNDERSTANDING YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARD

by Ash ley Hill Understanding your financial aid award letters is crucial in paying for college. Check out these tips from Sallie Mae! After the college acceptance letter, your financial aid award letter is the next most important one you?ll get. You?ve already decided which schools are

at the top of your list, now it?s time to evaluate their offers before you decide which school you?ll attend. These four steps, plus bonus tips, can help you break the financial aid award letter code and reveal which college is the best fit for you.

Each letter contains the same basic information, including:

Cost of Attendance (COA): The school?s best estimate of what a year will cost. It includes tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other education expenses.Financial aid package: The Decode t h e Of f er . amount of ?free

money? you?ve qualified for (scholarships, grants) that you won?t have to pay back, and work-study.Federal student loans: Money you borrow from the federal government. But don?t forget, you?ll have to pay these back with interest.Expected Family 15


Contribution (EFC): The amount calculated from the FAFSA to determine federal aid eligibility and amounts. 2. Review t h e Dat a. To easily compare your offers side by side, make a spreadsheet with a column for each school. Once you?ve listed the free money, federal student loans, your EFC, and the money your family has saved for college, the next step is to subtract that total from the COA. You?re

don?t forget about other left with the ?gap,? or the factors like environment, remaining funds for which you location, programs offered, and your family will be etc. Any or all of these may tip responsible. the scale in a school?s favor. 3. Solve t h e Gap. Options to fill the gap include private student loans, a private parent loan, or a Federal Direct PLUS You don?t h ave t o accept all t h e t er m s in you r f in an cial loan. Remember, you?ll need aw ar d let t er .You ?ll n eed t o to pay all loans back with f ill ou t t h e FAFSA an d apply interest. f or f in an cial aid ever y year 4. Exam in e t h e Fact or s. you ?r e in sch ool, an d you ?ll When you?re comparing offers, get a n ew aw ar d let t er each year .

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by Lisa Cr occo At the beginning of this year, I received an email from my alma mater announcing that they were introducing a book club for alumni. And, in true bookworm fashion, I immediately RSVPed.

are clubs dedicated to self-help books, new fiction, Nancy Drew books...even some run solely online through Facebook groups.

Maybe you?re considering joining one simply because you love Recently, it seems reading, but these clubs are also a as if every goldmine for company, networking. organization, school, friend SO WHY ARE group, or BOOK CLUBS community has THE NEW created a book club as a way to NETWORKING? bring people Well, for starters, together. There

they're a place for people to gather and spend their time outside of work and home. Everyone becomes a member of a book club because they enjoy reading and want to surround themselves with people who also enjoy reading. The second you join a book club you automatically share this commonality with other members. This is the key to networking? finding a way to connect with someone else. And the key to successful networking? Connecting with someone organically without it feeling forced. Boom. Thanks to book clubs, the most difficult aspect of networking has already been solved for you. Book clubs are a great way to meet new people in different circles, industries, areas, and demographics. If you?ve recently moved cities, they?re a perfect solution to establish a new 17 community.


But they?re also a great way to break from your routine and make the connections that might come in handy when you?re looking for a new job (even if you're not today, someday). Attending increases the number of people you know and expands your networking reach? and networking is everything.

FREELANCERS, LISTEN UP At the very least, if you?re someone like me who is a full-time freelancer trapped in your isolated office or apartment all day, every day, a book club is a simple and wonderful way to have a little bit of human contact. Sad, but true. By getting out of the house and away from your computer, you might even generate some creative ideas for whatever project you?re working on. The best ideas tend to pop up when you?re not at work, so consider a book club a way to shake things up and break any mental blocks.

USE THEM FOR A DEEPER CONNECTION Book clubs are a sacred space where members get to discuss their thoughts and feelings about beautiful (or crappy) literature and share their life experiences as it relates to the book. That?s deep. You get a true glimpse into the people around you, and they get the same glimpse into your personality and tastes. A genuine connection is formed. And since they get to know you more and more as the months go on, they will hopefully become an ally if you ever need them and vice versa. OR USE THEM TO EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS Members of book clubs might also be members of other types of clubs or organizations or serve on nonprofit boards. They might even make announcements about openings on their boards or in their organizations at book club meetings. 18


These are all opportunities for you to grab, should you desire. Same goes for openings at their companies or in their industries. They can provide you with insight on their role at a company or give you tips if you're looking to move into their industry for the first time. And, if they like you, they'll remember to inform you of any openings at their company and recommend you for the position.

HOW TO USE A BOOK CLUB TO M AKE PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS Bridging the gap between making a fellow book club member into a networking connection doesn?t have to be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you make a true networking connection in your book club:

Chat with them before and/or after the meetings about aspects of their life outside of the book club Ask them to exchange business cards in case you ever need to reach out to one another on book club or non-book club related business If this person has your dream job or you know they will be an amazing connection, tell them that. Then ask them if they would be willing to grab coffee with you so you can pick their brain Express your interest in getting more involved in the community or other members' organizations Actually show up to every meeting and contribute to the conversation So do some snooping around and keep your eyes peeled for book clubs organized through your office, local library, church, family or friend groups, organizations, alma maters, etc. Joining not only expands your reading horizons, but also your networking connections. It?s a win-win situation.


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M eat less M eals t h at Don?t Su ck : Cr ispy Ch ick pea Kale Salad

by Jessica Cor din g Ingredients:

drained1/2 teaspoon each cumin, paprika, For Dressingand cinnamon1 large 1 tablespoon white head kale, shreddedÂź miso paste1 cup hemp heartsÂź tablespoon tahini cup sundried (ground sesame seed tomatoes (optional) paste)2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar4 Directions: tablespoons water1 Preheat oven to 375 tablespoon degrees F.Toss squash nutritional yeast cubes in 1 tablespoon (optional) oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast For Salad35-45 minutes, 1-2 tablespoons olive stirring a few oil2 cups butternut times.Toss chickpeas squash, cubed1 and spices with 15-ounce can remaining tablespoon chickpeas, rinsed and

of olive oil and place on another baking sheet. Roast about 20 minutes, shaking a few times to prevent sticking.With a whisk, combine miso paste, tahini, apple cider vinegar, water, and nutritional yeast. Add more water if desired to thin out.With clean hands, massage dressing into salad until kale begins to soften.Add hemp hearts and sundried tomatoes into salad. Add cooked squash

and chickpeas and toss well. This recipe serves 2-4 people?or one person, for several days in a row. This salad is actually even better the next day, after the flavors have had a change to get acquainted. If desired, you can add an egg if you need a little animal protein in there. protein in there.

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Dian e: Let Girls Who was searching for a Rock with Success learn about Amanda Brooke; Tell us about you:

Am an da: I was that little girl in the Saks shoe department passionately shoving my toddler feet into the most eye-catching high heels I could find. Naturally, I ended up in a high-profile career as a publicist in New York City where I was ensconced in the grit and glamour of the fashion industry. Having recently returned to my home state of Florida with my handsome French Bulldog Choonie, I

way to remain connected to the fashion capital I left behind. Enter fromappletoorange...

Dian e: What compelled you to become a Fashion Guru?

Am an da: I've had an innate interest in fashion from the first moment I can remember. I'm really creative and think fashion is an incredible outlet for me in my everyday life. Starting at 5, I would lay out my outfits the night before school and take such pride in

what I chose. I also used to fly to NYC to visit my older sister and took inspiration from the streets and styles there. I feel so fortunate that I've been able to make a career out of something I love so much.

Dian e : Is Fashion Designing a career which you think you would like to pursue in the future and why?

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Am an da: That's not on my short-term agenda but if the opportunity came to be involved in fashion designing I would jump at it, especially in shoe design or something in the accessory space. Having been in fashion PR for so long I know how much effort goes into a well designed collection so I wouldn't want to embark on that venture unless I was sure I could get it right.

Dian e: What is your typical day like?

Am an da : During the work week, I am publicist so I have a typically work day that normally ends with a spinning or hot yoga class

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followed by some downtime with my beloved French Bull Dog Choonie. On weekends I love to brunch, go thrifting or main stream shopping and spend time with my family and friends. As a Miami resident I also love to sit under an umbrella and relax on the beach when I need a little R&R. That said, I'm always very sun conscious so try not to spend an excessive amount of time outside.

Dian e: What is your niche for fashion? (Your passion) Am an da: My niche is that I always strive to be an original. I love to mix unexpected pieces together, whether they be vintage or new, or lower price point and higher price point. I am drawn to prints and textures and never shy from making and entrance. I've been a fan of a maxi for years and no heel is ever too high or too elaborate for me. I'm a very eclectic dresser.

Dian e : What other hobbies embrace your daily activities or routine? Am an da: I am a real fan of a good exercise class like spinning or hot yoga. It can be hard to get myself to work out after a long day but I feel more powerful than ever after wrapping up a class. My family and friendships also mean the world to me so I definitely do everything in my power to spend as much time as possible with loved ones. I enjoy going out for good dinners in New York City and Miami to catch up with people because I find that the phone just isn't the same as a face to face interaction. As I mentioned, I love to spend time with my French bulldog who is such a little character. He's 6 and I've had him since he was 8 weeks old so we've been through a lot together over the years.

Dian e: What tips would you like to leave with our audience? Am an da: Don't be afraid to take risks with your fashion. There are so many rules and limitations for the other parts of life. Getting dressed should be a fun and creative experience. When you get a chance to buy say, new shoes, don't opt for the safe black ones but rather pick out the ones that make your heart sing.

Dian e: How can the audience connect with you? Am an da: The best option is through my Instagram @fromappletoorange or through my blog fromappletoorange.com.

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by Apr il Klim k iew icz I got into a really fascinating conversation with a stranger on the internet. Famous last words, right? Don?t worry, they asked about my work with Millennials and what I thought about others? perceptions of Millennials in the workforce. Thank you kind Reddit stranger! You got

me thinking, and I think other people will find this topic fascinating as well.

a negative light, they have someone in mind. Instead, if we think about the First, I want to share context or that I think so much environmental of the conversation differences between Boomers, Gen X, and about generational Millennials, we start differences should to see why be about the generational cultures CONTEXT rather unfold the way they than the INDIVIDUAL. What I do. When discussing generations, we?re mean is, most of talking in extremely the time, when broad brushstrokes, people are talking and we are talking about Millennials in about the dominant

culture of people born in a given time range. We are not assuming that all individuals born in a given time range display all characteristics of the generation. There are always outliers and exceptions to the rule. That said, let?s look at the history of the dominant generations in the workforce today (dates are fluid, but as a reference, I?ve


They entered the workforce during the Great Recession. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 75 million Millennials in the workforce, and growing. Quite often, it?s through reading an article or watching a video that I see discourse about Millennials. When I see people complain about Millennials feeling entitled, I immediately think about the world of work Millennials came into. How corporate systems operate has changed so much. My literally 100 year old grandma still gets a pension check from my grandpa's job, and he died in the early '80s. People entering the workforce during the Great Recession up until now aren't guaranteed anything, not even a job tomorrow with at-will-employment and contract/project work.

Many Millennials HUSTLE: they work hard at many different part-time projects, jobs, and freelance gigs to make ends meet and feel like they are contributing meaningfully. Most of the Millennials I have worked with are extremely hard workers who care about the quality of their work, making their higher ups look good, and making the world a better place. I believe we owe it to our communities to compensate them accordingly.

I see discussions about Millennials in the media most often, although I have

been privy to some very heated discussions about generational conflict at conferences, as well. I think once a dominant discourse enters the media (e.g. "Millennials are rude and entitled."), it so much easier to look for evidence supporting or refuting that than to look at a broader picture (e.g. "What strengths does each generation I'm working with bring to the table and how can we use all for the greater good?"). So, I say: let?s change the discussion. Whether Millennials are entitled or not is less important to me than figuring out how to work with people from all generations so that we reach common ground and contribute with integrity to society.

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A rising tide lifts all ships; meaning, if generations can learn to benefit from each other ?s strengths, society will benefit as a whole. Additionally, as more and more Boomers retire, Millennials will continue to dominate the workforce, and we must learn how to work alongside them.

Also, I see the environment, or contexts, as a huge factor in generational conflict that largely goes unnoticed. The current discourse on Millennials is more a function of this generation being the most recent one to enter the workforce en force. (Gen Z is still a bit young.) Gen X was the "slacker generation" when they entered the workforce, and now they and Boomers are the decision makers in corporations. Already, Millennials outnumber both Boomers and Gen X in the workforce, but because they are not the decision makers, they do not quite fit the dominant workforce culture? yet. Soon, they will create the dominant workforce culture, and all eyes will turn to Gen Z (Gen X's kids) as the ones who don't fit because they are not of the dominant workforce culture, until one day? they are. Let me give you an example,

i magine you and I accepted jobs at a company in Malaysia. There would be a

heck of a lot to to learn, and I'm sure we would make mistakes in navigating the culture as well as the work culture there, as these cultures would be completely new to us. In addition, we would have each other to commiserate with, ?Isn?t it strange how they do it this way instead of what we?re used to back home?? This is, as I see it, what's happening for Millennials right now. They are being given labels for behavior perceived as ?rude? and ?entitled? because they operate in a different context and their norms relate to a different culture than those currently in power (Boomers and Gen X).


What I see instead is a generation who came into the workforce without the systems in place to support employees or the guarantees of our grandparents? generations. Many times, in order to earn a living wage, Millennials have to work a job that doesn?t pay very well, take on side projects, and contribute creatively through freelance work they are passionate about, often working much more than 40-50 hours per week. In addition, Millennials care strongly about making the world a better place, so many of them contribute their time through volunteer work and community service.

I have worked with people from all generations. I think the people who are drawn to me are interested in personal and professional growth as well as contributing meaningful work, no matter the generation. In my work, I don?t hear someone from one generation disparaging those from another generation; instead, I see personality conflict that may have some roots in individuals understanding the world through lenses of different generations. It?s worth exploring if it can help people see that the context they unconsciously subscribe to is different from someone else?s, and the conflict lies in that difference, rather than with an individual. So many times, bringing things to light is the first step in solving what seem like insurmountable problems.

My message doesn't change depending on who I'm working with. My goal is to help people live happier and more fulfilled lives through discovering and creating the work that speaks to them. So much of our identity is tied up in what we do for work, and it's my personal goal to help make the world a better place by coaching and encouraging people who know there is more out there for them and who want to contribute to the world with integrity and in a meaningful way.

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Being a serial entrepreneur, Carrie has been the Founder and CEO of four companies prior to One Touch Law. She is also the current Founder and CEO of BLK24 which focuses on mobile marketing and technology consulting for large corporations. Prior to One Touch Law and BLK24, she founded TXT4CRM/ 3Seventy, one of the first text messaging and mobile development companies in the US. Carrie has been recognized as Top 100 Female Founders in the US, Top 40 Marketing Executives Under 40 in the US and has been published in many magazines and publications as one of the market thought leaders in mobile marketing strategies, call centers and SaaS technology. Chitsey?s passion is technology innovation to change the way we do things today! Carrie is a die-hard Longhorns fan, loves to cook, paint, play poker and spend time with her husband and son.

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