Monday, January 12, 2015

Day 12: Tech Savvy Entrepreneur Speaks to St. Albans City School students

What a pleasure it was to meet Michele Joel today and listen to her speak to the students from St. Albans City School during their Day of Code event.  Michele talked about the role that bullying played in her childhood and how that gave her the inspiration she needed to envision and follow through on an idea for a new fun  mobile app that is not only prevent bullying but to educate young people about ways to responsibly use social media.   Her app, Social Sitter generates tokens and prizes for positive social media comments and flags less positives ones, offering suggestions.

Michele talked about her journey in becoming an entrepreneur and building a team to help her build the app she envisioned.

"One of the toughest parts of being a women in this role is getting people to realize and respect you as the business owner, not a sales rep or a marketing rep." explained Michele in response to one of the students question.

Her advice to students to find something that makes them angry and create a solution to the problem was inspirational to both boys and girls.  

 Click here to watch ARCHIVED VIDEO from January 12, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. 

Michele Joel - President of  Social Sitter, Inc. 

Social Sitter is a young company looking to help students build positive interactions in social media.  Michele is an energetic entrepreneur that has a sincere passion for the power of technology and the ways it can strengthen student interactions.  She has developed her own business from scratch and is a model for young women looking to build markets in the education technology sector.  Michele will talk about her path to entrepreneurship, how she works with programmers and coders, what lessons she has learned about student opportunities in the field and she will also give a short demo of the product she designed. 

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