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CEO Report: First 30 Days

By: Lauren Sato, CEO – Ada Developers Academy In my first 30 days at Ada, I have had the privilege of witnessing a graduation, a Capstone Project fair, the first annual AdieCon (a self-organized alumni conference) and Week 1 of an incoming class.  I’ve also been able to meet with our corporate partners, donors, and long-time community supporters. All I can say is this community is a force.   At graduation 45 of our 47 students had already accepted job offers.…

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Instructional Update

By: Bethany Lindsey, Director of Education- Ada Developers Academy At my six month mark as Director of Education, I’m excited to report on some of the happenings at Ada. We are starting the second week of the classes for Cohort 13 and internships for Cohort 12. The instructional team has created some changes for each of these groups of students that we thought the Adie community would like to know about.  Capstone Celebration We tried a new format for the…

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Cohort 11 Graduates!

On Thursday, January 9th, Ada’s eleventh cohort of software engineering students celebrated their graduation with a beautiful ceremony at The Arctic Club Hotel in downtown Seattle. Students were cheered on by family members, program volunteers and corporate partners as they took their final steps as Ada students and became Adie alums, ready to take on the challenge of changing the face of tech and making it a more inclusive place for all! We’re so proud of our newest batch of…

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Welcome Ada’s New Chief Executive Officer

We are so excited to announce that Lauren Sato will be joining the team as our new CEO starting on January 6th!   Lauren comes to Ada most recently from The Riveter, where she served as Vice President of Revenue.  In addition to a variety of roles in technology and impact investing organizations, Lauren spent five years building YearUp Puget Sound, a workforce development program that served as a model for Ada in the early days.   As we were designing…

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Meet Our New Program Manager – Emma

This week we welcomed our new Program Manager of Internships and Alums, Emma Neiman! Learn a little more about Emma in her own words: I could not be more excited to join the Ada team as the new Program Manager for Internships and Alums! I’ll be working with everyone across the Ada team to make sure Ada students have a positive, meaningful internship experience and feel engaged post-graduation. I cannot wait to get to know Ada’s amazing community of students…

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Ada’s First Annual Report

Another year has come and gone and we are preparing to graduate Cohort 11 and welcome Cohort 13 in early 2020!   We are so excited to share the first ever Ada Developers Academy annual report with each of you.  This report represents our work for the past fiscal year – from July 2018 – June of 2019.   We’re proud not only of the report, but more importantly, the content.   We believe strongly in sharing our results with you, highlighting our…

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Executive Director Search Update

We’re excited to share some status updates about our search for Ada’s next Executive Director.   As most of you know, we launched the search in October and had a great response including candidates with a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.   Our search committee has 5 members and includes team members from Ada’s board, staff and alum community.    The committee has been working together since August to help define the job description, and prioritize the skills and experience we believe are…

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Meet Caroline – Cohort 12

Meet our next Adie in Cohort 12, Caroline.  Caroline had enjoyed her previous career as a pharmacist, however, due to a pharmacy-specific workplace injury, she was forced to take a hiatus and re-evaluate her true passions in life.  One day, after plowing through a children’s book on programming, Caroline started dabbling in Python, and realized that this is not just a new hobby or career option… she may have found her ikigai (Caroline had to google that term, and it made everything…

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Meet Angele – Cohort 12

Continuing our awesome lineup of new Cohort 12 Adies is Angele. With a background in Chemistry, Angele knew she had a heart for the Sciences, but her creativity and passion for teamwork and collaboration always seemed hindered by working in a limiting chemistry lab. Motivated to find an environment that better suited her passions, Angele began attending networking events where she was introduced to several software engineers, who sparked her interest in the world of coding. While taking free online…

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Meet Yitgop – Cohort 12

Meet our next Cohort 12 Adie: Yitgop. Motivated by her passion for global advocacy, Yitgop moved from China to the United States to study international and public affairs. Through her work with government entities and nonprofits, she began seeing technology as a growing opportunity to create greater social impact for marginalized communities. Yitgop began taking online classes in coding to supplement her policy work and fell in love with the world of software engineering.  After further experiencing the real-world impact of…

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