February Newsletter

Launching Our First Office
Space at HackerDojo!

We are very excited to share that Simple Steps has become a member of HackerDojo(hackerdojo.com), an open working space and community center located in Santa Clara. Simple Steps plans to host workshops and seminars at HackerDojo from now on and launch “office hours” for members.

Please feel free to stop by for tea or coffee and learn more about how to engage with Simple Steps initiatives!

Interview Series Season 2:
<Meet Our Members> Hannah Lee

Simple Steps is continuing our interview series with Season 2 in 2019. We will share stories of our fellow members and supporters.

This month, meet Hannah Lee, an instructional aide at Walter Hays Elementary School in Palo Alto.

Q: Can you start off by telling us about your current job and your career in general?

A: I work at Walter Hays Elementary School as an instructional aide for a kindergarten class. As an instructional aide, I prepare educational materials and assist individual students or groups of students under the classroom teacher’s guidelines. I started working in this position in January. Before, I worked as a student attendant.

Q: Can you elaborate on the difference between working as an instructional aide and a student attendant?

A: While an instructional aide works for the general classroom, a student attendant works with an individual special education student and receives supervision from a certified teacher. Another big difference is that an instructional aide works a maximum of 19 hours per week without benefit, but a student attendant works 30 hours per week with benefit.

Q: Why did you choose a career in the public education field as opposed to other jobs?A: I decided to only work while my children are at school because I want to be able to be there for them when they come home. Working in the same school district as my children was the answer. It’s nice to have the same holidays and breaks! I also worked as an instructor in the art field and I’ve always liked teaching. It’s quite rewarding to see the children grow and see before-and-after differences.


Click here to read the full interview article!


Humanyze, Our First Annual Corporate Sponsor
We would like to proudly introduce Humanyze (humanyze.com) as Simple Steps’ first annual corporate sponsor!

Humanyze hired a full-time statistical analyst through Simple Steps in 2018. Thank you to Humanyze for supporting Simple Steps’ mission and for helping us build a community of women in the Bay Area.

About Humanyze: Humanyze helps companies make more informed organizational decisions. Born out of the MIT Media Lab, Humanyze analyzes corporate communication data to uncover and improve how work gets done.

Please see this interview with Keeseon Nam who joined Humanyze as a Statistical Analyst: https://youtu.be/Og4KSfLwHOM.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? Please email hello@simplestepscc.org for more information.

New Simple Steps Website to be Launched in Spring
We are currently renovating our website in order to more efficiently interact with our community members.

New features will include:

  • Online groups and forums for better communication
  • job board to post job opportunities
  • An office hour appointment scheduler.

Once the new website is ready, we will ask you to sign in as a member.

Please stay tuned for more information!


Coffee Chat
  • When: 2/28 Thu 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Where: HackerDojo (3350 Thomas Rd #150, Santa Clara, CA 95054)
Career Seminar: Executive Assistant
  • Guest Speaker: Erin Hyejin Kim (https://youtu.be/XCArzakM3to)
  • When: 3/23 Sat 2pm~4pm
  • Where: HackerDojo (3350 Thomas Rd #150, Santa Clara, CA 95054)
  • RSVP and ticket purchase will be sent out in a separate email next week.

About Hyejin Kim:

Erin Hyejin Kim is an Executive Assistant at Myriad Genetics. She supports the Chief Technological Officer and the Chief Science Officer. As one of the senior EAs, she works with the C-suites and other VPs to support the entire technology org and science org. Erin received a Bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University in Education and English Literature and Linguistics. She is one of the authors of the book ‘실리콘밸리를 그리다’, published in Korea. She is the mother of a 2-year old daughter and a 9-year old furry daughter.

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