June Noel

June Noel

Mentors: Why We Need Them & Why We Need to be One

 When I received my invitation to speak, I thought about the geekiest topic I could think of to impress the audience. I thought in my head, “Oh, I can talk about my new workflow in front end development, talk about design, or maybe my newest hobby which is 3D Printing.” But then I had to stop and look back at what really brought me to where I am now.  Having mentors in my life and a supportive community has helped me understand myself better and really grow. A lot of us geeks can learn a new skill whenever we want to. And we know exactly where to find the resources we need. Being technical is awesome, but let’s not forget the whole personal and human side of life. How do we really grow, inspire and help our current and future generation?
June Noel is originally from the Philippines. She has been working for the Washington Corporations for three years a Web Designer. She is the co-founder of Women for the Web and co-owner of Treats on a Trike. She’s involved in other non-profit organizations such as Wimler.org and most recently Child United, where she helped obtain $35,000 grant and traveled with them on a three week relief mission to the Philippines. She’s had the opportunity to speak at UM International Women’s Day and MACH1 Missoula. In her spare time, she enjoys mountain biking, cycling, hiking, reading books on her Kindle, most recently fishing, and doing an extreme adventure on her birthday.