Highlighted in Adam Grant’s Book “Think Again”

Adam Grant highlighted my application to a past job in his thought-provoking new book, Think Again. The story is about how I applied to a job and acknowledged up-front that I did not meet their criteria. Adam first shared the story in this blog post in 2016, and I also joined his TED Work/Life podcast to share the story in 2018. The story was also mentioned in Forbes in 2017.

Software Social Nominated in Three Categories in SaaS Podcast Awards

Over 50 podcasts were nominated in the 2020 MicroConf SaaS Podcast Awards, and Software Social made the top 5 in three categories. See the full list here. Best Episode: “The Feelings Episode” Michele and Colleen dive into striking a balance between business, founder, and lifestyle fit, and the trade-offs of running your own business versus working for someone else. Best Hosts Best Podcast for SaaS Founders

Guest Post for Girl Scouts: “I Held My First Virtual Meeting and My Daisies Earned a Petal. Here’s How We Did It.”

I wrote a guest post for Girl Scouts on hosting a virtual meeting during the Covid-19 crisis. I think we underestimate how much children pick up and how much they are capable of understanding. My co-leaders and I felt like this was an important thing to discuss with them and dovetailed nicely with the Responsible for What I Say and Do petal. The pandemic is going to be a major

Washington Post Highlights Maywood Response

In early March of 2020, I started organizing my neighborhood to help prepare for Covid-19. We ended up building a group of volunteers to get groceries, medications, and other supplies for high-risk neighbors. The effort was highlighted in the Washington Post: The brigadier general in the Virginia operation is Michele Hansen who moved into Maywood two years ago and runs a geocoding software company with her husband. Her sister is a nurse

Forbes: The Shocking Cost Of Daycare Propelled This Mom To Start A Business

When Michele Hansen and her husband started planning for the birth of their daughter, they quickly realized that to afford daycare at $24,000 per year, they were going to need an additional income stream. “Day care is more expensive than state college tuition in a majority of states, including the District of Columbia, where we lived,” said Hansen.  “People are expected to come up with this chunk of money out

The Harvey Twitter Rescue Map

During Hurricane Harvey, people who were in need of rescuing started tweeting out their addresses. Mathias and I built a tool that scraped address of Twitter. There were many other groups who built maps to coordinate rescues, and we cannot say for certain whether ours led to any rescues. The tool was mentioned in the Boston Herald, ABC-7 (WJLA Washington), and my hometown newspaper, the Tri-Town Transcript.

Telegraph Clips

When I was in college, I did a summer internship for the Telegraph’s Washington bureau, writing about American politics for UK audiences. The big stories of the summer was the outing of the Russian spy ring and the BP Oil Spill. Published articles include: Russian spy applied for jobs at think tanks with links to Obama General David Petraeus collapses during Senate hearing South Carolina breaks with racist past with