Founder & Chief Design Architect: HerStory - The Builder Within
Source: The Importance of Women In Technology, Janét Aizenstros's talk for Microsoft Small Business Week 2016
My story began back in 2011, when I started Ahava Digital Group with only $20 /month on SquareSpace and only partially being able to code at the time.
I grew in Guelph, Ontario (the one of the innovation hubs in Canada). Guelph’s innovation extended the opportunity while growing up to be given the choice to learn computer science in grade 9 & 10 by a teacher named Mr. Suzuki and yes (he is the brother of our famous Canadian Environmentalist, David Suzuki).
He encouraged me to become more fluent in computer sciences once he saw how easy coding came to me.
But like a typical teenager, I didn’t really care to pursue computer sciences because I was really involved with so-called teenage stuff. I sang. I wrote. I played video games and sports. But truly, I felt that technology really had no place for girls. The only role models I saw in tech growing up were men and I felt it would have been a waste of time for a girl to pursue a career in technology.
And meanwhile, I learned the basic elements of coding in high school, my passion for building and designing happened long before high school. As a child, while many girls were playing with dolls, I was being inspired by Nintendo and building Lego.
I’ve always loved creating and building things. The cool thing is once you learn the language of coding you begin to really see how you can create and shape the world around you.
Now, what’s humorous to me is when I think about how much time I spend daily in technie verbiage from C-Paneling to frequency, from pixilation to UI and interfacing. Why it’s funny is because I didn’t really consider myself a woman in tech until I began seeing how technology lends itself to media. My company has many different facets that emphasis on branding, sound, animation, apps and gaming. Truly, when I think about all of these media facets it reassures me, that anyone can create a company based upon what they love doing using technology.
Read the story behind the inspiration of ADG by Janét Aizenstros:
Janét Aizenstros is a Canadian serial entrepreneur with a PhD in metaphysical sciences. She is known as an author, celebrity podcaster, speaker, model and philanthropist. She has interviewed some of the world’s most recognized celebrities, authors and thought leaders on emotional intelligence. Janét has been featured on numerous media outlets globally such as SUCCESS, Oprah, Huffington Post, CTV, NBC, CBC, Women’s Post and more. She has delivered keynote speeches for companies such as Microsoft, Innovation Guelph, Mompreneurs and featured by DOVE USA for the #LOVEYOURCURLS Campaign.
From 2012 to 2013, Janét authored seven books in genres ranging from children to self-awareness. Her writings have appeared in numerous anthologies globally whilst her poetry has been recognized by the International Library of Poetry. Her children’s book series Why Mommy Loves can be found globally and has been inducted in her hometown public library archives along-side world-renowned children’s author Robert Munsch.
She is the Founder, Chief Strategist and Publisher of Ahava Digital Group and LOVE Lifestyle Publishing Group. Ahava Digital’s team has worked with companies such as MasterCard, Adidas, ReMax, ABC, Disney, Pixar, Vogue and more. In 2017, her agency and publishing company were awarded by CV Magazine as one of the fast-growing agencies and publishing houses in Canada.
Janét has been selected as one of the Top 10 Inspiring Women in Canada, and ranked as one of the Top 50 Women in Social Media in 2012. She has been nominated and received many awards including the 2013 - 2014 Shorty Awards, the YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2013 – 2014, one of 2015’s Top 100 Black Women To Watch and in 2016, she was awarded as one of the Top 40 under 40.
Currently, she is living in her hometown, happily loving her soulmate, enjoying her children and working towards her executive MBA.
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