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Feb 27th 2014

AOLers Share Career Advice in "Pathways to Success" Series

Equipped with notebooks, questions, and abundant enthusiasm, students from the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology headed to AOL HQ yesterday for "Pathways to Success." Held in New York, the event brings tech-interested students together for career advice and exposure.

The invited students attend one of 20 New York City public schools selected for a new program, the Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) - which provides funding to offer a comprehensive curriculum of computer science and software engineering for both girls and boys.

Panelists shared stories and advice, with the goal of exposing students to the myriad pathways available in the tech field. As the speakers wrapped up, a key-takeaway arose: "Keep in touch with the classmates you're with today, as those connections will be helpful in the future - you never know who you'll be connected with later on in life."

"Pathways to Success" is an ongoing AOL program through which we invite students interested in technology to the AOL office for a career panel and tour of the Studio. Stay tuned for future updates and events news by following @AOLImpact.

Dec 20th 2013

AOL NY Hosts "Women in Tech" Initiative

AOL is excited to be one of the first companies to partner with the NY Department of Education for the "Women in Tech" initiative, a new program for female software engineering students. Spearheaded by Rachel Haot, the city's Chief Digital Officer, the program aims to connect female leaders at New York tech companies with middle school and high school girls from the city's 22 pilot computer science schools.

We kicked-off the initiative yesterday, as the AOL NY office hosted a group of 30 from the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn. The field trip included an in-depth tour of the AOL studio and HuffPost Live set, followed by an interactive panel moderated by Susan Lyne, where the girls had an opportunity to hear from several women working across different business sectors of AOL.

We believe that events like the "Women in Tech" program help girls recognize the myriad pathways available in the technology field. Students enjoyed hearing from the panel of strong, trailblazing female tech leaders here at AOL including Huffington Post, while the school reiterated that it's valuable for girls to be able to see themselves in engineering and business roles of the speakers.

Panelists included:

Emily Glatzer- General Manager, Lifestyle Brands

Sammi Leibovitz- Creative Director, AOL.com and Lifestyle

Regina Bienstock- Head of Business Operations, Marketplace by ADTECH

Rebecca Searles- Social Media, HuffPost

Anna Dickson- Photography Director, HuffPost

Alexandra Berke- Engineer, HuffPost


Whiteboarding (topic: tech/coding):

Jennifer Wenner, Sr. Tech Manager, Software Engineering

Piya Ghosh, Software Engineer, Huffington Post Media Group


Studio Tour

Lead by Sylvia Nasiadko- Production Manager, AOL studios/HP Live

Feb 16th 2012

Patch Heads to School to Find Next Generation of Journalists

At Patch we believe that many of the ideas that will shape the future of digital media and journalism will come (not surprisingly) from the next generation who are now in business and j-schools. Those passionate students will challenge established models and help us constantly reinvent the world of media. For that reason, we love to work with these schools as much as possible. We offer real-world experience and coaching to students at over 100 institutions through our PatchU program. And as often as possible we get to meet with classes and talk about what we're doing. Last night I spoke at the Iona College Mass Communications Department and had a great conversation with students, a couple Patch editors, and Professor Thomas Callahan. My message was basically this: Here's what we're doing at Patch and why; Here's my take on what we can expect in the near future; You will be a big part of how this industry develops; And finally, contrary to popular opinion, the future of local media is incredibly bright and exciting! Thanks to Iona for having me, and I'm off to Stanford's Graduate School of Business next week to talk about the future of media.

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