Help Amy Lynn Attend XINSTITUTE!

About Me: Hi, I'm Amy Lynn Herman. I live in Boulder, Colorado. You might know me from my work as an event professional with Maker Faire, Colorado Maker Hub, NewCo Boulder, Flux Factory, SheSays Boulder, Boulder POV and Colorado Coops Study Circle.  
Or perhaps you have come to my coworking space, met me at a conference, or worked up a sweat with me on the dance floor. Maybe I have entertained your baby.

Crowds are my passion; sharing is my highest value.
I’m committed to creating a better world by design through collaboration and civic engagement.
I’ve been pursuing this goal as a community organizer in West Africa, Indiana (go Indiana University!), NYC, Alaska, and across the state of Colorado for over 15 years.

The News: I've been selected to attend the XINSTITUTE - an incredible opportunity to learn from data professionals who have worked and taught at some of the most data-driven institutions in the world. XINSTITUTE is a project of Empowerment WORKS, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

It’s a great honor - only 20 people are chosen per retreat, so all participants receive personalized attention to successfully approach future business challenges and achieve professional excellence.

My Great Ask:
***I’m in immediate need of funding to support my travel expenses and a portion of my tuition. The total amount I'll need is $4000.**

The Details: I'm traveling to BALI, INDONESIA in January. Because it’s a surprise opportunity, I have limited funds to support my travel and tuition. The key component of this opportunity is that no previous programming or data science training is required. I’m asking for financial help to get there and a vote of confidence to go deep into my own power. I’m at the beginning of a shift in my career and ready to learn new skills to grow my leadership potential.

What I Will Learn: During this educational retreat, I’ll learn cutting edge techniques and tools from experienced data scientists and analysts to become a more influential, data-driven leader.

What I Will Do With this Opportunity: As a social leader, I’m excited to apply these tools to address issues of social equity: participation, representation, and access to the tools that support personal and community growth in social life. For the chance to attend this event, I will give back to the community that has helped me pursue this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to level up on my digital training. Upon my return from the retreat, I’ll host teaching & learning events to share what I experienced and create unique content to support the growth of others in their knowledge of data science.

Rewards for funding travel to support my educational experience include the following:
Explorer Tier
+ $5 - A heartfelt virtual thanks and high five on your social media platform of choice
+ $10 - A handwritten thank you letter after my trip
+ $15 - A handwritten thank you postcard from Bali
+ $35 - A handwritten thank you postcard from Bali and a souvenir from Bali
Guide Tier
+ $50 -  A handwritten thank-you postcard from Bali, a gift from Bali, and a 1 hr phone call
+ $150-  A handwritten thank you postcard from Bali, a gift from Bali, a 1 hr phone call, five photos from the journey, and a classic Indonesian meal cooked by Amy Lynn, in person upon her return**
Leader Tier
+ $250 - Unlimited, private access to a video recording tutorial series to learn data basics, developed by Amy Lynn
+ $350 - Attend a 1-day tutorial to learn data basics with Amy Lynn (limited to 20 people per session)**
+ $600 - Attend a 1-day one-on-one tutorial to learn data basics tailored to your industry, a handwritten letter from Bali and a souvenir from Bali**
Estimated Delivery for Tutorial: Spring 2018
Hero Tier
+ $1000 - A 1-day one-on-one-tutorial to learn data basics tailored to your industry, a handwritten postcard from Bali, a special gift from Bali, 30 photos from the journey, a framed print of your favorite photo, and a classic Indonesian meal cooked by Amy Lynn, in-person, upon her return**
Estimated Delivery for Tutorial: Spring 2018. The one-on-one tutorial offer is good for one year.
Milestone Goals
+ For every $500 raised, I’ll create a video of me doing a cartwheel, singing a karaoke song, performing a hula hoop dance, bashing a pinata, doing a cannon ball into a pool, etc with thank-yous to everyone who contributes at each round!
+ Everyone who contributes will be invited to my celebration Livestream.
The person who shares my campaign the most on social media gets a special reward:
I’ll cook you a classic Indonesian meal and I’ll grant you access to the video recording tutorial I create. Additionally, I’ll make a personalized video recording from my trip to Indonesia and I’ll get a small TATTOO in your HONOR! My first ever, in fact.

Link, like and share this campaign with the following hashtags: 
#amylynnxinstitute #givefirst #xinstitute
My Give First Commitment: Any extra funds for this experience (after my tuition and travel) will be made as a community contribution to the Xinstitute to continue their social impact work.  I will deliver these funds by December 31st, 2017.

The XINSTITUTE Promise: When I participate in this retreat, XINSTITUTE teaches 5 people who don’t have access to data education. They call it their 6 for 1 model. For this retreat, the beneficiaries are Syrian refugees through their partnership with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). They will launch that education program in Jordan in October 2017. There will be other beneficiaries for the January group. Please visit the XINSTITUTE website for more details. 

**If you choose an in-person activity, you are assuming responsibility for your travel arrangements in coming to me.
Here is just a short list of what I’ll learn from this life-changing experience:

Best Practices in Cleaning Data
Advanced Spreadsheet Techniques

Creating Rich Data Sets
Working With 3rd Party APIs
Web Scraping 

Asking The Right Questions of Your Data
Business Metrics
Querying SQL Databases

Telling a Compelling Story With Data
Data Visualization with Tableau
Data Storytelling + Data

Thank you for your contributions, support and guidance during this time of great transition for me!
I am utterly grateful.

Sending love your way.

Best, Amy Lynn Herman
Contact me @: Amherman at gmail dot com
#amylynnxinstitute #givefirst #xinstitute

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