Shonna Dorsey on Entrepreneurship, The Interface Web School, and Being a Woman in Tech

Shonna Dorsey and I met recently to discuss the challenges and rewards of co-founding a tech school, what sets Interface: The Web School apart, and how alternative forms of education can be just as effective as a college degree.

Shonna is a co-founder and the Managing Director of Interface: The Web School, a continuing education school that aims to empower jobseekers with the web, development, and tech skills necessary to come out on top in an ever-evolving job market.

She and I discuss how Interface empowers students to transition out of or maximize the potential of their current careers by providing them access to expert professors, intimate class sizes, and practical tech-centered education that caters to the need for computer literacy in a newly digitized world.

As we talk, you’ll learn:

  • Why schools like Interface are so successful at helping students transition from barista to web developer (without student loans).
  • Why four-year college is not the only option for those who want to rise above their current career path.
  • How Shonna finds time to network, teach, and make a meaningful impact on the world—while still nurturing her own needs.

We also talk about how to build a meaningful career when, like most people, you don’t yet have the whole world at your fingertips.

In Shonna’s words, “If you have an idea or something that you’re passionate about, feel free to start small. You don’t have to have hundreds of thousands of dollars to go start something. Partner with people and network and really build those relationships.”

I invite you to share your thoughts once you have a chance to listen in. Have you climbed the ladder in unconventional ways or do you know someone who has? How do you plan to get your idea (big or small) off the ground?

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