Catalina Arango of Data.Miami

Meet Catalina Arango, the co-founder of Data.Miami, which offers bootcamp style courses for data science. She’s also the cofounder of Spacewolff, a digital marketplace for ad space. Catalina has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied economics, business analytics and consumer psychology. That’s when she started falling in love with the ability to predict the future using …

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Nick Mahshie of Tranqui Prints Inc.

Unique and colorful fashion is definitely something Miamians are known for, but few of them make every bit of their designs themselves, starting from the prints. Meet our #SkilliedSpotlight, Nick Mahshie of Tranqui Prints Inc., a born and raised Miamian who transcribes his aesthetic onto his colorful fabric prints. “I look at these prints as a celebration of Miami, but also …

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Julia Doyne of iCanCook

It’s not everyday you get to meet The Forge’s first female executive chef, Julia Doyne – now it’s possible to not only meet her, but also take cooking classes in her private home kitchen! “I grew up in Cleveland and my mom was a stay-at-home mom who was always cooking. She taught me how to love food,” Julia said. Now Julia knows …

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Brian Breslin and Maria Derchi of Refresh Miami

Brian started Refresh Miami 11 years ago – a non-profit focused on growing the tech industry in Miami – because he was working on a couple start-ups and found that, “There was a lack of knowledge transfer in tech in Miami,” he said, “And I didn’t want people saying that Miami was a roadblock to their success.” Refresh hosts both speaker series and workshops …

Ariel Quinones of Ironhack

Ariel Quinones, one of the founders of Ironhack – a web development school with a Miami location –  comes from a long line of educators. His mom was a primary school teacher and his father went from being a university professor to starting his own university. So it’s no surprise that after earning an MBA from Wharton, Ariel wanted to …

Steven Brownlee of Jewelry Creations Workshop

One of our missions at Skillied is to help people discover their passion – so when we learn more about our teaching partners, it always pulls at our heartstrings to hear the story of how they found not only their craft, but their love for teaching. Feeling confident in your skill to the point that you’re ready to teach others isn’t …

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Peter Mir and Jannelys Santos of Villain Theater

Meet the duo who is building Miami’s improv scene – Peter Mir and Jannelys Santos of Villain Theater, Miami’s first improv theater dedicated to Chicago-style long form improv. Peter, the theater’s cofounder and CEO, was born and raised in Miami and studied theater at FIU before leaving to NY to further his craft. While at FIU, he met Jannelys who became …

Printmaking with Ingrid Schindall of IS Projects

We’re branching out across the county line and we wanted to introduce you to our first teaching partner in the 954. Meet the woman behind the printmaking scene in Fort Lauderdale: Ingrid Schindall of IS Projects! There’s a lot of hype around digital design, but Ingrid likes to keep it old school (did you know printmaking is an ancient art?) …

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Pottery with Gus Miranda

Gus was lucky to meet his two loves on the same day. He met his wife Melissa when he showed up to one of her pottery classes, and then and there, he also discovered his love for clay. But, the artistic thing wasn’t new to him at all. In fact, he and Melissa were both art teachers in the Miami …

Caroline Lewis of The CLEO Institute

We’re thrilled to be able to bring our Skillied students the opportunity to attend The CLEO Institute’s Climate Change Symposium at the University of Miami this Saturday, February 10th! The CLEO Institute is the only nonprofit organization in Miami solely dedicated to climate change education, engagement, and advocacy. We spoke with CLEO’s founder and executive director who is also the …