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Chloe Hermary, Founder and CEO of Ada Tech School

Learning Inspiration 🌈 #30

Chloe Hermary is the founder and CEO of Ada Tech School, the first coding school in Europe with a feminist and inclusive culture, open to all profiles. Chloe created Ada soon after she graduated from the prestigious HEC Business School in Paris. She is passionate about learning and fights for what she believes in. 

Chloe Hermary
Chloe Hermary, Founder and CEO of Ada Tech School

Who is your biggest source of inspiration?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: This woman is absolutely incredible. She is a very positive feminist who combines the visions of feminism and racial equality. It made me realize that while I am a woman, I am a white woman. It is entirely different from being a black woman. Chimamanda illustrates this point exceptionally well in her book Americanah and TedX talk, “We Should All Be Feminists.” You just can’t disagree with what she says. It is entwined with messages of love and the liberation of everyone. She also talks about the danger of the “one-story” story. She describes how she grew up with Western books in Nigeria and, therefore, their version of femininity. She explains how important it is to be able to allow children to form their own opinions.

– Beyoncé: I love her. She’s incredible. She’s an incredible artist and feminist. And she continually evolves in her career, as an artist, as a woman, as a feminist, and as a businesswoman.

– Isabelle Collet: She is a researcher in gender studies, pedagogue, and computer scientist. She wrote Les Oubliées du Numérique, highlighting education and its contribution to women’s absence in the digital world. She is also hilarious, and I admire her a great deal. She easily simplifies complex concepts. Isabelle Colle did a webinar with us at Ada 🇫🇷 Tech School.

How do you keep learning on a daily basis?  What are your learning routines?

My learning routine is, first and foremost, a philosophy of life. I assume that I don’t know anything and have to make up for what is going on around me to learn daily. For me, it’s a state of mind. There is much I don’t know, and I’m curious about everything.

I read many native-English novels, which gives me a somewhat global vision of life and allows me to escape.

As a school principal, I must continuously inform myself about subjects that touch on feminism, pedagogy, and tech.

I also leave myself thirty minutes a day to concentrate fully on a piece of content, whether books (often feminist essays) or articles on pedagogy or neuroscience. I take the time to read and write the important sentences in my notebook (which never leaves me). These sentences include the concepts that I want to remember and apply to my business.

What is your favorite podcast, and why 🎧?

I admit that I have had a hard time listening to podcasts in the past. I couldn’t figure out how to listen to them. I’ve tried sitting down and just listening, but it doesn’t work for me. The same goes for doing other activities while I am listening to them. I recently found something that works well for me: listening to podcasts while simultaneously coloring, so I have my full attention on what I’m listening to while my body is busily absorbed in coloring. I like podcasts because, in an hour, they cover many philosophical concepts supported by data and simplify complex concepts.

My favorite French 🇫🇷 podcasts:

Les Couilles sur la Table: A feminist podcast that explores masculinity and interviews experts on fatherhood.

Vlan: A podcast to better understand our company through the link to oneself, others, and nature.My favorite episode is “Des Ordis des Souris et des Hommes.”

Favorite articles?

– The Welcome to the Jungle series of articles: We Are All Biased (To read these articles in English, use the translate function of Google Chrome)

– “Does the Crisis Benefit “Gorilla” Leaders?”: Laetitia Vitaud draws the parallel between the notion of power and virility. It questions the definition of power, excellence, and its consequences.

– Anything by Claudie Solar: who frequently writes on the pedagogy of inclusion (anti-racism, feminism, etc.) She discusses what can be set up in the classroom to make it possible to limit the phenomena of exclusion. Solar asks the question about the role of education.
Is the role of education:
(1) freeing people by helping  them become the best version of themselves, raising their potential, and encouraging them to think outside of the box or
(2) instilling a certain number of hierarchical values that focus on accepting and obeying ​​rules and being “good” citizens.
I recommend her articles: “Dentelle de pédagogies féministes” and “Painting Pedagogy on a Canvas of Friendship.”

What are your favorite books and why 📚?

There are many.

– My all-time favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is extremely poetic and embodied a child’s perspective. This book is about racism and tolerance, a truly magnificent book, and the only book I have read several times.

Witches: The Undefeated Power of Women by Mona Chollet (French and Spanish). Chollet examines the genocide of women during the Renaissance. She takes up the three main criticisms made against women: being single, being childless, and growing old, which has become and remain objects of horror. She explores the relationship of women to these three accusations. I always recommend it to women and men. It explores our freedom to act in the face of societal expectations and prejudices and prompts us to ask questions about life. Should we be married? Should we have children.

What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome this year, and how did you do that?

Recruiting my team. We recruited three positions this year, and I spent a great deal of time training. You think it would be intuitive, but not at all. I read Who, which I highly recommend. I’m twenty-five years old and haven’t previously managed others or recruited. It took me to a new place, working on yourself and your business. It is a challenging job.

What would you tell the 18-year-old version of yourself?

– The first thing that I learned through entrepreneurship was to stop wanting to be a good student and tick all the boxes. Instead, take pleasure in imperfections. I thought there would be a parallel between the preparatory school and entrepreneurship, and in fact, there isn’t all. In entrepreneurship, we must learn to celebrate micro victories and micro failures.

– The second thing is, everything is not about you. Don’t take what others say and do personally. Sometimes people are just having a bad day, and this has nothing to do with you. Don’t try to understand everyone’s every move and how it relates to you. Most of the time, it has nothing to do with you. And you lose an incredible amount of energy trying to understand it all and fix it.

If you were stuck alone on an island and only be allowed to bring one item, what would it be 🏝?

A book, and if there were one, I would take an encyclopedia on the universe. I’m not a scientist, so I’ll take this time to learn and gain knowledge.

One last word?

To learn is to make this profession one of humble faith. Pay attention to the feminist, racial justice, and gay rights movements. It is also a way of learning. Learning history from a racialized person’s perspective or from your history teacher at your Catholic high school is very different.

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