Why Write/Speak/Code isn’t another women-only tech conference … and why it wouldn’t matter anyway

Posted on November 8, 2014

I’ve seen a couple comments and posts recently about women's tech conferences. Basically, all say they are bad or unnecessary. As the founder and co-organizer of a woman’s only event (and attendee of an all-woman’s college), I have a number of thoughts on this. (more…)

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What is thought leadership?

Posted on August 30, 2014

I got this question on twitter after announcing Write/Speak/Code 2014. She felt “thought leadership” was a meaningless buzz word. And I see her point. It is often used that way. (more…)

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Thoughts on team tension

Posted on August 20, 2014

We all want to work in a collaborative, open, communicative environment, right? Ok. Maybe not all of you. But at the very least, you don't want to work with people you dislike, have totally different values and ideas than you and you disagree with often. In others word, you don't want to have tension with your team. Right? (more…)

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Being tough vs. being clear

"If I knew that, I wouldn't have …" The moment a company, manager, or leader hears these words their instinct is to create a policy or document or thing that clarifies the expectation. At least that's the goal. What often happens is that they add tough language ("You will be terminated if you do X") in an effort to make sure everyone knows what will happen. (more…)

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The power of appreciation

Posted on August 13, 2014

One of the reasons I was attracted to teaching was the acknowledgement and appreciation I (might) get as a teacher. Being a woman in tech is hard. The ignoring and lack of acknowledgement adds up. I was burned out and angry. (Still am to some degree). The statistic that 56% of women leave tech after 10 years kept running through my head — 2014 is my 11th year of working full-time as a professional developer. Was I ready to leave? Did ...

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