The realities of organizing a community tech conference: an ill-advised rant

Posted on June 13, 2016

Warning: this post is an ill-advised, badly timed rant. There are swear words. You have been warned. Also, no one person instigated any of this rant. It's been building in me for three years. <3 Let me tell you about the realities of organizing a tech conference: it sucks. (more…)

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Frameworks for Feedback at RailsConf 2016

I was super excited to get to give my Frameworks for Feedback talk at RailsConf! Slides are here. Code reviews, stand ups, retros, and performance reviews acknowledge the importance of communication and feedback, but they don’t help you give negative feedback or ensure that you hear the small things before they become big things. Let’s talk about feedback and examine frameworks for how to ask for and frame feedback effectively. Not all ...

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On the pay gap — Interview with CBS News

I got to talk to Vince Gerasole from CBS News about a topic that's close to my heart: the gender pay gap. Read the whole article here.

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Talking about Write/Speak/Code on CodeNewbie

Posted on December 18, 2015

I was super excited to speak to my former coworker, Saron Yitbarek, on her amazing podcast CodeNewbie. She's created an incredible community dedicated to supporting new developers. Listen to my interview here.

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Frameworks for Feedback at DevOpsDays Chicago 2015 [Updated: with video!]

Posted on August 26, 2015

I gave a talk on "Frameworks for Feedback" at DevOpsDays Chicago. The organizers asked me to add in a little about diversity and microaggressions, so it's pretty jam-packed, but seemed to be well received. Also, the DevOps community is awesome. (more…)

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