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Pushing the conversation on gender equality.

Month: June 2016

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You’ve been wireframed!

So I’ve recently gotten involved with a group called EmpowerHack who develop tech to aid female refugees both in transit and once they’ve actually arrived at their destination. I’ve dived into a website redesign project for charity Breaking Barriers, whose…

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The future of tech, and why I got involved.

I was in high school when I got my first computer. As a kid who loved to write, I remember being so thrilled about typing out long stories and seeing the words in front of me on that screen. I…

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The curse women who are “too accomplished” face and the old boys’ club that fears them

Warning: When reading this, you may feel the need to go outside and smoke a cig with Peggy. Peggy understands. We haven’t changed that much since the Mad Men era. Well, except for learning that cigarettes are bad for you. I’m…

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What Management Taught Me About Advancing My Engineering Career

Over the year and a half that I was managing, I learned a lot of things about management, myself, and doing well as an engineer. Many of the realizations I came to, seem obvious to me in retrospect, but I…

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Women in Tech Shine at AWS Public Sector Summit 2016

I’m on my way home from my very first AWS Public Sector Summit. Looking back on the 2 days, I realize that I experienced something completely new at a tech conference: four amazing keynotes, all from women. This wasn’t an…

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I am good at my job

I am also good at capturing touristy POIs with my trusted iPhone and applying Instagram filters to them. 😉 Am I the only person who feels it is very hard to admit that? I am good at my job. It took…

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Men with daughters are fighting for workplace equality — here’s what it means for women

As we wrap up another Father’s Day, I’m inclined to reflect on one of the best examples of our personal lives affecting our leadership choices — men with daughters fighting for workplace equality. Several studies suggest that having a daughter changes a…

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Hearing the word “no”

“Who would buy Coca-Cola from a gas station?” Recently, I was asked this question at a business development event by a fellow attendee after describing the company I co-founded, Hyr. Confused, the former Coca-Cola employee in me countered that gas…

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How to speak up about workplace sexism & What companies and coworkers can do to help

https://medium.com/media/6249d36592403562f0599c923efe8f6f/href I recently came across a BuzzFeed video about every day sexism in the workplace. It does a really great job at depicting the subtle ways women may experience sexism in a male dominated environment. What mostly struck a cord…

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Why I Volunteered for the HackerGrrlz Program

As far back as I can remember, I have always been drawn to technology. When I was 8 years old, I spent nights and weekends in front of an Atari 2600 console playing Space Invaders, Keystone Kapers, Vanguard, Pitfall, Donkey…

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Startup life: leaving Athos

This was a tough post to write and I considered not posting it. However, in the past year I’ve found that writing has helped me crystalize my thoughts. So here we go. After 11 intense months, I just left my job…

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Why men matter to women in tech

If you missed it on the news, Microsoft’s XBox division got into hot water because of their choice of entertainment at the Game Developers Conference 2016. After even hosting a women in gaming lunch, someone decided that women half dressed…

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I Talked with Women About Diversity in Tech

Photo by: WOCinTech Chat Here’s what they said A few months ago, Stack Overflow published a developer survey that was the first of its kind. It compiled the input from over fifty thousand developers, making it the most comprehensive developer survey…

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Women, Supporting Each Other

Today, I’m going to address a recurring theme from the last few months, driven in part by the narrative of the US presidential campaign and the election of Canada’s new feminist Prime Minister: women in the workplace. I’ve been thinking…

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Some Mistakes I Made

Over the past few months, I have gotten the chance to explore the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Throughout this time, I have made some mistakes. There are many things I would do differently, in grade 12, to ensure…

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Want More Money? You Need More Women.

Over the last few months, we’ve seen amazing headlines about how female leadership makes companies more profitable, from the New York Times, to the Wall Street Journal, to Quartz, to Forbes, to the Harvard Business Review. Study: Firms with More Women…

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How to become known in your industry

I’ve had a few people ask me how I know so many people in the I.T. industry, especially people outside of Australia. I’ve become known as someone ‘who knows people at Microsoft’. While this is true, it doesn’t get me…

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Why I Left Management: the engineering technical track vs. management track

When advancing in an engineering career, at some point, the question will come up of if you’re interested in the technical track or the management track. Different people thrive on different tracks and many people move back and forth between…