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Pushing the conversation on gender equality.

Month: August 2016

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Tips for GHC sponsors to find top talent!

Photo Courtesy: Anita Borg Institute I steered the ship as the Director of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC)from 2011- early 2015. The community has generously called these the #goldenyears given the exponential growth in attendance, quality,…

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Unconscious Gender Bias: We Are All Guilty

“Don’t be such a drama queen.” “Would you man up?” “In this office, it’s every man for himself.” All pretty innocent expressions, wouldn’t you think? In fact, I can probably bet that each and every one of us has used these words…

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Decisions, Decisions

I’ve had a number of follow up questions related to my decision to leave management. While none of the questions are quite the same, many of them have one common theme: the individual asking is facing a major career decision…

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Como hospedar seu site de graça usando Windows + Node.js + Surge

Site Oficial: https://surge.sh/ Hospedar seu site de graça parece sonho não é mesmo? Com o Surge, você pode publicar seu site em alguns minutos, sem pagar nada e sem nenhuma gambiarra! Vou te mostrar como fazer a hospedagem gratuita do…

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10 Things you can do to Foster Diversity and Inclusion at Your Next Tech Event.

Credit: https://unsplash.com/@emcomeau The Stats, Importance, and What you can do About it As event organizers we give back to the community a lot. Often through our own set of ideals and goals. Personally I try to involve the LGBT community in…

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Conversations: Your Privilege

Flickr: omoo Your Privilege was written the day I had a conversation with a friend about our differing experiences in tech. There were a bunch of factors that made that discussion difficult, including different communication styles, an emotionally charged topic,…

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Ladies, the web needs you

It’s happened again. An ad in the virtual paper: “web developer wanted”. The resumes flow in: male, male, male, male, male… Is that a problem? Why should anyone care? Why do I care? Well, nature likes equilibrium, so it seems unnatural that a…

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On a dare from my husband: 5 Lessons Learned from Startup Life 5 years into the Crazy

Over the past five years, I’ve been part of two crazy roller coaster rides. At one, MommiesFirst, I was a founder and CEO — part of every step, every decision from the logo design and font choice to winding it down and…

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“Ask me anything. I don’t provide feedback.”

My daughter is interviewing for her first software developer job. Given that the tech industry has publicly committed to build a more diverse workforce, I expected that women would be involved in the technical and decision making parts of the…

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Gender and technical talent: what women need to know

A woman with a growth mindset understands that she can improve indefinitely through persistence, reflection, and constructive feedback Along with disciplines such as music and athletics, programming is commonly seen as the domain of the talented; there are those with…

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Steps to Make Diversity & Inclusion a Reality

Photo credit: Centre for Gender Economics Over my time as an engineer, I’ve repeatedly heard some examples of efforts people make to fit in at their workplace: sending emails at odd hours to show that one is working overtime, purposely…

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Conversations: A Prelude

https://www.flickr.com/photos/smcclan/ Something fascinating happens when you share your thoughts online. People talk! The internet allows all of us to share insights into our worlds. The conversation that’s generated doesn’t just happen on Medium. It continues on Twitter, Facebook, forums, and…

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Women in Engineering: Fighting one’s own judgments

[Source: www.ted.com] As a teenager I did not really know what I wanted to be. However, I knew what not to be; an engineer. It was mainly because engineering seemed to be a clichéd profession that everyone wanted to take…

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Practice Safe Sec on the Field

Let’s start off with two teams: a red team, and a blue team. The red team is on offense, and the blue team is on defense. Now, before we begin practicing safe sec (security), we need to learn the real…

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Calling All Parents: Don’t Let Calculus I Be the End!!!!!

In a recent article published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), author Maggie Kuo wrote, “Female college students are 1.5 times more likely than their male counterparts to leave science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) after taking…

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My (kind of) amazing summer at Boston

Hello everybody! This summer, for 6 weeks I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of a summer research program at Harvard. It was an unique and amazing experience. Besides of working on my project, I was able to explore…

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Universities not teaching front-end development is a diversity problem

Why care about front-end? I have been fortunate. I started coding when I was in first grade. A 20 chair computer lab in my Almaden private school equipped us with desktop access, personal floppy disks, and exposure to PC Logo:…

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How Side-Hustle Made Me Who I Am

After graduating from college, I spent a few years working in corporate America. I’ve worked for quite a few companies, big and small, and got the opportunities to lead some key projects and initiatives that helped organizations drive improvement and…