Blog


Recently I've been speaking a lot about how marginalized people in our communities face issues when they are trying to attend or speak at conferences as well as being a part of our communities, but haven't spent much time talking about the difficulties of finding a job. This is especially important when looking for an environment where we feel we are welcome and fit in.

Continue reading →

If you follow me on twitter, you probably know I read a lot of things: books, articles, random blogs. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the articles I read make me sad and/or angry and I'm left feeling hopeless and depressed.

Continue reading →

Featured in the Isthmus

Isthmus logoThe Ishthmus in Madison, WI wrote an article on coworking and coworking spaces here in Madison and I was featured.

Read the full article on The Isthmus.

Continue reading →

"How do you convince your boss to invest in your growth as a developer? Cajoling? Begging? Arm wrestling? However you try to convince them now, this episode is all about helping you do it better."

Watch the podcast.

Continue reading →

I recently decided to put together a group for women in technology in Madison, where I live. The group is for designers, developers, and everyone in between, is all ages friendly, trans-inclusive, and open to people of any ability level. I wanted to create a safe space where we could help each other learn, mentor/teach others in our community, cowork, practice speaking in front of people, and help each other submit talks to conferences. 

Continue reading →

We deserve better than this

Sexism and misogyny isn't something that happens to "other people". I don't know one woman whose life hasn't been affected by it; I don't know a single woman who hasn't changed their behavior or the situations they put themselves in because of it. I don't know anyone that hasn't been friends, partners, or family members with a woman that hasn't worried for her or seen the way her life gets turned upside down by the way society treats her. These aren't "women's issues", they are societal issues.

Continue reading →

Due to the attention So you want to put on a diverse, inclusive conference received, I held a series of google hangouts with other conference organizers to talk about what they've been doing to increase diversity and where they need help. These round-table discussions provided valuable information and ideas that would work well at any conference.

Continue reading →

This past week I was invited to talk with Zee Spencer, Evan Light, Dave Hoover, and Matthew Weitzel on the Developing Developers podcast. I had a great time hearing and sharing ideas for mentoring and apprenticeships, both self-driven and otherwise.

Continue reading →

Running a conference - especially if you're new to conference organizing - is hard work. The most nerve-wracking part is making sure you have enough attendees to cover costs. But what if you could make it easier for more people to attend while selling more tickets?

This conversation was started thanks to a tweet by Matt Wheeler and kind of exploded from there.

Continue reading →

Useful gmail filters

It seems like I've been writing a lot about email lately, thanks to frequent conversations on twitter about how I manage my email. I was talking today with @antifuchs and realized that people may not be using the power of gmail filters and labels.

Continue reading →