In 2016 I took over my local chapter of Girl Geek Dinners. Girl Geek Dinners is a global initiative started in 2010 in the UK. The objective was to bring groups of women together to talk, network, and learn over dinner. There are chapters all over the world and each runs differently based on the … Continue reading Growing a Community – What it takes to create a safe networking space for women.
I was fortunate to be able to attend PyCon 2018 with the Bungalow engineering team in November. This two day conference had a variety of talks and streams appropriate for both beginners and experts. The topics ranged from the state of quantum computing in Python to how to properly write conditional statements. It was also … Continue reading How to stop feeling like a beginner – My favourite talk at PyCon 2018
My soul hurts a little today. I had a meeting with 8 women, and something happened. Actually, nothing happened. No one started the meeting. We sat in silence and stared for a full minute before I was like … “so…” (internal anxiety: wait was I supposed to start the meeting **blank stare**) Every time someone … Continue reading It happened yesterday… What language do you use in meetings?
Who are some of the women that inspire you? The first time I was asked this question I was completely embarrassed, because I had no idea. I berated myself - “Was I not paying attention? Who are the women worth idolizing? Do they not exist? Why can I only think of cartoon characters?” This was … Continue reading Women Who Inspire Me
I've lived in Kitchener, Ontario for 26 1/4 of my 27 years, and one would think I would take my vacation literally anywhere else. . . Whether it be cost, or timing, or simply wanting to keep it simple, there is nothing like a #staycation. My best friend and I decided to do it right … Continue reading 15 things to do on your next Kitchener, Ontario summer vacation
The transcript of a talk I did for International Women's Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange 100% of what holds me back is fear based. I’m a worrier, and for a long time I let that fact define me. Today I’m going to speak about the local women’s networking group and dinner series I’ve helped co-ordinate for the … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017