Tag: Women in Tech

Only 3 More Chances to See the Premiere of Endeavor Mind

Only 3 More Chances to See the Premiere of Endeavor Mind
My play Endeavor Mind at the Den Theatre in Chicago only has a 3 more performances left. I am so impressed with what the The Plagiarists, director Jen Poulin, and the talented cast have done with this world premiere production. If you are in or near Chicago and haven’t yet seen the show I hope you... Read more »

Tickets are on sale for my play Endeavor Mind!

My play Endeavor Mind opens in less than a month. It now has an official show website, and tickets are on sale. This is really happening! I am so grateful to The Plagiarists for choosing my show to open their 11th season. I’m really proud of this play and excited about the what the cast and... Read more »

How I ended up with a pin up poster in my work cubicle

Once upon a time I was a twenty-something woman-in-tech, and I had a poster of a buxom beer wench in my cubicle. It wasn’t my poster (or at least not at first). But it was in my cubicle (or what had become my cubicle) until it wasn’t. It was the 90s, and I was working as a... Read more »
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The unfair vilification of the Equifax CSO's music degrees

The unfair vilification of the Equifax CSO's music degrees
Since news broke of an Equifax data breach impacting around half of the adults in the United States people have been trying to sort out how this happened. Someone eventually covered a detail that was clearly considered damning evidence. Equifax’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) at the time of the breach was *gasp!* a music major. Since... Read more »

The training all women in tech really need

The training all women in tech really need
I’ve been invited to yet another “women in tech” event where the keynote is not a woman in tech but a generic self-help/motivational speaker. These types of speakers tell their largely female audiences how to “Boost your confidence!” “Take risks!” “Speak up!” One I saw at a similar event even encouraged us to “Learn about sports,... Read more »

At least Hillary won't have to train the man who got her job (like I did)

There are many unpleasant realities of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. One is that yet again a qualified woman lost a job to a less qualified man. At least Hillary Clinton will not suffer the indignity of having to train and work for the man who took her job as so many... Read more »
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Hacker stock photos swapped with working mom stock photos defy stereotypes

Which are more cliché: stock photos of hackers or stock photos of working moms? Stock photos of hackers tend to feature people in hoodies (presumably men) using computers in dark, shadowy places. Typical stock photos of working moms show frazzled women working, usually while holding a baby. Enough with the stereotypes! Women (even mothers) can... Read more »

I wasn't sexually harassed by my first boss, but my coworkers were

I wasn't sexually harassed by my first boss, but my coworkers were
Last month I wrote about my welcome to “women in tech” moment. Of course, for many women their welcome to tech moment (or congratulations on staying in tech moment) is worse than a mistaken handshake at a Christmas party. For many women that moment involves sexual harassment, and that first moment is rarely the last.... Read more »

My welcome to "women in tech" moment

My welcome to "women in tech" moment
Growing up I never thought it was unusual to be a “woman in tech.” Sure, I was a girl who taught myself how to code by second grade, but I wrote that code on a computer that was largely used by my mother. I guess there weren’t many women in my computer classes, but I... Read more »
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Alexandra and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Zero-Day Day

This morning I woke up to a text message alert. It was my boss saying a critical vulnerability was announced that impacts our systems. There is no patch to fix the bug, but there are some workarounds. He said everyone needed to go into the office right away. It was only 4 a.m. I could... Read more »