On Hiring Mothers

Many people have asked me over the years what they need to do in order to make their technology workplaces more appealing to diverse groups of people.  I have given a lot of advice about increasing the representation of women in technology over the years, but since I’m returning to work soon after being on maternity leave with my second child, I’ve been thinking about how what I value in

Don’t Ask for Permission

Last year, I gave a keynote at ACT-W titled “Don’t Ask for Permission”.  The video of this talk was made available, but I’ve been meaning to make a blog post with the transcript of the talk for awhile.  Since ACT-W 2016 just released their call for proposals, I thought it would be good to finally get around to doing so.  Keep in mind that this talk was given in May of 2015, so some

Musings on Gender Issues and Tech Conferences

One of my personal “causes” is trying to promote the technology world as a gender-inclusive space.  If you read about such matters on the internet these days, there are some stories that talk about how we’re getting more women in technology.  I don’t know whether that’s true or not, but one of my concerns is that even if we are getting more women working in the tech industry, I’m not convinced we