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PASS Financials: past, present and the Future:

In this post, I want to analyse the current PASS situation, explain some broader context, and give people a more data-driven view. I hope that this leads to a calmer discussion by providing additional information and data. I want to help by providing data and insights on the recent PASS stramash online. I also want to sound a few warning bells and I have the data to back it up.

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More Feathers: Responding to unfounded accusations against me

Update: I have since learned that Paul J Swider was previously a Microsoft MVP but he is no longer part of the Program. None of my business and that's all I know. I woke up to this untrue accusation on Twitter made against me on Saturday morning. Credit: Paul J Swider, Twitter, 6th June 2020… Continue reading More Feathers: Responding to unfounded accusations against me

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Stepping outside my ‘Techo’ Chamber: Personal and Professional Goals for 2020

For the past couple of years, I've been trying to grow in different ways. I have been trying to step out of my 'techo' chamber, and grow into becoming more like people who inspire me. Masters of Business Administration¬† I have completed all of the taught parts of the course, and I need to undertake… Continue reading Stepping outside my ‘Techo’ Chamber: Personal and Professional Goals for 2020

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Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Why is it so hard to report Facebook Messenger videos portraying violence, pornography and child pornography to the police?

Dear Mark, I am sorry if this is an emotive post but here goes. I've just been sent a violent video of a man abusing a little girl. She is about a year old. It has a sexual component. I am not going to share it, but I would like to be able to report… Continue reading Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Why is it so hard to report Facebook Messenger videos portraying violence, pornography and child pornography to the police?

Data Relish Services, Diversity, Women In Tech

Learnings and Takeaways from my #Diversity and Inclusion Unconference at Microsoft Ignite #MSIgnite

On Thursday 27th September, I held an Unconference at Microsoft Ignite which was aimed at Diversity and Inclusion. I was incredibly lucky to be supported by the Diversity and Inclusion initiative by Microsoft, who have put it at front-and-centre of everything that they do.¬†Although it is only one event, I was told that my event… Continue reading Learnings and Takeaways from my #Diversity and Inclusion Unconference at Microsoft Ignite #MSIgnite

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Why is it so difficult to report harassment, and what can you do to help?

This is a personal blog and it is from the heart.¬†This incident is separate from the MeToo incident that I wrote about previously. When I was 24, I moved to Aberdeen, in Scotland, to start a new postgraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence. On my last night in my home town before I left to go… Continue reading Why is it so difficult to report harassment, and what can you do to help?

Data Visualisation, Women In Tech

A Day in the Life of Jen Stirrup: Wednesday 25th July, 2018 #SQLCareer

As a follow up to my last post, I thought I'd share more details with you. Midnight As before, I'll start my day at midnight. I'm reading about motivation and reward, and it's role on organizational behaviour. If you're really interested, I'm reading Karabenick and Urdan's 2010 book, and specifically, it's chapter on expectancy theory.… Continue reading A Day in the Life of Jen Stirrup: Wednesday 25th July, 2018 #SQLCareer

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A Day in the Life of Jen Stirrup: Tuesday 17th July, 2018 #SQLCareer

I was inspired by Brent Ozar, Steve Jones and Iris Classon to write about my day. My work and life don't balance each other at all; my work is my life and I love what I do and I'm an unapologetic workaholic. I'm also a single Mom, so life crashes down around my ears on… Continue reading A Day in the Life of Jen Stirrup: Tuesday 17th July, 2018 #SQLCareer