I have set up a Diversity Charter Slack channel to encourage user group leaders to talk about diversity and how we can encourage user group leaders to think about these issues.
On International Womens' Day, I think about my journey how I got here today. Other women may have similar experiences. Unlike Jenni Murray, I believe that you can be trans, proud and a real woman. Just saying. Over the years, I have had challenges as a female IT consultant. Here are a few choice examples… Continue reading Keeping the golf score card after 20 years in IT; reflections on International Womens’ Day
Exciting DitBits news from the SQLBits camp today. We will be hosting a 'Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon' which will focus on gathering budding community authors, editors and reviewers together to create the first ever Wikipedia SQLBits page!I'm looking for photos for the SQLBits photo album, which we will be posting online. Please send your photos, or links to… Continue reading Interested in helping SQLBits to craft the first ever SQLBits Wikipedia page?
Going to SQL Saturday Portugal? It is an excellent event, run by SQL Server MVP and European Community Tech Leader Niko Neugebauer and his awesome team.If you haven't been before, it is a great event for international attendees as well as Portugese sqlfamily with sessions in English as well as Portugese.A little Twitter birdy tells… Continue reading SQLSaturday Portugal: Why I’m going for the third year in a row!
Social systems don't trailblaze and they are not necessarily easily visible. However, social methods are quietly voted in by societies and it's easy not to notice them. How can you try to make sure that you are noticed in your career? Is there a lower number of women in IT, or do they simply not… Continue reading SQLSaturday Budapest #278: Coffee Corner for Women In Technology: Making yourself visible and getting ahead
Here is a Channel 9 Podcast about the PASS BA Conference and our free 24 hour online webinar event, presented with Blain Barton with Denise McInerney, PASS Vice President of Marketing and data engineer at Intuit. Blain and Denise discuss the upcoming PASS Business Analytics Conference and the 24 hours of free online business analytics webcasts previewing the event on February 5th. Tune… Continue reading PASS VP of Marketing Denise McInerney talks PASS BA Conference and 24 hour free online webinar series
I read a post with the same title by Tim Radney, which I loved. In his post, which I suggest you read, he talks about taking his son to a technical conference. I thought I'd write a little bit about my experiences taking my son to a couple of User Groups in the UK. A few… Continue reading Women in Technology: Children at Technical Conferences
Panel Discussion: “Beyond Stereotypes: Equality, Gender Neutrality, and Valuing Team Diversity”What was the Panel discussion topic? Are there times when you feel the “odd one out” on your team? Do you have to make an effort to fit in? Often, even when there isn’t blatant sexism, racism or other discrimination in play, there can still be… Continue reading PASSWiT: Women in Technology Panel roundup of commentary
The Women in Technology lunch at SQLPass Summit has a complex topic this year: “Beyond Stereotypes: Equality, Gender Neutrality, and Valuing Team Diversity” Diversity isn't just a 'nice thing to do' - studies show that it is a way forward for companies to perform better, and even increase the bottom line. Studies by psychologists such as Irving Janis,… Continue reading at SQLPass Summit and Interested in moving into management? Then you must attend Women in Tech Lunch
I'm delighted to announce that I am speaking at two major SQL events in Europe in the next month, on data visualisation and power view. I will also be holding a Women in Technology event in Sweden and there will be more details to follow on this. So where am I going?SQLRally SwedenSQLRally AmsterdamSQLRally Nordic… Continue reading Speaking Events: SQLRally Amsterdam and SQLRally Sweden
I am delighted to announce a 'Women in Technology' event in Edinburgh at 3.30PM on 8th June at SQLSaturday Edinburgh!Can more diverse networks provide better networks? Is it beneficial to have a diverse network, and do men and women define networking success differently? Is business networking useful in our careers? How much has networking helped… Continue reading Networking and Careers ‘Women in Technology’ Event in Edinburgh on 8th June
Here's a summary of my thoughts on the Adria Richards situation, as a female in tech. For those of you who aren't on Twitter, here is a summary:Adria Richards was an attendee at PyCon. Richards overheard a conversation by two men, which included a number of technical terms, which Richards took to infer some innuendo.Richards… Continue reading Be the difference: the Adria Richards situation