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Meet the Rubies

Meet the Rubies

A guest post by the FTC Rubies.  Hello! We are the Rubies, an all-girls robotics team from Minneapolis, MN. Our team participates in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), a robotics program for middle and high schoolers. In this program, our team builds an 18 x 18 x 18 inch robot and programs it to do specific … Continued

Five Ways to Gain Control Over Your Schedule

Five Ways to Gain Control Over Your Schedule

Guest post as part of our Women in Tech series. As I sit writing this blog post at 12:30 a.m., I am all too aware that time is truly the most valuable currency in life. But it’s not more time that we need to be successful in our careers. It’s having control over our time … Continued

On Diversity

On Diversity

Recently, I read through Inclusion Inspires Innovation, Apple’s latest update on their diversity efforts. I applaud their efforts. In our experience, building an inclusive team is harder than it sounds, and while they acknowledge they still have work to do on this front, I’m excited to see their efforts to promote a diverse workforce.  To be honest, we … Continued

What’s Holding Women Back from Tech Entrepreneurship?

What’s Holding Women Back from Tech Entrepreneurship?

I often tell people I am an accidental tech founder.  While I have always been entrepreneurial, I never imagined I would be founding a software company.  In fact, as a middle schooler I remember perusing The Weekly Reader, a sort of introductory newspaper for adolescents, and reading a quote from Bill Gates saying he envisioned a … Continued

Hiring More Women in Technology

Hiring More Women in Technology

This question was posed as a candidate question for panel I spoke on earlier this month: “What are some actions organizations can do to help balance recruiting and hiring efforts for women in technology?” It was never asked during the panel, but I frequently get requests like this for what people and organizations can be … Continued

Let’s not talk about diversity. Let’s talk about justice.

Let’s not talk about diversity. Let’s talk about justice.

Before I became a programmer, I spent about a decade doing racial justice as both a policy researcher and working in inner-city communities of color running programs for youth. Doing this work, I often found myself pushing back against (well-meaning) dominant frameworks of thought that understood racism to be only about overt acts done with … Continued

Start the Conversation [Women in Technology]

Start the Conversation [Women in Technology]

On the heels of a fantastic minnebar presentation by our very own Abbie Tuckner, as well as a slew of recent articles that have had the women of Software for Good talking, this week’s theme is…hard to define. The theme we discussed on Monday morning was around the concept of diversity in the workplace. Fostering women in technology. Inviting more people … Continued

For All the Lady Geeks

“An event.” That’s what I kept repeating to myself. I’d be at an event. The truth: It was an unconference, a word so silly to me that I was embarrassed to even say it. I mean, it’s really just a conference, right? A conference without any speakers, preparation, or agenda. An unorganized conference. An unproductive … Continued