#BBHMM: Asking For & Getting What You're Worth

Women Who Code T.O. — November 15, 2016

Toronto, ON

Salaries can vary greatly, making it hard to know what to ask for. Also, balancing volunteer work and side gigs can also cut into your bottom line.

This presentation explores various methods and techniques to discover how to make talking about money not a taboo subject and help each other figure out what we're worth and how to ask for it!

I also created a survey to collect data about salaries in Toronto.

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You Don't Have Impostor Syndrome: Understanding the Learning Process

Ruby Lightning Talks T.O. — July 5, 2016

Toronto, ON

Impostor Syndrome has become a popular catchphrase for describing feelings of inadequacy in the workplace and being unable to internalize your successes, especially in tech. But when it's applied to learning, is it being overused and pathologizing the very act of learning?

This talks explores the difference between faking it 'til you make it vs. imposter syndrome vs. the learning process.

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Mentorship and women in tech: how to find it, learn from it & pay it forward

Girl Geeks Toronto — May 17, 2016

Toronto, ON

For May's Girl Geeks Toronto, I was invited to be a part of a panel of technical women to have an open, honest discussion about mentorship for women software engineers.

Some of the topics included: Why is mentorship important for software developers? How do you seek out mentorship? How do you define what you want so you can ask for help? How can you start being a mentor for someone else? Do mentors need mentors? (and much more...)

How to Give and Take Constructive Feedback

Microsoft Open Source Connection Event — May 7, 2016

Toronto, ON

Microsoft Open Source Event focused on bringing together the country’s brightest and best influential Open Source community members to generate inspiration to innovate, share best open source practices and have some geeky fun.

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Back to Basics: Building a Strong Foundation

#DevTO — Mar 28, 2016

Toronto, ON

Grunt, Gulp, Angular, Ember, Bootstrap, React, Sass, Less, Stylus... the possibilities are endless. Trends come and go but at the core of all these tools and frameworks is still HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Understanding best practices first and building a strong foundation is key to being able to confidentially use more advanced tools and apply best practices to any project, no matter what tools you choose.

(Note: This talk is similar to the ExploreTech talk but shorter.)

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Back to Basics: Building a Strong Foundation

ExploreTech Toronto — Mar 23, 2016

Toronto, ON

Grunt, Gulp, Angular, Ember, Bootstrap, React, Sass, Less, Stylus... the possibilities are endless. Trends come and go but at the core of all these tools and frameworks is still HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Understanding best practices first and building a strong foundation is key to being able to confidentially use more advanced tool and apply best practices to any project, no matter what tools you choose.

(Note: This talk is similar to the DevTO talk but longer.)

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International Women's Day Panel

Figure1 — Mar 8, 2016

Toronto, ON

For International Women's Day, Figure1 put together a panel of speakers from various backgrounds such as product development, web development (me!), finance, and law. The panel was moderated by Jennifer Hollett, an award-winning TV reporter and producer with over a decade of experience covering stories across Canada and around the world.

Navigating Through JavaScript

JavaScript Open Day — Nov 17, 2015

Toronto, ON

As a recovering JavaScript hater, working as a web developer and teaching web development has taught me to embrace it a lot more over the years. This talk will include tips I've learned along the way and cover techniques and best practices for learning, writing and teaching JavaScript.

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Keynote

TrueNorth PHP — Nov 6, 2015

Toronto, ON

In this keynote, I talk about my journey from volunteer mentor to Director of Curriculum at Ladies Learning Code and the importance of mentoring as well as tips for mentoring and teaching in the tech community.

This talk was not filmed but here's a Storify I put together for reference.

Don't just talk about it, be about it

AlterConf — Jul 11, 2015

Toronto, ON

Diversity had becomes a hot topic but sometimes, it's hard to see if much has changed. This talk explores how diversity should mean inclusion of all types of people, not getting derailed by naysayers, band-wagon supporters and examining biases so we can talk less and do more.

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Diversity in Tech, the Distorted Truth

O'Reilly Fluent — Apr 22, 2015

San Francisco, CA

Tech companies are releasing demographic info, shining a spotlight on diversity. But are there biases that further split marginalized groups? How does the demographic information reflect this? To effectively tackle this issue, we need to understand the cultural biases to change this often one-dimensional representation.

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Interview

O'Reilly Fluent — Apr 22, 2015

San Francisco, CA

I was asked to do an interview at the Fluent Conference to talk about what I do, what inspires me and about diversity in tech.

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Nominee

TOTechBash — Dec 2, 2014

Toronto, ON

An event celebrating Toronto's tech community.

I was nominated as one of 10 for the title of TOTech Top Contributor.

Stories of the Unexpected

xvzf — Sep 11, 2014

Toronto, ON

A storytelling night for TO tech workers. I shared my story about the unexpected.

"Don't be grouped by the work you perform. Life is about more than your startup, your app or what you do at your job. Join us for an evening in a safe, supportive space. Meet folks you haven't run into before, and listen to people share true, personal stories."

Finding Your Niche

Distill — Aug 7-8, 2014

San Francisco, CA

It's safe to assume that most people in the tech industry are aware of the lack of diversity within our community. But what does diversity really mean? In this talk, I will share my experiences of being a woman and a minority, how I found my own way and how we can work together to welcome and celebrate differences.

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Interview

Inspired Q&A — Feb 2014

This ebook by Aaron Alfred features interviews with different people in the web industry to capture stories of being positive, driven, and passionate about the craft.

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Code Kids

CBC Documentary — Sep 21, 2013

Fredericton, NB

The creators of Code Kids were at the Ladies Learning Code New Brunswick chapter launch to document the event. I sat down with them for an interview and a portion of it was included in the documentary.

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Power Hour Social

Girls In Tech — Feb 13, 2013

Toronto, ON

Girls in Tech is a global organization and has a chapter here in Toronto. I was invited to share my story at one of the Power Hour Socials.

Ladies Learning Code

CBC News — Nov 2012

Ottawa, ON

Ladies Learning Code's first chapter launch outside of the Toronto homebase was in Ottawa. CBC News Ottawa was there to document the first workshop.

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Responsive Web Design

Ladies Learning Code — Aug 6, 2011

Toronto, ON

I did a lightening talk at the very first Ladies Learning Code workshop and this was my first time doing any public speaking ever. I was so nervous I said "responsible" web design at one point!

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