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“Women in Technology” Panel now available online!

If you have been following my adventures and are interested in listening to the panel I moderated at TechEd 2011 this past Tuesday, look no further. The slides and audio are now available for streaming or for download in video or audio form. Enjoy, and please do leave comments and questions if they come up! The embed is being a bit wonky at the moment, so the talk can be viewed at this link: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2011/WIT01

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Networking Isn’t A Dirty Word

On Tuesday I had the distinct pleasure of moderating the well-attended Women in Technology panel at Microsoft TechEd 2011. The topic was networking (well, the topic was a long run-on sentence that boiled down to “networking”), and our panelists – Mary Jo Foley, Amy Barzdukas, and Betsy Speare – shared their own personal tips for networking before we all took a number of questions from the audience. Many of the tips centered around mentoring and sponsorship relationships, as well as the use of social media as an important part of one’s personal outreach and branding. When authoring the slides, I made…

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Evolving the Message

This past year has marked the beginning of what I suspect will be a long journey for me (and hopefully others!) to improve the state of STEM education in the country with a sort of grassroots approach. There are many different demographics to focus on, and I’ve chosen to focus on what I know and what I can speak to – women in STEM careers. There’s plenty of room for others who choose to focus on different demographics, but between my personal passion on the subject and the significant decline in female interest in STEM careers like computer science, the call…

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TechEd 2011: Moderating the Women in Technology Panel

Fresh off the heels of my appearance at this week’s Seattle IxDA “Women in Design” event, I have another appearance to share: next Tuesday, I’m honored to be moderating the annual Women in Technology panel at Microsoft TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, GA. http://northamerica.msteched.com/topic/details/WIT01 TechEd 2011: WIT01 WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY LUNCHEON Developing a Strong Support Network: The Key to Being Successful as Women in Technology Tuesday, May 17 11:30 – 1:00 (Lunch will be served) Georgia Ballroom 2 Moderator: Cheryl Platz (me!) Panelists: Mary Jo Foley, Amy Barzdukas, Betsy Speare The WIT panel is historically well-attended and well-reviewed – please join us! If…

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Medical Memories

It’s been a bit silent here over the past few days because I was going through the ordeal surrounding my very first colonoscopy. I won’t go into the details here, because that’s most certainly not why you came. Suffice it to say that I do not have colon cancer as we feared might be the case, but there is still no better explanation for the symptoms I’ve been enduring for many months. Frustrating, but one has no choice but to live on in the interim. I am exceptionally grateful to the many friends who have sent positive thoughts or prayers…

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