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What Comes After Ever After? (part 1)

In “Muppets, Technology and Me” part 1 and part 2, I went into my background as a young geek desperately in love with theme parks, computers, and Big Bird, in no particular order. That story was intended as a prologue to this story – my personal story about how I finally realized it wasn’t “normal” to be a woman in technology, how Randy Pausch both inspired me and changed my life directly, and why I’m so passionate about causes like IGNITE now. I was what I call a “walking GPA” in high school. Tied for valedictorian in a graduating class…

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Muppets, Technology and Me: Part 2

…Continued from “Muppets, Technology, and Me: Part 1” I fell permanently down the theme park rabbit hole when I turned 16. Just a few weeks after my birthday, my mother told me about an ad she had seen in the paper for auditions at Sesame Place. Auditions? To perform? I was already desperate to get some kind of job, but that was far beyond the scope of what I had pictured. Still, after years of debate, extemp speaking and acting, it seemed worth the time to audition. I remember being asked to do some things for a video camera, responding…

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Muppets, Technology and Me: Part 1

On several occasions, I’ve been asked, “How did you get involved in IGNITE? What is your inspiration?” At the recent IxDA Women in Design event it came up – and then, while I was traveling through the Atlanta airport I encountered a reminder in the form of an ad featuring my former professor and mentor, who changed my life and many others. Maybe it’s time to share that story. But to understand what this story means to me, you need to understand a bit more about how I came to be. When I was growing up, I was always a…

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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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