How Not to Make WIT Result in WTH

The support of Women in Technology at Oracle is a fine line and a careful argument. I receive between 20-30 communications in any week on the topic and I think the challenge as I speak to people is the importance of education over persecution. I’m at DOAG, (Deutschland Oracle User Group) conference this week and …

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Thanks ODC, Oracle WIT Edition #ThanksODC

Just in case you wondered, if you do a search for #ThanksODC and leave the “C” off, you get a lot of stuff on the boy band, One Direction…. You can thank me later for that warning…. The sheer amount of thank you posts for Oracle Development Community Appreciation Day, (#ThanksODC) and the historical hashtag …

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Where in the World is Goth Geek Girl, Week 41

So now that I’m finished just taking it easy, playing hooky from Oracle Open World and Oak Table World…uh, yeah…. I get to recover from emergency surgery for another week and while I’ve been busy writing slide content, building out new abstracts for the new year, along with content for a couple books, I’m finishing …

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Driving for Change- Women of Oracle

Somehow I’ve made it a pastime of pointing out how many times women are passed up for recognition while men are promoted around them. Its not that the men were identified as better or worse than women, but just about how heavily we scrutinize and limit women while everyone else passes them by. Now I’m …

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Oracle’s Safra Catz and Trump’s Transition Team

I receive about 20-30 messages a week from women in the industry.  I take my role in the Oracle community as a role model for women in technology quite seriously and I’ve somehow ended up speaking up a number of times, upon request from different groups. Although its not the first time the topics come …

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Girls Develop It Weekend Adventures- Intro to Javascript

Even though I didn’t have the “official” prerequisite classes of HTML and CSS for the JavaScript class offered by sister Meetup group, Girls Develop it, I decided on Friday that I wanted to take the weekend class and signed up. The class is held at the Turing Development school and it was a great downtown …

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Why Women Should Consider a Smartwatch

I keep having this conversation over and over, in retail stores, restaurants and other establishments- women coming up to me and asking, “Can you tell me about that watch you have on?” It made me realize that it could be really intimidating to: 1.  Ask questions of the sales staff in most stores. 2.  The …

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Opinion Post- Tech Education, Its a First World Problem

This post is to clearly discuss an opinion I have on where I think we’re failing our current and next generation on technical education.  So I’ll start out with a disclaimer. 1.  It’s my opinion and no one else’s.  Not my employer, not my genders and not anyone but mine. 2.  Its a whole lot …

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WIT and Opportunities- Putting our Foot in the Door

… in any one instance the effects of [] stereotypes may be quite small- if you don’t get credit in one meeting, that’s not exactly disastrous, but over time, a little bit here and little bit there, these bias can add up and this can carry men and women into very different directions in their …

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Give them the Friggin’ IPad

Many of you know that I’m the mother of three, very bright, “equally ADHD as their mother” children.  As I’ve been tasked with a number of interesting challenges with both RMOUG’s and ODTUG’s WIT, (Women in Technology) events, I’ve started to investigate how, no matter what we do for women today, unless we start focusing …

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RMOUG WIT- Honest Comment and Honest Response

As many of you know, the WIT Session at RMOUG and subsequent planning for a WIT program has been very successful.  I just received my evaluations, as this was offered just like any technical session.  There was a wonderfully, honest comment that I hope the author will not mind me sharing anonymously and I hope …

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