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Mr. Robot, Secret Dating Profiles, and Network Security with Lesley Carhart

When I first reached out to interview Lesley, I knew nothing about network security. I’d seen Mr. Robot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and a slew of cheesy 90’s hacker films. I figured that had to be some truth to what hackers do being played on screen. After a network has been identified as hacked into by the people who monitor it, or by a government agency, Lesley leads a team of people to figure out how the network was broken into, what was stolen, what other devices might be compromised. And then she reports everything the hackers did while they touched those systems. We also talked about a blog post she had written called “The Top 9 ways I Found Your ‘Secret’ Dating Profile”, how to handle twitter trolls (LORD HELP ME), and how to find free, open source tools for getting into network security. { Episode Links…

Managing Remote Teams with Rachel Hands

{ Episode 31 } Rachel is a life saver. I had an interview with a digital nomad couple that I was really excited about (they met on Tinder and have been traveling the world together ever since), but they had to cancel last minute. It happens! Especially when trying to coordinate across time zones and flights. I sent out a call for help on Twitter and Instagram, and one of the first people who answered was Rachel Hands, Senior Manager of Client Administrations at PatronManager. Rachel was a fantastic fit for the podcast because you all have been asking more question about remote work from a manager’s perspective. Some of you want to start implementing remote teams at your companies.  Many of you want to know what you can do to meet the expectations of a remote manager. What we talked about: What do remote managers look for in employees? What…

From Space to Software with Nicole Vagt

{ Episode 29 } Why would someone leave the NASA of Europe to move to Spain, and teach themselves how to code? Today I interviewed Nicole Vagt, a self-taught software engineer who used to work for the European Space Agency.  Nicole and her partner decided to leave their 9 to 5 jobs so they could focus on growing their skills in the tech space.  For Nicole, this meant teaching herself Rails, and all of the technologies needed to support her new app, Mundolore. She’s also freelancing while she builds her app. What I asked Nicole: How did you learn to code? What languages did you start with? Why did you think a location switch would be useful to your learning process? How did you go from being a space scientist to software engineer? How do you focus in on your freelance business? How do you find clients? What is your…

Getting Kids Into Tech and Speaking at Conferences with Catt Small

{ Episode 25 } “Fashion and makeup and all these things that are pushed toward young women: that’s a big space where they could be learning more about programming and coding.” ~ Catt Small What we talked about in this episode: Her e-book “How to Become a Public Speaker in 1 Year” How speaking at tech conferences has helped her career The games she uses to teach kids how to code How her love for fashion inspired her to learn how to code in her pre-teen years What inspired her to start learning to code at a young age What makes her decide to apply to speak at a conference What makes her decide to skip a conference { we should all be doing this } How to tailor your talk to the right conference { Episode Links } Catt on Twitter, a game she uses to teach kids to…

Travel the World without Quitting your Job with Tausha Cowen

{ Episode 22 } There are a lot of “I quit my job to travel the world” blogs out there.  And I absolutely love reading the stories about people who have the guts and vision to say “F*ck it… I’ll do my own thing.  I’ll make it work.” This isn’t the reality for most of us. I personally love when that direct deposit drops two weeks.  I mean LOVE it.  I enjoy a sense of security, being able to contribute to my family members needs, and knowing that I can treat myself to a massage whenever I feel like it. Some of us are also saving for retirement, paying off student loans, or have other family members who depend on us. I get it! There is a TON of privilege wrapped up in being able to just quit your job out of the blue. You have to do what’s right for…

Productivity in Tech with Jay Miller

{ Episode 30 } Jay Miller is the founder of the Productivity in Tech community.  By day he is a system admin, and by night he uses his Python skills to build and refine his site. He claims that he is not a “real developer”.  Lies, fallacies, and fairy tales! I’d say anyone who can code, deploy, and maintain their own site a real developer. He’s also an active member of the SheNomads community, so be sure to say hello on Slack! Tip of the day from Jay “You can be as great as you choose to be. It’s not a cliche, it’s a choice. There is something in every one of us that we are destined for. It is our personal greatness. We have to figure out what it is and how to get there but the majority of the skills required we already have. They just need to…

Life at Dev Bootcamp with Esther Leytush

{ Episode 21 } Esther and I met back at WindyCity Rails in Chicago.  She was one of the speakers, I was one of the organizers/MC. After hearing her talk, I knew I had to interview her for SheNomads.  Her appreciation for non-traditional paths in tech and talent as a speaker made me think she’d be a great fit for the podcast. Also, I knew she could answer questions that I get a lot, but don’t have enough context to answer. People often ask me if a Bootcamp can replace a traditional college education.  I dropped out twice and didn’t go to a Bootcamp, so I’m the wrong person to ask! But, I found the right person to ask, and that person is Esther. As much as I have opinions on it { spoiler alert: I think college is a waste of money, and more importantly…time }, I think asking someone…

The Best Podcasts for Underrepresented people in Tech

I absolutely love podcasts, and I listen to them every day. Working from home means that any excuse to leave the house on a regular basis is a good thing.  And at least once a day, that excuse is listening to a podcast while I walk around outside. I think the primary reason I love them, is because of my learning style.  I’m confident that if I want to learn something new, I can find a YouTube video about it, or listen to a podcast episode on the topic.  I sometimes wonder if I would have been as successful as a software engineer had these mediums of learning not been around. I think the same can be said for finding community; perhaps it would have been harder if I didn’t have these amazing folks to feel connected with via audio. When I first started listening to tech podcasts back in…