Don’t Speak (but when can we)

A few weeks ago I moderated a panel on women in tech and unconscious bias for Fort Collins Startup Week. Personally I was nervous; I had a lot of responsibility for the success or failure of the panel (or maybe that is just the extra pressure I put on myself; owning the failure and sharing... Continue Reading →

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Equally Shared Parenting

I first heard about Equally Shared Parenting a few months before my son was born on a parenting forum. There is an entire book on it that follows the stories of a few parents. We probably would have fallen into Equally Shared Parenting because that is how we work. However, reading the book let us... Continue Reading →

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Equally Shared Marriage

This post is for my husband. Before I can talk about how we share parenting responsibilities, I need to talk about how we share our lives and general life responsibilities. Some of the easy stuff before diving into life with kids. I could not live the life I live; work, kids, fitness, this blog, time... Continue Reading →

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Happy Galentine’s Day!

We are a week away from Galentine's Day, February 13. What are you doing to celebrate the women in your life? It's important to recognize what these women in our lives do for themselves, their families, their friends and their communities so take some time next Wednesday to appreciate them. If you aren't familiar with... Continue Reading →

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Programming – The Ultimate Parenting Career

WHY? Flexible ScheduleGreat Salary HOW? Know your worth. Don't be afraid to share your needs (time, working environment, etc.) Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. Communicate with your partner, manager and development team. However, knowing your needs and having the confidence, as a woman in industry, as a woman in a male-dominated... Continue Reading →

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It’s Time to Standup and Standout

This is where the conversation gets hard.  It's not easy to define what unconscious bias is. Identifying it in yourself and others, especially coworkers or management, is even harder. After nearly 13 years in software development, and still the only woman programmer on my team of 20 developers, I realized that nothing is going to... Continue Reading →

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Programming – To Infinity and Beyond

Once you learn programming you can go anywhere and do anything.  In our technology infiltrated world, programming and data science opportunities are available in nearly any field of your choosing. The University of Illinois recently launched a new degree that melds computer science and crop science.  One area students analyze is how to take the... Continue Reading →

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The Art of Saying No

Children force you to rethink your priorities.  I have optimized and organized and still never have enough time.  I am a do-er and a learner by nature; there is so much I want to do and be.  But I can't do it all right now and still be a great mom, my number one priority. ... Continue Reading →

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Confession: I’m Too Polite

To change our unconscious biases we not only need to change our thought patterns, but we need to change our actions and reactions.  These are the interactions we have been practicing our whole lives, and at least for me, are deeply ingrained in how I interact at work and in society. A couple of weeks... Continue Reading →

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The Art of Saying No Part Deux

I followed my own advice and I got it wrong. I did too much. I needed to say no more. How do I know I did too much? Eating to feel better, not because I was hungry. No motivation to exercise and take care of myself. I felt like my soul systems were shutting down... Continue Reading →

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