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Suzanne Axtell
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"That is when I realized what leadership means: To make things happen."  - +Chiu-Ki Chan (whose Technically Speaking newsletter you should sign up for: http://www.techspeak.email/) on how public speaking supported her leadership skills.
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Denali Lumma

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Hi All,

I’m pleased to announce that planning for the Selenium Conference 2015 is well underway! I’m on the committee organizing this year’s SeConf and have been asked to nominate potential keynotes speakers who are women.

Anyone feel like they would like to be considered?

More details:

SeConf 2015 will be held in Portland, Oregon over September 8-10, 2015. This year, we expect between 450-500 Selenium community members, automated testing experts and leaders in the areas like continuous integration, mobile app testing and DevOps. 

If you need some encouragement and to see how our event will go we recommend reviewing the raw tweets and pictures from SeConf 2014.
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Great!

We are putting one up right now.  In the meantime, here is the one from last year: http://www.seleniumconf.org/
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Suzanne Axtell
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Great news - we're offering diversity scholarships for our upcoming devops/web performance conference! Please apply if your company is unable to fund your ticket. I would love to meet you and hopefully persuade you to submit speaking proposals for the next edition in person. :)
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Suzanne Axtell
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We're doing Ignite at OSCON in Portland this year and would love to read your proposal(s)! Deadline to apply is June 5; Ignite will happen on the evening of July 20.
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MillsWyck Communications

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Great place to hone your skills!
Tracks   |   Schedule   |   Team   |   FAQ   |   Pricing   |   Registration The Summit Welcomes Guy Kawasaki Our Tuesday morning keynote speaker Ten Things All Presenters Should DoAdvice for anybody pitching anything to anyone Learn More Breadth Creating successful presentations is about more than just software. It is about crafting sharp messages, creating intelligent presentation design, employing smart PowerPoint techniques, and developing com...
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Suzanne Axtell
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If you'll be in the Bay Area June 12-13 (sadly, I will not), this looks like a really wonderful event!
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Suzanne Axtell
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If any TWS2 members would like to attend Fluent in San Francisco next week, ping me - I have a couple of free passes to give away. If you don't have much time but would still like to check it out, here's a code for a free Exhibit Hall pass: FLUENTEXP. If you'll be there, please find me, I'd love to say hello in person!
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Hi +Kristin Henry that's great! Please send me a message : suzanne@oreilly.com
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Suzanne Axtell
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If impostor syndrome keeps you from doing things that you want to do (like public speaking), take a listen to this keynote from the recently-concluded PyCon.
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Suzanne Axtell
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In a nutshell: get your Powerpoint act together!
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Suzanne Axtell
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From the article: "the organizer responded 'we absolutely thought about the lack of gender and other forms of diversity on the speaker lineup,' he said, but in the end, they decided to stick with their original policy of choosing speakers based on merit."

They couldn't find more diverse speakers of equal merit? Really?
Out of 14 speakers, not one is a woman. After the conference got called out on Twitter, we reached out to organizer Eric Bradlow.
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About this community

This is a forum for women in the technical community to support each other and share ideas for speaking in public.

Hannes Fostie

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Hi everyone,

I'm one of the organizers of the ArrrrCamp Ruby conference which is taking place on the 1st and 2nd of October in Ghent, Belgium. I wanted to post about our call for proposals which will remain open for another month (until the 21st of June).

We have a focus on technical Ruby talks, but we'll always consider talks on different technologies, motivational or inspirational talks as well. Not all selected talks will be Ruby and not everything will be technical per se.

We have no "official" mentorship program in place, mostly because everyone's needs are so different. That said, if you get in touch we'll help you with anything you need, from giving a guiding hand writing the proposal to talk/slide creation to travel arrangements. If we feel we're not the right people to help out, we'll reach out to people in our community instead.

All information can be found here,
http://2015.arrrrcamp.be/cfp/
with our code of conduct here:
http://2015.arrrrcamp.be/coc/

If you have any questions, shoot!

Kind regards,
Hannes
A conference for the modern Rubyist
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Suzanne Axtell
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Not in-depth by any means, but it's always good to hear what TED-level speakers do to prepare and present.
Concrete ways to be a better speaker... and some great TED Talks, too!
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Good timing for me with this post! I'm going to be a giving a TEDx talk on May 28th about how we can get more women into tech (specifically web and software development) by helping them have access to accelerated alternative pathways like bootcamps, online classes, community groups, and apprenticeships. 
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Suzanne Axtell
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Congrats to +Chiu-Ki Chan and +Cate Huston for an excellent first six months of Technically Speaking! If you haven't already joined their mailing list, I highly recommend you do so immediately!
 
Win books & conference tickets by sharing your public speaking experience!

My friend +Cate Huston and I created a newsletter 6 months ago to help everyone get started on public speaking and become better speakers. To celebrate our sixmonthiversary, we are hosting a giveaway and inviting everyone to share their public speaking experience.

http://tinyletter.com/techspeak/letters/technically-speaking-may-5-2015

Looking forward to hearing from you. Spread the word!
¡Hola! from Santiago where Cate continues to mangle the Spanish language… slightly less than previously!
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Suzanne Axtell
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Another one for you big data people! We're looking for speakers for our brand new edition in lovely Singapore. Topics include analytics, ethics, Hadoop (obvs), IoT, security, Spark, and UX, among others. Proposals are due June 18 and the conference happens December 2-3.
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Suzanne Axtell
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Quick reminder that you have the whole weekend to get your Ignite Velocity speaking proposal ready!  The deadline to submit your ideas is Monday, April 27. If you need inspiration, watch Mandi's Ignite preso from last year: http://bit.ly/1HN9pT7
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Madhavi Arsoor

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Hi Everyone, 

I am very excited to join this community. I am an experienced software professional currently working as a Program Manager in Chicago land. 

I have a technical background (MS in Computer Science and Engineering) and have experience working in various industry domains.

I am passionate about using technology to solve real world problems.

I help IT folks build the necessary soft skills to excel in Leadership roles by providing tools, tips and proven strategies through my platform (www.TheLeadIT.com) . 

I am interested in learning from you all and sharing my knowledge. I am looking forward to be a part of this community and learn and grow together.



Best ,
Madhavi
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Suzanne Axtell
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This looks like a great public speaking webinar led by +Poornima Vijayashanker and +Karen Catlin that sadly I will have to miss. Be sure to join if you can! It's happening tomorrow, April 16 at 1pm PT.
At some point in your career, you'll have to speak to an audience. Whether it's at conference or just an intimate internal event amongst your co-workers.  Presenting to any size audience can be intimidating and nerve-wrecking... But you can appeal to an any audience, and we'll show you how! In this online workshop, Karen Catlin and Poornima Vijayashanker will teach you some simple strategies to appeal to any size audience.  You'll learn: • How to...
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Thanks a lot for the mention Suzanne! Karen Catlin and I are hosting it with Cate Huston and Chiu-Ki Chan of Technically Speaking: http://tinyletter.com/techspeak
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Suzanne Axtell
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Ooh, this one looks fun! "Hosted by California College of the Arts, the 2015 AICAD Symposium examines the place, purpose, potential, and role of science in contemporary [Art + Design] education." Deadline for proposals is May 1; the symposium happens Nov 5-7 in San Francisco.
2015 AICAD Symposium call for proposals. 2015 AICAD Symposium. November 5-7, 2015. San Francisco, CA Submission deadline: May 1, 2015. Notification of acceptance by email: June 1, 2015. Submission website: www.cca.edu/aicad2015. Travel support for some presenters is available.
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Erica McGillivray

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If you're a marketer (or know a few), MozCon is accepting speaker pitches through Sunday at 5pm PDT. We always do a lot of work to support speakers (travel covered / coaching happens), and we make sure to have a gender balance in our lineup. 
Pitches are now open for MozCon 2015 community speakers. You have until Sunday, April 12, 2015.
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Ellen Spertus

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I'm looking for guest lecturers for late April in my classes at Mills, a women's college in Oakland, California.  Past guest lecturers have included +Tim Chevalier +Kathryn Rotondo and +Chiu-Ki Chan.  In Computer Architecture, I would love a speaker on modern topics in the field, on any subject from parallel computing to quantum computing.  In Programming Languages, it would be great to get a speaker on creating a compiler (students have already seen javacc), novel languages, new paradigms, etc.
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You don't have to be as amazing a speaker as +Kathryn Rotondo to propose yourself.  If that were necessary, I couldn't enter a classroom. 
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