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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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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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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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Suzanne Axtell
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This event is "a day of interactive workshops and talks focused on developing solutions to tech diversity and inclusion." They're looking for speakers to lead sessions on Education and the STEM Pipeline, Workplace Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Policy and Advocacy.

The event happens June 12th-13th in San Francisco. I didn't see a proposal deadline listed, but speaker notifications will go out May 11, so I'd guess the deadline would be around May 1.






Agenda
Friday, June 12th Schedule

Workshop Schedule To Be Announced
Saturday, June 13th Schedule



Deadline for submission is Friday, April 24th 5:00 PM (PST). As diversity and inclusion is about bringing diverse minds and solutions to the table we are loo
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Suzanne Axtell
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Yes, much to my dismay, I have found myself making assumptions about people's professions and experience based on their attire. A section of this post discusses reactions at conferences based on dress. When you speak at or attend events, how much does being perceived as feminine play into your choice of clothing? Men in this group, do you feel judged based on your attire at professional events?
(this was originally given as a talk at AlterConf in Oakland)
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Suzanne Axtell
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Here's another Ignite speaking opportunity, this time during our Velocity Conference. The deadline to submit your ideas is April 27, so plenty of time! :) If you need inspiration, watch +mandi walls' Ignite preso from last year: http://bit.ly/1HN9pT7
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Ursula Mead

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Awesome stuff!
These startups are working to leverage technology to level the playing field for minorities and women in tech.
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Suzanne Axtell
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Some great advice and preparation tips from a front end developer. I really liked this part of his post: "I always tell people that, after I finish with my talks, I feel I am the one who benefited the most because I know more about the topic, get to meet great and smart people and my confidence is off the charts."
The first time I spoke at a tech conference was about five years ago at the University of Southern California (USC), in Los Angeles. It was at an annual conference called Code Camp whose audience is mostly Microsoft developers. I didn’t know what to expect in that kind of setting. I selected a topic I was fairly comfortable with, Designing with CSS3. Not only was the topic well received but it quickly became the most popular session in the confer...
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Suzanne Axtell
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Interested in teaching kids to code open source style? We're seeking workshop leaders for Kids Day at OSCON. Kids Day is happening the day before OSCON, on Sunday, July 19. Deadline to apply is April 3.
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This is a forum for women in the technical community to support each other and share ideas for speaking in public.

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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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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Suzanne Axtell
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Ah, to have this much time to spend on honing presos! (I was speaking to an Apple employee recently who spoke at WWDC. She said she received a lot of support from the company to make sure her preso was successful.)
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Suzanne Axtell
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A very thorough and empowering post for us introverted speakers.
There's a big difference between being introverted and being shy. No matter which you identify with, you can learn to be a rockstar speaker!
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Chiu-Ki Chan
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Write/Speak/Code is an amazing conference. Please reach out to the organizers if you are interested in starting a local chapter.
 
Just got back from the Write/Speak/Code conference, and it was AMAZING. Tons and tons of practical advice, plus dedicated time to write, to speak, and to contribute to open source. Everyone came home super energized and ready to take her career to the next level.

Trip report: http://bit.ly/18T7opx #wsc2015conf  



#GDE   #Android   #TechTalk  
When I heard about Write/Speak/Code, I know I want to be a part of it. My career has benefited tremendously from writing blog posts, speaking at conferences and sharing my code as open source, and I want to empower other women developers to do the same. Make it happen ...
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Thanks for sharing, Chiu-Ki! I'm so glad to hear the conference was so successful.
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Suzanne Axtell
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A resource for when you hear the conference organizer refrain, "We couldn't find any women to speak at our event." :)
Because poor internet search skills result in homogeneous communities
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Poornima Vijayashanker

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Hi everyone! Wanted to share an upcoming online course taught by Karen Catlin and myself to help people who are interested in speaking at conferences and internal events.

We'll only be hosting this once this year, so you won't want to miss out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dYLl3mPMwM&feature=youtu.be
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Suzanne Axtell
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If you're a Rubyist, GORUCO 2015 looks like a good one. In addition to Ruby, other topics of interest include Golang, Clojure, DevOps, Docker, or whatever else is on your mind. They're looking for 10 minute talks as well as 30-minute presos, so a good opportunity for starter speakers! Deadline for proposals is March 24; the conference happens June 20.
The Gotham Ruby Conference, a one-day, single-track event in New York City, is now accepting talk proposals. GORUCO will be held on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 in the Altman building in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. Topics: If You're Interested, We're Interested ...
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