I had the profound honor of being selected as a fellow for the 4th Annual LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Summit + Fellowship at Google in Washington D.C. The summit, founded by Lesbians Who Tech, is an opportunity for 140 unique and innovative minds to join together . . .
Even with companies like Intel, Apple and Google pouring millions of dollars into making their workforce more diverse, the number of women going into tech fields has actually decreased. Women often find they are not appreciated, not rewarded, not heard and not respected in the tech workplace.
We Can Code IT founder Mel McGee and Cleveland bootcamp instructor Daniel Vivacqua share their honest and personal responses to the article – and tell what We Can Code IT is doing to change the face of tech.
In just three months, the change in my outlook and happiness is amazing.
In college, I learned a lot of marketing theory but not practical skills. I got hired in sales and customer service for a large national bank and was miserable. My skills were underutilized and I kept applying for jobs where I needed tech skills.
My dad is a software developer and I remember talking to him . . .
Some things really get IT folks riled up. One of them is a recent article in Wired claiming that coding is the next big blue collar job. While it sounds like a sign of hope and opportunity, it’s created a backlash amongst IT professionals -- one that uncovers the “belly of the beast.” As an industry insider, I've heard this blue collar job idea unleash fears, assumptions and what sounds like territorial sandbox whining amongst software developers, as in "Here comes more crappy code" or "These guys won't be experienced enough to do what I do."