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Speaking at OSCON

Emily speaking at OSCON

Last week I traveled to Austin, Texas and the O’reilly Open Source Conference to share a talk called What’s Your Skateboard?  This is a talk I enjoy sharing.  It gives strategies for organizing and planning work.  I started out talking so quickly that I tripped over my tongue a bit.  I got it under control and conveyed the useful strategies to my audience.  In another week, I’ll be giving this in a workshop format at PHP[tek], and I’m really excited about that!  A 40 minute time slot, such as at OSCON, doesn’t leave attendees time to try it out.  The practice will become a lot more clear when attendees can get their hands on some post-it notes and organize work.

In June, I will be giving this talk again at We Rise, and I will give both the talk and the workshop at Dutch PHP.  After that things will settle back down for me with travel and speaking.

Celebrating Accomplishments

Lately I’m thinking about my accomplishments this year in tech.  I feel much more a part of the greater development community than I ever have before.  I owe a lot of that to my Co-Organizing the TrianglePHP meetup group and my TA-ing with Girl Develop It.  I have also overcome some of my hesitation to contribute code in Open Source again.

Why I like gathering PHP Women at conferences

Sometimes I feel like a bit of a “bad guy” for saying, “Hey, PHP Women!  Let’s eat together!”  But then I have such a great experience doing it, and it’s so positive. I will definitely do it again.  I don’t do it to be mean to men in the industry.  Let me be clear, we are not getting together to talk about men in the industry or even women in the industry.  We just talk about work and life, and it is awesome.  It’s relaxed.  For one meal we are flipping the table on the traditional ratio at conferences, at our jobs, and just being ourselves.  In that one little lunch, I let my guard drop.  It’s a guard that I have grown very accustomed to having up at work.  It is a shield that I use to “not be so sensitive” and it “translates” some types of interactions that I would normally be bothered by.

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