What Do Femgineers Care About?

I’ve been reaching out to a number of femgineers this month and meeting up with them on my travels through the US.

Last night I received the wonderful gift of being taken out to dinner by Lady Coders.  We dined in downtown Seattle, and enjoyed an evening filled with conversations about code, and exchanged ideas on how to build company culture that is aware of work-life balance for everyone!  I couldn’t help smile when I overheard someone at the table say “men deserve paternity leave too!” And giggled when I heard a woman blurt out, “It should ONLY take 1 week to learn a new programming language.”  This is the world of the femgineers.  A place where we we balance getting things done with sharing experiences.

Then this morning I jumped on a Skype call with Chiu-Ki Chan a fellow femgineer focused on Android development and public speaking, such a rare breed!  I had been gently nudged by Angie Chang of Women 2.0 to reach out to Chiu-Ki given our similar interests in tech and public speaking.  We talked about the two things that were very important to us:

  1. Public speaking as an artform that we hold as sacred, and can be a great way to tie in our technical expertise.
  2. Presenting at conferences and events quality content and knowledge, that people can use everyday to build tech products and companies.

I ended my chat with Chiu-Ki with a sense of excitement, its not everyday you get to meet a femgineer who can also speak in public articulately!  Stay tuned for more to come from our dynamic duo :)

Well there you have it a sneak peek into the lives and concerns of femgineers.  What’s most refreshing about all of us is that we can code, speak, travel, and give back to our community!


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  1. Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack 21 November, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Your company was wonderful; having you and Lyndi to talk to was spectacularly fun. I haven’t ever met a technical woman who was also a CEO; it was great to hoist beers and crack jokes. We will see you again soon!

  2. Poornima 21 November, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks a lot Tarah :) We left pretty excited too, and we can’t wait to see where Lady Coders is headed next!

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