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It’s no secret that I love Go and every year the Go community comes together for an event known as GopherCon — Making it’s debut in 2014 it was an instant success! It drew a sellout crowd of 700 attendees and has more than doubled in size since then.

Not only is there an exceptional line up of pre-conference workshops taught by some of the best in the industry, but they also put a lot of care into selecting the best speakers for the event. Plus the hours upon hours of networking — it’s really worth the trip!

This year GopherCon celebrates it’s five-year anniversary which is kind of a big deal, but as a single mother I fully understand that attending a conference is a luxury that not everyone has, so this year I am making it my mission to bring as many people to GopherCon as I can. …


Since joining Microsoft I’ve gotten a lot of questions about Developer Advocacy so I’d like to take a moment to explain what it is and why it’s important.

Developer Advocacy in a nutshell

Developer Advocacy has many names. You may have heard it referred to as Developer Relations or Evangelism, and while these roles vary company to company, we all essentially do the same thing — We represent software developers. I like to say that it’s my job to ask dumb questions so you don’t have to, but the real goal of a Developer Advocate is to become the voice of the user. …


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I wrote this piece last year — I was at the peak of my depression and I thought I was alone. I confided in a few close friends and found out that many of my peers were also struggling (in silence) and I wanted, more than anything, to share this with you all, but I was ashamed.

Yesterday, my friend EricaJoy bravely tweeted about her own struggles and about the importance of loving yourself, which inspired me to share my story and I hope it’ll also inspire you to share yours.

I lead a seemingly open life, and by open I mean that I post a lot on social media and because of that, people think they know me, but few people actually know me. …


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The best career advice I’ve received so far is, “Never turn down an interview.” I generally follow this advice because you only have so much time in life to make an impact. Recently, I realized taking your own advice is much harder than I imagined… which is how I *almost* turned down one of the biggest opportunities of my career.

What you’re about to read are first world problems.

Before I started working at Pivotal, I had the opportunity to interview with some amazing companies, one of which was Microsoft. …


I have a confession — I feel way out of my league and before you diagnose me with imposter syndrome, hear me out. Just think: If you came into a job knowing how to do everything perfectly, you’d simply come in, do your job, and leave — every day. There’d be nothing to push you to learn new skills, develop new competencies, or rise to new levels. You’d be good at your job. But you’d be bored. (I suspect I’ll never be bored here.)

The people on my team are incredible. Most of you will recognize their names because of their somewhat prolific community contributions. I work with people like Bridget Kromhout, Josh Long, Casey West, James Weaver, Kenny Bastani, and Michael Coté. That’s just part of the list, since I also get to work with people like James Watters, Joshua McKenty, Onsi Fakhouri, Zachary Gershman, Pieter Humphrey, and Matt Stine. …

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Software & Stuff @Microsoft @Azure ❤️ @Google GDE Working with Go, Linux, & Web Things 👩‍💻 Previously @Pivotal & @Rackspace Always carpin’ all them diems 💅🌈

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