Women In Tech: The Best Talk I’ve Ever Listened To

Back in January, I had the opportunity to host a panel at Podcamp 2017 with an incredible group of people that I admire greatly and I wanted to take the time to talk a little bit about that experience. This isn’t so much a review of that talk but rather how and why we put that panel together and the key takeaways from that session.

I was not supposed to host a panel on Women in Technology at Podcamp 2017. I wasn’t supposed to speak at all as one of the main organizers. But we had a speaker and a host drop out pretty late and so I was really excited to get to join the panel (and also to add my own talk later in the day.)

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Loyalty Departments Are Garbage

Recently I was delivering a couple of master classes at the Starting Point Entrepreneurship Conference at Saint Mary’s University. I taught two classes, one on meetings and one on team development and at one point during my second class, one of the participants piped up and said, “you really hate businesses, don’t you?”

I mean…hate is a strong word.

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And Eventually The World Will Change…

I like hip hop. I’m an overweight middle-aged white dude so I’m basically the target market, at least according to Apple Music. And being that I’m an overweight middle-aged white dude, two of my favorite rappers are Eminem and Macklemore. I get it. I’m a walking cliché.

But there’s a particular Macklemore lyrics that I really love. It’s everything I believe in when it comes to community and workmanship.

“Don’t try to change the world, find something that you love and do it every day.
Do that for the rest of your life and eventually the world will change.”

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