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(Boulder) What? You weren't a CS Major?

(We are alternating advanced and beginner content.  This month's event is aimed at beginners or women coming back to the field!)

*Rescheduled from last month's flood!*

Very often we get questions about how to get IN (or back in) to programming.  Sometimes ladies are surprised to hear that many successful programmers out there were not Computer Science (CS) majors in school, but came to coding in a variety of ways!

Hear several such stories from successful women coders in our community - none of whom studies programming in school.  Ask questions about the pitfalls, challenges, what they love, and learn about the exciting things they're doing today.  Bring your questions!  Join us for a fun, relaxing, and interactive evening.

 - Grab pizza and chat with awesome women
6:30-6:45 - Welcome and housekeeping
6:45-7:30 - "What?  You weren't a CS major?" Panel
7:30-8:00 - Open Q&A
8:00 - All done!


Elaine Marino
Elaine took a big leap into programming - literally!  She moved across the country to take a coding internship at Commerce Kitchen in Denver, after a successful career!  Why did she make the switch and what is she up to now?  Learn from this active lady who also runs Lady Coders and Girl Geek Dinners.

Laura Steadman
Laura was a GIS engineer before deciding to move into programming.  She joined G School, coded like crazy, and now is the newest member of the QuickLeft team.  Was the schooling worth it?  What about her path would she recommend?  Gain a heap of insight from this easy-going and fun gal!

Shannon McCoy
From Spanish major at Gnip?  Hear about Shannon's evolution into coding -- how she grew her own skills to eventually get through one of the toughest interview processes in town.  

Anne Gatchell
Anne's background is as varied as her skills are sharp!  From Chemical engineering, to a Masters in Fine Arts, to programming! Find out how Anne focuses her creativity into code.

Please Note: This group is only open to people that identify as women. Emphatically queer- and trans-friendly

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a bit late, but thank you to everyone for this great meetup. As a beginner I found it very informative, helpful, and motivating. It was great meeting many of you!

    October 9, 2013

  • Kinsey Ann D.

    Hey ladies! What a great meet up last night! As I mentioned, here is the discount code for It is good for a one time $99.00 discount. This basically translates to one free month of Prime without mentoring. The code is WWCBoulderDenver

    Woo hoo! So, for one month you will access to all of the books, online workshops, etc. So, if you are interested in learning Rails, Ruby, Backbone.js, etc., it would really be worth your time because one online workshop runs over $1,000! Let me know if you have any questions ([masked])

    October 4, 2013

    • Kinsey Ann D.

      Pilar, what is your email? I will send you all of the details and help you get set up on Learn.

      October 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Kinsey! My email address is pilar013 at gmail dot com

      October 9, 2013

  • Connie O.

    nice and very informative

    October 4, 2013

  • Elaine

    I had a great time last night -- thanks for the love ladies! Here are the details of the announcement I made:

    I'm working on a project that could use your input. Aaron Templer (at [at] aarontempler [dot] com), a brand consultant I'm partnering with, is conducting some one-on-one and group interviews with local developers in order to better understand hack-a-thons. If you're available and interested in the individual interviews, they will last a half hour, are very casual (in a coffee shop, he'll buy you a coffee), and don't require any preparation. Just come with opinions and open to dialog about your experience with hack-a-thons. If you're interested in the group session, it will be scheduled soon, will include pizza, and will last a few hours. Your input is central to this project: we're developing a brand that will need to, in large part, speak to you. If interested, contact me or Aaron. Your help is much appreciated-- it will only make our future events rock! Thanks!

    October 4, 2013

  • Beth A.

    Katie and Kinsey, it was great to meet you. Congrats on your 1st anniversary for the Boulder/Denver WWC! What an awesome group! Ladies, you are the future. Code is the language, and tech and entrepreneurship are the culture. It's so important for us women to tell our stories to one another so we can be inspired, comforted, and supported. Laura, Elaine, Shannon, and Anne did a fantastic job doing exactly that. Thanks to you all! So let's grab this bull by the horns and move forward, to more women heading our own companies. Thanks for your warmth and hospitality--and be looking out for CherryPic'd. Women are going to be a focus for us.

    2 · October 4, 2013

  • amdev

    Great meeting, speakers and it was informative. Sent a shout-out tweet announcing the 1st yr anniversary of Boulder/Denver WWC. Katie and Kinsey, I appreciate all your efforts in launching and bldg the membership of this supportive women's MeetUp group.

    3 · October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A wonderful introduction to the industry! It is good to see so many women working in this field! :)

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the meetup! If anyone is interested in applying for the CIRES/NGDC job, here is the link: If you have any questions about this job or working at NGDC, please do not hesitate to contact me. Java experience would be great but other similar expertise would work too.

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also wanted to thank you guys for a great inspiring "you can do it" meetup. I have been feeling lots of frustration in my learning process and and overall feeling that I couldn't make it. It was just what I needed to keep me going. Thanks ladies!

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Terri Lee N.

    The last 2 WWC sessions held at Rally SD hv been "over the top" inspiring ...! Thank you amazing gal panelists + Rally, Gnip, Thoughtbot, & other tech leaders who support WWC opp's.

    In addition, Jenny Slade, pls continue posting inspiring articles like you've provided below. I want to share a quote by Steve Jobs (the Lost Interview with Mark Stephens, 1995): "I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, & poets, and artists & zoologists, & historians….. who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.

    But, if it hadn’t been for computer science, these people would have all been doing amazing things in life, & in other fields…. and they brought with them…. We all brought with us to this setting a very liberal arts air… a very liberal arts attitude, … that we wanted to pull in the very best of what we saw in these other fields… into this field. And I don’t think that you “get that,” if you are very narrow…."

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Kelly

    Wow thank you all for such a fantastic evening! I have been in a bit of a job search funk recently, and this was just so inspirational to keep me going. Thank you all for your time! :)

    October 4, 2013

  • Vanessa

    What a wonderful meet up! I thought that all of the speakers were wonderful and inspirational! Being a self taught front end developer I thought that all the times I struggled were because I didn't take a "traditional" collage path- but now I know that we all feel that way! Thanks for a wonderful evening!

    October 4, 2013

  • Mona B.

    It was awesome! Super informative and everyone was really nice. :)

    October 3, 2013

  • Pamela

    This was a great meetup! Laura, Elaine, Shannon, and Anne were super helpful and fun to listen to. When Shannon mention that feeling/pressure of having to "represent all women coders out there" and that you shouldn't feel that way, it was great to hear that and her to tell that story. It is something I (and many others) relate to and have to remind myself that extra pressure shouldn't be there. Thanks to all the speakers, Katie, and Kinsey for doing this great meetup topic!

    October 3, 2013

  • Ann K.

    I'm battling a nasty bout of bronchitis right now, so it's best I stay away from this event tonight. I'm really bummed! I was so looking forward to this!

    October 3, 2013

    • Sepideh

      I am also coming down with something and won't be able to make it. I was looking forward to it.

      October 3, 2013

    • Ann K.

      I know, Elaine! You were a big reason I wanted to be there tonight! I plan to be at Girl Geek Dinner at the end of the month, so I hope we can catch up then if not beforehand!

      October 3, 2013

  • Jenny S.

    Some great articles in the news this week on just this topic! "My Journey to Becoming Instagram's First Female Engineer" and "Women in Tech Can Have It All - Even an Arts Degree"

    3 · October 3, 2013

  • Katie W.

    Hello lovelies! We'll be having pizza tomorrow, as well as wine, water and soda. I don't think the pizza will be gluten free, so for those of you with allergies, you are welcome to bring your dinner with you! Thank you!

    October 2, 2013

  • Deb

    So bummed to miss this event - this is a topic I was really looking forward to hearing about.

    1 · September 28, 2013

    • Katie W.

      Hi Debra - no worries! If we get enough requests, we're always happy to have a topic repeat.

      1 · September 30, 2013

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