• Going off Rails for Custom Validation & Crypto, Blockchain, and DeFi for Devs

    This month Womxn Level Up will be virtually hosted by Flatiron School (https://flatironschool.com/). A zoom link will be viewable after you RSVP.


    Dalvin Josias Sejour (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dalvinjosias), Software Engineer at Stitch Fix, presents:

    "Going off Rails: Using Domain Models for Custom Validation"

    As a Rails Developer, we live and die by Active Record wizardry. It is so much of a black box, that while learning the language, I didn’t even try to question its magic. But what world a word look like if you couldn't rely on Rails' built in Active Record validation for your models? In this talk, I will be talking about a concept called domain models, and how at Stitch Fix we were able to have more confidence in our micro service architecture through strict custom rules we set for our data.


    Kevin Weaver ( https://twitter.com/kevin_weaver, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinweaver2/), Lead Software Engineer at Stitch Fix, presents:

    "Crypto, Blockchain, and DeFi - Engineering the Internet of Money"

    The internet is eating our financial system and the implications are larger than the time it ate the newspaper. Join the community of engineers rebuilding money and the internet from scratch, with a vision that includes everyone.

  • Stop Worrying and Interview with Confidence & Conversation & Co-Organizer AMA

    This month, Womxn Level Up will be virtually hosted by Hover (https://hover.to/). A zoom link will be viewable after you RSVP.


    Mannah Kallon (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenikall/), Senior Software Engineer at Hover, presents:

    "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Interview with Confidence"

    This is a talk for engineers that have been in the industry for a few years and may be looking for something new. I’ll touch on algorithms, interview prep, but mostly how to overcome doubts and fears that might be holding you back.


    Following Mannah's talk, co-organizers Catherine and Amanda will be hosting a conversation and AMA. Come with any and all feedback, desires for future talks, and questions for your co-organizers! We can't wait to welcome you back at our first Womxn Level Up event of 2021.

  • Including Class Straddlers in Tech & Talking about Pay

    Online event

    This month Womxn Level Up will be virtually hosted by Flatiron School (https://flatironschool.com/). A zoom link will be viewable after you RSVP.


    Michelle Glauser (http://linkedin.com/in/michelleglauser, https://michelleglauser.com, https://twitter.com/MichelleGlauser), Founder & CEO of Techtonica, Community Developer at Twilio, presents:

    "Including Class Straddlers in Tech"

    An intersectional view of inclusion requires considering class. Michelle will share a bit about her own background and how her experiences led her to found Techtonica. Then she'll outline some common patterns among class straddlers to prepare attendees for inclusive collaboration in the workplace.


    Kate Rotondo (http://katerotondo.com), iOS developer, presents:

    "Talking about Pay"

    Everyone deserves to earn the fair market value for their work, but how can you know if that’s really happening? One of the best ways is to ask your coworkers what they make. I’ll share my tips and tricks for starting these conversations, we’ll get some safe practice, and you’ll leave with more comfort and confidence talking about pay.

  • Panel: Being a Womxn on the Internet

    Online event

    This month Womxn Level Up will be virtually hosted by Hover (https://hover.to/). A zoom link will be viewable after you RSVP.


    Womxn Level Up presents a panel on "Being a Womxn on the Internet" with guests Vaidehi Joshi, Chloe Condon, Ceora Ford, and Steph Ihezukwu, moderated by co-organizer, Catherine Meyers.

    We'll discuss what it's really like to be a prominent womxn on the internet. The positives and negatives. The why. And how we can all help the internet be just a little bit safer for everyone.

    About our Panelists:
    - Vaidehi Joshi (https://twitter.com/vaidehijoshi) is a senior engineer at Forem. She enjoys building and breaking code, but loves creating empathetic engineering teams a whole lot more. She is the creator of basecs and baseds, two writing series exploring the fundamentals of computer science and distributed systems. She also co-hosts the Base.cs Podcast, and is a producer of the BaseCS and Byte Sized video series.

    - Chloe Condon (https://twitter.com/ChloeCondon) is a musical theatre performer turned Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. When she's not tweeting, or teaching students in academic institutions how to use Azure, she works with folks from non-traditional backgrounds entering tech by supporting and mentoring through workshops, bootcamps, and 1:1 to help make tech a diverse and supportive space for all.

    - Ceora Ford (https://twitter.com/ceeoreo_) is a software engineer based in Philadelphia. Her career thus far has centered around creating content that will make the tech industry more accessible. She’s been able to work with amazing companies like DigitalOcean, egghead.io, and Kode With Klossy.

    - Stephanie Ihezukwu (https://twitter.com/stephandsec, https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephihezukwu/, https://stephandsec.com/) serves as a level 2 cloud security operations analyst for Duo. Outside of work, however, InfoSteph has filled her life with all kinds of cool activities. She served as a Lead for WISP DEFCON 2019. She is on the SANS Summit Steering Committee for 2020. She speaks at conferences and virtual events on both soft skills and hard skill related subjects. She co-hosts a "happy hour" inspired podcast called Coolest Nerds in the Room, where conversations surrounding the lives of tech people are nurtured. She attends school full time, hoping to obtain her Bachelor's by the end of the fall. She had the honor of being a delegate for Security Field Day 2 and Tech Field Day 20. She writes blog posts on her website, StephAndSec.com, which is also her side business. She released a course for LinkedIn Learning on Social Engineering and Security Awareness. Stephanie recognizes those that inspired her or helped her get to where she is today and hopes that everything she does moving forward does the same for others. Her podcast is also available everywhere.

  • An Intro to Cypress & Capitalism, VC, race & gender through data storytelling

    This month Womxn Level Up will be virtually hosted by Hover (https://hover.to/). A zoom link will be viewable after you RSVP.


    CJ Joulain (https://linkedin.com/in/cjoulain), Quality Assurance Engineer at Tuft & Needle, presents:

    "Don't Get Lost in the Trees: An Intro to Cypress"

    Within a few short years, Cypress has emerged as a popular framework for end-to-end testing. Marked by a browser-based runner, asynchronous behavior, and readability, it offers a robust way to automate, particularly for front-end components. This talk will walk us through some common use cases, as well as some limitations (such as Electron vs. Chrome capabilities). It'll also dig into how Quality Assurance engineers might utilize the library differently from full-stack developers. Lastly, we'll look at Cypress' compatibility with non-JavaScript frameworks like Rails.


    Eva Sasson (www.evasasson.com), Product Growth Manager at Persona, presents:

    "Capitalism, venture capital, race and gender through data storytelling"

    There's an undeniable wage gap for womxn and bipoc. Today, we're experiencing not just this existing wage gap but an even greater raise gap in fundraising for womxn and bipoc entrepreneurs and business owners. Through data storytelling, we'll explore the intricacies of these inequalities, and how we, as technologists, can support one another to create an inclusive society by design, while summarizing the fundamentals concepts of data visualization

  • Set Your Sights for Q3 – Becoming Your Future-Self Right Now

    This month, we want to do our part in continuing the momentum of Anti-Racism work. For the first time ever, we are doing things a little differently. As you RSVP, we ask that you join us in donating to Black Girls Code, whose mission is "to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures."

    To donate: https://www.paypal.me/BLACKGIRLSCODE

    Other organizations to consider:

    https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd (Bail Fund Split)


    June's event will be virtually hosted by Flatiron School (https://flatironschool.com/). A zoom link will be viewable after you RSVP.


    Josephine Bellaccomo, Leadership Coach & Communications Consultant with Move the Message, presents:

    "Set Your Sights for Q3 – Becoming Your Future-Self Right Now"

    The world is on fire. The global pandemic, economic collapse and racial injustice have called us to change with the changing world. Your life is so different from 3 months ago, such tremendous growth as we navigate a world of uncertainty. We are now creating a new world. As we work to make the world better, we have the opportunity to define for ourselves how we move forward individually.

    In this one-hour workshop, we hit refresh. We reflect on how far we’ve come since March. And we focus on what we want to be and have by October 1, 2020.

    This is goal-setting 2.0, designed for women in tech and everyone who balances tight deadlines against having what we want. Different from SMART or GROW goals, this interactive and highly actionable workshop focuses on successful best practices based on research from thought leaders Dan and Chip Heath.

    We start with what you want to have, then who you need to be (or, how you might need to change), what you need to do, and fastest ways to get it done.

    Leadership coach and activist Josephine Bellaccomo, author of Move The Message: Your Guide To Making A Difference and Changing the World, will guide you to uncover beliefs that may be limiting or sabotaging your success. This interactive workshop shares practical tactics, strategies and tips so you can have an extraordinary and successful Q3 and beyond.

    *please bring a journal or notebook – you will be writing 😊

    Connect with Jo and learn more about her




  • How Do Algorithms Become Biased & How to Design a Career That Fits

    This month Womxn Level Up will be virtually hosted by Hover (https://hover.to/). A zoom link will be included in your RSVP confirmation email. So, make sure you have email notifications turned on for Womxn Level Up.


    Lindsay Gordon (www.alifeofoptions.com), Career coach for analytically minded people at A Life of Options, presents:

    "From Stuck to Inspired: How to Design a Career That Fits"

    When you feel aimless or dissatisfied in your career, it’s often because you have no idea what you’re looking for. Without a clear idea of what you want to do, you get antsy about leaving your job, focused on external measures of success and distracted by shiny jobs. How are you supposed to stop doing what you think is “right” in your career and start doing what’s right for you? If you’re not clear about what you want, there’s no way you can convey it to anyone else. Come learn how to stop falling into jobs based on circumstances and start making decisions intentionally that are right for you.


    Eva Sasson (www.evasasson.com), Product Growth Manager at Persona, presents:

    "How Do Algorithms Become Biased?"

    There’s bias in algorithms - how does this happen? In this talk, we walk through a step by step example of building a prediction algorithm, focused on areas where bias could be inadvertently introduced. We then look at when algorithms were used to make biased decisions, and what we can do about it.

  • How to Be Happy Being Average & What's in a Name?

    Online event

    This month Womxn Level Up will be remote (just like everything else in life right now)! We will be virtually hosted by Flatiron School (https://flatironschool.com/). A zoom link will be sent out before the event to everyone who has RSVPed.


    Katy Farmer (https://twitter.com/TheKaterTot), Developer Relations at LightStep, presents:

    "How to Be Happy Being Average"

    How can we be happy being average when so many DevOps strategies are created by much larger companies for much bigger problems? Understanding the limits of our resources and deciding how to concentrate DevOps for our needs is essential to successful processes at a smaller company. We will explore what it means to be average using the best example: me.


    Kaitlyn Hova (http://www.hovalabs.com/), Co-founder at Hova Labs, presents:

    "What's in a name?"

    How to create a cohesive language between design, engineering, and product teams through Deductive Component Language.

  • "I’m Not a Man in a Petticoat”, How to Get Paid by Being Dangerously Different

    *Please note this month's location: Hover (634 2nd Street, Floor 3)* Julie Foucht, Founder of Julie Foucht Coaching, presents "'I’m Not a Man in a Petticoat', How to Get Paid by Being Dangerously Different":


    Julie Foucht (https://juliefoucht.com), Founder, Julie Foucht Coaching, presents:

    "I’m Not a Man in a Petticoat”, How to Get Paid by Being Dangerously Different

    Historically, women’s value came from ‘making a good match’, her worth measured by being a good wife and child bearer. As women entered the marketplace, we were placed in competition with men, molding ourselves into men in pencil skirts.

    This stifles the natural creativity and innate power of being a woman. You see the success of others and feel discouraged and frustrated. You know you have great gifts, but when you try the strategies of the men around you, you feel like you’ve been put in box too small for your spirit.

    This is costing you health, sanity, money and massive success on your own terms.

    In this talk, Julie shares:

    - Understanding the difference between feminine energy and masculine energy and how to use each effectively in your job or business
    - How feminine energy has been historically devalued in the work arena, and what it costs us and our employers
    - Tips to activate your Feminine Power Centers making you more creative, better at solving problems and more able to think outside the box so you naturally bring more value to the workplace.


    6:30 Registration and Dinner

    7:00 Career Talk

    Dinner (not pizza!) and Drinks provided by Hover (https://hover.to/). Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available.