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Lessons Learned From Inspiring Women

I first became acquainted with Women Who Test by listening to the Women Who Change Tech podcast. After listening to every episode I decided to attend my first Women Who Test event at STAREAST 2019. Opening Remarks Alison Wade started the morning off by sharing an...

Imposter Syndrome and Being Wrong

Failure can be hard, especially if we are unaccustomed to falling and getting back up. However, without failure, there can be no growth. We posit that being comfortable taking risks can accelerate women’s careers, and that avoiding risk is a common cause for...

The Power of Collective Experience

Bring your biggest challenges to this session and tap the wisdom of others. In this immersive session, you will tackle some of the most widely mentioned challenges brought to light from the group. Whether it’s a software testing conundrum, a project setback, a...

Building Your Personal Brand for Success

Building the right personal brand is one of the critical success factors in today’s workplace. Organizations develop a brand and image, but not many individuals think about their personal brand and how it can affect their career. As we interact with people, we want to...

Not Just A…

At Women Who Test in Orlando on 3 May 2019, a couple of participants referred to themselves as "just a manual tester." Dot Graham wisely intervened to suggest that we don't say "just a manual tester." First — we do not need to self-deprecate: none of us are "just a...

Advice for Women Starting in CI/CD: Q&A with Sui Lai

When she was just 16 years old, Sui Lai knew she wanted to pursue a career in technology. In high school, Lai enjoyed math but couldn’t easily find a career path in the mathematics field that she felt drawn to. Then someone suggested Lai pursue a computer science...

You, too, can poke life

Love him or hate him, Steve Jobs left an undeniable mark on our world. In 2014 one Steve Jobs quote hit me at exactly the right time I needed to hear it.

It’s Not All Rainbows and Unicorns

When Picture This Clothing launched in August of 2016 and instantly went viral, the media made it sound like Jaimee Newberry was a "simple mom" who stumbled upon a great idea and struck gold. What they didn't share is the teamwork, the trials-and-error, and the years...

Unlearning: The Challenge of Change

The world we live in requires us to acquire new skills and absorb new knowledge in order to stay afloat. We must learn to SHIFT as things around us are changing. We see this on individual, team and organizational levels. However, we are leaving out one crucial piece...

Failing and Recovering

Do you ever feel you have lost confidence in your own abilities? Why does this happen? Isabel Evans spends a lot of time painting. Someone once commented, “Why are you doing this, when you are not very good at it?” And gradually she stopped drawing and painting, after...

The Top 3 Barriers Women Face in Technology

…and What Tech Companies Can do to Help Although the numbers are increasing in other industries such as law or medicine, women are seriously underrepresented in the technology sector in Canada. In a recent Women in Communication and Technology (WCT) report, women make...

"I love love love this! I related in work and personal life and will start making #noexcuses as part of my philosophy"

STARWEST 2016 Attendee

"So much to take back. I loved it! Especially the reminder to follow my heart."

Ratika Garg, Test Lead, Taco Bell

"Thank you! We all need more of these kinds of events!!! Why not expand it to all women in IT! Can you bring this to Europe?"

Jasna Skrbec, PM, NIL

“I loved my day today. Should I return again, I will evangelize this day to all the other women. The safe space was really great confirmation that I am as valuable as ever. Thanks ladies!”

Beth Jackson, QA Lead, DuPont Pioneer

“So glad I came. Not only for our careers but for our lives.”

Heather Doll, Lead QA Engineer, Virtual Radiologic

"Inspiring. I was moved to action! Amazing women and role models."

Dawn Jardine, Senior Quality Assurance Analyst, Razorfish

“This is a wonderful event! More please! My entire team are women and I look forward to bringing my team next year!”

Angela Rapone, QA Manager, Florida Hospital

"What a wonderful way to end the conference. I hope to come back and hear more."

JoAnn Foss, Associate Test Analyst, Digi-Key Electronics

"This has been amazing, and [I] would not have felt complete without this session. I definitely have a lot of content to take back. Thank you for this, I feel empowered. I feel the men need this just as much!"

Darlene Soukhaphonh, Quality Services, Root Cause Analyst, TMNA Services

“On a scale of 1-10, Angie Jones is an 11. I wish my 14-year old daughter who also has “big + bold” hair could meet her!”

Alison Lakey, Embedded Tester, Practice Velocity

“Is there any rating above a 10? [ Tania Katan was] the most amazing speaker I’ve ever heard. I can’t wait for her book. So funny, so smart, so profound. 10 million % is my grade."

Katelyn Kappas, QA Engineer, Insight Catastrophe Group

Partners, Sponsors, and Friends

“I loved my day today. Should I return again, I will evangelize this day to all the other women. The safe space was really great confirmation that I am as valuable as ever. Thanks ladies!”

Beth Jackson, QA Lead, DuPont Pioneer

“On a scale of 1-10, Angie Jones is an 11. I wish my 14-year old daughter who also has “big + bold” hair could meet her!”

Alison Lakey, Embedded Tester, Practice Velocity

“This is a wonderful event! More please! My entire team are women and I look forward to bringing my team next year!”

Angela Rapone, QA Manager, Florida Hospital

"I love love love this! I related in work and personal life and will start making #noexcuses as part of my philosophy"

STARWEST 2016 Attendee

"Thank you! We all need more of these kinds of events!!! Why not expand it to all women in IT! Can you bring this to Europe?"

Jasna Skrbec, PM, NIL

"This has been amazing, and [I] would not have felt complete without this session. I definitely have a lot of content to take back. Thank you for this, I feel empowered. I feel the men need this just as much!"

Darlene Soukhaphonh, Quality Services, Root Cause Analyst, TMNA Services

"Inspiring. I was moved to action! Amazing women and role models."

Dawn Jardine, Senior Quality Assurance Analyst, Razorfish

"So much to take back. I loved it! Especially the reminder to follow my heart."

Ratika Garg, Test Lead, Taco Bell

“So glad I came. Not only for our careers but for our lives.”

Heather Doll, Lead QA Engineer, Virtual Radiologic

"What a wonderful way to end the conference. I hope to come back and hear more."

JoAnn Foss, Associate Test Analyst, Digi-Key Electronics

“Is there any rating above a 10? [ Tania Katan was] the most amazing speaker I’ve ever heard. I can’t wait for her book. So funny, so smart, so profound. 10 million % is my grade."

Katelyn Kappas, QA Engineer, Insight Catastrophe Group

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