I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors: the perfect go-away email.
Ladies, you’re not the chief-cook-and-bottlewasher. You’re the damn CEO.
Stop feeling bad for telling people that they’re wasting your time. I don’t mean Radical Honesty; that’s a great concept, but not very helpful in business and technology. Instead, when people email you with a request for your time, and aren’t capable of clearly articulating why they want to talk to you in person or […]
Free Interview Training Videos for Underserved People In Tech
Why are women so uncomfortable at acknowledging that they have power and authority? I went to Founder Friday on the 15th of November here in Seattle. It’s an event put on in multiple cities by the amazing people at Women 2.0. The goal is to network women in technology by creating a friendly space and […]
How to negotiate your salary as a woman in tech
Hi! We’re Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack and Liz Dahlstrom. As far as I know, these are the only training videos ever produced for people who want to know what it’s like to be in tech, and we’re giving them to you for free. We’re giving you over eight hours and over 8GB of videos showing how […]
Give thanks for open source software developers
Women have a very difficult time negotiating salary. We are trained to be nonconfrontational, to paste a smile on our faces, and to be grateful for what we are given. This is not the most effective tack to take when trying to increase your compensation. There is no way to convince you that you will […]
Help me mentor women in technology.
They make the world go round. Open source developers and plugin devs are the people that make small technical businesses possible. They’re the folks who spend their time working hard to make obscure pieces of software that most of us will never see into something that is beautiful and usable. Without the major CMSes, many […]
The Best Way To Deal With Piracy
A few months ago, I teamed up with two other ladies from the Seattle area, and we formed LadyCoders, an initiative to mentor women in technology. We’re focused on helping women survive interviews; if you’re a reader of mine, you know that this is a particular passion of mine. We are going to try to […]
Why Gossip Girl needs better faux techspeak.
I have personally uploaded my technical interviews DVD and booklet to help women prepare for technical interviews here, at Demonoid. I’d rather have people listen than not, and I realized that when it comes to piracy, there are two possible outcomes: either my video is pirated because someone likes it, or no one pirates it […]
One woman’s continuing mission to make you love Star Trek, too.
It’s been my experience that when TV shows and movies get software development and web development wrong, they get it REALLY wrong. A week ago, I rewatched The Dark Knight with two of my gaming buddies, both of whom are skilled developers. While we loved the movie, popcorn was thrown when Christian Bale rasped that […]
Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack to speak at Seattle Central Community College, Jan 18th, 3-5PM
I recently attended the Seattle Symphony’s ‘Scifi at the Pops‘, a collection of great science fiction scores and themes. I bought a ticket even before I knew that Jonathan Frakes would be directing. I was thrilled to find out, of course; I had the hugest crush on Commander Riker when I was thirteen, just like […]
Ladies and Gentlemen: I’ll be speaking as a joint guest of the Ignite program through Seattle Public Schools and the IT department at SCCC. People of all ages who want to know more about becoming a female programmer and entering technical careers are welcome to attend; I’ll be speaking on interview techniques, what to expect […]