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Take 5 for girls in tech

One would possibly say “the extra thanks we give, the extra thanks we get.” It could not really feel prefer it some days, however I do consider that being grateful helps us preserve a wholesome, completely satisfied thoughts. And the extra of that we are able to get within the tech world, the higher.

So, for International Women’s Day, I adopted that line of pondering and requested our author group to share a girl who has modified their life in tech.

Take a couple of minutes at this time to seek out out what these eight ladies in tech have completed and achieved to additional the success of others. Share your thanks within the feedback!


Connie Sieh, Project Founder and Coordinator of Scientific Linux

Thanked by Troy Dawson

I labored with Connie from 2001 to 2011, as a group of two, sharing an workplace for eight of these 10 years. She helped me discover and develop my ardour for constructing working programs. She was my mentor, and I would not be the identical professionally, or personally with out her affect.

The largest factor she taught me is to seek out out what the actual downside is. If somebody comes and says Y is damaged, do not simply assume that Y is damaged. Find out extra of the particular person’s expectations, what they have been doing, these kind of issues. It not solely lets the particular person know you might be critical about their downside, however you usually discover out that X is the actual downside, not Y.

Connie has been an enormous open supply champion the whole time I’ve identified her. Everything she did or wrote was open supply. Most of what she did was discovering bugs in packages as we constructed Fermi Linux and
Scientific Linux. All of these fixes she tried to push upstream. She works to attempt to get extra younger ladies into programming and robotics, too. Not in large methods which you can see nationwide, however in small, native teams.

Connie is a kind of people who if the place to look, you’ll be able to see her affect all over (even at Red Hat), however for those who did not realize it was her, you’d by no means realize it.


Geraldine HoongCustomer Success Manager at Red Hat

Thanked by Joshua Kho

Not solely was she my ultimate interviewer, however she was additionally the primary of many mentors who catalyzed me, and others, to be open, clear, and collaborative. From day one up until this very day, she exemplifies what she extols, by having the braveness to talk up for herself and others and exchanging concepts to do issues higher, within the face of inertia. She’s a terrific buyer success supervisor now and I’ve little question she can be a profitable senior supervisor within the very close to future.


Grace Hopper, an American pc scientist and United States Navy rear admiral

Thanked by Greg Scott

I am a bald-headed, middle-aged white man from Minnesota, and Grace Hopper is one in all my heroes.

I nonetheless keep in mind Grace Hopper’s explanation of a nanosecond; she confirmed a wire a little bit longer than one foot as a result of gentle travels about zero.three meters in a nanosecond. She taught me in that video to search for methods to visualise tech ideas for the general public, and I attempt to do this on a regular basis at this time once I’m speaking about cybersecurity. My different favourite assertion is: If it is the suitable factor to do, then do not ask permission, do it after which ask forgiveness. Sometimes this will get me in bother, however it largely helps me fit-in at Red Hat.


Hong Phuc Dang, Founder of FOSSASIA

Thanked by Shane Coughlan

Hong has been a mainstay of open supply exercise in Asia for a decade. She has constructed bridges between engineers, college students, and organizations which have resulted in quite a few new initiatives. Hong has been an inspiration to me in navigating challenges of every kind with a balanced, optimistic tone always. She epitomizes the aspiration of “be kind” and her distinctive monitor report exhibits simply how efficient that is.


Preethi Thomas, Software Engineering Associate Manager at Red Hat

Thanked by Roshni Pattath

Preethi has been an lively contributor to open supply for a few years and provides superb talks at All Things Open, GHC, and plenty of different conferences. She launched me to the world of open supply and Linux and has my go-to particular person at any time when I want private or skilled assist.


Gwen Cover, Software Developer, Thomson Reuters

Thanked by Jim Hall

My first job after college was a programs administrator for a small geographics firm. We made customized maps. I had a terrific boss! Gwen helped me by way of some robust first experiences at work, like the primary time I made a mistake on one in all our Unix servers. From Gwen, I discovered that whereas it might really feel like this the primary time anybody has achieved this (resembling whenever you’re dealing with a mistake or caught on an issue) others have most likely achieved one thing related earlier than. Don’t be an island; do not go it alone. Instead, be a peninsula; connect your self to somebody who has been there earlier than, and get their assist.

I’ve moved into administration and management roles, however I’ll always remember Gwen as my first boss. Whenever somebody on my group made an oops, I repeated the identical factor Gwen informed me: this has occurred to different folks, they mounted it, you’ll be able to repair it too. As I’ve managed system directors in my very own groups, I hope I’ve supplied the identical help she gave me.


Anasuya Sengupta and Siko Bouterse, Cofounders of Whose Knowledge?

Thanked by Luis Villa

When we have been coworkers at Wikimedia, Anasuya and Siko requested probing questions I did not have solutions for, like what does digital “freedom” supply to marginalized communities? Does selectively releasing just some folks, content material, or code deepen inequities for others? What obligations do now we have to handle these issues? I ask myself these questions on a regular basis now, and it is made me each a greater freedom fighter and a greater particular person. They each proceed to work on the issue by way of Whose Knowledge, and we’re all of their debt for that.


Rikki Endsley, Managing Editor at Developer Program at Red Hat

Thanked by Ben Cotton

When Rikki joined the Opensource.com editorial group, she began recruiting me to jot down for the location. Her persistence and assist in getting began satisfied me that I might write for audiences bigger than my very own small weblog. This encouragement (and refined trickery) led on to my changing into an Opensource.com Community Moderator, an OpenOrg Ambassador, and doing freelance work for a serious trade publication.

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