27 4 / 2014

Grilling & watching the game outside :)  (at City View)

Grilling & watching the game outside :) (at City View)

26 4 / 2014

That time my 6’9” boyfriend needed the pants shortened. This place is a magical kingdom of suits.  (at Austin Burke Wholesalers Outlet)

That time my 6’9” boyfriend needed the pants shortened. This place is a magical kingdom of suits. (at Austin Burke Wholesalers Outlet)

21 4 / 2014

This weekend I attended Chicas Poderosas Miami, and I was not happy. I wanted a workshop environment. I wanted more training. I wanted to stop talking about feelings and start looking at code. 

I was so used to journalism school, structured workshops and big conferences that I struggled with the structure and flow of Chicas. But late last night I realized that those traditional training methods have failed. There are not enough women working in media technology, and Mariana Santos had the guts to try something new. 

New things aren’t perfect, but they are usually on the right track. As the groups presented their projects, dozens of women were smiling and engaged. Even if one third of these women continue their journey into digital work, it will be more women working in media technology than before. That would be a success. 

I thought Chicas would be arming women with the skills to combine journalism and technology, but what it did instead was create a community. It created a place where failure was okay and asking questions was encouraged. If that’s what gets more strong and talented women involved in media technology, then that’s all that matters. Now that I’ve had time to digest and reflect, I am looking forward to seeing how the organization grows and empowers women. 

And lastly, it taught me that you shouldn’t judge something when you’re exhausted, mentally drained and out of your comfort zone. Even for us super type-A women, Chicas had a message. 

06 4 / 2014

My ticket for this sporting event cost $2.20. Go Panthers.  (at BB&T Center)

My ticket for this sporting event cost $2.20. Go Panthers. (at BB&T Center)

01 4 / 2014

Last morning in Key West. We had such a great time!  (at Galleria Condos)

Last morning in Key West. We had such a great time! (at Galleria Condos)

31 3 / 2014

at Southernmost Point Continental USA

at Southernmost Point Continental USA

23 3 / 2014

Go Cards! #springtraining (at Roger Dean Stadium)

Go Cards! #springtraining (at Roger Dean Stadium)

22 3 / 2014

Annual night out to Yardbird with @deirdremckee & @sjchandler  (at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar)

Annual night out to Yardbird with @deirdremckee & @sjchandler (at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar)

16 3 / 2014

The kids. <3 (at The Drake Hotel)

The kids. <3 (at The Drake Hotel)

15 3 / 2014

Kicking off The Bal Dominique gala, where Dieter&#8217;s parents are being honored for their work on education for women.  (at The Drake Hotel)

Kicking off The Bal Dominique gala, where Dieter’s parents are being honored for their work on education for women. (at The Drake Hotel)

06 3 / 2014

Wearing green, drinking beer and listening to bagpipes. Good ole Irish party.  (at FitzGerald&#8217;s)

Wearing green, drinking beer and listening to bagpipes. Good ole Irish party. (at FitzGerald’s)

02 3 / 2014

Sisters!  (at Harpo&#8217;s)

Sisters! (at Harpo’s)

23 2 / 2014

Catching some sun before three straight weekends in the cold Midwest.  (at City View)

Catching some sun before three straight weekends in the cold Midwest. (at City View)

18 2 / 2014

My students had presentations today so I rewarded them with @soflapix swag. They loved it!  (at University of Miami)

My students had presentations today so I rewarded them with @soflapix swag. They loved it! (at University of Miami)

16 2 / 2014

FAU v. Notre Dame (at Baseball Stadium)

FAU v. Notre Dame (at Baseball Stadium)