The Blog Squad

 

Meet the brilliant minds behind our Blog.  

Our take on technology is different to the norm.  We're a team of 30+ content contributors, all passionate about technology + diversity, we undertake to provide you with the latest news, most thought-provoking articles and practical advice on how to either enter or find the inspiration to remain in the tech sector. 

  Spike Western , Blog Editor  On Spike’s journey through life, he has walked 550 miles across Spain, spent 4 years in Australia camping, surfing, hiking and jumping off waterfalls,  while funding himself busking with his guitar, volunteered at an english school in the Cambodian countryside, and got married on a deserted beach in Fiji. Spike has documented his travels through his blog, and his instagram. After travelling the world these past years, he has made it his goal in life to help create a more diverse and inclusive planet for all.     Follow Spike:  LinkedIn  |  Instagram  |  Travel Blog  |  Vimeo

Spike Western, Blog Editor

On Spike’s journey through life, he has walked 550 miles across Spain, spent 4 years in Australia camping, surfing, hiking and jumping off waterfalls,  while funding himself busking with his guitar, volunteered at an english school in the Cambodian countryside, and got married on a deserted beach in Fiji. Spike has documented his travels through his blog, and his instagram. After travelling the world these past years, he has made it his goal in life to help create a more diverse and inclusive planet for all.

 

Follow Spike: LinkedIn | Instagram | Travel Blog | Vimeo

 
 
  Adriana Chavez    Adriana is a student and writer based in New York. She currently works as part of the Day of the Girl-US action team where she runs the Girls in STEM blog series. She is passionate about coding and intersectional feminism. When not hidden behind her computer or a great book, she can be found walking the streets of New York with her rescue dog.     Follow Adriana:  LinkedIn  |  Github

Adriana Chavez

 Adriana is a student and writer based in New York. She currently works as part of the Day of the Girl-US action team where she runs the Girls in STEM blog series. She is passionate about coding and intersectional feminism. When not hidden behind her computer or a great book, she can be found walking the streets of New York with her rescue dog.

 

Follow Adriana: LinkedIn | Github

  Sophie van   Wersch   Sophie van Wersch graduated with a B.A.from the University College of Maastricht, majoring in International Politics and Sociology. Soon after graduating, she made plans for a career change into the tech industry. This led to her attending the New York Code + Design Academy in Amsterdam where she completed a 3-month full-stack development bootcamp. She is now working as a web and back-end developer at the IBM Client Innovation Center Benelux in Amsterdam.     Follow Sophie:  LinkedIn

Sophie van Wersch

Sophie van Wersch graduated with a B.A.from the University College of Maastricht, majoring in International Politics and Sociology. Soon after graduating, she made plans for a career change into the tech industry. This led to her attending the New York Code + Design Academy in Amsterdam where she completed a 3-month full-stack development bootcamp. She is now working as a web and back-end developer at the IBM Client Innovation Center Benelux in Amsterdam.

 

Follow Sophie: LinkedIn

 
  Sphoorti Bhandare   Sphoorti Bhandare is a PR consultant with a heart of a digital nomad. Sphoorti studied Electronics (B.Tech.) and pursued Masters in Public Relations in New York. A Bollywood dancer by nature, Sphoorti keeps busy by finding new PR trends, learning about social media tools and planning her next travel destination. She's usually found mastering Zumba, making whipped coffee and hopping from one country to another.  Follow Sphoorti:  LinkedIn  | 

Sphoorti Bhandare

Sphoorti Bhandare is a PR consultant with a heart of a digital nomad. Sphoorti studied Electronics (B.Tech.) and pursued Masters in Public Relations in New York. A Bollywood dancer by nature, Sphoorti keeps busy by finding new PR trends, learning about social media tools and planning her next travel destination. She's usually found mastering Zumba, making whipped coffee and hopping from one country to another.

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  Claire Donald   Claire Donald is a Project & Program Manager with over 15 years’ experience delivering IT infrastructure and application projects using traditional, agile and continuous delivery methods. She has a high tolerance for ambiguity and has worked within fast paced and high pressure environments, taking an entrepreneurial approach. Claire is currently completing an Executive MBA with Surrey Business School.        Follow Claire: LinkedIn | Twitter

Claire Donald

Claire Donald is a Project & Program Manager with over 15 years’ experience delivering IT infrastructure and application projects using traditional, agile and continuous delivery methods. She has a high tolerance for ambiguity and has worked within fast paced and high pressure environments, taking an entrepreneurial approach. Claire is currently completing an Executive MBA with Surrey Business School.

 

 

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  Kimberly Whitney   Hi friends, I'm Kim! I'm a fourth year (of five!) computer engineering and computer science student at Northeastern University in Boston. I've worked four full-time software developer internships (or as we call them at NU, co-ops) so far at EMC, Apple, Starry, and now Turo! I also enjoy art and design, rock climbing, swimming in lakes, and doppler radar - though my passions lately have mainly revolved around diversifying the tech workplace. Please don't hesitate to send me a message; I'd love to chat!  Follow Kim:  LinkedIn  |  Github

Kimberly Whitney

Hi friends, I'm Kim! I'm a fourth year (of five!) computer engineering and computer science student at Northeastern University in Boston. I've worked four full-time software developer internships (or as we call them at NU, co-ops) so far at EMC, Apple, Starry, and now Turo! I also enjoy art and design, rock climbing, swimming in lakes, and doppler radar - though my passions lately have mainly revolved around diversifying the tech workplace. Please don't hesitate to send me a message; I'd love to chat!

Follow Kim: LinkedIn | Github

  Caitlin Stanton   Caitlin Stanton is a student at Cornell University studying electrical and computer engineering. She got her start as a Girls Who Code student, and immediately started attending hackathons, working at companies like Oath and Qualcomm, and founding tech initiatives, such as def hacks( ) and ProgramHers. On campus, she is the founder and president of Cornell’s chapter of the engineering sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon, one of the co-directors of faculty/alumni relations for Women in Computing at Cornell, and a staff writer for the sports department of the Cornell Daily Sun.  Follow Caitlin:  LinkedIn  |  GitHub  |  Instagram  |  Caitlin.site

Caitlin Stanton

Caitlin Stanton is a student at Cornell University studying electrical and computer engineering. She got her start as a Girls Who Code student, and immediately started attending hackathons, working at companies like Oath and Qualcomm, and founding tech initiatives, such as def hacks( ) and ProgramHers. On campus, she is the founder and president of Cornell’s chapter of the engineering sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon, one of the co-directors of faculty/alumni relations for Women in Computing at Cornell, and a staff writer for the sports department of the Cornell Daily Sun.

Follow Caitlin: LinkedIn | GitHub | Instagram | Caitlin.site

  Vivien Li   A recent graduate of New York University, Vivien is a global storyteller, curious traveler and aspiring foodie. Growing up with a bicultural background (Taiwanese and American), she is deeply passionate in learning about cultures across the world, and spent 4 semesters studying away: from London, Washington DC to Prague. With a major in Media, Culture and Communication and interests in technology and business, Vivien enjoys listening to, sharing, and voicing ideas of her own and from different people, and hopes to bring positive impact through her work and writing—starting with SheCanCode.  Follow Vivien:  Instagram  |  LinkedIn

Vivien Li

A recent graduate of New York University, Vivien is a global storyteller, curious traveler and aspiring foodie. Growing up with a bicultural background (Taiwanese and American), she is deeply passionate in learning about cultures across the world, and spent 4 semesters studying away: from London, Washington DC to Prague. With a major in Media, Culture and Communication and interests in technology and business, Vivien enjoys listening to, sharing, and voicing ideas of her own and from different people, and hopes to bring positive impact through her work and writing—starting with SheCanCode.

Follow Vivien: Instagram | LinkedIn

  Katy Gero   Katy Gero has been lucky enough to work at two tech startups with female CEOs. A year after finishing her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, she slyly transitioned into data and computer science roles. A long time writer and poet, she loves getting people interested in science and technology and bridging the gap between the arts and engineering.        Follow Katy:  LinkedIn

Katy Gero

Katy Gero has been lucky enough to work at two tech startups with female CEOs. A year after finishing her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, she slyly transitioned into data and computer science roles. A long time writer and poet, she loves getting people interested in science and technology and bridging the gap between the arts and engineering.

 

 

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  Lola Wajskop   Lola Wajskop graduated with a Masters in Electronics and IT Engineering in 2016 and with a Masters in Management from London Business School in 2017. She now works as an analyst in a venture capital firm. Lola is passionate about her initiative “Yes She Can”, that she launched two years ago with a friend. The goal? Promote engineering studies among female high school students.           Follow Lola:  LinkedIn  

Lola Wajskop

Lola Wajskop graduated with a Masters in Electronics and IT Engineering in 2016 and with a Masters in Management from London Business School in 2017. She now works as an analyst in a venture capital firm. Lola is passionate about her initiative “Yes She Can”, that she launched two years ago with a friend. The goal? Promote engineering studies among female high school students.

 

 

 

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  Stephanie Almeida   Stephanie Almeida is a senior at a high school focused on engineering. She will study computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall. When she isn't dancing and singing at the top of her lungs to the top hits or playing with her puppy Max, you can find her competing with other programmers at hackathons or teaching coding to students from impoverished districts. Stephanie enjoys trying exotic cuisines; food is her ultimate love! After college, Stephanie wants to found a startup which focuses on developing technology to help children with problems such as bullying.  Follow Stephanie:  LinkedIn

Stephanie Almeida

Stephanie Almeida is a senior at a high school focused on engineering. She will study computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall. When she isn't dancing and singing at the top of her lungs to the top hits or playing with her puppy Max, you can find her competing with other programmers at hackathons or teaching coding to students from impoverished districts. Stephanie enjoys trying exotic cuisines; food is her ultimate love! After college, Stephanie wants to found a startup which focuses on developing technology to help children with problems such as bullying.

Follow Stephanie: LinkedIn

  Charlotte Anderson   Charlotte Anderson is a marketing enthusiast with a First Class Degree in Business from the University of Sussex. Currently, she is working as a digital marketer involved heavily with social media marketing and content creation, and hoping to gain further knowledge in coding and website development. Having written many essays around the subject of gender equality and representation in the media, she hopes to convey the passion for the subject through her blog posts with SheCanCode.  Follow Charlotte:  Twitter  |  LinkedIn    

Charlotte Anderson

Charlotte Anderson is a marketing enthusiast with a First Class Degree in Business from the University of Sussex. Currently, she is working as a digital marketer involved heavily with social media marketing and content creation, and hoping to gain further knowledge in coding and website development. Having written many essays around the subject of gender equality and representation in the media, she hopes to convey the passion for the subject through her blog posts with SheCanCode.

Follow Charlotte: Twitter | LinkedIn

 

 
 
  Sarah Robinson   Sarah Robinson is a Digital Marketing Director and Events Producer with an MSc in Psychology & Neuroscience. She is also a yoga teacher and is passionate about making mental and physical wellbeing accessible for all. She particularly enjoys teaching meditation and yoga at tech conferences, helping developers and designers find new ways to unwind and relax. She hopes to help everyone discover ways to feel better through her blog posts with SheCanCode.     Follow Sarah:  LinkedIn  |  Sentia Yoga  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson is a Digital Marketing Director and Events Producer with an MSc in Psychology & Neuroscience. She is also a yoga teacher and is passionate about making mental and physical wellbeing accessible for all. She particularly enjoys teaching meditation and yoga at tech conferences, helping developers and designers find new ways to unwind and relax. She hopes to help everyone discover ways to feel better through her blog posts with SheCanCode.

 

Follow Sarah: LinkedInSentia Yoga | Instagram | Twitter

  Lucy Sabin   Contributing writer and former employee,  Lucy , is a well- traveled, multimedia communicator with a First Class degree from Durham University, including a year abroad in France and Spain. Lucy recently became a coder with Founders & Coders, and runs her own blog  Secret Diary Of A Code Girl , to break down stereotypes and get more women into tech. She is an inspiration and a role model to all women in tech.        Follow Lucy:  LinkedIn  |  Twitter

Lucy Sabin

Contributing writer and former employee, Lucy, is a well- traveled, multimedia communicator with a First Class degree from Durham University, including a year abroad in France and Spain. Lucy recently became a coder with Founders & Coders, and runs her own blog Secret Diary Of A Code Girl, to break down stereotypes and get more women into tech. She is an inspiration and a role model to all women in tech.

 

 

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  Debjani Chatterjee   Taking on challenges and learning is one of the things Debjani Chatterjee values the most. With early exposure to values like diversity and inclusion, she is one of those who loves to speak through her work and writings. An engineering graduate, with a knack for marketing, Debjani is a strong communicator working with businesses and tech startups for advocacy and community management. She is passionate about writing to simplify complex messages for global audiences. She also loves hacking Internet of things and watching Netflix!     Follow Debjani:  LinkedIn

Debjani Chatterjee

Taking on challenges and learning is one of the things Debjani Chatterjee values the most. With early exposure to values like diversity and inclusion, she is one of those who loves to speak through her work and writings. An engineering graduate, with a knack for marketing, Debjani is a strong communicator working with businesses and tech startups for advocacy and community management. She is passionate about writing to simplify complex messages for global audiences. She also loves hacking Internet of things and watching Netflix!

 

Follow Debjani: LinkedIn

 
  Michelle Gyimah    Michelle is the Director of Equality Pays, a Gender Equality Consultancy dedicated to helping technology firms create inclusive business cultures.  Her firm has worked with technology firms and the financial services industry. Michelle is a regular contributor to numerous business magazines, international conferences and lives in Manchester, UK.        Follow Michelle:  LinkedIn  |  www.equalitypays.co.uk

Michelle Gyimah

Michelle is the Director of Equality Pays, a Gender Equality Consultancy dedicated to helping technology firms create inclusive business cultures.  Her firm has worked with technology firms and the financial services industry. Michelle is a regular contributor to numerous business magazines, international conferences and lives in Manchester, UK.

 

 

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  Olivia Wisden   As a recent graduate from University of Wisconsin- Madison with degrees in International Studies and Communication, becoming a tech entrepreneur was never in Olivia's  game plan.  After several international internships her goal of medicine was out and a new and much less definitive goal was in: traveling and helping others experience the world. Since graduation She has founded and built my own company, Babette Travel, that provides the resources for interns to plan and find their own amazing international internship.  Follow Olivia:  LinkedIn  |  Babette Travel

Olivia Wisden

As a recent graduate from University of Wisconsin- Madison with degrees in International Studies and Communication, becoming a tech entrepreneur was never in Olivia's  game plan.  After several international internships her goal of medicine was out and a new and much less definitive goal was in: traveling and helping others experience the world. Since graduation She has founded and built my own company, Babette Travel, that provides the resources for interns to plan and find their own amazing international internship.

Follow Olivia: LinkedIn | Babette Travel

  Alice Lieutier   Alice is proudly French. She enjoys travelling, learning new languages, good food and outdoor activities incl. rock climbing and hiking. Alice has been a software engineer for over 5 years now, and joins us most recently from Facebook, where she was one of Facebook’s first London-office hires, and only 1 of 3 women in the first 60 engineers there.  Having taken off time to travel the world for 5 months, Alice joined SheCanCode because of her passion for empowering more women to enter and remain in technology.  Follow Alice:  LinkedIn  |  Facebook

Alice Lieutier

Alice is proudly French. She enjoys travelling, learning new languages, good food and outdoor activities incl. rock climbing and hiking. Alice has been a software engineer for over 5 years now, and joins us most recently from Facebook, where she was one of Facebook’s first London-office hires, and only 1 of 3 women in the first 60 engineers there.  Having taken off time to travel the world for 5 months, Alice joined SheCanCode because of her passion for empowering more women to enter and remain in technology.

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     Damian Piper   Damian founded Effective Challenge to work with individuals and teams to improve their performance and results. He’s passionate about people recognising and realising their potential.  A strong believer that your past and current circumstances don’t have to dictate your future.  Previously, he has worked in senior leadership positions in the UK Government, leading digital transformation programmes which bring people, technology, and process together in pressurised environments.. He’s an MBA, a Fellow of the  IET  and certified MBTI practitioner.  Follow Damian:  Effective Challenge  |  Facebook  |  LinkedIn

Damian Piper

Damian founded Effective Challenge to work with individuals and teams to improve their performance and results. He’s passionate about people recognising and realising their potential.  A strong believer that your past and current circumstances don’t have to dictate your future.  Previously, he has worked in senior leadership positions in the UK Government, leading digital transformation programmes which bring people, technology, and process together in pressurised environments.. He’s an MBA, a Fellow of the IET and certified MBTI practitioner.

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  Claudia Coppenolle   As well as being Head of Digital Market Management for Digital Cash Products at Deutsche Bank,  Claudia runs various “Diversity & Inclusion in Digital” projects within and outside the bank and is a business mentor for HATCH, one of the UK’s leading community enterprise charities helping to turn start-ups into sustainable and scalable enterprises.  Follow Claudia:  LinkedIn  

Claudia Coppenolle

As well as being Head of Digital Market Management for Digital Cash Products at Deutsche Bank,  Claudia runs various “Diversity & Inclusion in Digital” projects within and outside the bank and is a business mentor for HATCH, one of the UK’s leading community enterprise charities helping to turn start-ups into sustainable and scalable enterprises.

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  Jam Creencia   Jam is a freelance front-end developer currently based in London. She worked in Australia as a nurse before realising that coding is her true passion. Not long after, she quit nursing, attended a coding bootcamp and secured a role as a software developer.  She hasn't looked back since. After working with ThoughtWorks Australia, she sought new challenges in London to work in startups and travel Europe. Having gone through a career change herself, she aspires to help other women that are keen to get into the tech industry.  Follow Jam:  LinkedIn

Jam Creencia

Jam is a freelance front-end developer currently based in London. She worked in Australia as a nurse before realising that coding is her true passion. Not long after, she quit nursing, attended a coding bootcamp and secured a role as a software developer.  She hasn't looked back since. After working with ThoughtWorks Australia, she sought new challenges in London to work in startups and travel Europe. Having gone through a career change herself, she aspires to help other women that are keen to get into the tech industry.

Follow Jam: LinkedIn