Posted in Blogging, Speaking, WIT

A Woman in SQL 2023

When I started this blog back in 2016, I wanted to make sure I wrote a blog post every March in honor of Women’s Month. I missed it last year but I want to get back in the routine. I figure as long as it was about by the end of the month, I’m good, right?

Photo by ThisIsEngineering on

This particular post took me a long time to put together. I actually started putting it together well over a year ago. I’m not sure why it’s taken so long to hit “Post”. Perhaps because I don’t like what it says but I feel it needs to be done anyway.

I see a lot of conversations on social media related to diversity at events. It bubbles up every couple of months or so. Some organizers are great about making sure they have a diverse pool of speakers but aren’t always able to get there. Other times, the conversation is criticizing organizers who are falling short of the goal. But there seems to be a general sense that we aren’t as diverse or representative as we want to be. So I wanted to take a look to see if this is an accurate assessment.

Continue reading “A Woman in SQL 2023”
Posted in WIT, WITspiration

Announcing the launch of: WITspiration

I cannot begin to say how excited I am for this blog post because I finally get to tell you about something that’s been in the works for a while.

My good friend Tracy Boggiano (t | m | b) and I are happy to announce the launch of WITspiration, a women’s mentoring circle.

What is WITspiration?

The goal of this group is simple:

The logo for WITspiration: An image in the center shows a person helping another person climb onto a block. Under the image is the group's name, WITspiration, with the tagline "Lift as We Climb" underneath. The colors are a peach-y pink (or pink-y peach) with the image and tagline in a muted red.

To inspire and empower women in tech, starting with the data platform community, to thrive in their careers through community based mentorship.

Our tagline:

Lift as We Climb.

This is something we hear a lot from a lot of different people; Rie Merritt (t | m) is someone who I often associate with this phrase. It’s important for women to support other women. And this fits our goal perfectly. We’re not only a part of this to get the support we need but help others reach their goals at the same time. We’re truly lifting others as we lift ourselves.

What is a mentoring circle and how does it work?

I first heard about the concept of mentoring circles from Kellyn Pot’vin-Gorman (t | b). I loved the idea because of egalitarian qualities of it. Everyone is a mentee and everyone is a mentor. It’s a collective way to work together to hear the different thoughts and opinions and really work through various issues. For me, it’s also less pressure. I’m always worried that I may give someone bad advice or steer them wrong. With a circle, I have a partner who can also give another perspective and between us, we can provide more support for that third person.

We will create circles of 3 or 4 people, trying to match interests and goals as much as possible. Then we’ll leave it up to each group to find times to get together and mentor each other. We’ll ask one person in the group to help organize when the meetings happen, be someone we can check in with along the way, etc. Tracy and I will be assisting each group as needed along the way. Each group will meet for a year to give them time to develop their rhythms and achieve goals.

Are you interested in being a part of this?

If you would like to participate, here’s the form to fill out:

To find out more information about our organization, including our goals and code of conduct, you can find them here: This link will take you to our GitHub page.

We’re also on social media so make sure to follow us there:

Now that the important part is out of the way, I can share some of the background behind how we got here, if you’re interested in that sort of thing…

Continue reading “Announcing the launch of: WITspiration”