Archive for the 'work' Category

From 13 to 3: Lessons I’ve learned

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Yesterday was my last day at IBM after 13.5 years. While it’s hard to believe I have spent my entire professional career in one company, the different roles and opportunities that have been afforded me make it seem like I’ve worked in at least 5 different places. Not to mention, I grew up while at […]


Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

I have a cough. It’s the result of my sinus infection and asthma – together they make me all coughy. Which has made me popular at work. Several times I’ve heard people walk by and say “stay away from that cube”. A few teammates have kindly told me to get well soon (I really don’t […]

this may or may not have happened at work today

Monday, November 16th, 2009

i went to talk to someone about a problem i’m working on at work. i wanted to show her something so i switched over to my firefox window. the front tab has PORN opened. pictures. girls. mouths. men’s genitals. disgusting. i have NO IDEA how it got there (i can’t wait to see what Jeff […]

Feedback is fun!

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Got a super nice note from the organizer of yesterday’s event. Hi Jen, Thank you so much for your “my life” talk today. You were fantastic! I flipped through about half of the stack of evaluation surveys. For the question about “What things did you like most about the day”, I noticed three girls that […]

Another day, another opportunity

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Today I am going to U of T campus to talk to the group of young women who are participating in the Gr8 Designs for Gr8 Girls workshop. Super exciting to tell them all about being a software developer (*not* programmer) and to help break down the gender stereotypes that exist around my profession. Should […]

ECOO 2009

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Today I presented a workshop at ECOO 2009. You can see the details of the outreach we do on the Teaching With Scratch website. Please pass along to any teachers that you know who might be interested!


Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

The past few years I’ve enjoyed developing and delivering workshops and presentations at IBM’s Centre For Advanced Studies conference. This is the first year that I’m not going to be getting the presenter’s bag. I wonder what the gift is – last year it was an electronic sudoku game 🙂 In any case, it should […]


Friday, January 16th, 2009

That’s right, Toronto is dark. There’s a power outage that’s been affecting something like 20,000 homes since 10:00 PM last night. And it happens to be the coldest night/day of the year with temperatures that are close to -20. Lucky me, I’m in the affected area. On the plus side, I had a terrific night’s […]


Monday, December 8th, 2008

this morning I came in to work to find a slew of emails in my inbox that are all variations on the “not feeling well, working from home.” Last week there was a lot of coughing, but everyone felt well enough to work from here – which means that my office is probably full of […]

jenn + caffeine

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Yesterday I went to Baron’s cube and started dancing. Baron was like “did you have coffee?” Busted. 10 minutes before I had a small cup of coffee from Timmy’s. But then I got a great amount of work done. This morning I decided to have another cup. Here’s what happened: 8:40: Jenn gets cup of […]