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SisterCodes

By Ashley and Kaylee
Welcome to sistercodes, a podcast hosted by Ashley (@ashhcodes) and Kaylee (@justacoderthing) - we're sisters who talk about our journeys in tech. We're excited to share our experiences working in technology in two different countries and get real with what it's really like being a minority in one of the fastest growing industries in the world!
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S2 Episode 4 - Writing a Book + Tech Education ft. Sam Taylor

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S2 Episode 8 - Team Re-Org
It's really common in tech to undergo a "re-org" where your team is re-organized depending on changing priorities. We talk about how we are dealing with our new organizations as well as some best practices on how to make the most of a rapidly changing situation. Follow Us: SisterCodes YouTube Channel SisterCodes Instagram Kaylee - Just a Coder Thing Instagram Ashley - Ashhcodes Instagram Kaylee's newsletter - subscribe here Just a Coder Thing Blog Ashhcodes Blog 
19:44
March 2, 2021
S2 Episode 7 - Imposter Syndrome
Have you ever felt like you don't belong in tech? We're talking all about Imposter Syndrome today - what it is, when we've felt it and how we combat it.  Link: Mayuko's Video on why coding is so difficult sometimes. Follow Us: SisterCodes YouTube Channel SisterCodes Instagram Kaylee - Just a Coder Thing Instagram Ashley - Ashhcodes Instagram Kaylee's newsletter - subscribe here Just a Coder Thing Blog Ashhcodes Blog
24:24
February 23, 2021
S2 Episode 6 - SisterCodes Chats January 2021
We're changing it up this week and bringing to you the first of SisterCodes chats where we share what's going on in our lives - the good, the bad, and what we're looking forward to in the month upcoming. Today we discuss hobbies - Ashley finished making a dress!, 30-day yoga challenges and more. Follow Us: SisterCodes YouTube Channel SisterCodes Instagram Kaylee - Just a Coder Thing Instagram Ashley - Ashhcodes Instagram Kaylee's newsletter - subscribe here Just a Coder Thing Blog Ashhcodes Blog
26:12
February 9, 2021
S2 Episode 5 - Starting a Job vs. Taking a Break After University
Have you ever wondered if the only option after graduating is to start a job? We're sharing our experience taking a break after graduating the pros, cons, and things you should consider. Plus, we share our thoughts on going back for higher educational degrees and our perspectives on whether it's worth it. Follow Us: SisterCodes YouTube Channel SisterCodes Instagram Kaylee - Just a Coder Thing Instagram Ashley - Ashhcodes Instagram Kaylee's newsletter - subscribe here Just a Coder Thing Blog Ashhcodes Blog
21:22
February 2, 2021
S2 Episode 4 - Writing a Book + Tech Education ft. Sam Taylor
Today we are featuring our second ever guest on SisterCodes - Sam Taylor! Sam is a published author of The Coding Workbook and also a technical curriculum developer. We talk with her today all about publishing her book and her work blending her passions for education and technology. Get a copy of The Coding Workbook here! Follow Sam on Instagram
25:56
January 26, 2021
S2 Episode 3 - Tech Culture Shock
If you're preparing for a career in tech here are some things about tech culture you should know. We discuss the ups and downs of tech "culture" and the ways you can prevent yourself from falling into a culture trap! Mayuko Why I Hate Coding Sometimes Follow Us! Subscribe to SisterCodes YouTube SisterCodes Instagram Ashley - @ashhcodes Kaylee - @justacoderthing
24:06
January 19, 2021
S2 Episode 2 - Personal Branding
Today we talk about claiming your online digital identity in the form of your personal brand - how it can help you land your next job as well as tips for establishing brand identity. Github Pages Follow Us! Subscribe to SisterCodes YouTube SisterCodes Instagram Ashley - @ashhcodes Kaylee - @justacoderthing
21:20
January 12, 2021
S2 Episode 1 - Goal Setting
New year new goals! We talk about helpful tips and frameworks to use when setting your goals for the new year such as SMART goals. In addition, we share our goals for the new year and our goals for SisterCodes! Links: SMART Goal Setting Kaylee's Monthly Newsletter
28:19
January 5, 2021
Episode 20 - 2020 Reflections
This episode marks the 20th episode of SisterCodes in 2020! We reflect on our years, the things we were happy to accomplish, the challenges we faced and what we're looking forward to in 2021!
31:05
December 29, 2020
Episode 19 - Women in Tech Community on IG
Sistercodes is very active on Instagram and we wanted to do a whole episode dedicated to the women in tech IG community! The #WIT IG community is so supportive, kind, and uplifting and we are both so thankful for all the friends and support we've received through this community. Thank you all for supporting our podcast and we hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season! Follow us on YouTube: bit.ly/sistercodes-youtube
19:38
December 22, 2020
Episode 18 - How to defend yourself when someone steals credit for your work
We spill the tea on someone trying to steal credit for founding the Women in Computer Science Society at her university. Hear what happened to Ashley, how she dealt with it, and tips on how to deal with someone else stealing your work. Ashley's full blog post about her experience Getting sponsorships for your club Owntrail
35:12
December 15, 2020
Episode 17 - Starting a New Job
Ashley started her job! We discuss her experience starting a software engineering job as a new grad and share our advice on the things you should know when starting a job (especially given most companies are still virtual!). Sistercodes is also now on YouTube!! Please subscribe at bit.ly/sistercodes-youtube.
22:52
December 8, 2020
Episode 16 - Holiday Gift Guide
Don't know what presents to buy for the holidays? We've got you covered! In this episode of sistercodes we're sharing our favorite tech products - mostly from small, women-owned businesses! It's so important to shop local, especially this year, and we encourage you to support small businesses that are women-owned and/or owned by POC. Sistercodes is also now on YouTube!! Please subscribe at bit.ly/sistercodes-youtube Links to Products: Passion Planner by Angelia Trinidad The Coding Workbook by Sam Taylor  Amazon Kindle Cute Coder Collage Art by EyetoEyeDesign UV-C Phone Soap AviateHer Pins by Krystina  Fossil Hybrid Watch Women in Tech Mugs & Pouches by Ashley
20:48
December 1, 2020
Episode 15 - Advertisements
How many ads do you see per day? In 1970 it was 500-1600 ads per day, in 2007 around 5,000 per day, and in 2020 it's estimated that a person sees 6,000-10,000 ads per day. In this episode of sistercodes, we're talking about the effects of encountering so many ads per day and ways you can limit the personalized ads you see. We also talk about the new Instagram layout (swapped activity with shopping tab), adblocker recommendations, and running ads as content creators.  Links: How Many Ads Do We See A Day How Quitting Instagram Saves Me Over $300 A Month AdBlocker Ultimate How to Change Ads on Instagram Manage What Type of Ads You See on YouTube Would you pay for an ad-free internet?
28:51
November 24, 2020
Episode 14 - Female Virtual Assistants
Have you ever wondered why all virtual assistants are feminine? We dive into the tech behind virtual assistants, the gender stereotypes they perpetuate and other ramifications of feminine virtual assistants. https://www.geekwire.com/2016/why-is-ai-female-how-our-ideas-about-sex-and-service-influence-the-personalities-we-give-machines/ https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/03/why-do-so-many-digital-assistants-have-feminine-names/475884/ https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/opinion/sunday/sheryl-sandberg-and-adam-grant-on-women-doing-office-housework.html http://www.bu.edu/articles/2014/bu-research-riddle-reveals-the-depth-of-gender-bias/
25:41
November 17, 2020
Episode 13 - Taboo Topics (Discussing Salary, Saying No, Taking Sick Days)
On this episode of sistercodes, we're talking about taboo topics in tech! We discuss normalizing salary discussions among coworkers, saying no to opportunities that don't align with your interests and values, setting boundaries for work and life, and taking all your sick days whether for mental or physical health. Links: @herfirst100k Illegal for employers to ask 'What is your current salary?' in some states Glassdoor Reddit
27:58
November 10, 2020
Episode 12 - Accessibility in Tech ft. Victoria Berkowitz
Accessibility in tech is incredibly important - how can we start building inclusive products without considering everyone's experiences? Today we speak with our first ever guest speaker - Victoria Berkowitz. Victoria will talk about how able-bodied developers can bring an inclusive and accessibility mindset to the products their building, the ways that companies can support accessibility, and so much more.  Connect with Victoria on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-berkowitz/ Victoria's Facebook Plugin - https://endeavors.unc.edu/victoria-miller/
35:19
November 3, 2020
Episode 11 - Negotiating Your Salary
Did you know that women make 82 cents for every one dollar men make? One of the main reasons cited for the gender pay gap is that fewer women negotiate their salary. Negotiation can be scary especially if this is your first time negotiating your salary but it's especially important to make sure you're being paid your worth! We talk about our experiences negotiating job offers and asking for raises. levels.fyi www.glassdoor.com
26:33
October 27, 2020
Episode 10 - Tools You Use in Software Engineering
In this episode of sister codes, we're talking about software engineering tools you use in the tech industry! From Agile and SCRUM practices to Git and software version control, we're covering it all.   JIRA, IntelliJ vs. VSCode, Confluence, Git vs. SVN, Outlook, Zoom vs. Teams vs. Hangouts Links: @_steph.js Build Your Own Link in Bio Agile Introduction GitHub Introduction
30:15
October 20, 2020
Episode 9 - How to Start Your Business
In this episode of sistercodes, we're talking all about how to start your own business! Ashley owns her design company - A Llewellyn Designs - where she provides web, logo, and graphic design services for clients and Kaylee owns JustACoderThing and has a passive income stream. Ashley also has an Etsy shop - StudioByAshley - where she sells women in tech merch that she designs herself. We're talking about everything from finding clients and signing contracts to managing your side hustle and a 9-5 full-time job! Links - FB groups: Freelancing Females Creative Lady Collective Web Designer Boss Ladies
23:60
October 13, 2020
Episode 8 - Burnout && Balance
Today we dive into burnout and balance from our perspectives of the 8th month of working remotely and 3rd month of job hunting during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also give some tips on how to maintain balance and avoid burnout as well as discuss some helpful studies and technologies that help us do this.  Alcohol and its impact on sleep - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2775419/ Meditation app that Ashley uses - https://my.life/
31:05
October 6, 2020
Episode 7 - vGHC
Are you going to vGHC? Grace Hopper Celebration is the world's largest gathering of women technologists annually and its usually centered around a massive career fair where companies of all shapes and sizes are eager to recruit women in STEM. This year, Anita B announced that the virtual career fair will not be taking place so we sat down to talk through our experience, our perspectives, and how you can still make the most of vGHC to find a job.
26:60
September 29, 2020
Episode 6 - Tech Interviews
In this episode of sistercodes we’re talking about tech interviews! We're covering (almost!) all aspects of technical interviews including elevator pitches, zoom backgrounds, organization tips, and good questions to ask your interviewer. As always you can find us over on Instagram @sistercodes!
32:21
September 22, 2020
Episode 5 - Data Privacy and Regulation
Is your phone listening to you? Just how much personal data are Google and Facebook collecting on you and selling to advertisers? How can you improve your data privacy online? In this episode of sistercodes we're discussing data privacy and regulation and everything that comes along with it. We're talking about the tradeoff between a free platform and giving away your personal data, bringing regulation into tech with laws like GDPR, and ways that you can improve your data privacy online. Links: DuckDuckGo / Best VPNs The Great Hack Android Fine-Grained Controls (only allow location access while using app) Amazon Not Providing Sick Leave to Employees Cambridge Analytica and Facebook
29:19
September 15, 2020
Episode 4 - Behind the Scenes of a Tech "Influencer"
Today we're talking all about what it means to be a tech "influencer". We cover everything from content creation to building a following and how influencers make their dough. 
35:37
September 8, 2020
Episode 3: How did we get into tech?
Today we're talking about our journeys into tech - from playing Frogger on a Commodore 64 to graduating with Computer Science degrees and starting jobs in finance! 😅 In this episode we talk about steep learning curves, the importance of resilience, and ego problems in tech.
28:56
September 1, 2020
Episode 2: Multi-Racial Women of Tech
What does it mean to be a woman of color? Today we'll be talking about the term women of color, our own identities, and our experiences as multiracial women in tech. Here are some helpful links to read up more on this important topic: - https://builtin.com/women-tech/women-in-tech-workplace-statistics - "The “broken rung” is even more broken for women of color, who only make up 18% of entry-level positions" - https://www.cio.com/article/3516012/women-in-tech-statistics-the-hard-truths-of-an-uphill-battle.html - "25% of women in computing roles in 2015 - Asian women make up just 5 percent of that number" - https://www.wired.com/story/five-years-tech-diversity-reports-little-progress/
24:53
August 25, 2020
Episode 1: Covid, new jobs, and work-life balance
In this episode of sistercodes we're talking about how covid has affected our jobs and everyday lives, and what constitutes a 'tech' company. During quarantine, Kaylee has switched teams, moved out of her NY apartment, and is still trying to find a good work-life balance while Ashley has graduated, had her work start date delayed, and is getting back to her passions including blogging and graphic design.
35:03
August 18, 2020
SisterCodes Trailer Intro
Welcome to sistercodes, a podcast hosted by Ashley and Kaylee - we're sisters who talk about their journey in tech. We're excited to share our experiences working in technology in two different countries and get real with what it's really like being a minority in one of the fastest growing industries in the world!
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August 17, 2020