Jess is a mom of one wonderful kid, the CTO at Optoro, the host of the DCTech Slack, and an organizer of the Joy of Programming Meetup. She has held lots of roles in tech; including IT support, operations, development, and eventually leadership.
When she unplugs, Jess can be found around Washington DC playing music at open mics, cooking, playing board games, and spending time with her son.
April 17th, 2019 | 40 mins 10 secs
fear, panic, scary
Due to the "Momo Challenge": the latest in a series of internet "challenges" and urban legends, Chris, Jess, JC, and Mandy talk about fear mongering and inducing panic: What do we do as parents to protect our kids? Do we, as technologists, have an advantage in understanding "hoaxes" better than non-technologists? Should we ignore the hype and "let live and let go?" And how much do we/should we be monitoring our kids?
March 13th, 2019 | 40 mins 46 secs
Stephanie Rowe, the founder and CEO of Juelez, joins the panel to talk about getting girls involved in STEM. Conversations around topics such as designing into motivation, how parents can help, and gender ensue.
January 30th, 2019 | 47 mins 16 secs
dating, modern families, single parenting
In this episode, Mandy, Jess, Allison, and KWu talk about single parenting: how it's becoming more common, but that there are still stigmas attached to it, choosing your village, dating, specific challenges, and how others can be supportive.
January 16th, 2019 | 35 mins 39 secs
In this episode, the panelists talk about the importance of self-care: having routines, setting environments, and taking time for yourselves as individuals while being okay with your child's temporary discomfort and happiness.
January 2nd, 2019 | 39 mins 53 secs
In this episode, Adam Cuppy joins the panel to talk about him and his wife's struggle with fertility and having a child. The emotional weight of the journey is discussed, as well as the lack of community for males with fertility struggles. Adam also talks about how the whole process has given him a greater sense that while it was hard, there are many other things in his life that are hard but worth pursuing.
December 5th, 2018 | 35 mins 25 secs
In this episode, co-founders Anne Halsall and Sara Mauskopf join the show to talk about creating the app Winnie: a place where crowdsourced information is spread amongst parents that relays important information such as childcare, activities, and advice.