Mandy is a single mom waitress turned entrepreneur. She specializes in quality audio processing and editing and provides complete show management for several podcasts including Parent Driven Development and Greater Than Code. She is also the Operations Manager for Ruby Together and Cloud City Development, a San Francisco-based Senior Full-Stack Development UX UI Design Consultancy. She lives and works remotely in the South-Central Pennsylvania area.
Women in tech, diversity and inclusion, and getting children involved in STEM education are all causes very near and dear to her heart. She lovingly refers to her 9-year-old daughter as “Chicken”.
Together, they continue to navigate the world one day at a time, and frequently travel to conferences where Mandy can be found emceeing or podcast field reporting. Meanwhile, Chicken, is taking on the tech world herself, and experimenting with being a “famous” YouTuber, ROBLOX and Minecraft Champion, and young robotics maker, while touting herself InquisitorMaster's #1 Fan.
May 29th, 2019 | 49 mins 59 secs
Annyce Davis joins Mandy and KWu to talk about moving and traveling internationally: kids' reactions, the logistics of relocation, the benefits of giving kids worldly experience at a young age, and maintaining relationships with your family when you're not at home.
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 27th, 2019 | 42 mins 47 secs
Allison, Mandy, and KWu talk about their experiences (or non-experiences!) with breastfeeding. They chat about the things people don't tell you, navigating conflicting information, and the challenges and woes of breastfeeding in public.
February 13th, 2019 | 36 mins 18 secs
extended family, holidays, religion
Warning: This episode contains potential holiday spoilers for young children.
Allison, KWu, and Mandy talk about their holiday experiences: what they did this past year, their feelings about it, old traditions that they try to honor, and what they could do differently in the future.
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 19th, 2018 | 43 mins 58 secs
self-care, travel, work
In this episode that was recorded live and in-person at RubyConf in L.A., Jonan Scheffler joined the regular panelists to talk about what it's like to leave the kids at home while you're traveling for work or conferences: spending spousal points, communicating from afar, sneaking in a bit of self-care while you're away, and reentry back home into the parenting world.
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.
October 24th, 2018 | 50 mins 3 secs
childcare, transportation, travel
In this episode, we talk about helpful what it's like to travel with kids: challenges, woes, pro tricks, and great tips!
August 15th, 2018 | 45 mins 30 secs
doing good, kids, volunteering
We record live from Ruby for Good about volunteering and doing good with our children
July 11th, 2018 | 55 mins 32 secs
childcare, conferences, rails, ruby, tech
We talk about how to get started if you want to have childcare at your conference and what it's like to be a conference organizer
February 21st, 2018 | 44 mins
geeks, internet privacy, internet safety, kids, parenting, technology
Our first guest, Heidi Waterhouse, talks to us about internet privacy and kids at different ages followed up by some genius and fail moments from the panel.
February 7th, 2018 | 47 mins 15 secs
geeks, guilt, kids, parenting, technology
A week of parental guilt followed up by some genius and fail moments from the panel.
January 25th, 2018 | 59 mins 40 secs
geeks, kids, parenting, technology
Meet all the hosts of the Parent Driven Development, let them introduce themselves, their kids and have a little chat!