Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Leetspeak leading by example for female tech speakers

This morning, the Leetspeak conference website went live with their first speaker announcements: http://leetspeak.se/2015/

I'm extremely excited and grateful to be on the speaker list, and to be honest I've been looking forward to this announcement for some time now. If you're following me on Twitter, you might already know that I'm currently on bed rest, expecting my second child to be born any day now. When she's born, I'll be home on maternity leave for eight months and as a career-loving woman, being "away" from the tech-scene for that long feels quite scary. 

When the Leetspeak organizers contacted me and asked if I would be interested in speaking at their conference, I gave them the whole "currently expecting a baby" speech, and I was overwhelmed by their response: Bring your baby and your fiancée, we'll organize everything!

I was so happy by this response, that I had to tweet about it (without revealing which conference it was as the annoucements were not out yet):

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you attract more women to the tech industry. Show them and help them to balance their career with their family life. What Tretton37 (the company behind Leetspeak) is doing here is in my opinion extraordinary and they're setting a fantastic example for other conferences out there. Let's hope this inspires others to do the same!

Do you have a similar experience? Please tell me about it so we can celebrate these amazing conferences!

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