Overnight Website Challenge: MEAN Team

By tessa on May 12, 2017

I had the greatest pleasure of participating in the Overnight Website Challenge hosted by the Nerdery Foundation back in April. It all started when Karly Anderson reminded me about the event (we tried to do it in previous years) and we decided we should start a team! I put out a call for team members and […]


Upcoming Camps You Should Speak At

By tessa on May 11, 2017

Speaking in front of an audience can be very intimidating. It can also be very rewarding. I have always enjoyed speaking in front of other people, even if I’m not always great at it. Camps are a great place for your first time. Odds are, there are other new speakers there as well. Plus, camps are […]


WordCamp Jackson

Intro to Config Management at WordCamp Jackson

By tessa on April 12, 2017

I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at the first-ever WordCamp Jackson. With Jackson being a new camp and in a smaller town, around 33,000 people, it means a lot to me to be able to support the camp and the organizers. Session Description The struggle is real. Managing WordPress core settings […]


Crawl 4 the Cure

Crawl 4 the Cure: Donated Non-Profit Website Build

By tessa on April 5, 2017

Occasionally, I like to use my dev skills for good. Recently, I was connected with a non-profit called Crawl 4 the Cure, that raises money for Multiple Sclerosis. Being that it is an atv-ing & jeeping event, it hit home for me. I was raised mud-racing, four-wheeling & snowmobiling and it’s an important part of […]


Why I founded Coders of Tmrw

By tessa on March 8, 2017

Up until January of this year I played a huge role in the Minneapolis chapter of Girl Develop It. And I still am very much involved with teaching within their chapter, but have stepped down from my leadership role so I can spend my free time finding ways to teach kids to code. Girl Develop […]


#WebChallenge Team – We Want You!

By tessa on March 3, 2017

The Nerdery’s annual #WebChallenge registration is officially open and we have created a team! We are looking for a diverse team of awesome people who feel passionate about women in tech and increasing those numbers! We are seeking people who share our passion. If you are looking for a team of powerful people – look […]


Proud to Speak at DrupalCon 2017

By tessa on February 27, 2017

My session, Back to the Basics: Best Practices for Front End Developers, was accepted for DrupalCon 2017 in Baltimore! I am very excited about this because I have been out of the Drupal dev world for many, many years and I am happy to be so graciously welcome’d back. Register for DrupalCon 2017 Slides will be […]


WordCamp San Diego Talk

By tessa on February 15, 2017

My Designer vs Developer: Creating a Collaborative Workflow session for WordCamp San Diego was accepted! I am excited because this is a talk that I am very passionate about. I have worked in many places where the designers and developers do not always see eye-to-eye, even worse, argue over whether things are possible or not. With that being […]