#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 […]


LoopConf Recap

By tessa on February 12, 2017

I was lucky enough to be able to attend LoopConf in Salt Lake City this year. It was one of the most organized conferences I have ever been to. The speakers were knowledgeable and from all areas of expertise. Not only were there lots of great dev talks but there were also quite a few […]


Hack the Gap: Why you should get involved

By tessa on April 14, 2016

Hack the Gap is a female hack-a-thon founded by Jenna Pederson and Kristen Womack. Hack the Gap is going on it’s second year and will be hosted at Clockwork, an interactive design & technology agency in Minneapolis on May 14th & 15th. I had the opportunity to speak to Jenna recently and she convinced me to […]


“The Executive” – ESTJ

By tessa on February 25, 2016

I am sure most of you have heard of the Myers-Briggs personality test. I had always heard about it but never actually completed the test, mainly just because I didn’t want to pay for it. So when I stumbled upon 16personalities.com I was intrigued. I began completing the personality test and in less than 10 […]


Chapter Leader with GDI Minneapolis

By tessa on February 8, 2016

It’s pretty obvious that I am very passionate about Girl Develop It and it’s mission and students, therefore, when I found out there was an opening for a Chapter Leader position, I immediately applied. I try to make myself available for just about every chapter event, so why not take on the greater responsibility of […]


Time Machine set to 1995

By tessa on February 6, 2016

Now that my amazing new logo by Karly A. is complete, it was time to create an awesome new email signature. It’s actually really crazy how important email signatures truly are. I feel like if I see an awesome email signature I tend to take that person more seriously and perceive them in a more […]


Intro to WordPress Class

By tessa on February 4, 2016

If you have ever been interested in learning the basics of WordPress, this class is for you. This class is for beginners wanting to learn about using WordPress as a framework and content management system for a blog or website. You can arrive knowing nothing about WordPress and will leave knowing how to start up, […]