Laurel has been with us since Day One. She’s one of our fabulous Ambassadors, and we even recently recorded a podcast episode with her! 2016 marks O’Reilly’s fourth time hosting SGO. We love working with awesome people like Laurel, and so we asked her to tell us a little more about O’Reilly and their SGO experience.
Why did you decide to sponsor She+ Geeks Out?
She+ Geeks Out is a fantastic way to connect with members of Boston’s tech community. The women who attend are highly curious and driven, and they respond well to our product and brand, which is all about learning. It’s a great way for O’Reilly Media to be seen in the community, especially in our new downtown office space.
What has your SGO experience been like?
It has been great working with She+ Geeks Out. They are very professional, kind, and know how to reach their audience. Having asynchronous abilities to connect (through Slack, etc.) is very important and allows for a constant conversation, not just once in a while. We also love having our authors speak at the event–it’s great to connect to as many people as possible.
How do you see Boston/Cambridge as an important community for supporting women in tech?
Boston and Cambridge are already leaders in many fields, so why not women in tech? We have so many excellent companies and hiring is always a priority, especially from the local colleges and universities.
What do you geek out about?
Beer mostly. I’m part of an all women beer lovers group called Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society (or B.A.B.E.S. for short). And we talk about everything to do with beer, but also enjoy pairing it with activities like rowing the Charles or visiting great beer cities and new breweries in the Boston area.
Want to learn more? Want to hang out with other cool women in O’Reilly’s awesome downtown space?