About

I’m a writer, living and thinking in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. I have a background in digital marketing, organizational communication, and journalism but my deepest interests lie within discussions of mental health and emotional intelligence. One day, I hope to truly help people with both, but for now I’ll settle for being able to make you laugh. My other full time job is mother to my favorite human, and cat mom to two sweet kitties. 

Influences

Saladin Ahmed, Mari Andrew, Anxy Magazine, Brianna Ashby, Amy Lynn Taylor Augspurger, Diana Kimball Berlin, Brené Brown. Melanie Brown. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sara Ownbey Chipps, Gemma Correll, Sabrina Coulston, Jennifer Dary, Anil Dash, Joan Didion, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ava DuVernay, Amy Edmondson, Eve L. Ewing, Lynn Fisher, Camille Fournier, Roxane Gay, Scott “Lazlo” Geiger, Greta Gerwig, The Gottman Institute. Meredith Graves, Emily Griffin, Nick Hehr, Tracy Hinds, Helen Hou-Sandí, Bryan Hughes, Sarah Jeong, Jessica Jones, Mindy Kaling, Anna Karina, Karen Kilgariff, Leslie Knope, Jhumpa Lahiri, DeRay Mckesson, Ray LaMontagne, Jessica Lord, Ira Madison III, Marceline the Vampire, Gregor Martynus, Mila <3, Janelle Monáe, Amanda Oliver, John Oliver, Ijeoma Oluo, Chelsea Peretti, Aubrey Plaza, Issa Rae, Tondi Rainey, Winona Rider, Jaime Robles, Mr. Rogers, Andrea Savage. Jenn Schiffer, C J Silverio, Susan Sontag, Stephanie Sparer, Rachel Syme, Karolina Szczur, Jenna Tormanen, Thomas Turner, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rachel White, Amy Wibowo, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Williams, Amy Winehouse, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kawandeep Virdee.

Appearances

2017 | People over productivity, The Human in the Machine

2017 | Growing super confident tiny people, TriConf

2016 | Open Source Beyond Software, CascadiaJS

2016 | FLOSS Weekly 379 Hoodie

2015 | Talky Informercial

2014 | Lessons in Emotional Safety, JSConf US

2014 | A cat person, The Pot-Luck

2013 | Emotional Safety FTW, CascadiaJS

2013 | Time-traveling, The Pot-Luck

2013 | Emotional Safety in the Workplace, TriConf

2013 | But Mom, I’m not sorry. The Pot-Luck