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I am a Female SharePoint Developer (a platinum unicorn). I have been working with SharePoint since I attended the Portal University in 2005. I hold a BA in Computer Science from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. I love playing Rockband, organizing user group meetings, working with code, attending events as a speaker or organizer, and having bizarre conversations about geek things with cool people. If you have any comments or questions fill out the contact form and I will try my best to help.

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Three years ago from this past June I walked into a meeting of the Kansas City .Net User Group and attended a single meeting.  I was scared.  Three guys were sitting at the front taking panel questions, Doug Butscher, Jeff Julian, and John Alexander.  About three months prior my job had sent me to Kansas City.  I was taken away from my best friend and sent back to the town where I went to school.  I barely knew anyone in the city, but my boyfriend.  So out of boredom and for work I started reading blogs to gain a better understanding of SharePoint 2007.  That is how I come to the realization that user groups existed and I googled KC .Net.  That is how I ended up at this one meeting.  I was scared at this meeting.  I was shy and the three guys were speaking about Visual Studio 2008 beta and all these other products I had never read about in my life.  I hated my job.  I was ready to quit and go back to get a second bachelor’s degree.  I wanted to go to medical school.  This was the user group that changed my outlook on my job and my life.  Jeff threw up this book about SharePoint 2007 Development and talked about how he and John had written it with a mass of people.  I knew at that point I wanted to talk to him and possibly John.  I mentally debated throughout the meeting should I go up to him or should I exit quietly and never come back.  Somehow I ended up going up to him and speaking to him for a while.  I ended up skipping the next meeting, but after that meeting I was hooked.  I went to as many .Net User Group meetings as I could attend.  I was not set on speaking.  I just wanted to attend.  A few months later Jeff started a new user group meeting that solely devoted to SharePoint called the Kansas City Office Geeks.  Somehow I ended up speaking in December of 2007.  This was my very first talk ever.  I was nervous and only 5 people showed up…

So I have a point to make.  It all started with one user group meeting and one gutsy move on my behalf.  3 years later I have now spoken at 50 events and user groups in the SharePoint and .Net Community.  SharePoint Saturday Toronto will be my 51st talk in my career.  I ran a user group for two years, Kansas City Office Geeks.  I helped start an organization that is devoted to networking and mentoring young girls in the SharePoint Community, Women in SharePoint.  I have volunteered at numerous events and will volunteer and numerous events I have attended.  I have coded for charities.  I have run three successful SharePoint Saturdays.  I run this blog (all right I know I need to post more I apologize).  I love my job.  I love opening Visual Studio.  I love solving problems in SharePoint.  I never regret the lack of an MD.  I walk into an event and I am embraced with friends.  It sounds weird, but I feel like I know most of the speakers in the SharePoint Community.  It has been the most fun 3 years of my life.  Thanks guys for let me speak on 50 different occasions.  I hope that I can speak at 50 more events and user groups.  If I am lucky my goal is to speak at one international event next year.  See you all at future events.

Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 8:38 PM Personal , Life, The Universe, and Everything | Back to top

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We miss you dearly in KC and I am glad we were part of the transformation. I remember that first meeting well.

Congrats on 50 events!
Left by Jeff Julian on Oct 19, 2010 8:18 AM

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