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Nelly Yusupova, helping pave the way for women in IT


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This past July, I had the pleasure of meeting Nelly Yusupova, founder of DigitalWoman.com and CTO of Webgrrls International. Nelly was a speaker at the BlogHer 2007 conference, facilitating a session called "Getting Custom: What Web Designers Know, Taking Your Blog to the Next Level (A Lab Segment)." Since Nelly was instructing beginning bloggers about how to start a Typepad blog, I didn't actually sit in on her session, but I did get a chance to talk her during a few of the other BlogHer events.

In my hotel room, I spent some time reading about the female BlogHer 2007 speakers in the main booklet that was passed out on Day One. Here's what it says about Nelly:

Nelly Yusupova is the CTO of Webgrrls International, the Founder of DigitalWoman.com, and the Chapter Leader of New York City Webgrrls. She is an Internet expert and strategist and is a Wall Street Journal "Woman on the IT fast track." She has been featured as a tech expert on NBC's Today Show, in INC Magazine, in Newsday and is an industry speaker about careers in technology, building community, and the power of networking. She earned her BS in computer science and is fluent in PHP, MySQL, Java, ASP, JSP, Oracle, Perl/CGI, HTML, JavaScript, UNIX scripting, Telnet, FTP, and UNIX.

Nelly YusupovaSince the dust has settled from BlogHer 2007, I finally caught up with Nelly for a podcast opportunity so that the TechRepublic community could learn a little bit about Webgrrls, DigitalWoman.com, and Nelly's take on a few questions related to programming and IT. Even if you're not a female working in IT, I'm sure that you'll be able to appreciate Nelly's constant drive to educate herself and others, as well as her candid answers to the rapid-fire questions I threw her way at the end.

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4 comments
linzi.stock
linzi.stock

As a woman who's worked in IT over 20 years, who works with women in a similar position and who has worked with women who were in IT when I was at school, I feel just a little patronised by the idea that IT has only just started.

Granville
Granville

I find the title of your article quite offensive. I have been employed in this industry for around 25 years and I have work with and for women for the entire length of this time. I realise this is probably only a journalistic ploy to catch our attention (it worked for me) but I would think that most of the women I have worked with would ague against the ?helping pave the way? part of your title is poorly considered.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I actually was being sincere in my post. The only thing that I see (in retrospect) that could have made the title better was the word "more" before "women" - "helping pave the way for MORE women in IT." If you work in the IT industry, you are already well aware that men outnumber women in the tech field. Nelly Yusupova is trying to improve those odds and encourage more women to get involved in IT. I think that her story/her career path is inspiring, and the organization that she works for, Webgrrls International, is a legitimate professional community for women in IT. Rather than flame the writer, why not applaud the accomplishments and endeavors that are highlighted?

drowningnotwaving
drowningnotwaving

I mean, she did finish school somewhere around 9 years ago. :)

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