209: Self-Identity and Parenting in Tech with Mia Mollie De Búrca

November 18th, 2020 · 1 hr 5 mins

About this Episode

01:25 - Mia’s Superpower: Adaptability

  • Applicable Skills to Basic Computer Programming
    • Parsing Information
    • Research

05:31 - Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology

08:36 - Parenting While Having a Career in Tech

09:42 - Objectivity and Truth in Software Development

11:04 - Tech Parenthood (Cont’d)

  • Maternity Leave and Returning to Work
    • Part-Time Flexibility
    • “Keep-in-Touch Days”
  • Returning to Work as an Individual Experience
  • Discrimination & Stigma
  • Multitasking Expectations For All
  • Geographic Differences
  • Company Culture

24:21 - Tenure in Tech, Job-Hopping, and Juggling Parenthood

  • Parenting in View During the New COVID/Remote Work Era

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." – Elizabeth Stone: teacher and author

44:05 - Self-Identity in the Tech Industry

55:36 - Diversity Hiring


Mia: Psychological safety and privilege.

John: “Just because I’m psychologically safe doesn’t mean everybody else is.”

Laurie: The dichotomy of Mia and Christina’s experiences of being parents in tech.

Christina: It is possible to remain optimistic that Moms in the United States will get better.

Rein: Comfort and guilt in diversity hiring.

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