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Looking Both Ways: PASS Board Year 2, Q4

This marks the end of my two-year term as a PASS Director-at-Large. January 1 I started my term as Vice President of Marketing for PASS. This last three months has been a period of transition, making sure my projects and portfolios are in ready for the next owner and learning my new job. These quarterly blog posts usually just focus on the past three months. Since this month marks the end of one job and the start of another I will use this post to look back at my 2-year term and ahead to the new year. Looking Back Everyone who runs for...

It’s A Team Sport: PASS Board Year 2, Q3

As I type this I’m on an airplane en route to my 12th PASS Summit. It’s been a very busy 3.5 months since my last post on my work as a Board member. Nearing the end of my 2-year term I am struck by how much has happened, and yet how fast the time has gone. But I’ll save the retrospective post for next time and today focus on what happened in Q3. In the last three months we made progress on several fronts, thanks to the contributions of many volunteers and HQ staff members. They deserve our...

My Reference for Amy Lewis

The 2013 election campaign for the PASS Board of Directors is underway. There are seven qualified candidates running this year. They all offer a wealth of experience volunteering for PASS and the SQL Server community. One of these candidates, Amy Lewis, asked me to write a reference for her to include on her candidate application. I have a lot of experience working with Amy and was pleased to provide this reference: I enthusiastically support Amy Lewis as a candidate for the PASS Board of Directors. I have known and worked with Amy in various PASS' volunteer capacities for...

Rolling Along: PASS Board Year 2, Q2

Eighteen months into my time as a PASS Director I’m especially proud of what the Virtual Chapters have accomplished and want to share that progress with you. I'm also pleased that the organization has invested more resources to support the VCs. In this quarter I got to attend two conferences and meet more members of the SQL community. Virtual Chapters In the first six months of 2013 VCs have hosted more than 50 webinars, offering free technical education to over 6200 attendees. This is a great benefit to PASS members; thanks to the VC leaders, volunteers...

Making Progress: PASS Board Year 2, Q1

With each of these quarterly posts I want to be able to report progress in the areas I'm responsible for. I'm pleased to share some key milestones from the past three months. New Webinar Platform Last year it became clear that we needed a more stable, scalable webinar platform for the Virtual Chapters and 24 Hours of PASS. Both the VCs and 24HOP continue to grow and attract larger audiences, and the technology we were using was not meeting our needs. We discussed requirements with VC leaders and HQ staffers who work on 24HOP. We got proposals from 7 or 8 vendors and had...

From DBA to Data Analyst

Cross posted from the PASS Blog There is a lot changing in the data professional’s world these days. More data is being produced and stored. More enterprises are trying to use that data to improve their products and services and understand their customers better. More data platforms and tools seem to be crowding the market. For a traditional DBA this can be a confusing and perhaps unsettling time. It’s also a time that offers great opportunity for career growth. I speak from personal experience. We sometimes refer to the “accidental DBA”, the person who finds herself...

Whoosh: PASS Board Year 1, Q4

"Whoosh". That's the sound the last quarter of 2012 made as it rushed by. My first year on the PASS Board is complete, and the last three months of it were probably the busiest. PASS Summit 2012 Much of October was devoted to preparing for Summit. Every Board  member, HQ staffer and dozens of volunteers were busy in the run-up to our flagship event. It takes a lot of work to put on the Summit. The community meetings,  first-timers program, keynotes, sessions and that fabulous Community Appreciation party are the result of many hours of preparation. Virtual Chapters at the Summit With a lot...

In the Groove: PASS Board Year 1, Q3

It's nine months into my first year on the PASS Board and I feel like I've found my rhythm. I've accomplished one of the goals I set out for the year and have made progress on others. Here's a recap of the last few months.

PASS Code of Conduct, continued

A few days ago I blogged  about what I've been doing as a PASS Board member, including drafting a Code of Conduct for the PASS Summit. Following that post there was a good discussion on Twitter about some of the details of implementing this type of policy. I wanted to go into a bit more detail here on how implementation can work. There's a tendency to look at this type of document as a set of rules or a clearly defined list of prohibited actions. The problem with that approach is that we can't anticipate every possible behavior that could lead to...

Probation is Over: PASS Board Year 1, Q2

Though it's not always official every job begins with a probation period. You start out with lots of questions and every day you find out how much more you have to learn. Usually after a few months you discover that you can actually answer some questions and have at least an idea of what you are supposed to be doing. Now at the end of my second quarter on the "job" of serving on the PASS Board I have reached that point. My probation period is over. The last three months were busy for the entire Board with the budget process, an...

New on the Job: PASS Board Year 1, Q1

When I got elected to the PASS Board of Directors I decided I would plan my goals for the job in 3 month intervals. I also plan on  blogging about the experience of being on the Board at the end of each quarter, at least. Getting Started Prior to being elected all of my time and energy was focused on the election process. Because the election ended so close to the start of the new Board term there was not much time to transition from being a candidate to being a director. I set a rather modest goal for Q1: learn...

I'm Running for the PASS Board of Directors

My name is Denise McInerney, and I am running for the PASS Board of Directors in the upcoming election. In the coming weeks there will be a lot of discussion about the candidates, our qualifications and our points of view on various questions, and I'll participate in those conversations. I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and tell you why I've decided to run. Who I Am: DBA I have been a SQL Server DBA since 1998. I currently work at Intuit, where I've been for seven years. Prior to that I worked at several start-ups and did a bit...

A seat at the "24 Hours of PASS" table

"Sit at the table." This was a piece of advice offered to women by Microsoft GM Billie Jo Murray during the recent PASS Women in Technology Panel Discussion. Sometimes the tables we encounter are actual tables (do you sit against the wall at big meetings?) and sometimes they are figurative tables, like the upcoming 24 Hours of PASS (24HOP.) The March 2011 edition of 24HOP is celebrating Women's History Month by featuring female speakers presenting on a variety of SQL Server topics. Abstract submissions are being accepted until January 14 at 24hours@sqlpass.org We (female SQL Server professionals) are being invited...

PASS BOD Election: One NomCom Member's Perspective

This year I was asked to serve on the Nominating Committee for the PASS Board of Directors election.  I was one of two "community" representatives, i.e. nom com members who are not currently on the Board. I was honored to be asked because I felt it meant the leadership of PASS trusted my judgment. I took the job seriously, as did everyone else on the committee. Running an organization of any kind is hard. Defining  what type of leadership is needed is hard. And identifying who can provide that leadership is even harder. A big part of the...

What can men do?

The PASS Women in Technology luncheon topic of "Energizing the Next Generation" must have resonated with a number of men attending the conference, since more of them came to the luncheon than ever before. Several men spoke during the discussion, and one asked the question "how does a man inspire girls to get interested in technology?" Steve Jones also mentioned this in his blog post on the luncheon. The first thing I think men can do is to be open to the conversation. Obviously by attending the WIT event the men in the room were showing their interest. But they...

18 Percent

18 percent. That's the percentage of undergraduate degrees in Computer Science awarded to women in the U.S. in 2008. Twenty years ago 37% of CS degrees were awarded to women. Why such a precipitous decline? Why aren't more young women interested in pursuing a technical education? What can be done to encourage and support school-age girls who are interested in math, science and technology? This will be the topic on Wednesday Nov. 4 at the PASS Women in Technology Luncheon. Everyone at the PASS Summit is welcome to join us at 11:30 in room 6C to hear an engaging panel of speakers...

Women in Tech at PASS Summit

"Energizing the Next Generation: Encouraging and Inspiring Young Women to Choose Tech Careers" will be the topic of the 7th Annual Women in Technology Luncheon and Panel Discussion to be held at the PASS Community Summit. This year's speakers include SQL Server MVPs and PASS leaders Kathi Kellenberger and Jessica Moss as well as Digigirlz organizer Lyn Langit and Cathi Rodgveller, founder of IGNITE (Inspiring Girls Now in Technology.) The luncheon will be on Wednesday November 4 at 11:30 a.m in room 6C. All Summit attendees are welcome. Visit the summit web site for more information.

PASS Debut

I've attended every PASS Summit since 2002.  While there is always a lot of quality technical content presented, I particularly admire the speakers who really make their sessions interesting and engaging. There are a number of such speakers, but three of my personal favorites are Kimberly Tripp, Kalen Delaney and Andrew Kelly. I highly recommend you attend a session presented by any of these speakers. Over the years I would occasionally consider trying to become a speaker myself, but it wasn't until this year that I followed through and actually submitted an abstract for consideration. I had completed a complex project...

Women in Tech Panel Adds Speaker: Kalen Delaney

Well known SQL Server MVP, trainer and author Kalen Delaney has been added to the PASS Women in Tech panel. The event will be held Thursday November 20 at the PASS Community Summit in Seattle. All Summit attendees are welcome. Visit the summit web site for more details on this fun and interesting event.

PASS 2008 Women In Tech Panel

The PASS Community Summit will be site of the 6th Annual Women in Tech Luncheon and Panel Discussion. Speakers include: Billie Jo Murray, General Manager SQL Central Services, Microsoft Crystal Robinson-Pipersburgh, Sr. Manager Database Administration, Intuit Kimberly Tripp,SQL Server MVP and Microsoft Regional Director Lynda Rab, Sr. Data Warehouse Analyst and PASS Program Director ...

PASS Women in Tech Survey

The PASS Women in Tech SIG is starting to plan the WIT event for the 2007 PASS Community Summit. In the past those of us planning this event have relied on informal feedback and the evaluations completed by participants at previous events when making decisions. This year we would like to get more input  to aid us in our planning. To that end, the WIT SIG is conducting a short survey. Please take a few minutes to give us your opinions on the WIT event. The survey will close on March 23, 2007.

PASS launches Women in Tech SIG

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) has launched a new special interest group dedicated to the interests of women working in hi-tech. The Women in Technology SIG is a way for women in PASS to meet, network and learn from one another. Since 2003 the PASS Community Summit has hosted the popular Women in Technology luncheon and panel discussion. The discussions at these events are always lively and thought-provoking. The WIT SIG web site is a place where these conversations can continue year-round. I encourage you to visit the site, post on the discussion board, suggest a topic or contribute...

Worth the price of admission

This year I attended the PASS Community Summit for the 4th time. Every year, there is at least one session, or one moment in a session when I think "that alone was worth the price of admission." That happened a couple of times this year. The first was when Ken Henderson demonstrated the Read80Trace tool. Apparently this tool, formerly used internally only, was made available to the world last year. But it was never on my radar, which is too bad, because it is a big timesaver. It is a tool that reads sql trace files into database tables normalizes the...

 

 

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