Ladybug Podcast

By Emma Wedekind, Kelly Vaughn, Lindsey Kopacz, and Ali Spittel

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We're Emma Wedekind, Kelly Vaughn, Lindsey Kopacz, and Ali Spittel - four seasoned software developers working in different sectors. Since there's a major lack of technical podcasts out there, we've decided to start one. Just kidding -- there's already a ton! But, we wanted to add our voices to the space and share our diverse experiences and advice. We'll have great discussions around how to start coding, the hot technologies right now, how to get your first developer job, and more!

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Level Up with CSS - Part 2

In our first part of our CSS episode, we discussed the foundations. In this special bonus episode we'll continue the conversation by covering some more in-depth areas of CSS, like layouts with Grid and Flexbox, animations, media queries, naming conventions, pre-processors, and frameworks.

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Aug 15, 2019
Level Up With CSS - Part 1

We all know that Peter Griffin Family Guy gif of him unable to work some blinds. This gif is always associated with the frustrations of CSS. Something changes, then something breaks. Why do people have these issues? How can you improve your CSS skills? What are the key concepts that you need to understand to write clean, maintainable styles?

In this episode, we'll talk all about the nuances of CSS -- what it is, how it works, and how to get better at it.

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Aug 12, 2019
Impostor Syndrome

Have you ever been scared to contribute to a conversation or publish a blog post because you were worried you weren’t qualified enough? Wondered how you got to the point you’re at in your career because you feel you don’t belong? Or that you’re a fraud? You’re not alone!

In this episode, we discuss how we have experienced impostor syndrome and our personal strategies for combatting it.

0:36 How have we experienced Impostor Syndrome

  • Job Interviews (0:48)
  • Quitting Computer Science & feeling like you stick out (2:04)
  • Speaking for the first time at a conference (7:19)
  • Feeling like you’re not qualified to teach something (11:46)
  • When people say mean things about you (13:11)
  • Running a company as someone young (16:32)
  • Getting criticism (17:56)

21:21 Impostor Syndrome as a Business Owner

21:55 Impostor Syndrome pushing us to be better

24:40 Combatting Impostor Syndrome * Tracking your wins * Focusing on your personal journey instead of others’ * Being open about it and community w/ others

37:24 WINS

  • Cecilia who just graduated from the full-stack software engineering boot camp at Georgia Tech and landed her first job as a junior software developer.
  • Emma - Coding Coach Team is doing incredible things
  • Lindsey - Survived 106 heat index for her engagement pics!
  • Kelly - Started her own online store!
  • Ali - Spoke at CodeLand which was her most difficult talk to date because of how personal it was

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Aug 05, 2019
How the Ladybugs Got Their Spots

In this episode, we're getting to know the ladybug hosts, both on technical and non-technical topics. Listen in to learn about our favorite tech stacks, our biggest career milestones, favorite books, and more.

Be sure to review the show notes on our website for links to all resources we discuss. We also have full transcripts listed there!

Jul 29, 2019
Web Technologies We're Excited About

The landscape of technologies you can learn in the development world can be overwhelming if you don't know where to go next. In this episode, we discuss the technologies we're most excited about. From CSS to GraphQL, Django to WebAssembly, and design to augmented reality - we cover it all.

Be sure to review the show notes on our website for links to all resources we discuss.

Jul 22, 2019
Blogging 101

One of the most popular outlets for programmers is through blogging. In this episode, we discuss why each of us got into blogging, the pros and cons of starting your own blog, and tips on how to make your blog a success.

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Jul 15, 2019
Side Project Balancing Act

Side projects are an excellent way to express yourself creatively and build up your tech stack. But how do you find time to work on your side project when you have a full-time job and other responsibilities at home? In this episode, we discuss our personal side projects, along with some useful strategies for giving your side projects the attention they deserve.

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Jul 08, 2019
New Career, Who Dis?

There are several different ways you can learn how to code. In this episode, we discuss computer science degrees, bootcamps, and self-directed learning. Each has benefits and have brought a lot of people into the world of programming. Each also has challenges.

We all have had unique paths to programming, so we'll incorporate our experiences and observations.

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Jul 01, 2019
Hello, World!

(Kelly) Welcome to the lady bug podcast! I’m Kelly, I’m Ali, I’m Emma, and I’m Lindsey and we’re debugging the tech industry.

(Lindsey) We’ll dive into topics within tech, entrepreneurship and careers.

(Emma) There’s a major lack of technical podcast out there so we’ve decided to start one. We want to give women in the tech industry a voice by sharing our diverse experiences and advice. But first, here’s a bit about us.


Kelly Vaughn

I’m a frontend developer and run a full-service marketing agency. I taught myself to code when I was 11 and turned a hobby into a full-time job after a long journey through undergrad and grad school. My agency focuses solely on Shopify, so when I’m coding, I’m spending most of my time building out Shopify themes, writing Shopify Scripts for Plus stores, and doing basic Shopify app development in Ruby on Rails. (How many times can I say Shopify in one sentence?) Outside of the actual day-to-day work I do, I’m really passionate about making my journey known as a woman entrepreneur in tech - the successes, failures, and everything in between. I want starting a career in tech to be as accessible as possible to everyone interested in giving it a shot.

Ali Spittel

I’m a mostly self-taught software engineer. I really love writing code, especially in Python and JavaScript. I work at Dev and split my time between writing code and doing developer advocacy. Before that, I taught at a bootcamp, and teaching code is my favorite thing to do.I want to make coding more accessible to people from all sorts of backgrounds.

Emma Wedekind

What we do: I was originally a biology major but decided I hated it so I turned to computer science. I’m a Software Engineer at LogMeIn where I build design systems using React. I am an instructor at Egghead, I am a panelist for JSParty, and I blog. I’ve also started an open source project Coding Coach that promotes mentorship in the tech industry. Our passions: I love CSS and design systems. I love Gatsby and animations. I am looking forward to chatting more about that.

Lindsey Kopacz

What we do - I’ve been a web developer for 5 years. Started teaching myself in 2012 and then got my first job in May 2014. I started off in Drupal and then started playing around with VueJS and React a couple years ago. Now I am a React Developer and creating data visualizations with d3! It’s no secret that I am an accessibility fiend. My mission in life isn’t really to convince stakeholders to be a good person, it’s to influence end empower developers to care about accessibility.

(Ali) Upcoming Episodes: How to start coding, What are the hot technologies right now, how to get your first developer job, how to balance side projects and more!

So head over to our site: to hear about upcoming episodes! Can’t wait to share more with you all!

Jun 19, 2019