Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science. Since I am involved with the Perl community it seemed natural for me to begin there when trying to decide who to write about. I found it quite difficult to pick one woman. At times we bemoan the small number of women in the community but every one that I have met has been impressive in some way.
Last year I met Jacinta Richardson at YAPC::EU. I had heard of Jacinta’s work. I knew that she had been awarded a White Camel award, I knew that she was a successful Perl trainer, and I knew that she wrote Perl Tips. Last year I got to see that she is also a great conference speaker, and to see first hand why she was given a White Camel. Not only is she technically brilliant but she also has a desire to bring out the potential in other people. She really wants to see improvement in the Perl community and is willing to work hard to see that happen.
Even though I have only known her for a short time Jacinta’s impact on the Perl community has affected me. Without Jacinta’s support and encouragement I would never have been a keynote speaker at OSDC Australia last year. Being given that opportunity is making it easier for me to prepare for this year’s conference season. Thank you, Jacinta. I look forward to seeing your future achievements.