Hi. I'm Lyndsey.

Hi. I'm Lyndsey.

I like to say yes. Yes to positivity. Yes to lifelong learning. Yes to making my own parking spaces.

That's kind of how I roll. Forgiveness > permission. I don't care who gets the credit, I just want to get stuff done. This approach to work is liberating and surprisingly effective! (Unsurprisingly, it does increase the liklihood of parking tickets.) I want to build cool stuff. Not for the sake of building it, but because I want to solve problems. That means building software that helps people. Like people, software should be both useful and delightful.

But yes isn't free. Nothing is. In order to harness the power of "yes", I need a few things. First and foremost, I need coffee. I need balance and health. I need a mission I believe in. I need supportive, action-oriented people who want to explore possibilities as much as I do.

Then, I'm going to need another cup of coffee.

“Just say yes and you'll figure it out afterwards”

- Tina Fey

Yes to Programming.

I'm presently a Group Technology Director at VMLY&R. When I code (which is more often that you'd think), I consider myself a MEAN full-stack Javascript developer, with strong roots and capabilities in Java. I feel most comfortable in back-end services.

Javascript is a wild and mystical beast compared to the strongly-typed OO languages I learned at UMKC (BS, Computer Science). I'm determined to capture that beast, domesticate it, become friends with it, and then ride it bareback.

I say that the difference between a decent software engineer and a great one often has little to do with code, and people ask me what I mean by that. I explain that the willingness to contribute, learn, cooperate, mentor, and grow are generally more important than writing "clever" code. To quote Maya Angelo, "People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." And to quote Wil Wheaton, "Don't be a dick."

Yes to Volunteering.

My interest in computers began at age 13. I performed well on a standardized math test and received an invitation from the Boy Scouts Heart of America Council to join Cerner's explorer post program, where I was introduced to HTML, graphic design, networking, gaming, and more.

It didn't occur to me until many years later that I was actually the only girl in that program. (You'd think the "Boy Scouts" part would've tipped me off.) Or that I was one of few girls in my college math and programming courses. Or that I was one of even fewer girls who graduated with a CompSci degree, and fewer still who went on to work in this field. I blame my tomboyish childhood, complete with Super Mario Brothers and X-men, that I barely noticed (much less cared) about the gender disparity.

By now I am quite aware. The good news is: most companies have a strong desire to increase diversity, especially within their development teams. The bad news is: the women either aren't there, or they aren't getting the support they need to be successful. I want to help women of all ages push themselves to explore careers in math and science.

I served as the 2017-2018 Presentation Director for Kansas City Women in Technology's Coding & Cocktails program. I've been featured in articles by Startland News and KC STEM Alliance. I've participated in countless panels, career days, and mentorship programs, including these, listed below.

Education is a powerful tool. It liberates women from dependence. Unlike beauty or possessions, it can never be taken away. In actions more than words, my grandmother taught my mother this. My mother taught me. I teach my daughters. They'll teach their daughters.

But there are girls everywhere that grow up without this insight. By pushing the boundaries of what women can do, and sharing that with girls and young women today, we can empower the next generation for tomorrow.

Yes to Public Speaking.

I began giving "lunch and learn" style talks within my company's R&D department in 2011. I never thought that I had a fear of public speaking per se, but standing up in front of my colleagues nonetheless caused me to break out in hives, sweat profusely, and develop what I refer to as "shakey voice". I knew I needed to become comfortable with being uncomfortable, so I looked for more opportunities to thrust myself into public speaking.

Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the companies and people who have supported me in this endeavor. I've come a long way due to mcy continued exposure at development conferences, many of which are listed below. I jot down thoughts, quotes and notes throughout the year as I read books and watch others speak. I use those tidbits to develop new abstracts annually. While I love reconnecting with my peers at familiar conferences, I'm always looking for ways to speak in new places and meet new people along the way.

In addition to speaking at conferences, I've also been interviewed on podcasts such as Developer on Fire, Luckygirl, and IT Career Energizer. Those are really enjoyable because I can sit down, and even wear sweatpants if I want to.

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Yes to Writing.

After working with git and REST for many years, I was working on a project where the two came together in almost perfect harmony. The problem was that we needed to lay out a git branching strategy in anticipation of maintaining multiple versions of the RESTful API at the same time. Most people were familiar with GitFlow and wanted to use it, but it didn't quite suit our needs. So I wrote an article, laying out a new protocol for this kind of situation, and called it SemFlow. SemFlow has a somewhat obscure following in the Balkans. If nothing else, I hope that it reinforces the idea that commonplace git nomenclature is easily adaptable and by no means mandatory.

Another article I'm particularly proud of is called "Someday is a Lie", written for Keyhole Software's fantastic development blog during my time there. The article was cross-posted on Code Project and Java Code Geeks, which is likely due to the marketing talents of Lauren Fournier, or internet spider bots. Either way, it made my heart happy.

I've written quite a few articles for Stackify's blog. I've also contributed to the NDC Conferences blog with an article called Proactively Preventing Git Pickles, which has some useful tips to avoid painting yourself into a corner with git.

Other things I say yes to

Because pursuing awesomeness isn't just a 9-5 gig.


I'm mom to two smart and good-hearted kids, ages 8 and 14. When we aren't plastering Chipotle tortillas on our faces, we like to go outside, to the library, and to those paint-your-own-pottery places. I work diligently to maximize my time with them, which includes embracing the Simplicity Parenting philosophy. In short: minimal screens, maximum hugs.


I'm happy to say that I've reached a point in life where I can afford (in time and money) to explore the world. Not all at once, of course, but little by little. This phase was jump-started by an amazing backpacking trip through Europe in Spring 2016, where I snapped this charming photo of a couple in front of the Eiffel Tower. Ten seconds later, a vendor tried to sell them a selfie stick.


Software can sometimes feel intangible, so I enjoy making things with my hands. I've tried scrapbooking and knitting, but ain't nobody got time for that. Sewing is something I've stuck with. I make simple pillows, curtains, and toys. My specialty is little dolls that look like people I know. Upon receiving one of these gifts, people are generally 85% flattered and 15% creeped out.


Post-pandemic, I decided to approach public speaking in a fun new way. Public speaking requires preparation and practice, but it's the off-the-cuff moments (on stage and off) that I want to improve. I am building my creativity, confidence, and listening skills through improv comedy courses.


Beneath my pasty, uncoordinated exterior lies the soul of a soul sista. I love funk, hip-hop, rap, jazz, blues, doo-wop, boogie & disco. I'm a big fan of WeFunk Radio in Montreal. I'm not an audiophile, but I haphazardly collect vinyl records. I play them on my dad's old turntable. This can lead to spontaneous dance parties.


I am an avid reader. My favorite genres are personal growth, business, finance, [auto]biographies, philosophy, futurology, short stories, and comedy. I typically have one audiobook and one physical book in progress at any given time. The books I read influence (but do not dictate) my world view.

Things I say no to

“Saying 'yes' doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no,
and saying 'please' doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission.”
- Amy Poehler

  • People who are condescending, rude, lazy, ungrateful, or perpetually angry
  • Writing SOAP web services - because God knows the world doesn't need more of those
  • Sensationalized 24-hour news
  • Hyper competition or team sports of any kind, especially ones involving a ball
  • Reality TV (except for Shark Tank and those blind dating shows, my guilty pleasures)
  • Half & half - it makes my tummy hurt
  • Gantt charts - also make my tummy hurt
  • Way too little or way too much automated testing
  • Anything that implicitly makes me say "no" to the people and causes I care about