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Tara M. Clapper

#WomenInTech at SEMrush Discuss Challenges, Successes and Creepers [Podcast]

Tara M. Clapper
#WomenInTech at SEMrush Discuss Challenges, Successes and Creepers [Podcast]

As part of Women in Tech week here on the SEMrush Blog, SEMrush Webinar and Podcast Host Peter Starr Northrop speaks with our Community Manager Kathleen Garvin, Sales Executive Margaret Keavney and me about our experiences as women in tech.

We cover:

  • Our career journeys: how did we end up here and what do we do?
  • Advice for women looking to enter the digital technology field
  • Community support and positive experiences as women in tech
  • Negative experiences and sexism in the field and at tech events, featuring a creepy poem one of us received
  • How to deal with trolls, creepers and being propositioned at professional events and on social channels, including LinkedIn
  • Entertaining and enlightening anecdotes from daily life at the SEMrush office and events
  • What men (and other women) can and should do to support women in tech
  • Constructive ways to initiate change and diverse representation in tech while advancing your career
  • Online communities that support #WomenInTech

Were you as surprised as Peter about some of the topics we covered? Do you have additional questions for us? Please leave your comments below and we'll answer your questions and recommend helpful resources.


Tara M. Clapper is Technical Editor at SEMrush and Senior Editor at The Geek Initiative, a website celebrating women in geek culture. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Margaret M. Keavney is a sales executive at SEMrush and has been with the company for over two years. She lives in South Philadelphia. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Kathleen Garvin is the blog community manager at SEMrush. For a year and a half, she managed the SEMrush blog, which was recognized by Inc. Magazine as “one you should be reading in 2015” in December 2014. She is also a contributing writer for I Want Her Job, a community that empowers career women.

Tara M. Clapper is Content Development Specialist at Express Writers and Senior Editor at The Geek Initiative, a website celebrating women in geek culture. Tara is a prolific content creator and an accomplished editor, having written and edited thousands of blog posts, small business websites, and other inbound marketing content through the course of her career. Tara enjoys blogging about SEO copywriting, content management, corporate culture, personal branding, networking and LinkedIn. She has over a decade of experience in digital publishing. Connect with her on Twitter @irishtara

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