Hoping to bring more “feminist realtalk about careers, life, and ambition” to the often male-dominated podcast space, three Philly women in tech got together to give each other a chance to sound off.
In No, You Go, a podcast launched in January, Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Jenn Lukas and Katel LeDû gather ’round an Ikea desk at Wachter-Boettcher’s home office to muse over a range of issues — everything from approaching work ethic from a new mom’s perspective, successfully getting a raise or negotiating a book deal.
In the eight episodes recorded so far, the trio has interviewed guests from all walks of life, like PA state legislature candidate Elizabeth Fiedler, Girls Night In founder Alisha Ramos or editor Sydette Harry.
All three hosts work in tech in some capacity: LeDû is the CEO of tech book publishing house A Book Apart, Lukas is an engineering manager at Urban Outfitters and Wachter-Boettcher is a published UX consultant.
The name of the show speaks both of the show’s dynamics and its intent.
“We’re talking about being professional and ambitious,” said Wachter-Boettcher. “A huge piece of that is having other people behind you supporting you and making sure the friends you have are also pursuing their efforts. It’s both the literal thing of allowing another to speak and the idea that we’re making space for one another to be successful.”
I just started @noyougoshow and am relating SO much to the discussions on working from home / experiencing loneliness. Loving this already!
— Suzie Nieman (@suzienieman) March 2, 2018
The show, which is now available on Apple Podcasts and other platforms, is looking to bring some gender diversity to the podcast genre.
“Most podcasts are done by men,” Wachter-Boettcher said. “We want to make sure our listeners feel heard and understood and that the experiences that they’ve had feel reflected here. We want to make sure there are more options for women and nonbinary folks.”
So far, all guests have been women. A non-binary guest is scheduled to appear on a forthcoming episode and Wachter-Boettcher said the hosts are constantly thinking of how to add diversity to the mix, bringing in guests from different racial and social backgrounds.
“When we think of who we want to bring to the forefront, we’re going to be focused on women and non-binary folks because there hasn’t been enough space for those voices in a while,” she said.-30-
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