I have some good personal news to share with you – it doesn’t affect TeraTech, ColdFusion or your company.
Changed my name
- I have changed my name to Michaela Light and I am shifting my gender to female.
I’m sharing this with you because I want to be my authentic self in all parts of my life and work. I find keeping secrets is very draining. By being more authentic, I have more energy and find my work to be even more joyful.
CEO and podcast host
I am still CEO of TeraTech and we continue to be focused on ColdFusion development, optimization, and security. I am hosting the CF Alive podcast (48 episodes published so far this year!) And I am currently writing a book on ColdFusion inspired by the podcast mission to make ColdFusion more alive.
Now I am ready to be fully true to myself in my work life. I also believe I can be a role model to others who want to be their authentic self at work. In whatever way that is authentic for them. I have felt female inside since I was a child. In my personal life I have lived female or androgynous for many years and used a female name.
And my name change is an ongoing task because my name appears in so many places with 100s of online profiles and locations. So you may see both names for a while. It’s rather like doing a big maintenance change on a large chunk of code…
If you have any questions I am happy to respond. Meanwhile here are some common questions and my answers below
PS I understand if you might forget my new name or gender pronouns on occasion – this stuff is a low-level subroutine in our brains. No problem!
- How do you want me to refer to you?
- Michaela Light
- Ms Light
- How do you pronounce Michaela?
- What if I make a mistake and use your old name Michael Smith or old pronouns he/him?
- No problem. We all make mistakes and I won’t get upset. Heck, I sometimes forget my own name when I am working intensely! In addition, I have some dyslexia so writing is not my strongest skill 🙂
- Are you on hormones and have you had the “operation?”
- No. I use energy work to shift my gender. Maybe in the future when there is better DNA and nano-medicine I will do some more changes.
- Are you going to change your voice?
- Yes, I am working on changing my voice too and that is like learning a foreign language and takes a while 🙂
- Does this change who you are or the work you are doing?
- No. I am still CEO of TeraTech and we are focused on ColdFusion development, optimization, and security. I am continuing to host the CF Alive podcast and I am writing a book on ColdFusion.
- Which restrooms do you use?
- If there is a gender neutral or family restroom I use that. If not I use the female one.
- Are you happy?
- Yes I am very happy with my new name and my life.
And to continue learning how to make your ColdFusion apps more modern and alive, I encourage you to download our free ColdFusion Alive Best Practices Checklist.
Because… perhaps you are responsible for a mission-critical or revenue-generating CF application that you don’t trust 100%, where implementing new features is a painful ad-hoc process with slow turnaround even for simple requests.
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You’re making a high-stakes bet that everything is going to be OK using the same old app creation ways in that one language — forever.
All it would take is for your fellow CF developer to quit or for your CIO to decide to leave the (falsely) perceived sinking ship of CFML and you could lose everything—your project, your hard-won CF skills, and possibly even your job.
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Learn about these and many more strategies in our free ColdFusion Alive Best Practices Checklist.