About me

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As the daughter of a programmer/Change Manager, Holly has been in and around technology her entire life. She grew up with computers and never took them, or her tech savvy seriously until she went to work for Apple. During the ten years she was with Apple, she easily mastered several software and hardware certifications, and completed several training courses as a corporate facilitator, as well. This proved to be a passion: teaching people to love their technology. Her mindset of “If I teach you what not to do, you’re going to spend more time loving your device instead of fearing you’re going to break it.” proved to be wildly successful and lead to her teaching other employees her best practices at the highest level.

After leaving Apple, she entered the corporate IT world, first as a Technical Writer, a Mobile Device Management expert  and then later, following her father’s footsteps into Change Management. The longer she spent living the #corplife, the more she noticed a lack of career paths for women in IT departments looking to advance into Leadership positions.  How will women ever shatter the glass ceiling when the corporate ladders they’ve been given are missing several key rungs?  It became her mission to build better ladders for herself and for her peers, metaphorically speaking.

Holly’s other passion in life is writing. She began her first blog, The Adventures of Bimbolinaho, in 2003. Since then, she has expanded her writing online by creating not only this site, but also Food Allergy Epidemic, a blog dedicated to adults who’ve recently been diagnosed with Food Allergies. She’s been featured on Buzzfeed, Medium, and theCompostr and was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly, and the Huffington Post as a contributor. Ironically, it never occurred to her to combine her two passions until now. 

Her technical skill set includes: Mac OS Desktop Certification, Final Cut Pro X Certification, Filemaker Pro Certification, Small Device Certification, iOS Qualification, MS Word, MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, WordPress, Slack, Box, JIRA, Notion, Dropbox, and all of Apple’s Desktop Applications i.e. Photos, iMovie, iTunes, Mail, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. She also has a vast knowledge of several other third party applications, like Evernote and Slack.

If you’re interested in hiring Holly as a consultant or speaker, you can email her at holly@theblondebyte.com or fill out the contact form here.


Holly is currently seeking representation. If interested, please contact her at: holly@theblondebyte.com or click here.

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Tech Writer ~ Blogger ~ Coach ~ Speaker

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