Morning Keynote — Put Up or Shut Up: An Open Letter to Tech Companies Seeking Diverse Teams

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Accepted Session
Keynote
Intermediate
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 9:00 – 9:45am in Sanctuary

Excerpt

People from marginalized communities struggle to break into tech, clawing our way through a racist, sexist, classist, ableist system only to be fired, quit or just suffer in misery. I’ll explore what it really takes to create a workplace that is truly welcoming of everyone.

Description

The bad news: everything is terrible. Companies large and small are overwhelmingly dominated by white men. People from marginalized communities struggle to break into tech, clawing our way through a racist, sexist, classist, ableist system only to be fired, quit or just suffer in misery for the big paycheck, often at the expense of our mental and physical health.

The good news: we’ve finally reached the tipping point where the pressure is high enough that companies are actively trying to address this imbalance and diversify their workforces.

Some of these companies are sincere—some are just talking the talk in the hope of staying relevant. I’ll explore what it’s like for marginalized people working at these companies and what it really takes to create a workplace that is truly welcoming of everyone.

Tags

diversity, culture fit, inclusiveness

Speaking experience

I am regular speaker at WordPress meetups and Wordcamps and have been invited to speak at Ada Developers Academy, Beyond the Code, Lesbians Who Tech Summit, and others. I have given talks on WordPress deployment processes, successful site planning, starting your own business, and more.

Speaker