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Trigger warning for abusive language, harassment, rape threats, violent and graphic imagery.

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The thing that shocks them the most is the fact that I live with wild animals.

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If you're familiar with me or my work, you know that I speak a lot about the issues surrounding the lack of diversity in tech. Sometimes this means sharing articles, social commentary, or giving talks at conferences. Other times this may mean speaking up about the bad behavior of a person or company to draw attention to the issue and educate the community.

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I spoke with Michael at Ugtastic a couple months ago (with a cold, unfortunately; excuse the nasaliness!) about the diversity work I'm doing and the things we can all be aware of when it comes to create more inclusive communities. Thanks for having me, Michael!

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Like many people, I've spent much of my life being terrified of public speaking.

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tl;dr: sponsor my diversity work via gittip or tell me what I could do for your company


Thanks to the attention my diversity work has received, I'm seeking a way to make it scalable and sustainable so I can devote more time toward these initiatives. But I need your help!

As many of you know, I've been working on a number of projects over the past year to improve diversity in the tech community. A handful of examples:

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The Ruby Rogues Show logoLast week I got the chance to sit down with the Ruby Rogues to discuss diversity in the ruby community. We covered why diversity is important, how we can increase the amount of diversity, dealing with our own subconscious biases, how to be an ally, and a lot more.

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