Men have it easier than women when it comes to working in tech.
If this statement makes you angry, good! Hopefully it makes you angry because you want to be a part of an industry that works for everyone. Do you read all the news reports about the diversity problems in tech and think someone should do something about that? Maybe that someone should be you!
If you’re a male in tech, you might be thinking “how can I help fix this problem as a guy? Will the women around me think I’m sincere?” Yes, you can be a big part of the solution. And, yes they might question your sincerity at first, but with time and effort you can show everyone that diversity is important to you, too!
There will be mistakes along the way and that’s ok. We make mistakes, too. But by learning from those mistakes and continuing to try, we can make tech a better place for everyone.
Some of the topics we’ll cover are:
- Why diversity should be important to everyone
- The difference between being an ally and being a knight in shining armor
- What to do if you see inappropriate behavior
- How to make your workplace more inclusive
- Actions matter even when it’s just the guys
About the presenter:
Ronda Bergman went back to college unsure of what she wanted to do, took an introductory programming class as an elective and found her calling! She got her degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and has been working as a .Net developer since. As one of the Co-Founders of tech[inclusive], Ronda gets to spend her free time helping other women achieve their technology goals and build confidence in their careers and their everyday lives. Ronda has worked as a software developer since 1999 and currently works at Criteo.
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