I was an angsty teen making my LiveJournal and MySpace pages extra jazzy!
After launching a big feature at work, I left to pursue coding full-time. I enrolled in Flatiron School, went through 3 months of intense coding and pair programming, and just graduated two weeks ago! I'm excited about what's next.
I'm excited to see efforts toward real inclusion in tech. As the phrase goes, "diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance." Being the token diversity hire at a company where nobody listens or cares about what you have to say is a wasted opportunity for everyone involved.
Having a diverse and engaged team is just good business sense, and it seems like we're at a point where companies that have been doing it well are speaking up, and those that haven't are having a bit of a wake up call. We have a long way to go obviously, but I'm happy to see conversations happening. I loved Debbie Madden's "To Uber: Many in Tech Have Gotten Harassment Against Women in the Workplace Right for Decades".
Be confident in what you bring to the table and don't be afraid to show it!
I'm originally from Europe, where self-deprecating humor is mostly the modus operandi. I've lived in the U.S. for 20 years, but it took me a long time to realize that people were taking my self-deprecation at face value - they thought that I didn't value myself, and if I played down my accomplishments, they believed that too. Of course it's important to be humble, but there's no need to play down your self-worth!