Hiring beyond white women and eliminating cultural appropriation

Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, sucker for bad reality television, and boxed wine connoisseur. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology.


#Open2017 is a 4-hour interactive live stream on New Year’s Eve  for developers by developers: Staying home on New Year’s Eve? You don’t have to do it alone! Free Code Camp is bringing the community together remotely and will recap 2016, talk about tech, and explore what coding will be like in 2017 via live YouTube stream.

Looking for a new job in 2017?: Here’s an easy way to organize your job hunt and avoid overwhelm with Trello.


Are You More Than Okay: The State of Mental Health in Tech in 2016

Huge strides have been taken by the tech community to become more inclusive as a whole in the past few years, and mental health awareness needs to be part of tech diversity as well. While people are talking about mental health more openly, there is still a lot that can be done such as employers doing better to offer employees a variety of mental healthcare plans, as well as giving them tools to help them find and compare counsellors, therapists, psychologists, and other specialists, and realizing the importance of integrating mental health as part of employee culture.

Diversity in tech too often means ‘hiring white women.’ We need to move beyond that.

If the tech community wants to truly achieve gender equality, we need to fight for all women by acknowledging the many traits that form a woman’s identity such as race, age, and geography. Companies run mostly by men who hire women from their similar racial and socioeconomic backgrounds don’t count.

Product Management: Being finite

In tech, oftentimes we’re expected to wear many hats and oftentimes we wear all of those many hats at the same time. When we’re just entering tech, we’re excited about doing that, but as we become more seasoned in our careers, we need to take a step back and ask ourselves, “is this really important?”

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! **

“It’s not Lit: Strategies for Exposing and Eliminating Cultural Appropriation in Marketing” by Candace Williams from AlterConf NYC 2016

A very thought-provoking talk on cultural appropriation. Problem: many companies are using artifacts that resemble other cultures and profiting off of them without consent cough Urban Outfitters cough. This is problematic in the fact that people aren’t understanding their own privilege and are objectifying others while not understanding the impact of doing such. As a takeaway, Candace urged people to consider using the term “under siege” instead of referring to people as marginalized because it is more active and centering.

** I attended AlterConf and you can read more about it here!

Upcoming Events:

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Black Women in Computing Conference
Friday, January 6th – Sunday, January 8th: Washington D.C.

ngVikings: The main Angular conference in the Nordics
Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th: Copenhagen, Denmark

Sustainable UX: For UX, front-end, and product people who want to make a positive impact on climate-change, social equality and inclusion.
Thursday, February 16th, 2017: Online

PyCon Pune
Thursday, February 16th – Sunday, February 19th: Pune, India

PyCaribbean: The Premier Python Event in the Caribbean
Saturday, February 18th – Sunday, February 19th: Bayamón, Puerto Rico

DevNexus 2017: Connecting developers from all over the world, providing affordable education, and promoting Open Source values
Scholarship Opportunities Available! Apply by January 20th, 2017.
Wednesday, February 22nd – Friday, February 24th: Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, March 2nd – Friday, March 3rd: St. Augustine, Flordia

nz.js(con);: New Zealand’s National JavaScript Conference
Thursday, March 9th – Friday, March 10th: Wellington, New Zealand

RubyConf Phillipines
Thursday, March 16th – Friday, March 18th: Bohol, Phillipines

DjangoCon Europe – Financial Assistance Available! Apply by January 16th, 2017.
Monday, April 3rd – Friday, April 7th: Florence, Italy

Women Techmakers Montreal
Saturday, April 8th – Sunday, April 9th: Montreal, Canada

Codeland (a CodeNewbie Conference)
Friday, April 21st — Saturday, April 22nd: New York City

DrupalCon – Scholarship Opportunities Available! Apply.
Monday, April 24th – Friday, April 28th: Baltimore, Maryland

Continuous Lifecycle London: DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Containerization
Wednesday, May 17th – Friday, May 19th: London

Wednesday, May 17th – Thursday, May 25th: Portland, Oregon

Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Austin, Texas

Monitorama: An Open Source Monitoring Conference & Hackathon
Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Portland, Oregon

PHP[tek]: The Premier PHP Conference
Wednesday, May 24th – Friday, May 26th: Atlanta, Georgia

Call For Proposals:

PHP[tek] – Closes December 30th, 2016 11:59PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
Barcelona NodeConf
– Closes December 31st, 2016 6:59PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
DjangoCon Europe – Closes December 31st, 2016 6:00PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
PyCon – Closes January 3rd, 2017 11:59PM EST
Codeland (a CodeNewbie Conference) – Closes January 8th, 2017 11:59PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!) Submit a Talk AND/OR Apply to Become a Panelist
O’Reilly’s Fluent Conference – Closes January 11th, 2017 2:59AM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference – Closes January 11th, 2017 2:59AM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
Women Techmakers Montreal 2017 – Closes January 15th, 2017 7:00PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
ChefConf – Closes January 18th, 2017 11:50 PST
CircleCityCon 4.0 – First Round Closes January 20th, 2017 11:59PM EST, Second Round Closes March 3rd, 2017 11:59PM EST
nz.js(con); – Closes January 22nd, 2017 3:00PM EST
Web Rebels – Closes January 29th, 2017 4:59PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
DrupalCon – Closes February 1st, 2017 11:59PM EST
Monitorama – Closes February 1st, 2017 7:00PM EST

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