I was motivated to give this talk because of the recent data from the StackOverflow 2021 survey, and a quote I saw. “If they don’t offer you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
I’ve been thinking about the persistent diversity problem in tech and how individuals from historically marginalized communities can move through this industry with that problem in mind.
The numbers speak for themselves. Anything the industry is doing address the lack of diversity in tech isn’t working and we need to be honest about this. At the same time, I believe that individuals need to do whatever they can to keep themselves motivated to stay firmly planted at the table. The most important thing I’ve tried to do is to create a talk that leaves those inspired, motivated, and encouraged to pursue a career in tech. I ask one favor from you. And that is to watch the talk more than once.
- Women played a pivotal role in the early years of computer programming
- There’s a space for you at the table — even though some people might tell you that there isn't.
- If you can’t find the job that makes sense for you (or if you aren't being encouraged by the people around you) there are ways to take matters into your own hands.
In the comments section, please share any other noteworthy individuals you can think of, past or present, that have been instrumental in computer science & the tech industry.
Charlene considers herself an "accidental coder" — never in a million years did she think she'd be working in tech. But, working towards becoming an instructor for Harvard's famous CS50 course was the catalyst for change she needed to enter the field. In 2020, she founded DCODED ACADEMY, an online hub dedicated to teaching and building a diverse community of UX/UI developers and designers.