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Expand Your Network: Making Your Group, Conference, or Company More Inclusive and Diverse

Expand Your Network: Making Your Group, Conference, or Company More Inclusive and Diverse

Is your group, conference, or company basically just a sea of white men? Lots of people see this, but aren't sure how to remedy it. We'll learn how to expand your network, as well as become a more welcoming environment, all with only a little bit of feeling uncomfortable.

Presented at Agile & Beyond 2017.

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Amber Conville

May 04, 2017
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  1. Expand Your Network Making Your Group, Conference, or Company More

    Inclusive and Diverse
  2. @crebma I develop software at Test Double (@testdouble) I run

    Self.conference (@selfconference)
 (Psst - May 19-20th, 2017)
  3. Self Awareness

  4. Who do you interact with?

  5. Who do you follow on twitter?

  6. When you think of people you know or admire in

    the community, do they all look the same?
  7. Start There.

  8. Expand Your Network

  9. So many lists of people to follow

  10. Make a point to say hello to people in groups

    or conferences that are different than your usual group
  11. Make new friends at local groups/meetups

  12. Group Awareness in Your Company

  13. When you’re recruiting, are your candidates generally homogenous?
 Why?

  14. Word of mouth recruiting

  15. Your job posting has “Straight White Dude™” written all over

    it
  16. “Culture fit” interviews

  17. Make sure your company offers benefits that are equally awesome

    for everyone
  18. Care publicly and take action when your public figures say

    all kinds of weird things
  19. Hire a diversity consultant

  20. Sponsor groups and conferences

  21. Support continued learning

  22. Group Awareness in Your Group

  23. Invite speakers that are under- represented in the community

  24. Make new members from under-represented communities feel welcome, without calling

    them out
  25. Have a good code of conduct that you understand

  26. Reach out to local groups like Girl Develop It or

    Blacks in Technology to find speakers
  27. Don’t center social hours around alcohol

  28. Group Awareness in Your Conference

  29. Have a good code of conduct that you understand

  30. Reach out to local groups like Girl Develop It or

    Blacks in Technology for your CFP
  31. Ask others in your community for recommendations of speakers to

    invite
  32. Reach out to national organizations like @CallbackWomen to get your

    CFP out
  33. Submit your CFP to the Technically Speaking newsletter https://github.com/catehstn/technically-speaking/

  34. Partner with organizations like Girl Develop It or Blacks in

    Technology
  35. Offer scholarships, free tickets, and discount codes to under- represented

    communities
  36. Always give your speakers and volunteers free tickets

  37. Cover travel expenses

  38. Offer child care, closed captioning, signing, and/or a quiet room

  39. Do Research

  40. Ask for help

  41. You don’t have to do everything at once

  42. It won’t always be perfect

  43. Go get started!