A Black Man Walks Into the San Francisco CTO Summit…

  • Inclusion takes work. You have to expand your network and ask for help from people you are not accustomed asking help from.
  • Inclusion is uncomfortable. The conference organizers knew the title of my talk months in advance. How awkward would it have been for the conference organizers to ask for help in finding People of Color to attend/present. Probably less awkward than me calling it out on stage.
  • Inclusion means changing the way you think about everything. For example, there were no affordances for hearing impaired or physically limited people to present. whereas, when I moderated at @SVComicCon, there were 2 sign language translators.
  • Inclusion is not free. It takes time, effort and money. If you are willing to spend money on schwag, you should be willing to spend money on inclusion. #JustSayin

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The Complicated Man Who Risks his neck for non-binary peeps, trans folk, women and men. 1st CTO @ObamaFoundation , @SlackHQ , @Twitter @Google @Apple

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The Complicated Man Who Risks his neck for non-binary peeps, trans folk, women and men. 1st CTO @ObamaFoundation , @SlackHQ , @Twitter @Google @Apple