Underrepresented in Tech

July being almost over feels like we’re over the mid-year hurdle and careening through summer and into fall. As usual, we have accumulated some things we think you will like. Let’s get right into the content. πŸ’ͺ

✨ Here’s one of our favorite things from the past month.✨

We are celebrating more than 100 episodes of the Underrepresented in Tech podcast! It’s hard to believe, and it’s been a lot of work, but celebrating 100 episodes felt like we just started! We love that you’ve been along the journey so far and look forward to sharing more with you over the next 100!

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Our Latest Podcast Episode

Listen to: Youth in WordPress

In this episode, Michelle spends some time talking to Olivia Bisset, who recently completed her first year in college and is in a tech internship.

Michelle is 54. Olivia is 19. They have a lot of differences, but a lot in common, too.

Give this episode a listen to learn what the younger generation thinks the older generation needs to know.

πŸ“° Diversify Your Feed

Gen Zers Say You’re Recruiting Them Wrong β€” Here’s What They Really Want – Read the article

Data Reveals An Infuriating Reason Women Over 40 Are Held Back At Work – Read the article

Recognize DE&I Leaders: Nominate someone for a Woman in Tech award – Learn more

The Power of WordPress Mentorship – Give it a listen

✨ Newest additions to the database!

In each monthly newsletter, get introduced to some of the most recent professionals who have added themselves to the Underrepresented in Tech database!

Alex Radu

(Content writing, Diversity consulting, Accessibility, Marketing, Customer success,  Event organization)

Deborah Butler
(Website design, Accessibility, Tech support, WordPress)

George Woodard
(Development/code, Website design, SEO, Accessibility, Marketing, Tech support, WordPress, Graphic design)

Piccia Neri
(Website design, Content writing, Accessibility, WordPress, Public speaking, Graphic design)

Jo Minney
(Development/code, Website design, Accessibility, Customer success, WordPress, Public speaking, Event organization, Project management)

Ahmed Khalifa
(SEO, Diversity consulting, Accessibility, Marketing, WordPress)

πŸ”₯ Hot Take from Michelle: Being Older in Tech πŸ”₯

I’ve recently come to the realization that I probably have less than 20 years less in tech and in WordPress, and since I’m already 54, my relevance is waning.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not ready to be put out to pasture yet! But just as CEO’s need to craft a succession plan, so too, do those of us who are older in tech.

What does that mean? That means that we can’t rely on the next (and next, and next) generations to want to use our products and services or be members of our communities unless we learn what is important to them, what they are looking for, and how they intend to create a future for themselves.

What’s “always been done that way” is certain to fail if we don’t embrace what might come next. And we can’t assume to know what needs to come next unless we invite those younger than ourselves to help us plan the future.

So if, like me, you’re getting up there in (tech) age, what do you want your legacy to be? How can you encourage those younger than yourself? How can you create relationships that mentor both ways? And how can you embrace a future that you will watch others plan?

It isn’t easy. We all think we know what’s best. But when we listen to other who don’t look like us, don’t act like us, and aren’t our same age, we can learn a lot to make a bright future for all.

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