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Wednesday, September 25 • 2:15pm - 2:35pm
The Missing Ingredient: Authentic Underrepresented Voices

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Being in technology is hard. It's fast paced, ever-changing and there is a ton of scrutiny. Being authentically yourself is hard. Especially in the age of filters and portrait mode. Being authentic in tech and not being in the majority? Well, it’s a battle.

When we are at our most authentic, we can truly shine and feel comfortable. Often times though, to fit in, we will modify ourselves, usually starting with our outward appearance, in order to try to seem like the others and be accepted. And yet authenticity is needed most. The voices of the underrepresented are needed most.

Seeing you, an underrepresented voice on stage is step 1 to creating a better environment for everyone. But this is not a battle you need to fight on your own. This talk is about giving you tools and support to show up in tech as YOU.

This session will get REAL and provide a pathway for all of us to show up as we are to share our technical expertise with the majority.

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Jessica West

Director, Developer Relations, MongoDB

Wednesday September 25, 2019 2:15pm - 2:35pm BST
Women & Trans Coders Lounge (Open to all attendees) - Mezzanine Level