Let’s Rawk the Web: A Call to Action


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While some conferences support a proactive diversity policy, the common lament industry-wide is the pool of candidates just isn't large enough to draw from. It's time for women and people of color to Rawk The Web: to become more visible, promote our achievements, and make ourselves known as the rockstars we truly are.

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Let’s Rawk the Web: A Call to Action

  1. Let’s Rawk The Web A Call to Action Denise Jacobs GitHub’s Public Speaking Workshop for Women 22 February 2014
  2. Rawk The Tweets The Sista Gettin’ her Speak on: @denisejacobs Where we at? @github #passionprojects What I’m rawkin’ about: @rawktheweb #rawktheweb
  3. O hai! Photo: Derek Kearney
  4. Today: Creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/massimobarbieri/3998455558/
  5. Have you noticed… http://www.flickr.com/photos/frozencapybara/1376454002/
  6. An imbalance? http://www.flickr.com/photos/julia_manzerova/4748112382/
  7. Typical dev conference line-up
  8. UX conferences
  9. Typography conferences
  10. Tech company startup crews http://www.techxav.com/2009/07/10/lets-activate-the-way-back-machine-the-history-of-twitter-in-pictures/
  11. Tech book authors
  12. Is the tech industry just white dudes? ***
  13. There is plenty of diversity… ***
  14. There is some diversity… ***
  15. There is diversity… ***
  16. There are diverse web experts
  17. So…what gives?
  18. FOWA Miami 2009 http://www.flickr.com/photos/judxapp/3308023998/
  19. And at present…
  20. Much like Kristina… http://www.flickr.com/photos/judxapp/3307193183/
  21. And just so you’re not confused… te) hi (w ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/judxapp/3307193183/
  22. Honest! Photos: Denise Jacobs
  23. Potatoes & the tech industry http://www.flickr.com/photos/benmillett/281344513/
  24. Lack of biodiversity
  25. Exponential growth & influence
  26. Newspaper http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:African_American_boy_selling_The_Washington_Daily_News.png
  27. Radio http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:StateLibQld_1_105248_Group_of_friends_gathered_around_a_radio_in_Brisbane,_ca._1942.jpg
  28. Television http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Family_watching_television_1958.jpg
  29. Globally pervasive 1) http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcmetroblogger/4731961032/, 2) http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcmetroblogger/3861295403/, 3) http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosipaw/5308977361/, 4) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwanja/3169449999/
  30. There are a LOT of different potatoes http://www.flickr.com/photos/flatbushgardener/2105741902/
  31. Approximately 4500! http://www.flickr.com/photos/benmillett/241673100/
  32. More voices to be heard http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynneluvah/3365184823/
  33. eb eW Th (and diversity!) http://www.flickr.com/photos/fynes/1726530589/
  34. The problem: we’re hiding http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenzzz_14/7031233649/
  35. My call to action: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thivierr/1177775772/
  36. Let’s Rawk The Web!
  37. Let’s Tawk 1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  Why Where (to start) How (to get started & become visible) What (to do to up-level) When
  38. Roots: How to Rawk SXSW 2010 http://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/4428737167/
  39. Why? •  Lament in the industry •  Lack of role models discourages potentials •  Diversity of voices encourages innovation
  40. Lament on-going for years “I go to only a small fraction of conferences and what do I see? The same handful of speakers….few new faces, fewer new ideas, rarely anything new to learn.” - Nick Finck Beyond the A-List, Diversity in the Web Community, February 2007
  41. Need to encourage potentials http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/
  42. Innovation FTW! http://www.flickr.com/photos/shirinwiniger/3680885289/
  43. Well said. “Diversity and opportunity…in our industry…leads to the best, most innovative, and most successful new creations.” -  Anil Dash, “Tomorrow’s Adas”, 2010
  44. Where to start? •  Get clear •  Get inspired •  Get a plan/set some goals •  Get support
  45. Get inspired http://royhoes.deviantart.com/art/Out-of-Inspiration-85588391
  46. WebVisions 2005 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kk/26147599/
  47. Get clear
  48. From this Photo: Denise Jacobs
  49. To this
  50. To maybe even this! http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxrheinmain/8621197881/
  51. Get support http://www.flickr.com/photos/kara_allyson/5358611092/
  52. SXSW 2006 http://www.flickr.com/photos/janbrasna/112338913/
  53. Create goals & make a plan http://www.flickr.com/photos/angietorres/4564765098/
  54. How to start & become visible? •  Promote yourself •  Propose yourself •  Reach out & ask •  Value yourself •  Get mentors
  55. Promote
  56. Reach out http://www.flickr.com/photos/nogood/211873647/
  57. Be BOLD http://www.flickr.com/photos/sakocreative/3894673274/
  58. Propose yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn/2506156264/
  59. Bam!
  60. Ask Photo: Denise Jacobs
  61. FOWD site March 26, 2010
  62. FOWD site April 15, 2010
  63. Get a mentor/mentors http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
  64. Find those who have done it
  65. Value yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
  66. WWWGD? http://www.flickr.com/photos/dlaughland/3475448568/
  67. Learn from them! http://www.flickr.com/photos/grothaug/3634720217/
  68. Beware! http://www.flickr.com/photos/glimeend/2661332153/
  69. Your inner critic will be ready! http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/
  70. “They’ll find out I’m an impostor”
  71. “I don’t know enough” http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer.jpg
  72. “I’m skurred” Photo: Denise Jacobs
  73. Put fear in its place “Fear is not real. It is a product of the thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” - character of Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith), After Earth
  74. *WHATEVER* http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/1-23-2013/quhKj3.gif
  75. Try a Power Pose!
  76. People will start to seek you out http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcymet/3559319887/
  77. What to do to up-level? •  Volunteer •  Be a mentor •  Be a Maven •  Collaborate •  Initiate & Launch
  78. Volunteer CodeFeverMiami.com
  79. Be a mentor Photo: Denise Jacobs
  80. Be a Maven http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/7496803638/
  81. Senongo + FOWD = AWESOME http://www.flickr.com/photos/placenamehere/8212282613/
  82. Collaborate http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/4436484250/
  83. Power-Push Writing Group
  84. Initiate & Launch http://passion-projects.github.com/
  85. Make your ideas manifest http://ladiesintech.com/
  86. (Are you surprised?) http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/3446600695/
  87. Neither mad nor petulant http://www.flickr.com/photos/admiretime/3062187514/
  88. Not about “Viva La Raza”` Photo: Carlos Miller
  89. Not about “Viva La Gender”` Photo: Denise Jacobs
  90. Nor is it about ego http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4055807492/
  91. Visible presence has effects
  92. Case Study : Media Evolution, The Conference MUST READ: http://blog.mediaevolution.se/2012/11/05/gender-equality-at-media-and-tech-conferences/
  93. This is all about Love, y’all
  94. It’s good for EVERYONE “I also wanted to thank you for your presence as a speaker at [Interlink] conference, because I often find that the speaker lists are, like many things, too often crowded with white men. And as a white man, I really appreciated your perspective as a woman of color, and I'm hoping that it continues to clear the way for a multiplicity of voices in our industry, which is greatly needed.” - Nick Cox, @everydaytype, 9 June 2011
  95. What I’m shooting for http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhenak/2663858493/
  96. Conference lineups more like this:
  97. From this version of reality… http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentbrew/113013880/
  98. Shifting to this one… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150276276554203&set=t.652726529&type=1&theater
  99. And this! http://www.flickr.com/photos/loggedhours/7932892142/
  100. And this! http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheryl/3356560366/
  101. Right?! http://www.flickr.com/photos/hellquist/4669645994/
  102. Your mission…
  103. and http://www.flickr.com/photos/8286330@N03/4322042366/
  104. Give the tech industry your voice and your face
  105. Yes, YOU http://www.flickr.com/photos/siutou_amy/2306794554/
  106. Bringing out your inner rawkstar http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/2761300969/
  107. Is a way of showing up in the world http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4168593521/
  108. Starts with you & ripples outward http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles19/1330505/projects/5455539/30cbf8c45952cdcf360ef545b1dcaba9.jpg
  109. We can change the world for the better – together! http://www.flickr.com/photos/sepblog/3527804859/
  110. So, are you ready to Rawk? http://www.flickr.com/photos/cindyli/5525695760/
  111. Let’s Do This! RawkTheWeb.com Twitter.com/rawktheweb
  112. How to find me DeniseJacobs.com  Sign up on my mailing list here! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs