Diversity and Inclusion

Build a Better Us – SharePoint conference 2019 - #Celebrateus

Build a Better Us – SharePoint conference 2019 - #Celebrateus

Come to a session. Join a meetup. Engage online. Celebrate together.

Announcing the Diversity and Inclusion Program at the SharePoint Conference 2019

Heading to Las Vegas, May 21-23, 2019 for the SharePoint Conference? Mark your calendar for our Diversity & Inclusion Programming all week at the event. Track “DIV” on the conference website.

Are Superheroes Social Justice Warriors? - Panel Discussion at WonderCon 2019

Are Superheroes Social Justice Warriors? - Panel Discussion at WonderCon 2019

As a lover of comic books, graphic novels, artists, superheroes movies and TV series I’m giddy about being involved with this project. Who hasn’t spun around like Wonder Woman as a young girl or maybe, um, yesterday? To see her and so many other brilliant superheroes in print, in cool TV series and on the big screen bringing justice to the world makes my heart sing.

Thrilled to announce that I’m moderating my first education/how to panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an amazing group of panelists.

Ready for Microsoft Ignite? Event Maven Tips to Rock It!

Ready for Microsoft Ignite? Event Maven Tips to Rock It!

#MSIgnite 2018 will be the third Microsoft Ignite I’ve attended (my first TechEds were Barcelonaand Dallas, TX in 2003). Microsoft Ignite is Microsoft’s largest ITPro/Dev event of the year featuring hundreds of technical sessions and hands-on workshops, a massive expo floor, tons of parties and, something I am very proud to be a part of, a whole track devoted to learning about and fostering Diversity and Inclusion. 

As an Event Maven who used to produce these events for Microsoft, I know a few ins and outs to get the most knowledge, networking, and fun out of it. 

Here are some tips & tricks to help you create a productive and memorable Microsoft Ignite experience.

Words Matter, Relating To One Another — Diversity, Inclusion and Intersectionality

Words Matter, Relating To One Another — Diversity, Inclusion and Intersectionality

When one works and speaks on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging you tend to stir up emotions, deep-seeded fears, passion, and sometimes anger.

There are a pain and suffering in our world that comes with being held back, tamped down, passed over and abused because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientations, and for people with disabilities.

There is anger when someone gets called out for certain behavior, using certain words, and simply speaking from where they grew up, how they were raised, what was considered “okay” or “normal” or words that have been in our language for decades. The thing is, is that there is no normal. I don’t think so anyway.

A Birthday Thank You from Las Vegas.

A Birthday Thank You from Las Vegas.

From a city where I turned 21, a long time ago, I wanted to say thank you to the loving Joyner family for having me tag along to their family reunion at The Jockey Club way back when to celebrate with Shannan, Beth, Tina, and Meganne, my wonderful high school girlfriends. I turned 21 on the dot in the Aladdin which is now where Planet Hollywood stands — that was such a great trip. Respects to Dick and Dottie Joyner who are no longer with us and were such kind, dear, fun people who made me part of their family during my high school years in Wheaton, IL.