Quintessence, also known as Q or Quinn, is a Technical Evangelist for AppDynamics and has spoken at several conferences and been a guest on multiple podcasts. Outside of work, she is a leader and co-founder for Inclusive Tech Buffalo, an initiative that helps underrepresented groups start careers in tech through workshops, classes, and mentorship.
Learning how to write software, architect infrastructure, and automate deployments is cognitively taxing. So much so, we probably spend a great deal of energy learning how to learn, learning how to retain, learning how to apply, learning how to be efficient, that learning how to be with each other gets lost in the mess.
Straight to the point: Computer programmer. Software developer. Production Engineer. When you read these terms, a picture probably starts to form in your mind’s eye - a sort of default for what a person behind these titles looks like. Maybe also how they sound - what language do you expect them to speak? How do they speak it?
Most likely, when you read those titles, you visualize a white male. He speaks English fluently with a local accent. If you pull up the photo behind an anonymized résumé, you might be surprised to find a Muslim woman wearing a hijab. Or perhaps you see someone who doesn’t speak fluent English, speaking instead with their native Mexican accent.
A lot of the imagery that’s been produced for software developers intentionally or inadvertently reinforces this vibe - the notion that the default developer is a white male, even when history and globalization show that that’s probably not the case. Yet because this is the view when women and other minorities join our ranks, they are given advice that encourages them to behave socially and linguistically like white men.
In this talk, I’ll explore how we can solve problems together as a diverse group, quite literally just by sharing space. I’ll discuss ways that we can be better allies to each other by fostering understanding, and highlight the positive impact of normalizing the appearance of minorities in the field.
|Unquantified Serendipity: Diversity in Development||Women Who Code Boston||September 2019|
|Unquantified Serendipity: Diversity in Development||DevOpsDays Dallas||August 2019|
|Sensory Friendly Monitoring: Keeping the Noise Down||Monitorama PDX 2019||June 2019|
|Sensory Friendly Monitoring: Keeping the Noise Down||DevOpsDays Toronto||May 2019|
|Sensory Friendly Monitoring: Keeping the Noise Down||StatsCraft IL||May 2019|
|Unquantified Serendipity: Diversity in Development||Building Vibrant Tech Communities @ AppsFlyer||May 2019|
|Sensory Friendly Monitoring: Keeping the Noise Down||DevOpsDays Vancouver||March 2019|
|Best Practices for Monitoring: How to Combat Alert Fatigue||How to Combat Alert Fatigue Webinar - Hosted by Logz.io||March 2019|
|Sensory Friendly Monitoring: Keeping the Noise Down||Hops ‘n Ops - Hosted by ChaosSearch, Logz.io, and ThreatStack||March 2019|
|Unquantified Serendipity: Diversity in Development||DevOpsDays Charlote 2019||February 2019|
|Sensory Friendly Monitoring: Keeping the Noise Down (Ignite Format)||DevOpsDays Charlote 2019||February 2019|
|Sensory Friendly Monitoring: Keeping the Noise Down||DevOpsDays New York City 2019||January 2019|
|Sensory Friendly Monitoring: Keeping the Noise Down||DevOpsDays Boston||September 2018|
|Unquantified Serendipity: Diversity in Development||Monitorama EU||September 2018|
|Sensory Friendly Monitoring: Keeping the Noise Down||DevOpsDays Chicago||August 2018|