About this project
Companies need help with hiring and retaining diverse employees, but it's hard to find expertise and training on these issues. We need a way to make diversity training affordable and accessible.
Elissa Shevinsky and Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack are building a series of 30-minute training videos, designed for managers and HR departments, as well as individuals who want to be more educated and well-versed on diversity and inclusion. We are bringing in world-class guest speakers to educate on topics like “Recruiting and Managing Women of Color” and "Creating an Inclusive Environment for Trans Employees."
“[Tarah’s] doing something that most people just talk about: helping women get jobs in the tech field. It's not sexy, it's not glamorous, but it's a problem and it's getting worse." —Huffington Post
"I think everyone who hires or manages anyone in tech ought to read the remarkable book "Lean Out" edited by Elissa Shevinsky." - LA Times
Silicon Valley is known for being on the cutting edge of new technology and ways of thinking - and has tremendous potential to lead the way on diversity and inclusion. Let’s work together to build a better future.
WHY DO THIS NOW?
We are Kickstarting this video series because we think it's incredibly important to make these videos, and want the resources to make them professional. Like so many other senior women in our profession, we're already mentoring, speaking, and teaching on the side - this is a way to support and fund that work. It's even scalable! We'll be releasing these videos under Creative Commons licensing (FREE, open-sourced) to the public after you, our supporters, receive early access.
We know that the number of women in tech is falling.
We know you want to help. Here's how!
WHO WE ARE!
Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack (BA, MS, CSM, CSD) is the CEO and co-founder of Fizzmint and the author of the wildly successfully Kickstarted book "Women In Tech," forthcoming March 2016. She has led projects at Microsoft Game Studios (Halo For Xbox 360 and Lips), architected systems at Silent Circle, and holds two agile development certifications through the Scrum Alliance. She founded or co-founded Red Queen Technologies, LLC (web development), Infosec Unlocked (initiative to add diversity in infosec conference speakers), the Women In Tech Council (advocates for senior women conference speakers), and Hack The People Foundation (nonprofit mentorship initiative focused on underprivileged people in technology). She acquired her startup funds by cleaning out poker rooms in the Northwest and Las Vegas.
Elissa Shevinsky is a well-known advocate for best practices in business and technology. Shevinsky is the editor of "Lean Out," and the CEO of Jekudo Privacy Company. Shevinsky recently organized and ran SecretCon, an enterprise security conference with close to 40% women speakers and attendees.
Angie Coleman is a Diversity Activist, Startup Advisor, Artist, & General Superwoman.
Quiessence Phillips is AVP Information Security - Incident Response at Barclays. She is a cybersecurity professional and the creator of TheGirlTechieCampaign.
Amélie Koran manages Security Architecture and Services for the US Department of the Treasury. A senior architect for Disney, the US Department of the Interior, a policy analyst at the White House for OMB, and much more, Amélie is a wildly in-demand speaker and leader.
THE VIDEO SERIES!
We'll be producing these videos!
- How To Hire Your First Woman Technologist
- Building a Diverse Applicant Pool
- Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ Employees
- Retention Tools And Techniques That Actually Work
- Lots Of Diversity! Intersectionality And Identity
- Managing and Firing Underperformers
"When I started Glowforge, I knew that we weren't going to succeed at building a great product if we hired people who looked just like me. I was lucky enough to meet Elissa and Tarah, who gave practical advice to help expand our recruiting and hiring. Now, our team looks like our customers - not like our founders." -- Dan Shapiro, CEO GlowForge, Robot Turtles
"I'm a huge fan of the team behind "Hiring Goggles", especially Elissa Shevinsky who I've had the pleasure of working with very closely as part of her "Lean Out" book launch. The materials the team is eager to produce in video format aren't only highly valuable to increase diversity but also will directly benefit a company's bottom line. Having worked at multiple startups I can only attest that most companies do not realize how little they know on this topic - no one better to learn from than the Hiring Goggles team." -- Gesche Wai-Yi Haas, CEO and CoFounder of Dreamers // Doers
"It's all well and good to say you want to diversify your workforce, but it's not as simple as that. These are the women to bring this necessary training to life." -- Amy Vernon, Award Winning Journalist, Startup Mentor and Entrepreneur
The HIRING MANAGER: VIP ACCESS will also include:
- access to a special private webinar for just this level!
Risks and challenges
Elissa and Tarah have both successfully managed companies, teams, and projects. While there's always a chance that things can go wrong, we're well-set-up to make sure this campaign is fulfilled in a timely and efficient manner.
Tarah has successfully run 3 Kickstarters, one GoFundMe, and has consulted on several other Patreons and Kickstarter campaigns.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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