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I'm just really happy to see this as a discussion space. My availability is pretty limited but I've always got a moment to check a forum and give advice or answer questions regarding someone's career in tech, workplace cultures, career or employer moves, employer attitudes etc. It's also encouraging to see people across all facets of the tech industry too - we're not all software developers. And as for in-person meetups especially at Microsoft events - yay, whether that's a big gathering or one-on-one coffees.
So good to hear that! :) We're thrilled to have you on the community, and it's awesome folks like you who are ever so willing to invest your time and energy in helping others grow that makes this community GREAT!
One of the things that keeps me working with Microsoft technologies is the fact that I feel like my mental health and queerness doesn't prevent my contribution. Where many social environments will isolate me, Microsoft has taught me that the fact I don't fit in nor think or behave like everybody else provides me with a unique perspective and experience that is actually really valuable to many businesses and organisations. Many organisations do things the way they do simply because its the way they've always done it, they aren't even aware of the sometimes simple changes they can make to spark growth. It can be so scary and difficult to speak up when nobody wants to listen but now I at least do so with the knowledge that diversity and inclusion is very valuable to many businesses and forms an important part of "digital transformation".
I don't know what structure this community should take, but I do hope that it somehow gives people more confidence and strength; you are important and your voice is valuable, even when it doesn't feel like it, even when some say it isn't.
Well said, @Deleted, and a warm welcome to the community! :)
Indeed, perhaps the only thing more scary than change itself is stagnation and being out of touch with topics that we need to care about in society - we hope to push the boundaries of what we can collectively achieve when we recognize every human being's uniqueness and help them achieve their full potential. We hope you will contribute your great work in the world of tech, and we'd love to hear your story!