Announcing a 'Let’s Talk Mental Health' Ask Me Anything (AMA) - August 27, 2020

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Let’s Talk Mental Health – Join this Ask Me Anything (AMA) on August 27 to share:

  • Questions about personal stories/experiences in mental health
  • Discussions on boosting/coping with mental health issues in tech
  • Ways to foster a supportive mental health community in tech

An AMA is similar to an “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” on Reddit, providing the opportunity for the community to ask questions and have a discussion with a panel of community experts on a particular topic. Members of the Microsoft team, MVPs, and guest community experts will join the conversation starting at 10:00 AM PT and will be online at various times throughout the day to respond*. The team of respondents for this AMA includes: Jess Dodson, Ryan Yates, and Chris Gill -- learn more about each individual below.


During the AMA, post your questions and feedback in a new thread within the Humans of IT AMA space, by clicking on, "Start a New Conversation" at the top of the page. 


*Important note: All responses/suggestions provided by these individuals are their own opinions and not Microsoft’s, and should not be regarded as professional medical advice.


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Jess Dodson

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With close to 15 years’ experience in the support, management & administration of identity and security systems within education and government, Jess is now a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Microsoft and wears the title of “Ops Witch” proudly! Jess's passions lie in modernizing Active Directory environment; and improving the operational security of systems where-ever possible, as well as being a champion for diversity and inclusion within tech - especially for non-coders! She's also active in technical communities online and can be found in numerous technical IRC, Slack & Discord channels, as well as technical subreddits. Chances are if you've run into "girlgerms" online, you've spoken to Jess!


Ryan Yates

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Microsoft Tech Community | Twitter

Ryan is a Consultant at Black Marble and is a multi-year Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management where he specializes in PowerShell, a tool that he uses to help automate tasks across a variety of technologies including Azure, Office 365 and on premises workloads. Ryan also helps co-ordinate the UK PowerShell User Groups. Outside of the world of tech Ryan has a vivid interest in Psychology and in particular around doing what he can to help reduce the stigma around talking about mental health, in which he runs a small blogging community, Mental Health Affects Someone Like Me at


Chris Gill

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Microsoft Tech Community | Twitter

I am a Technologist, Windows Insider, and learn-it-all with a combined 17 years of experience in Systems Engineering, Virtualization Design and Administration, Enterprise Architecture/Monitoring, DevOps, and Application stack management. I currently work at Nixon Peabody LLP as a Manager of Microsoft Applications, and have achieved over 30 technology industry certifications. I am passionate about learning and growing a community of experts, and am frequently found on social media sharing best practices and experiences helping others be successful in their Datacenter and Cloud management journeys. I love to spend time with my wife and two superhero children, creating and discovering with IoT, STEM, music, and culinary arts.