Today, I am thrilled to announce the launch of the new Diversity and Tech community, and I am excited to make it part of the broader Microsoft Tech Community. I’m Shona, community lead for this awesome new community focused on diversity and inclusion within the tech industry, and my team and I look forward to partnering with all of you to run impactful programs that will help you to not only get to know like-minded peers who are passionate about diversity and inclusion, but also to benefit from a host of inspirational panel sessions, tech role model features, an upcoming Community Mentors Program and more.
Diversity and inclusion are not merely hot topics of the moment but have been issues the industry has been facing for some time. The current “Me Too” movement and #TimesUp campaign serve as a reminder that we all have a voice, and collectively we are more powerful in not only challenging existing norms but in making great social and cultural impact.
As part of the team behind the Tech Community, I challenge you to embark on a journey here in the Tech Community to develop not only a strong network of business contacts in tech but also to come together to offer ideas and support within this community. I personally believe we can help one another to achieve skills for success, and together we can take on the world stage.
Spread the word, invite your friends and sow the seeds that will reap rewards of a lifetime. Invest in not only your technical skills but in the people in this community - our community - so that we can celebrate the richness of diversity in our world!