For almost 38 years, I have gotten called everything under the sun when it comes to pronouncing my name. As a child it was difficult coming from a Caribbean island and starting school in the Northeast; where my name was not the only thing that made me stand out.
Working in Tech, I often witness the disparity in confidence between men and women. When I first started mentoring recent graduates, women of color primarily, I quickly realized that role models are needed long before entering the workforce.
During 2020 I, like many people, had time to reflect on myself once I started working from home due to the pandemic. The reflection process felt very overwhelming so I used every support network I had access to, from counselling and colleagues to community groups, my partner, friends and family. Each network provided something specific that I needed and, while there was some overlap, there were some specific conversations that I had that made me face a lot of things I hadn’t faced before.