I’m trying something new. I’ve partnered with a good friend, also a Christian woman of color in technology, on a podcast series called “Waiting to Download: Race & Gender in Tech.” Launching a podcast is no joke, especially since we’re both novices. From coming up with a name, to outlining episodes, the planning process has … Continue reading Just Launched a Podcast
I have been meditating for a while on the concept of negative space. In art, positive space represents the center, and the area around is considered negative space. Negative space isn't bad. Rather, it's necessary for a balanced composition. Positive space can't exist without negative space. But what's interesting to me is negative space goes … Continue reading Attending to Negative Space
I believe there's a shift happening in the U.S. Where white supremacy and patriarchy remain thick, people are grateful to see the usual suspects in charge. But in other places, where the air is less smoggy, people are downright fed up with the old guard (OG). People are ready for someone else to lead. … Continue reading Whose Turn Is It Anyway?
I've decided to try a new medium. I don't know what to call it. A lot longer than a blog post. Not quite an eBook. Really it's more like a manuscript. In it, you'll find four of the talks I've given over the last four years. You'll read common themes but also discover some new … Continue reading Jess Talks
In our part of the United States, the world has come to work here at various tech companies and startups. Whether their transition is across the country, across the pond, or across the globe, each newcomer wonders, 'Will there be a home for me here? Will I belong?' Seattle does not have a good track … Continue reading The Welcome We Give
Sometimes, I feel like I'm on the show "Silicon Valley," the fictional HBO show about "bro" life at a startup. To be honest, I haven't watched the show. I feel like it would just be too painful and traumatic for me. A little too real. Like this lunch. I like to keep in touch with … Continue reading Lunch with the ‘Bros’
The technology industry is not known for great diversity. A few years ago, top tech companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft started to publish their ethnic and gender diversity numbers publicly, in an effort to be more transparent. There's usually a narrative to explain these numbers, along with initiatives for improvement. The American evangelical church … Continue reading What the Evangelical Church Can Learn from Tech about Diversity
It was a typical Friday in January. I went to work, excited about the dumpling party we were hosting that weekend to celebrate Lunar New Year. I wasn't really paying attention to the news, since it was Friday. Nothing happened on Friday. The next morning, I happened to check my work email. To my surprise, … Continue reading Interrupting ‘Business as Usual’