Code switching comes in many forms, but is most commonly exhibited as switching between language or dialect. Consciously or unconsciously, we often code switch as a means to fit in and make those around us feel comfortable.
Join us for a panel with a dynamically, intersectional group of folx that will share their perspectives and strategies on how to navigate systems that affect Latinx people and those with other traditionally marginalized identities in the tech workplace and beyond.
Our goal for the event is to help identify language for this behavior and create a sense of unity to help break through the biases that so often plague our working environments. After attending, we hope each attendee walks away with a little more determination, confidence and some real action items on how to navigate code switching in the workplace. All Latinx and allies are welcome to attend.
Food: few light hors d'oeuvres. Dinner entrees will also be available for purchase.
Beverages: Water will be provided. Any alcoholic drinks will have to be paid by individual attendees.
Quality Assurance Manager
Lexie has spent years in the technical field, empowering direct reports and developing team members through coaching, constructive feedback, and the assignment of various projects that challenge and play to the strengths of the individual team member. In addition to that work, she's developed process, training plans, and scoped work for the teams under her; ensuring not just the success of her team's projects, but that during the course of those projects, her direct reports had the opportunity to develop their own skills.
In addition to that work, Lexie has also been a leader in guiding open and safe team conversations on the topic of diversity and inclusion. As a facilitator of these types of conversations, she is always leading people to discuss these topics in a way that is authentic and honest.
As an experienced educator, mentor and program manager in multicultural ecosystems, Blanca creates and cultivates spaces where people with diverse stories can feel safe and supported to grow. Her experience has demonstrated that these spaces are critical for sustainable change. She has had the chance build bridges between groups where race, culture, language, gender, economics and history have drawn lines of difference. Her creativity and aptitude for communication has helped her to be successful in implementing specialized and sustainable education & mentor programs, as well as be an expert coach.
She has helped teams and groups collaborate more effectively by healing communication gaps, implementing and modeling diplomacy, creating adaptive educational opportunities that offered relevant tools, presenting innovative initiatives and collaborative strategies. She has helped 100s of early stage founders launch their business to the next level.
Her success comes from:
1. Establishing relationships of trust and acting as a thought leader,
2. Being responsive to individual needs while considering community or workplace context.
3. Identifying points of connection/communication to reveal resources.
Her experience and successes in workplace training and professional development, language services/cultural communication, and mentoring are the foundation to her unique business coaching style. She is currently focused on early stage entrepreneurship and building economic strength in communities of color.
Adrianna is a UI Engineer at SalesLoft, Atlanta's #1 Best Place to Work, has previously worked at at an agency building various web and mobile apps in React, React Native, and Ruby on Rails and has interned at Mailchimp. She is also part of the Women Who Code Atlanta Leadership team as an Evangelist. She is a public speaker that shares her knowledge on leadership, career, and different React related technologies. Outside of her professional and volunteer work in the Atlanta tech community, Adrianna spends her time keeping up with her 5 yr old son. You can follow her on Twitter @adriannavaldivi
Across many years working in the technology field, Margarita has played various roles on a variety of teams. Having worked as an individual contributor to some amazing teams, but also as a product manager, project manager, organizational manager, project planner, and pilot runner. Currently she is a member of Product Management team in Mailchimp's Product department.
Margarita's personal passions in work include the identification of areas of weakness in process and technology and then planning and piloting tests of resolutions. She also greatly enjoys data analysis and resolutions to issues that are very data driven.
Additionally, she is the lead for Mailchimp's Latinx & Hispanic BERG Voces and one of two Atlanta Chapter Directors for Techqueria. Margarita has spent year advocating for BIPOC and particularly, Latinx inclusion in the tech industry.
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