The Open Source ethos allows software—and ultimately, its end users—to benefit from the minds and experiences of a more diverse group of people than might occur in other contexts. Not every open-source community takes advantage of this, but I think it’s a huge opportunity.
Far more empathy—and awareness of all forms of privilege—on the part of both tech-makers and tech-consumers.
I feel really strongly about encouraging new speakers—especially those belonging to underrepresented groups, including women and people of colour—to present at tech events, whether through individual encouragement (which I call flatter-nagging), remote learnups within Automattic, or workshops in the community.
Vintage Pyrex mixing bowls and baking dishes.
I have great affection for the rather basic but extremely handy Skitch app. I use it many times daily to take screenshots and quickly annotate them for everything from WordPress support-forum posts to bug-ticket reports.
I thrive on helping people get the most out of WordPress. After a career designing and building websites for clients, I joined Automattic as a Happiness Engineer in 2012. I’m currently Theme Whisperer on the Theme Team, where I help folks with WordPress theme customization, configuration, and troubleshooting. I enjoy spreading my passion for WordPress and encouraging new public speakers at WordCamps, Girl Geeks, Ladies Learning Code, and other grassroots events. Non-WordPress obsessions include collecting vintage Pyrex mixing bowls and growing organic garlic in my backyard.
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