Life is a series of optimizations.
Once upon a time I worked in cancer research creating software for capturing patient outcomes and calculating morbidity rates. It was quite morbid. Nowadays I create software and metrics for evaluating and improving fashion research methodology; as well as business intelligence reporting to help folks make sense of large quantities of information.
Growing open source communities
In addition to encouraging diversity in open source, I help plan many tech events (including socials, conferences, and hackathons) that connect folks from all backgrounds for networking and educational purposes.
After being invited to speak at many conferences and noticing the lack of diversity and great need for sponsor support, I switched gears from being in the spotlight to behind the scenes to help increase both fronts. Creating opportunities to give others a way to share their work on a public, and supportive platform helps them grow. I’ve spent the bulk of last year helping the PyData Conferences and the annual SBP Conferences. I help these nonprofit organizations build their online presence.