Last week I got a tweet from someone I didn’t know about something called the Lesbians Who Tech Summit.
— Leanne Pittsford (@lepitts) January 9, 2014
I clicked the link and my brain exploded with awesomeness. Who knew such a thing existed? Just as quickly, I gave up on the idea of going. “Maybe next year,” I thought.
A few days went by, but I could not let go of the idea. In case you’re just tuning in, I am a Black, lesbian woman, living in the whitest large city in the country, working in a white male dominated industry that is mostly clueless about it’s own shortcomings.
Going to the Lesbians Who Tech summit is an opportunity for me to find my people, as I advised my peers to do when entering this industry.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past year, it’s’ that I know a lot of generous people. I’ve watched Ashe Dryden fund her work trying to make the tech industry suck less. And more recently, Eric Mann brought his podcast idea to life in just a short time.
So here I am, venturing into my first crowd funding effort and asking for your help.
You can watch the video below for more info, and donate to my effort on my campaign page.
Thanks. Don’t forget to share the word.
UPDATE January 15, 2014: Holy wow people. My campaign was funded in under 4 hours. You are a kind and generous group! The campaign runs until next Wednesday, January 22nd. Since I am over my goal, any extra donations will be donated back to Lesbians Who Tech for registration scholarships.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
UPDATE November 6, 2015 After attending this event I wrote a follow up article for Model View Culture. You can check it out here:
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