I ended up taking an unexpected break from the newsletter. I didn’t realize it but I’m experiencing some burnout. I had to take some time off and I’m still working through it. I guess just a reminder to you all to take it easy. 🙂
How is your week going? What are you working on these days?
Tiffani Ashley Bell saw a problem on the internet. With just a tweet she took action, and unlike so many people today she continued to take action. The Detroit Water Project became The Human Utility and she and the team have helped hundreds of our most vulnerable with their water bills. How did this happen and how can we help?
Coding is hard. Errors are normal. Explaining code is harder than creating code. You don't have to be a genius to learn to code.Now that you know, you don't have to quit. You are smart enough. Learning to code just takes time. Be patient. You'll get there.
When considering a career move, instead of just asking what do you know, how about what can you learn? All the women execs I met this week said they took new roles (internal or external) every 2-4 years to learn new skills AND build new relationships. Always be learning.
Late one night a few years ago, a panicked professor emailed me: “My transgender student’s legal name is showing on our online discussion board. How can I keep him from being outed to his classmates?” Short story: we couldn’t. The professor created an offline workaround with the student. Years later this problem persists not just in campus systems, but in many systems we use every day.