You will F**k up and That’s Ok (How to be a Male Ally in Tech)

Men have it easier than women when it comes to working in tech.

If this statement makes you angry, good! Hopefully it makes you angry because you want to be a part of an industry that works for everyone. Do you read all the news reports about the diversity problems in tech and think someone should do something about that? Maybe that someone should be you!

If you’re a male in tech, you might be thinking how can I help fix this problem as a guy? Will the women around me think I’m sincere? Yes, you can be a big part of the solution. And, yes they might question your sincerity at first, but with time and effort you can show everyone that diversity is important to you, too!

There will be mistakes along the way and that’s ok. We make mistakes, too. But by learning from those mistakes and continuing to try, we can make tech a better place for everyone.

Some of the topics we’ll cover are:

-Why diversity should be important to everyone
-The difference between being an ally and being a knight in shining armor
-What to do if you see inappropriate behavior
-How to make your workplace more inclusive
-Actions matter even when it’s just the guys

Ronda has been working as a software developer for 18+ years, primarily in the .NET stack. She has worked for large multi-national organizations and small startups. She is the Co-founder and lead consultant of EllaVatec, a diversity and inclusion consultancy, the Co-founder and Chapter Leader of Girl Develop It Ann Arbor, a Software Artisan at Pillar Technologies, and the Vice President of Ann Arbor .NET Developers. As a female developer and the mother of 2 female developers she is working hard to help level the playing field for everyone in the industry.

At Atomic Object (, our passion is to build great software and find better ways of doing it. We were early pioneers and continue to innovate with agile software development practices such as pair programming and test-driven, iterative development. We are at the forefront of integrating user experience (UX) design with the agile development process.

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