Committed to visibility, intersectionality, and changing the face of technology

After practicing my pitch in my head one more time, I finally clicked the “join call” button on Zoom to meet with my manager. It was just our regular weekly check-in, but I had planned on asking if Nintex would be interested in sponsoring my ticket to a tech conference later this year. Which seems like such a silly thing to be nervous about, it’s just a conference, right? Companies sponsor those tickets all the time!

But this conference was the Lesbians Who Tech conference, a summit specifically for LGBT+ women, non-binary, and trans individuals in and around tech. This would require me to be “out” at work in a way I wasn’t really before. I never hid my identity and had my pronouns in all my bios and email signatures, but I had never explicitly come out (pun intended) and discussed that I was bisexual and gender non-conforming openly in the workplace before.

Luckily, my manager was incredibly supportive, and Nintex graciously sponsored my ticket to attend. Navigating the workplace as a marginalized person can be scary, but Nintex has been nothing but encouraging and always met my requests for education and inclusion with an enthusiastic “yes!” So with that, I was ready to attend the conference right at the beginning of Pride month.

The power of validation

I’m not new to attending conferences or summits by any means. Truly, I have attended dozens. But this experience was different. I was virtually surrounded by not only some of the biggest names in the industry, but by colleagues and peers from all over the LGBT+ spectrum.

Seeing yourself not only represented but celebrated is both powerful and important. Every time I met someone, my pronouns were immediately asked and respected, we had discussions on the intersectionality of what it meant to be brown and queer and how that played a part in being in the tech industry, and I got to learn about some of the current pushes for workplace equality and inclusion that are being made.

This was truly one of the most validating, energizing, and empowering experiences I’ve had in a while.

This conference is different than others I have attended because it’s focused on elevating marginalized voices with a focus on intersectionality. It is full of calls for accountability and social justice by some of the biggest organizations in the field. Lesbians Who Tech describe themselves as “being committed to visibility, intersectionality, and changing the face of technology for LGBT+ women, people of color, non-binary and trans people, and their allies in 40+ cities internationally”.

I don’t have the words for how it felt to sit surrounded by people like me, envisioning a future that was made with me in mind. It was multiple days of being reminded to own my voice and identity, and to be an active participant in defining our future and shaping the tech world. A world where I am not only included, but I am thriving.

Building a representative, supportive community

Some of the greatest highlights of the conference were meeting in-person for one of the conference’s kick-off events in my hometown of Atlanta to rally around Governor candidate Stacey Abrams (who said my “Gender is a Social Construct” shirt was cool) and chat one on one with Alicia Garza (the founder of Black Lives Matter) about the future and need for behavioral data analysis in the activism movement.

It was inspiring to be surrounded by so many powerful influencers in one spot. During the virtual summit, I was enthralled with listening to the abundance of panels talking about the different uses of artificial intelligence all over the field, and Alyson Stoner bringing light to the next wave of mental health technology.

The cherry on top of this experience is that Nintex was in full support of my attendance. There was never a moment of hesitation in cheering me on, enthusiastically listening to what I learned, and, most importantly, accepting me and my identity wholeheartedly. I felt seen and understood at the summit, and I feel seen and understood in my workplace. I am truly honored to have attended and be asked to share my experience with Nintex and all of you. Thank you so much for your unwavering support, and I hope you all have the happiest of Pride months!

To continue their support this month, Nintex is generously donating $3,000 to Out & Equal, an organization working exclusively on workplace equality by helping LGBT+ people thrive and supporting organizations as they create a culture of belonging for all.

 

 

Maegan Brooks

Maegan Stone Brooks (she/they) is the customer insights analyst on the Customer Success Team at Nintex. Based out of Atlanta, Georgia, they work with analyzing behavioral data to provide meaningful insights that help make quantitative-based decisions. She focuses primarily on analytics related to customer health, adoption, and churn reduction.

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