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RailsConf 2019 - Mentoring the way to a more diverse and inclusive workplace by Alexandra Millatmal

Alexandra Millatmal
Web Application Developer at Newsela
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Alexandra Millatmal
Web Application Developer at Newsela

Alexandra is a software engineer with a passion for projects that change the way we consume and engage with information. She currently builds product at Newsela, a company focused on fostering literacy by tailoring real-world content to students' individual reading levels.Ever-learning new programming techniques and technologies (right now, she's contributing to an open-source project that uses Gatsby.js and GraphQL), Alex prides herself on the usefulness and philosophical integrity of her work. In the past four years, she's worked on a variety of modern web stacks, from an open-source design system in React to a greenfield Rails application to help code schools better track student outcomes.When she's not thinking about refactoring her Ruby or the perfect JavaScript function, Alex spends a lot of time thinking about secular space/discourse, access to information, ethics in journalism, and communicating "othered" experiences.

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RailsConf 2019 - Mentoring the way to a more diverse and inclusive workplace by Alexandra Millatmal


Often, the endeavors of hiring and mentoring junior engineers and of bolstering diversity and inclusion efforts are seen as “nice to haves” at best and “extraneous” (or even “impossible”!) at worst. But in reality, building diversity and inclusivity and fostering the ability to incorporate junior engineers go hand-in-hand. Engineering teams should approach each of these efforts in service of the other.

Together, we'll articulate the value of investing in mentorship efforts in terms of their impact on the ability to attract and retain diversity. You will walk away with a clearer understanding of the connection between the two efforts, and ideas for incorporating mentorship and D&I processes at your place of work.

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