Virtual TrailheaDX 2020
ITequality showed support for TrailheaDX 2020 virtually during COVID-19! We were exited watching the different channels with amazing new products and demos. We also loved how Salesforce is showing support for BLM, and having speakers like Jennifer Hudson and Trevor Noah giving us insights about racial inequalities in America.
MARCH 2018 LESBIANS WHO TECH SUMMIT, TRANSFORM TECH & TRAILHEADX
Trailblazers with anxiety Intro Speech:
Growing up my friends were living on the street, eating out of dumpsters, victims of sex trafficking and beat by their parents. My friends were the kids people looked at and said “Well I guess they never really had a chance” today they can’t be here with me because some of them are junkies, in jail, barely surviving on min wage or they have died. The fact that I stand here today is a miracle.
While working with at risk kids I learned about some research done by a group of doctors who gave scientific backing to the phrase “ they never had a chance” it’s called the ACE score, a measurement for “adverse childhood experiences” used to measure health of children across the nation.
The Ace score, is similar to the privilege walk but it asks questions like, was one of your parents in jail, were you abused as a child, did anyone love you? Those with a score of 4 or more are predicted to have 20 years taken off their life expectancy, are at very high risk of teen pregnancy, self injury, date rape, abusive relationships, drug addiction, suicide.
I have a score of 8 and I have survived all the above, but it’s not polite for me to talk about it. It makes people uncomfortable, so people like me keep silent.
Trailblazers with anxiety is a home for survivors. A place people can genuinely connect with others who live with the same fear of getting fired or passed for promotion for having anything but perfect mental health. They trust each other to help get through a mid conference panic attack, offer a listening ear instead of a stiff drink.
The goal is that where you come from is not where you are going. Its not just about what you have survived, Its about your resilience factors too.
Things like having neighbors who sheltered you, friends who become your family, Teachers who believe in your potential. Trailblazers with Anxiety exists because everyone needs Ohana AND because Equality For All needs to include Mental Health.
I hope everyone here can use their influence to shine a light on a dark subject and de-stigmatize getting help.
This was an event to remember! Miranda & Ashley reunited with Ina Fried who brought them backstage to hang out before the TrailheaDX keynote with Mark Hamill, they snagged a front row spot & there was enough room for Meighan Broadkey to share the front row bench too!
Ashley had a very special lunch with Marc Benioff, Cheryl Feldman, Zac Otero, Jessica Murphy, Rachel Watson, Shonnah & Misty Jones, Jesse Grothaus, Hector Perez Jr. and more!
Trailblazers with Anxiety had a campfire session in the heart of the Moscone center! You can always learn more by joining the group conversation in the Trailblazer Community. Together we can work to de-stigmatize mental health.
The 5 Annual Lesbians Who Tech San Francisco Summit was incredible. Best of all we met one of our favorite trans rights heroes, Jessie Earl AKA Jessie Gender. For more of her amazing work check out her website here: www.jessieearl.com
TRANSform Tech 2018. Ashley was on a speaking panel for Nonbinary Visibility. As an openly nonbinary person, they shared experiences as a nonbinary business owner. For more information check out an incredible organization we donate to: transgenderlawcenter.org/transform-tech
JUNE 2017 TRAILHEADX IN SAN FRANCISCO,CA
Equality was the highlight of our TrailheaDX 2017. We attended the Equality networking mixer event, watched an inspirational Equality Keynote, then followed it up by attending an amazing presentation by Mary Scotton on Equality. All in all this was the most enjoyable event of the year.