As we all know, February is Black History Month. It’s a month where we honor those who have made an impact on American culture for equal rights, those who have invented, those who have a helped others and those who have inspired everyone to be the best they can be, not only as a person of color but as a human.
As someone in the technology/web/social space, I often travel and attend various events in the industry and notice a huge lack of diversity, and when it comes to getting attention from mainstream media/tech blogs it’s almost impossible. That’s why I’m starting 28 Days of Diversity on SocialWayne.com. The goal of 28 Days of Diversity is to feature someone new everyday for the month of February for just being awesome in their own right. The list will include some of leaders in the social web space, startups, bloggers, conference organizers, IT professionals and friends not ranked in any particular order. Each post will include a picture, bio, two links from the selected person and this paragraph. So for the next 28 days, come back to visit SocialWayne.com to see who’s on the list. For day thirteen, I would like to introduce to some and present to others: Adria Richards
Adria Richards is a “girl geek” dedicated to empowering people through technology. She shows you how to be more productive and grow your business based on the GTD workflow (that’s “Getting Things Done” for you nongeeks). In addition to blogging, Adria does public speaking, hands-on training and offers direct consulting services to businesses and bloggers. Adria started her career at Geek Squad® in 1999, is self taught and has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. Certifications include MCSA, MCDST and A+.
Butyoureagirl.com is Adria’s conversational blog chronicling the perspective of a female geek who simply wants to save the world. Via written and video blog posts, Adria talks about and demonstrates the latest social media tools, lifehacks (that’s a geek term for “shortcuts”), ways to save the planet and her adventures as a fearless consultant. She also does a weekly video show on technology at http://askadria.com. Adria values work+life balance, open source projects, cloud apps, equality for all, yoga and reducing our footprint on the environment.
Adria will be speaking at this year’s SXSW, “How Sci-Fi Shapes The Internet” and BlogHer, “Your Stats Are A Business Asset”. She will be attending several technology conferences including Drupalcon, WordPress San Francisco, WordPress Chicago, Blogging While Brown, RailsConf, Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Of Women In Computing Conference, Blogalicious, Gnomedex, Web 2.0 Summit and TechCrunch50.
Come back tomorrow to see who’s next on the list.
Also check out past entires on http://28daysofdiversity.com