How President Obama’s Timeline of Hope Inspired Me To Create An Inclusive Tech Ecosystem

During President Obama eight years of being President of the United States of America I had the opportunity to visit the White House three times. Each time was related to work I've been doing to create a diverse and inclusive tech culture. But the journey began eight years ago.

Like many African-Americans before my generation if you would have told me I would see a black president in my lifetime I would not have believed you. Growing up as a black man from a small town, Teachey, NC with a population of 200, if you would have told me I would visit the White House not once but three times [...]

2017 – Plan. Execute. Repeat!

2016 taught me that I could hope, only to be slowly crushed by a thousand paper cuts. 2016 showed me I could work towards change but continue to fill a pinch of pain constantly breaking me. Now I have a choice. I can choose to focus on the pain or can focus on healing. I choose to fight back. 2016 also showed me the pain can make me stronger.