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What advice do you often give when mentoring women and people of color?

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6 months ago

It's the same advice that I give to white men, typically. Everyone (who seeks advice in the first place) wants to get better at their jobs, earn a promotion, and find professional fulfillment. Everyone is told to purchase Never Split the Difference, for one. :-)

Often I think the most helpful thing I do when mentoring women and people of color is to actually listen to their story about the terrible manager or shitty situation. I will give my take and advice, but I think a lot of it is the opportunity to be heard by someone who understands what it's like to work at a tech company. It's a... whole thing. Sometimes just acknowledging that can unblock someone's motivation.

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