Why your team is so… vanilla

Everything is wrong with that!

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Your job posting says what?

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  • The use of the word “you”: Multiple times in this posting the company references this new candidate as being solely responsible for a lot of stuff! This implies that there is no team to support them — there are multiple things wrong with this but I won’t go into them here.
  • 3+ years in a professional development organization. Experience is usually the biggest kicker. It is a statistical fact that people from nontraditional backgrounds historically (and currently) account for a very small percentage of developers; which also means they will most likely not have the years of experience since this field is new for most of them.
  • Finally, that last requirement — I can’t even and I don’t think I need to expound on it.

Circle of Influence


  1. Get out there and attend events that draw a diverse group of people.
  2. Resolve to work with and for organizations that reflect a diverse workforce and teams.
  3. Better yet join or start a company that is owned and/or operated by a person of color or a female.
  4. Expand your group of friends. Move into a neighborhood and live next to people who don’t look like you.



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Kimberly Lowe-Williams

Kimberly Lowe-Williams

CEO at The Difference Engine. Providing real-life software development to nontraditional developers and nonprofits. #PipelineBuilder #NonprofitLeader