Tanya DePass

Image of Tanya DePassTanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, who wants to make gaming better and more inclusive for everyone, the Diversity Liaison & Programming Director for the GaymerX Foundation, is a board member of Con-or-Bust which helps marginalized fans attend Sci Fi and Fantasy conventions. She’s also the editor of Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins, an anthology featuring stories from marginalized game developers and others adjacent to the industry. The book released on June 13th, from CRC Press.

She’s also part of Rivals of Waterdeep, a new Dungeons and Dragons show on http://twitch.tv/dnd that features all POC and some LGBTQIA cast members. She often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions. Her writing appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Vice Gaming, Waypoint, Wiscon Chronicles, Paste Games and other publications.

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Anil Dash

Image of Anil DashAnil Dash is an entrepreneur, activist and writer recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and ethical technology industry. He is the CEO of Fog Creek Software, the influential independent New York tech company revered for its history of groundbreaking products including Glitch, the friendly community where anyone can discover or create the app of their dreams.

Dash was an advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy, and today advises major startups and non-profits including Medium, DonorsChoose and Project Include. He also serves as a board member for companies like Stack Overflow, the world’s largest community for computer programmers, and non-profits like the Data & Society Research Institute, which examines the impact of tech on society and culture, and the Lower East Side Girls Club, which serves girls and families in need in New York City.

Described as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker, Dash has a unique presence on social media, where he’s been maintaining his Webby-recognized personal website since 1999, earning recognition and citations in sources ranging from the New York Times to the BBC to TMZ, as well as hundreds of academic papers. As a writer and artist, Dash has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Wired, has had his works exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and collaborated with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on one of the most popular playlists of 2018. In 2013, Timenamed @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and he is the only person ever retweeted by both Bill Gates and Prince, a succinct summarization of Dash’s interests. Dash has addressed events ranging from the Aspen Ideas Festival to SXSW, lectured at universities ranging from Harvard to NYU to Berkeley, made TV appearances on MSNBC and CNN, and guested on dozens of high-profile podcasts.

Dash is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife Alaina Browne and their son Malcolm. Dash has never played a round of golf, drank a cup of coffee, or graduated from college.

 

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Saira Rao

Image of Saira RaoSaira Rao has been a Democratic party activist since she was a teenager; she cast her first vote for Bill Clinton.  But after the catastrophic November 2016 election, it was clear that the Democratic party establishment had lost touch with the people it claimed to represent. Saira has emerged as one of the country’s strongest voices for social justice, equity, and inclusion. A graduate of the University of Virginia and New York University School of Law, Saira clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia before landing a coveted position on Wall Street. Saira and her husband Shiv live in Denver with their two children, Lila and Dar, and their dog, Hector.

 

All music for the #causeascene podcast is composed and produced by Chaos, Chao Pack, and Listen on SoundCloud

Ruby Hamad

Image of Ruby HamadRuby Hamad is a Lebanese- born writer and PhD candidate who was raised in Sydney, Australia. She has been writing about feminism and race- related issues for close to a decade, exploring commonalities in experiences and structures across societies with a history of settler-colonialism. She splits her time between Australia and the USA. 

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Marcus Merrell

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Marcus is a Staff QA Engineer at RetailMeNot, inc. He has been in QA-related jobs since 2001, having used WebDriver since its debut in 2008. Marcus is also the co-chair of the Selenium Conference Planning Committee. He’s an avid piano player, plays bass for the RetailMeNot house band the WailSharks, and enjoys life in Austin, TX with his wife and two crazy boys.

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Shireen Mitchell

image of Shireen MitchellShireen is an Internet pioneer and serial founder who was born and raised in the projects of New York City, playing video games before they could be played on televisions and designing BBS boards and gopher sites prior to the Web going world wide. Resources Links:  

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Sara Wachter-Boettcher

 

image of Sara Wachter-BoettcherSara Wachter-Boettcher is the principal of Rare Union, a digital product and content strategy consultancy based in Philadelphia, and the co-host No, You Go, a podcast about living your best feminist life at work. Her most recent book, Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech (W.W. Norton, 2017), was named one of the best tech books of the year by Wired, and one of the top business books of the year by Fast Company. Her other books include Design for Real Life (with Eric Meyer) and Content Everywhere, and her work has been published in The Washington Post, Slate, The Guardian, and Quartz.

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Chelsea Higgs Wise

Chelsea Higgs Wise is a clinical social worker and intercultural communicator who specializes in connecting underserved and misrepresented communities with policymakers to advocate against racism and misogyny. Chelsea is a proud Virginia graduate as she earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Longwood University and her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Chelsea is an experienced event moderator and offers facilitated dialogue services for topics around race, history and feminism. As an activist who helps evolve narratives and policies, Chelsea has been an instrumental voice in numerous campaigns and was recently brought on as Narrative Change Officer to the Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation Enterprise granted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and implemented by Initiatives of Change, USA.

She’s a regular contributor to RVA Magazine in political and artistic commentary and co-hosts a radio show, Women and Politics on WRIR LP 97.3 FM. Within the past year, Chelsea has been appointed to serve the City of Richmond, Virginia through the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority Board of Directors and the Richmond City Social Services Advisory Board. Chelsea values genuine connection, authentic relationships, and meaningful impact. She is fueled daily by her village of family, friends, and especially her young daughter, Chloe.

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Leonardo Graterol

image of leonardo graterolLeonardo Graterol is a Latin American software engineer, born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, now living in Chile.

He’s worked in web and software development jobs in several industries like digital marketing, e-commerce, GIS and airlines.

Leonardo is also experienced in teaching and public speaking, he has taught several programming courses and has delivered talks at Meetups and conferences, and is currently working on developing a mentoring program for junior developers with no formal college education.

He is a believer in the power of cryptocurrencies as a mean to take back financial power from governments and institutions and return it to individuals.

 

All music for the #causeascene podcast is composed and produced by Chaos, Chao Pack, and Listen on SoundCloud