Many organizations say they want diverse teams. In this talk, I address how, beyond recruitment, individuals and managers can create a culture that sustains a truly diverse environment. Using my own transition, starting out as a functional business analyst, to working as a DBA before becoming a DevOps/Infrastructure Engineer, I discuss how individuals and managers can take specific actions to foster creativity and diversity of thought and empower team members that may be subject to unconscious bias. Culture is a choice, and every team member makes a difference, regardless of their level. Good culture benefits everyone, and communication is key to creating good culture. I will discuss how specific communication choices can help anyone enable their team to create a positive, productive environment.
Rhea is the Director of Site Reliability Engineering at ActiveCampaign. Prior to working in the SRE/DevOps space, Rhea started her career as a high school math teacher before transitioning to technology consulting. A consultant for 7 years, Rhea made the decision to follow her gut to become a DBA, which is where her interest in DevOps started. When she’s not devopsing, she lives at the wood shop, creating furniture and turning functional and decorative “art” with occasional breaks to see her cats and dog.