Adaptive Community Leader & founder of Befriending Dragons: She nurtures equitable cultures where all women+ thrive & belong, creating healing paths for women+ who face workplace bullies & harassers. Cindy has met many scary dragons in her life – breast cancer, divorce, a layoff, changing roles & technologies, workplace harassment at Microsoft, constant striving to meet an impossible bar for success, & the idea that we always have to put work first. Most recently she left the corporate world for a rich community filled with people who create justice, meaning, allies, & dreams. Each time she steps back and looks at the situation from different angles. She befriends each dragon, learns how to make it a part of her past, and takes only the parts she wants forward to the next stage of her life. That’s what befriending dragons is all about – take those scary things & blend the best parts into our lives. Then we respond in the way we each need, the way that takes us down the path we want.
Keywords: Anti-bullying, Anti-harassment, Ethics, Culture Change in Tech, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, Data, Cloud, SQL Server, Big Data, Azure