Issue #26
The weekly newsletter for black women in tech.

Happy Tuesday <<First Name>>! ,


Tech and Your Mental Health 💻 🧖🏾‍♀️ 🌸

Raise your hand if you work in tech and you are trying to balance out keeping up your mental health 🙋🏾‍♀️. Almost 10 years in tech and sis I have stories to tell 👀. This issue is a little less tech-focused and centered more around mental health. I would consider myself now an expert at navigating through tech and upkeeping mental health. But NOT a mental health professional 😝. I had many ups and downs in tech. Later I realized, it was because I allowed myself to lose track of my emotional intelligence, self-care, and self-awareness.

Almost every week I speak with women in tech of all backgrounds who have left or considering leaving. As black women in tech, we may have experienced many types of trauma, whether within family, childhood, everyday existence and simply working in tech. Again in this newsletter, I am not giving mental health advice, however, I am sharing my personal tips and learnings. I read a lot, study a lot, listen to many podcasts, and have been taken massive online open courses since I was about ~15yrs old. I took courses in Psychology, Sociology, Tech, Management, Listening Skills, Personal Skills, and pretty much any subject that seemed beneficial to becoming a BOSS😏.  This contributed to making my tech career enjoyable, by understanding myself, others, and how to navigate my career with grace. And guess what? I really want to see the same for you!

Tips to take care of your mental health working in tech:

Before taking a job:

  • Before joining a company, get to know the companies stand and policy on D&I and ERG initiatives early on.
  • Get to know the HR, D&I, People, and Culture department.
  • Research on Linkedin the employees and reach out to a few POC within the company before applying. Message them on Linkedin or Angelist asking for 15-30mins of their time to understand how they are enjoying (or not) working at the company. This conversation should be kept confidential. 
  • Ask to spend one day at the office while in the hiring process. Assess how you are treated and people watch if employees seem burned out or stressed.
  • Check the ratio of black people to total employees. The likelihood of experiencing discrimination at a startup or small business with primarily White or Asian employees may be high. Compared to working at a larger more established company. I like to see at minimum 1:4,1:5, or 1:10 depending on the location, country, etc.
After starting a job*:
  • When problems arise and it begins to affect you outside of work. You are unable to keep happy, enjoy your weekends, spend time with loved ones. Seek therapy or counseling.
  • Speak up immediately when problems arise in the workplace.
  • Seek help/advice outside of the workplace for an unbiased opinion of how to handle a matter. 
  • Take frequent walks, breaks, and drink more water than coffee.
  • Journal your day, your feelings, and your mood. Figure out what have been your triggers at work.
  • Find a non-tech-related hobby.
  • Leave work on time.
  • Leave your laptop at work, unless you have a weekend deployment or production release 🙈.
*Continue to these items and incorporate them in your daily routine. Recognize when you are falling off, and get back on track 💪🏿.
Next issue we will talk more about Self Care and Self Awareness. Check out the courses section for upcoming courses on physiology and emotional intelligence. Why? Because you can deal with yourself and others better when you understand the psychology and science behind humans. 

Naya Moss, Founder + CEO

 By Black Women in Tech 📝

Black Women in Tech: A Survival Guide. Read
Black Women Mental Health Treatment Is For Us Too. Read

Strong Black Women Need Therapy Too. Read.

 Jobs 👩🏾‍💻

Hand-picked positions at companies where diversity is 🔑not a  ✅ 
Vice President, End User Support- Corporate IT
SF/Foster City // Visa

Lead Cybersecurity Engineer
Ashburn // Visa

Director, Technology
Chicago // Nielsen

Associate Director, Configuration Management
Multiple Locations // KPMG
Sales Engineer
Miami // Visa

Senior Technical Product Manager
Belfast // Visa

Tech Lead (Cloud and Big Data Architecture)
Chicago // Nielsen

Associate Director, IT Program & Project Management
Multiple Locations // KPMG
Please reference Frauvis, if you found a job through us. This helps us get more companies to post here!

 The Plug 💸 

Therapy for Black Girls Podcast. Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Seeking therapy soon, check out their directory of Black therapist, here.

AFFIRM, the podcast for women of color who affirm their worth, value mental health, and seek wholeness.

The Black Girl Healing Project, The Black Girl Healing Projects encourages dance/movement psychotherapy as a means of self-expression and exploration of difficult (and not so difficult) emotions. This moving meditation album will help you do both.

Teeny Breaks, Science-based tips for mindful breaks. When you open a new tab, Teeny Breaks displays a mindfulness tip so you can make the most of your break. Guaranteed no BS: each tip is science-based, with a link to the corresponding research paper. Featured in Cosmopolitan.

Healthsome, On a mission to make health tracking more accessible, friendly, and wholesome.

Calm, Meditation Made Easy Calm is the #1 app for meditation and mindfulness. Enjoy 100+ guided meditations to help you manage anxiety, lower stress and sleep better. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users.

Digitally Well, Tech is part of your life but it shouldn’t dominate you. Control your tech. Get tech-life balance. Every Tuesday you get the latest research for digital well-being, practical tips for better health without ditching your smartphone, and apps, tools, and gadgets that improve your life without being glued to the screen.

 Around the Web 🗞

What can be done about the black mental health crisis? The safe place. Read.
How to Improve Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace. Read

Understanding mental health in Silicon Valley, with a professional coach and former investor Jerry Colonna. Read.

Virtual Reality Might Be the Next Big Thing for Mental Health. Read.

We need to be more honest about what tech culture is doing to our mental health. Speaking about emotional wellness often, but as an adult, I still fell victim to the pressures of startup culture. Read

How stress and anxiety impact your ability to focus. Read.

 Events 📆

AWS Innovate Online Conference
Online Webinar // 7.18

Minorities In Mental Health Festival
NYC // 7.20

IBM and Gatsby Themes: Driving Impact Through Design
Online Webinar // 7.25
Mental Health & SUD Harm Reduction
LA // 7.25

Minority Mental Health Matters 2019
Clarkston, GA // 7.26

Smoke & Mirrors: Demystifying Black Mental Health
LA // 8.3

 Courses 👩🏿‍🏫

Understanding and developing Emotional Intelligence 
Udemy // $10.99 // Anytime

Hidden Secrets Of Psychology - Why Do People Do The Things They Do?
Allison // Free // Anytime

Success - Achieve Success with Emotional Intelligence
Open Learning // Free // Anytime

Mastering your personal and professional growth
Charles Sturt University  // Free // Anytime

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
Coursera // Free // Anytime

 Thank You For Reading! 

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