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My Post on the Accenture Alumni Network about "Minority Tech"

posted Jan 14, 2014, 3:50 PM by Anjuan Simmons   [ updated Jan 14, 2014, 4:13 PM ]
I was fortunate to work at Accenture for 12 years as an information technology consultant. I posted this entry in the Accenture Alumni Network about "Minority Tech":

SUMMARY

Anjuan Simmons, an alumni of Accenture who worked for 12 years based out of the Houston office in the Oracle practice, has published a book called "Minority Tech". The sub-title of the book is "Journaling Through Blackness and Technology" which describes the purpose of the book: chronicling the experiences of a minority in the technology industry. Whether you are an African American like the author, or a member of other minority groups like women, foreign nationals, disabled, or LGBT, you'll find common struggles and discover often overlooked opportunities.

The Kindle version of the book can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00E7HVKWE/flatwave-20

The book's website is here: http://MinorityTech.com

FULL TEXT

The technology field has become a key driver of the world economy. Companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are not only iconic brands, but their founders are often legends in their own right. However, the ethnic and gender make-up of these companies are overwhelmingly reflections of their founders: white males.

Anjuan Simmons has worked in the technology industry for 20 years are a software developer, infrastructure architect, and software project manager. His experiences as a minority in the technology industry inspired him to describe them on his blog.

Minority Tech is a curated, edited, and augmented selection of those blog entries. The titles covered include: The New Negro Problem, America and the Loss of the Black Genius, A Code of Conduct for Black Men, Why I Believe in Affirmative Action, What the world Needs from Trayvon Martin, 3 Reasons Why the Technology Industry Needs More Diversity, What Facebook Taught Me about Rape Prevention, The Need to Respect Women in Tech, and more including the author’s answers to a variety of tech questions he received via social media.

The author is especially interested in hearing feedback from current and former employees of Accenture since he spent 12 years as an Accenture employee in the consulting practice. His time at Accenture left the deepest impressions in the author of life as a technologist of color. He hopes that those who read the book will leave comments on Amazon or on the book's website because he wants the book to start conversations about diversity in technology rather than end them.
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