This past Monday - July 10th, 2016 - I got the chance to speak at Google for the first ever SF See Jane Salon about Women in Gaming.
Geena Davis making her opening remarks. (Photo taken by @ekilpatrick.)
The Geena Davis Institute is doing great work when it comes to their partnership with Google!
After a rousing speech by Geena Davis, we jumped right into the panel portion of the event. But I wasn't alone! I was joined by some amazing women in this industry whose work I admired long before I got to meet them in person.
It's rare that I get to be so open about my experiences as a woman of color on a very public platform like Twitch. It was very refreshing to be part of such an honest dialogue. Successes, triumphs and struggles ... we discussed it all! It was both humbling and inspiring.
The Women in Gaming panelists. (All photos taken by @dianamoon.)
Below is a video about I got involved in gaming & what led to me to actively pursue streaming:
My personal origin story. (Video filmed by @dianamoon.)
I have some folks that I need to acknowledge because no event can be made possible without the dedicated minds behind it!
First off I have to thank to Anita Sarkeesian for the invite. This was an extraordinary opportunity, thank you for considering me for this! Special thanks to Madeline Di Nonno, Elizabeth Kilpatrick and Jazmin Borad for all of your help.
I also have to show my appreciation to both Google and the Geena Davis Institute, thank you for your hospitality! To the fantastic women and fellow panelists who sat alongside me - Jane Ng, Aleissia Laidacker, Carolyn Petit and Lisa Chen - thank you for sharing your stories.
Lastly ... to my supportive friends, the generous members and the awesome souls who filled up the audience. Your presence meant so much! I got to meet a lot of new faces once everything wrapped so I wanted to extend my gratitude for being so warm and welcoming!
A lovely FB album from the event!. (Photos taken from the official GDIGM Facebook.)
This was an incredible experience and one that I won't forget any time soon.
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Thanks for reading! xo