There are so many good points in this article that it’s hard to determine what to pick. I picked a couple.
Identifying with a character in a movie: I never know which one, man or woman, main or minor character that I will identify with. In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it was the cat.
At work, I trained new programmers. I assumed that they could do everything until proven wrong. The best were women — they listened. I had to fire two men — one for arrogance and one that could not understand the “IF-Then-Else” concept.
One black woman we hired in the 80’s said that she was hired at her prior company because they needed her expertise on a project. She was there a short time. They put her in a room to read manuals. When she asked about that project, they told her that it was cancelled months ago. She increased the company’s black and female employee percentages.
I told her “That’s not why I recommended you. You are smart, can learn on your own, and I don’t have to send you to a bunch of classes for you to be productive (she didn’t know anything about our environment when she started).
Thinking back, I thought that I was kind of gruff, but that was probably one of the nicest complements she ever received.