Creator of CoderStory & Information Analyst.
Jess is a Filipino-English analyst and part-time maker based in London. By day, she is crunching data to create meaningful insights for the business to utilise. By night, she learns new skills in order to work on her growing list of indie side projects. Her most recent project, CoderStory, is a platform to share exclusive interviews from creators and resources for developers.
What does diversity mean to you?
Diversity means acceptance. It means understanding that we are not all the same and accepting us for the people we are. We are all free and unique in own ways and should not be treated differently because of the colour of our skin, our gender or the people we love. We need to be able to represent people from all walks of life, not just in the workplace but in our communities.
Why do you care about diversity?
Growing up as a bisexual English/Filipino woman in the UK, I have experienced both sides of the diversity debate. Historically, we have always seen the most successful entrepreneurs, executives and even world leaders as men. As a young girl, it makes it harder to set your sights and create role models because very little women are in these positions.
Over recent years we have seen a shift on how women are treated, as a result we are seeing more female world leaders as well as a growing number of highly successful female entrepreneurs in the limelight.
This is just the beginning. We have a long way to go, but in order to change the future – we have to start now. That’s why I care about diversity, I focus on doing work now that’ll benefit my future children so that they do not grow up in the same hardships that some of us have faced.
Who is your role model?
I do not think I can just pick one – there are an incredible amount of successful people that I would consider a role model. Instead, I’ll list a few important ones:
- Arlan Hamilton
- Katrina Lake
- Alexis Ohanian Sr.
- Mel Robbins
What is your advice to a young person starting their career or entrepreneurial journey?
Just do it. Get started. It’s easier than you think: you need to stop giving yourself excuses as to why you cannot do something.
- Test Test Test
Rinse and Repeat. Do not obsess with perfection because it will never happen, it will always be a working progress that is constantly evolving.