Introduce yourself here!

I would love for everyone to introduce themselves, say why you're interested in this group, and (if you're comfortable) name something about you that's unique, unusual, or diverse! 


I'm Monique, the community manager here. I've worked in diverse and not-so-diverse tech companies, and I've been particularly interested in making sure women in tech are represented. One of the first things that made me fall in love with the Atlassian Community was our diverse group of meeples! 

One thing about me that's diverse: I'm plus-sized and a woman, which means I sometimes feel othered by tech T-shirts, which are often "unisex" and end up looking awful on me or simply not fitting. (The last women's T-shirts we got at work were so small I took a "large" one home for my daughter. It fit her. She is 7.)  Last Summit I made sure to order women's and men's shirts in a range of sizes; I still treasure my community woman's V-neck 2X! 

Hi there.

My name is Mark Livingstone and I am your San Diego Atlassian User Group (AUG) Leader.

I've been running this group for over seven years and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of working with other San Diego Atlassian users as well as the 3rd party partners and Atlassian.

My day job is working at Qualcomm where I am responsible for our End User Services which consists of our Global Service Desk, Field Services, Walk up Centers and Printing Services.

I've been a user of the Atlassian tools for almost a decade and managed the SDLC tools here at Qualcomm for many years.

In my spare time, you can often find me volunteering down at the San Diego Zoo (and amazing world of biodiversity) as an interpretive volunteer and also helping run fundraising events.

My name is Kat and as of a couple of hours ago I am an Atlassian Certified Project Administrator.

I ranted on Facebook the other night about this article and have copied my rant below:

I recently went to a Women in Tech breakfast. The idea that programming is like planning a dinner would have fit well with the ideas and stories shared by the speakers in 2018 rather than being a relic of the 1960s.

Three of the 4 software companies I have worked for have been extremely family friendly and the other mostly hired new grads who did not have families yet.

There is no real purpose to this rant, just sharing a frustration that promoting women in IT tends to alienate this woman in IT.

John Paz Atlassian Team Jun 12, 2018

Hey there everyone, I'm John, a Technical Writer with Atlassian. I'm not your average tech-worker by any means, but I'll just drop the highlights:

  • I'm African-American and Cuban
  • I married my high school sweetheart, and we have three kids. 
  • I moved to Australia to work for Atlassian (but came back after 3 years).


This group interests me for a lot of reasons, but mostly just to demonstrate the diversity of Atlassian's users (and employees). 

Welcome, @John Paz! So happy to see you in this group! 

Alana Fernando Community Champion Jun 12, 2018

Hi All,

I am Alana, a quality assurance analyst works for MillenniumIT SriLanka. I am the only woman in IT πŸ˜ƒ in our team. I am here as I love respecting and appreciating differences.

One thing diverse! about me is most similar and opposite to Mo @Monique van den Berg I am a XS. 

Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Jun 13, 2018

I'm Thomas, System Administrator at HanseMerkur, a medium-sized insurance company in Germany. 

Although I studied computer science and now work in an IT department, I would not describe myself as a typical computer nerd. I'm more interested in design (I wanted to study graphic design before I studied  computer science), social software and social issues than most of my IT-colleagues. Maybe that's why I love the administration of Confluence so much. Here I can work much more creatively, the design of our insurance's Confluence is highly influenced by me. I design dashboards, logos, icons etc. Most of our software developers are not interested in this kind of work.

What makes me also different from most of my IT colleagues is, that I'm gay. I got the feeling, that there are even more women in tech than gay men. As far as I know, I'm the only one in our IT-department. I live very open, everybody's knowing about me and I'm happy that I live in a country and work for a company where I don't have to hide myself.

John Paz Atlassian Team Jun 13, 2018

Welcome Thomas! 

Erica Moss Community Manager Jun 22, 2018

@Thomas Schlegel β€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ

Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Jun 22, 2018

@Erica Moss Have you seen Atlassianβ€˜s new twitter icons this week? Awesome!

Erica Moss Community Manager Jun 25, 2018

@Thomas Schlegel Yes, and it makes me so happy!

Scott Theus Community Champion Jun 14, 2018

Hi All,

I'm a project manager at Parker Hannifin, working on IoT projects. I don't know if its my short attention span or a driving interest to learn new things, but over the years I've found that PM work makes me happy.

And, speaking of short attention spans...here is a list of active hobbies:

  • Wood Working..from turning pens to building kayaks. (My Esty shop is in the works; I need a good name.)
  • Kayaking (duh.)
  • Photography
  • Stamp Collecting (a great winter hobby, my collection of mint United Nations stamp from the first issue through 2009 is my showcase)
  • Animal Shelter Volunteer (cats, mostly)
  • SciFi/Fantasy nerd
  • Cleveland sports fan
  • There's probably a couple more.  

In my spare time I enjoy being part of this community and I'm kicking off an AUG in CLE next week.

John Paz Atlassian Team Jun 18, 2018

Thanks for sharing! 

Hi everyone,

I'm Linette, an information experience writer at Atlassian. In my past tech roles I've definitely been in the minority as a woman in IT (be that in support roles or training industry certifications). In regards to other diversity related things, I'm bisexual, and originally from England and living in Australia.

I'm interested in this group as I fundamentally believe that our diversity makes us stronger and wiser, as long as we share our knowledge and experience!

Hi @Linette Voller! Welcome to the group! 

Hi! I'm Bianca and do marketing for the Atlassian Community (maybe you've seen my ads on your social media network?). I love that this group is a safe place to ask questions and concerns I might have. I'm Mexican-American so that means "Mexican food" is just my comfort, everyday food.


John Paz Atlassian Team Jun 28, 2018

For Mexicans, it's just... "food." 



Lucky you, I love tacos and pozole.

Kia Ora,

My name is Kelvin and I live in the best smallest city in the World, Wellington New Zealand.

I am becoming the SME of Jira and Confluence for my company ans I look forward to many interesting conversations here.

Ka Kite


Kia Ora Kelvin!

Welcome (and yes, Wellington is pretty great!!)


Welcome @Kelvin Russell! I have a friend who lives in Wellington and I hope to visit someday :) 

Welcome Kelvin!! I love the Air New Zealand ads (have you seen the latest Christmas one? It's really good!) I'm an Aussie but don't hold it against me :P Looking forward to some great chats here!

Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Jul 18, 2018

@Monique van den Berg Yeah, we still need to plan our New Zealand trip without husbands πŸ˜„

That's right @Thomas Schlegel! I think the prize for reaching Level 9 should be a first-class, luxury trip to New Zealand with the Atlassian named Monique of your choice. Think my bosses will go for that? 🀣

Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Jul 18, 2018

You should definitely ask πŸ‘πŸ˜„πŸ‘

@Kelvin Russell - are you a member of the Wellington Atlassian User Group?

@Kat Warner [TechTime] thanks for the info, I have now joined the Group.

@Michele Lim [cPrime] I do think Air NZ have the best safety videos. Unfortunately I am not allowed to speak to you.... I am a South African now living in NZ :)

Hahaha! I'll try and make you change your mind. 

Hey Everyone!

My name is Michele, I'm originally from Sydney, Australia and have just moved over to San Francisco earlier this year to fulfill one of my life goals: working in San Francisco. 

I'm very passionate about equal representation everywhere (obviously) but even more so in the media and in tech! 

After only living in SF for a few months I can already see a lot of people who work in tech companies have it pretty good over here (free meals and 76 different types of milk in the kitchen). And it might be easy to get accustomed to this swish life!

As a 'unique' hobby I do stand up comedy, and one of my goals is to make sure people keep enjoying the little things, give me a bag of snacks on a sunny day at the park and I'm happy!

I hope that as tech grows and becomes even more entwined in our lives, we don't forget the simple life.

Looking forward to chatting with you all,


Welcome @Michele Lim [cPrime]! It's true, tech in San Francisco is quite a unique experience :)

Welcome @Michele Lim [cPrime]! I hope to visit SF again some day (went there for a week a loooong time ago).

I love that you name a goal of helping people enjoy the simple things! So delightful and so easy to overlook.

Hope you enjoy the community here! :)

Erica Moss Community Manager Jul 19, 2018

Welcome, @Michele Lim [cPrime]! πŸŽ‰

Hi everyone! My name is Mike, I am CEO at RndWork. We provide full-range of product development services to help organizations leverage leading-edge technologies for business improvement. We also offer businesses consulting services on sales and marketing automation, including CRM (Salesforce, Dynamics, etc.) onboarding.

Welcome, @Mike! What brings you to the Diversity group?

Krisz [Adaptavist] Community Champion Jul 25, 2018

Hi, I'm Krisz (pronounced as Chris). I'm from Hungary but live in the UK. I don't think I ever experienced any problems in the UK, everyone is quite welcoming. I come from a country where the population is incredibly homogeneous (almost everyone is Hungarian) and it's interesting to see people from so many nations in the UK but it's quite new to me.

Since I have little experience in diversity (see above about Hungary), I'm curious to learn more in this group.

Welcome @Krisz [Adaptavist]! I certainly enjoyed the diversity of the UK, and I hope  you have a great time there.

Well, originally I am from the Himalayan Kingdom of Sikkim with a Buddhist King and an American Queen :p.

But right now working in Canada temporarily.

Welcome @Vickey Palzor Lepcha! I hadn't previously heard of Sikkim, but it already sounds fascinating!

My name is Joe and I am an African-American that works as a Software Engineer.  I have been working in the civilian sector since I retired from the Army in 2001.  I went to college and earned a BS in CS and a BA in Math in 2006.  As a veteran, I have worked with a diverse group of people since I joined the Army in 1981, I STILL find it amusing AND SAD, when talking to some who have NEVER met anyone outside of their race or religion.  I look forward to the conversations and discussions that will occur in this group.

Welcome! It is amazing how big and diverse the world is, but how we can find ourselves in pockets of samesame. Glad you've joined the group.


(as a side note, I can't seem to tag you in the post, Joe, I think there is an issue with the brackets in your username? So if you don't get tagged in things, know that it's looking like a bug rather than nobody wanting to namecheck you!)

The issue is with parentheses; brackets work fine. @Joe Harvey [Wolfpack95N] you may want to change your ( ) to [ ] for now while we work to fix the bug! (I can only @ mention you because of my goddess-like powers.)

hahah, excellent diversity moment here too, in the UK we call usually call the curved ones brackets too!! Seee how my background culture lead to me saying something that was misleading for another culture!

That's actually pretty cool! I've always heard them as:

Parentheses: (  )

Brackets: [  ]

Curly brackets: {  }

So what do you call the first and third ones @Linette Voller?

I have always heard the third one called 'Braces'.   I guess it is like 'pizza' vs 'pie', all depends on where you are from or at.  Similar to a 'living room' vs 'front room'.  Who can figure?

hahah, so I'd know them as:

Brackets: ()

Square brackets: []

Curly brackets: {}




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