We are a group of professionals who like to get together to talk about Microsoft SQL Server and related technologies. Meetings will be once a month and usually include food and a presentation. Our main location is New Horizons in Lansing MI Reo town. Meetings are open and free of cost to the public but will require a RSVP so we can get an accurate count for food.
NOTE: You must RSVP to this meetup:
Join us and other Lansing Codes meetup group members for an informal, virtual gathering to talk tech, testing, DevOps, Agile, and more! This is a unique format for virtual mingling so you will want to check it out. And to top it all off, RMC & Lansing Codes will be raffling off some gift cards! Feel free to pop in anytime while the event is going on. Even if it's 5 minutes, we'd love to see you.
Abstract: One in four Americans suffers from a mental health challenge each year. In the tech community, this number rises to 42%. The stigma associated with discussions around mental health, as well as how it can negatively impact your work and home life, make people reluctant to discuss the topic. Now is the time to start discussing mental health in tech and how to take advantage of the opportunity to safeguard our most precious resource: people. We’ll discuss how mental health affects job quality, including sharing examples from my professional life. We’ll discuss the four primary workplace factors which play a pivotal role in mental health challenges in the tech community. I’ll provide tips on what is best to say and not say to people you know whose lives are being affected by their mental health. Lastly, we’ll cover how to make your workplace a safe place where mental health can be talked about and how to encourage your company to offer resources to help maintain everyone’s mental health.
Speaker Bio: Tracy Boggiano is currently a Data Platform MVP, PASSion 2020 Award winner, and works as a Senior Database Administrator for DocuSign. Tracy has worked on SQL Server since 6.5. She has spoken at local user groups, numerous SQLSaturdays, virtual groups, and Summit. She is currently a co-leader of the TriPASS Local SQL Server User Group in Raleigh, NC and co-leader of the PASS DEI Virtual Group. Tracy tinkered with databases in middle school to keep her sports card collection organized and got an early start on databases.
Her passion outside of SQL Server is volunteering by advocating for abused and neglected foster children in court through the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem program. This is her favorite and most important job. She has been a Guardian ad Litem for 18+ years and advocated for over 50+ children. As someone who experience mental health issues she has for the past two years started being a mental health advocate by being a part of the PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy of Individuals with Mental Illnesses) Advisory Council with the DRNC (Disability Rights of North Carolina).