This is ME! – Stories of who we are, shared through our own voices

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As humans, we spend on average 40 hours a week at work. It’s a huge portion of our waking lives – a portion that feels even more restricted by imagined social boundaries we sometimes construct that delineate the boundaries of our work and personal lives.

Getting to know our colleagues helps us work better together and stay connected in a remote-first working environment. Wikimedia Foundation is staffed by hundreds of brilliant, passionate people, each with their own hopes, dreams, and career goals in their personal lives and throughout the greater movement. 

This recent Women’s History Month, Wikimedia Foundation’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team sought to encourage new connections across the organization and the movement through a series of intimate one-on-one conversations with a few brilliant women titled This is ME

Through conversation lies the unlocked potential of learning more about what values we hold, what we spend our time on, what motivates us, what we struggle with, what we love, what we hate, all right there, waiting to be listened to. We’d like to encourage you to learn more about notable women throughout the organization, or even reach out to share your story with staff and volunteers around the world.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we also stepped outside of the movement to introduce you to guest insights on work, art, and activism. Exposing ourselves to new perspectives outside of our complex Wikimedia ecosystem is one crucial step to creative thinking and collaboration, and we really hope you’ve enjoyed the experience so far! 

Below we have all three episodes from this month:

Episode 1: Barbara Kandek from the WMF Communications Department

Episode 2: Maryum Styles from the WMF Technology Department

Episode 3: *Special Guest* Emilia Yang from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan

Thank you for joining us on this journey of exploration and discovery and stay tuned for more from this series next month!

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