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Broadening Access to Opportunities with Jay Miller

Erin and Brian are joined by Jay Miller, developer advocate at Aiven, to discuss their work towards advancing the careers of individuals historically excluded from developer roles and opportunities.

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Jay is a Staff Developer Advocate at Aiven. Based in Atlanta, Jay has contributed to the Python community as an organizer and content creator. In 2023 Jay started Black Python Devs to extend the reach of Python communities and resources further into Black communities.

Jay is a Husband, Dad and veteran and believes that code is only a small piece of what you can contribute as a developer.

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Erin Mikail Staples is a very online individual passionate about facilitating better connections online and off. She’s forever thinking about how we can communicate, educate and elevate others through collaborative experiences.

Currently, Erin builds community and thinks about the philosophy and tooling of the community and developer advocate world. Much of her day is spent empowering individuals to build, foster, and embrace healthy communities. Outside of her day-job, Erin is a comedian, graduate technical advisor, no-code content creator, triathlete, avid reader, and cat parent.

Most importantly, she believes in the power of being unabashedly “into things” and works to help friends, strangers, colleagues, community builders, students, and whoever else might cross her path find their thing.

Brian Rinaldi is a Developer Experience Engineer at LaunchDarkly. Brian has worked for a decade focused on developer community and developer relations at companies like Progress Software and Adobe. Brian has been a developer for over 20 years, working with front-end and back-end technologies mostly focused on the web. He is heavily involved in the community including running developer meetups and events via and serving on the board of and organizing meetups for Orlando Devs. serves as the editor of the Jamstacked newsletter.