Dear Ally Skills Teacher is written by Valerie Aurora, who has been teaching ally skills professionally since 2012. She started Dear Ally so more people could learn how to use their privilege to fight oppression.
Valerie is the lead author and teacher of the Ally Skills Workshop, the most popular ally skills training class in the tech industry. She has taught more than one hundred Ally Skills Workshops to more than 2,500 people in Germany, Spain, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and many locations across the U.S. She has also trained more than 150 people to teach the workshop themselves. Her clients include Google, Airbnb, Square, and dozens of other tech companies. Her work on the Ally Skills Workshop has been covered by USA Today, The Guardian, and TechCrunch.
Aurora began teaching the Ally Skills Workshop while serving as the executive director of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit she co-founded with Mary Gardiner in 2011 to support women in open source software, Wikipedia, and similar areas. In 2015, she left the Ada Initiative to start her own diversity and inclusion in technology business, Frame Shift Consulting, where she specializes in teaching the Ally Skills Workshop. Prior to the Ada Initiative, Aurora worked a software engineer for more than 10 years at a variety of companies, including IBM, Intel, Red Hat, and her own software consulting company.
To learn more about hosting an Ally Skills Workshop at your organization, email firstname.lastname@example.org.