About

Smiling white woman in a parkDear Ally Skills Teacher is an advice column about how people can use their power and influence to make their workplace more fair and just, with a focus on the tech industry.

Dear Ally is written by Valerie Aurora, who has been teaching ally skills professionally since 2012. She is the lead author of the Ally Skills Workshop, the most popular ally skills training class in the tech industry. She has appeared as guest on the Dear Prudence podcast and written a guest column for Captain Awkward.

Valerie has taught more than 100 Ally Skills Workshops to more than 2500 people in Germany, Spain, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and many locations across the U.S. Her clients include Google, Airbnb, Square, and dozens of other tech companies. Her work on the Ally Skills Workshop has appeared in USA Today, The Guardian, and TechCrunch.

Valerie co-created the Ally Skills Workshop with Mary Gardiner while serving as the executive director of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit she and Mary co-founded in 2011 to support women in open source software, Wikipedia, and similar fields. 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 contact@frameshiftconsulting.com.