Nominate more Women for Sitecore MVP

Tue Nov 01 2016

Hey Sitecore community! It’s our favorite time of the year: MVP Nomination! It’s your opportunity to help ensure that all the great contributors to the community are recognized for their efforts. If you know anyone who's not an MVP who you think deserves it, please take the time to fill out a nomination. If you know an existing MVP who has continued to serve the community, please re-nominate them as well to ensure continued MVP status!

I want to take this chance though to ask you to nominate and re-nominate women of the Sitecore community in particular. The problems of monoculture, the advantages of diversity, and the challenges that technology companies have with gender diversity are well documented. I don’t think it’s a leap to argue that the Sitecore MVP program faces the same challenges. Diversity of people means diversity of ideas, and more female role models will only help to grow and strengthen the Sitecore community as a whole.

There has certainly been progress since the conception of the MVP program. Cheers to all the talented women of the community who attended this year’s MVP Summit!

But I believe we can do more. I’d ask everyone in the Sitecore community:

  • Are there women you know in the Sitecore community who should be nominated or re-nominated? Maybe a blog post that helped you out, or someone who helped you on Slack? Take the time and make the effort to bring more diversity into the MVP program.
  • Is everyone in your organization, regardless of gender, being given an opportunity to take the time and do the work needed to become an MVP?
  • Is your organization making efforts to hire more women in technology roles?

The problem of gender diversity in technology is obviously bigger than our community. But we have a strong, tightknit and inclusive community that I have to believe rivals that of any other similar software platform. Let’s make it even stronger.


Nick Wesselman

Nick Wesselman started working professionally in software development just a few days after everyone realized we dodged a bullet with the Y2k bug. He’s worked as a Sitecore solution partner, Technology partner, and now for Sitecore itself. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Asheville, NC.