July 7, 2024

April Wensel: Building Compassionate Tech Cultures

April Wensel: Building Compassionate Tech Cultures

Building Compassionate Tech Cultures with April Wenzel

On this episode of Tech Me Seriously, host Sarah Tanisi, CEO of Tenisi Tech, engages in a compelling conversation with April Wenzel, international keynote speaker and founder of Compassionate Coding. They explore the significance of integrating emotional intelligence and compassion in tech, tackling misconceptions, industry burnout, and how open-mindedness towards compassionate practices can revolutionize the workplace. April shares her founder's journey, emphasizing the importance of addressing both self-compassion and compassion for colleagues, users, and society. The conversation also touches on generational shifts, the impact of AI, and the essential steps for leaders to foster a compassionate work culture.

00:00 Introduction to Tech Me Seriously
00:28 Meet April Wenzel: Founder of Compassionate Coding
02:27 The Concept of Compassionate Coding
03:50 The Importance of Self-Compassion in Tech
06:45 Challenges and Changes in the Tech Industry
17:59 The Role of Compassion in AI Development
22:50 April Wenzel's Founder Story
29:16 The Evolution of Compassion in the Workplace
30:18 The Rise of Compassionate Job Descriptions
31:11 Balancing Accountability with Love
32:16 Realizing the Impact of Compassionate Leadership
33:45 The Importance of Meaning and Connection at Work
34:45 Navigating Negative Reactions and Hierarchies
38:05 Starting the Journey Towards Workplace Compassion
50:00 Avoiding Compassion Fatigue
52:57 Final Thoughts and Reflections