Siobahn Hotaling – An Introduction
My name is Siobahn Hotaling, and I live in New York. I’ve done a lot of different things in my life; I’ve been a computer programmer, a musician, a corporate trainer, a marketer, an events organizer, a personal and professional coach. I’ve dedicated the bulk of my adult life to helping others in any capacity I can; I hope to continue to do so for the rest of my life. While my current job is in the digital marketing world – combining my tech skills with my experience working with individuals and groups – I am at the same time working towards my master’s in psychology from Harvard. I am in my final semester, due to graduate in May 2020.
For my final capstone project for my degree, I am developing a program to remove implicit biases in individuals. Intolerance has always been something that has affected me on a personal and ideological level; over time, I have become very passionate about building a more tolerant world, helping people understand the nature of bias, and creating tools that will facilitate these changes.
We live in a world where people judge others based on the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, the clothes they wear, and – most recently – convoluted or blatantly false information spread about them online, information that they have no control over and cannot erase. I’ve experienced a lot of personal adversity, both through my youth and in my adult life, and I know what it’s like to be discriminated against, prejudged, and misunderstood in many of these ways. But while I have been the target of hatred and rejection, I refuse to victimize myself. I can only do what I can, to contribute in some small way towards making changes on a global level, through working to develop methods to help people remove their judgments and prejudices and trying to gain a deeper understanding about what causes us to be so cruel to one another. On a personal level, all I can do is hope that people will take the time and opportunity to get to know me before they judge, as I hope they will learn to do with all people.
My intent for this website is to do just that – to share a little bit of myself, my thoughts, and my creations. And if you made it this far, I hope you’ll find something that resonates with you.