Siobahn Hotaling – An Introduction
Siobahn Hotaling lives in New York City. She’s done a lot of different things in her life; Siobahn has been a computer programmer, a musician, a corporate trainer, a marketer, an events organizer, and an advocate for equality, tolerance, and human rights. She’s dedicated the bulk of her adult life to helping others in any capacity she can, and hopes to continue to do so for the rest of her life.
While Siobahn’s current job is in the digital marketing world – combining her tech skills with her experience working with individuals and groups – her next step is in the field of psychology, having completed her master’s degree in psychology from Harvard in May 2020. Siobahn Hotaling’s current goal is to take what she has learned and move into the field of organizational and personal development, specifically in the realm of diversity and bias training.
Siobahn Hotaling’s final capstone project for her masters degree was to develop a comprehensive program to remove implicit biases in individuals. Intolerance has always been something that has affected her on a personal and ideological level, even as a child. Because of this, Siobahn has become very passionate about building a more tolerant world, helping people understand the nature of bias, and creating tools that will facilitate these changes.
In Siobahn’s own words: “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.”