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Monday, October 26 • 13:00 - 13:25
Confessions of a Late Bloomer: Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges as a Woman of Color - Jennifer Madriaga, Red Hat

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Those of us who identify as members of underrepresented groups within the tech industry tend to enter this space via non-traditional routes. As a result, obstacles and challenges are not always immediately identifiable to those wanting to recruit and retain employees from underrepresented groups. Well-meaning allies can sometimes unintentionally undermine efforts related to diversity and inclusion because of their blind spots and unwillingness to own and deal with them. I'll share my story how I came to be in open source after years of not being in the work force, the fears and anxieties from imposter syndrome, the pitfalls that can happen when conversations on race and diversity become a new priority for teams and companies as well as address questions and potential strategies to address those pitfalls. The work around diversity and inclusion is one that requires commitment, honesty, and sometimes very painful acknowledgement and learning. While the work is difficult, it is very much necessary. We'll talk about guidelines around what can be done to move forward and how to set realistic expectations for change.

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Jennifer Madriaga

Global Marketing Manager, Community Event Strategy, Red Hat
Jennifer (Jen) Madriaga is the Global Marketing Manager in Community Event Strategy on the Events team in Marketing Communciations at Red Hat. Jen provides event management and event marketing expertise for a variety of open source and community events. She collaborates regularly... Read More →


Monday October 26, 2020 13:00 - 13:25 GMT
DES Theater