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Monday, October 26 • 19:30 - 19:55
Panel Discussion: Tangible Actions to Achieve DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) in Corporations and Communities - Lisa-Marie Namphy, Dev Advocate & Community Architect; Lauren Maffeo, Steampunk; Joseph Sandoval. Adobe; Dimeji Onafuwa, Microsoft; Josu

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Diversity is often used as a euphemism. An organization, company, or community can be diverse without being inclusive or equitable. However, diversity efforts without equitable practices and intentional inclusion will always fall short. The “tangible actions” are found in the “E.” Equity is an approach that ensures everyone access to the same opportunities to grow, contribute, and develop. It’s not enough to simply recognize that advantages and barriers exist. Equity acknowledges that unequal starting place and commits to correcting the imbalance. To get beyond euphemisms and onto tangible action we must understand what we are trying to achieve with DEI, why we care, what to do, and how to do it. These are universal problems and we will discuss globally-relevant solutions. This panel has experts in unconscious bias in data (AI), closing wage gaps, authors on D&I, corporate execs focused on diverse workforces and “the future of work," and community architects running some of the largest open source user groups. We were born in 4 different countries, and have lived and studied all over the world, with backgrounds from Africa, the Carribean, England, Mexico, and Native American.

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Lisa-Marie Namphy

Head of Developer Relations, Cockroach Labs
Lisa is a developer community architect, a CNCF Ambassador, and product and solutions marketing expert with 20+ years of experience primarily at Cloud Native, Analytics, and Enterprise Software market-leading companies and start-ups. Lisa organizes and runs the SF Bay Cloud Native... Read More →
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Joseph Sandoval

SRE Manager, Adobe
Joseph is the SRE Manager for Adobe Advertising Infra platform. His team is responsible for running the infrastructure which supports global advertising customers at hyper-scale. He is also active in Open Source communities and helping others become contributors. Joseph is also working... Read More →
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Lauren Maffeo

Service Designer, Steampunk
Lauren has reported on and worked within the global technology sector. She has worked with CEOs at pre-seed to profitable SaaS startups on media strategy and owns editorial from ideation through publication. For the past 4 years, Lauren worked as an associate principal analyst at... Read More →
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Dr. Dimeji Onafuwa

Senior UX Researcher, Google
Dimeji uses design research, strategy and innovation to uncover critical insights that will help organizations navigate the complex future problems that we face. Dimeji is a founding member of Common Cause Collective, an impact-focused design collective working toward measurable... Read More →
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Josuel Plasencia

Co-Founder & COO, Forefront
Josuel is the Co-Founder and COO of Forefront. Josuel has corporate experience in the areas of finance, business strategy and international development with Accenture, Goldman Sachs, EY, KPMG, BNY Mellon, and the Boston Red Sox. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, NationsWell... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 19:30 - 19:55 GMT
DES Theater