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Diversity Empowerment Summit [clear filter]
Monday, October 26

13:00 GMT

Confessions of a Late Bloomer: Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges as a Woman of Color - Jennifer Madriaga, Red Hat
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.


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

13:25 GMT

Lowering Barriers to Inclusion in Open Source Ecosystems - Joanna Lee, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Joanna will provide an broad overview of strategies for greater inclusion in open source ecosystems. This talk will cover: * Why is diversity in open source currently so bad? * What are the barriers to under-represented groups participating in OS? * How do we lower those barriers? * Code of Conduct best practices * Inclusive language and culture * The importance of great documentation * Accessibility in open source * Models for mentorship

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Joanna Lee

Partner, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Joanna Lee is an attorney specializing in technology licensing and strategy, business and non-profit governance, open source software, and technology standards. Joanna and her firm represent numerous open source software foundations (including Linux Foundation), global standard setting... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 13:25 - 13:50 GMT
DES Theater
  Diversity Empowerment Summit, Strategies for Inclusiveness

16:15 GMT

Giving and Getting Technical Help in Open Source Without Being Scared! - Sonia Singla, CNCF
As a developer, it’s exciting and challenging to stay up to speed with the latest trends in technology.Every day, new languages, frameworks and devices capture our attention and spur conversations in meetups, forums and chats.However, our developer community is made of people, not tools, and it’s fascinating to explore its sociopolitical aspects. We are always beginners at some things and experts at others.Along the way from beginner to expert we ask a lot of questions, but it can be intimidating to ask for help.This talk will be split into two halves: giving and then getting technical help.This talk gives concrete tools to help you ask with confidence, and highlights common expert mistakes that inadvertently make people feel foolish.It's important to learn how to manage your contributors in open-source.Once you learn it, your project will succeed and more contributors will flock to you!

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Sonia Singla

Intern/Mentee, CNCF
Sonia is an Information Technology student at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. One of the shadow on Kubernetes 1.20 release notes team. She worked as an intern in the Thanos project as part of Community Bridge. Past Outreachy Intern with Mozilla. Apart from having lots of interest... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 16:15 - 16:40 GMT
DES Theater

17:15 GMT

Microaggressions Against Women in the Workplace - Eshrak Assaf & David Lebutsch, IBM
This presentation explains the concept of microagression, along with microagression examples from the day-to day life of women in Technology. This includes Mansplaining, Man-eating, Manterruption, Assumptions of Inferiority, Second-Class Citizenship/Invisibility, Traditional Gender Role Prejudicing and Stereotyping. It also proposes strategies to respond to them in a professional and efficient manner.

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Eshrak Assaf

Senior Manager, IBM
Senior manager for the Virtual Private Cloud Gen2, IBM Cloud Telemetry and Analytics teams. MSc & MBA graduate complemented by 13+ years of experience in Development, Security, DevOps and Operations with a primary focus on virtualization and cloud computing.
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David Lebutsch

CTO / Distinguished Engineer SaaS and Hybrid Cloud, IBM Data and AI, IBM
IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for Data & AI SaaS on IBM Cloud. Hands on architect and technical leader with 20+ years of experience.

Monday October 26, 2020 17:15 - 17:40 GMT
DES Theater

17:40 GMT

Open Source Mindset to Mindflex - How Flexing Perceptions of OSS Can Change the World - Clare Dillon, Mosslabs.io - Ireland
Clare is not a developer and is a relative newbie to the open source world. She made her first PR earlier this year. She got involved because she believes that open source is a way to construct alternative systems of innovation and remove some of the friction that is plaguing current efforts of "digital transformation". She has learned open source can help build trust, promote openness and collaboration, and provide alternative pathways to get involved with technology. It can help ensure that technology is not something that is built for people but instead built with people to help us digitally transform to a world we all actually want to live in. This is particularly relevant in the context of citizen services. Clare will share stories from her journey to be an open source advocate and how we still need to flex some perceptions and institutional constructs to help open source change the world.

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Clare Dillon

Director, Mosslabs.io - Ireland
Clare Dillon has spent over 20 years working with developers and developer communities. She spent 8 years as part of the Microsoft Ireland Leadership Team, heading up their Developer Evangelism & Experience Group. She is a relatively new convert to the open source way, but is all... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 17:40 - 18:05 GMT
DES Theater

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