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Thursday, August 30 • 11:00am - 11:40am
Everyday Opportunities for Inclusion & Collaboration - Erik Riedel, Dell EMC & Nithya Ruff, Comcast

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Do you feel left out or uncomfortable at the company Christmas Party? Do you avoid the water cooler and try to limit interactions to business only? Do you find many such business-social interactions fraught with potential landmines & opportunities for misunderstanding? Do you see colleagues excluded or unable to participate when activities are informal, under-structured, or ill-organized?

This session will present a set of specific examples & stories from our direct experience of some of the less obvious opportunities for communication, networking, mentoring, & collaboration presented by ongoing day-job activities & thru collaboration events and forums.

We believe that the desire to assist each other & to collaborate is often present but unrealized. We will provide concrete & actionable examples of lowering the activation energy for positive interactions & creating an equality of opportunity for all team members.

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Erik Riedel

Chief Engineering Officer, Flax Computing / Sesame
Erik Riedel, PhD is a regular speaker on both technical, leadership, and cultural topics. He has worked for over twenty years as an engineer and engineering leader. He is currently founder and Chief Engineering Officer at Flax Computing - working to measure and reduce the worldwide... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Director, OSPO, Amazon
Nithya is the Head of Amazon’s Open Source Program Office. Amazon’s customers value open source innovation and the cloud’s role in helping them adopt and run important open source services. She drives open source culture and coordination inside of Amazon and engagement with... Read More →

Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:40am PDT
Room 121