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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

SVP, Engineering, ITRenew
Erik Riedel, PhD is a regular speaker on both technical and cultural topics. He has worked for over twenty years as an engineer and over fifteen years as an engineering leader. He is currently Senior Vice President of Engineering at IT Renew, building out the Sesame line of compute... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Head, Open Source Program Office, Amazon
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Amazon's Open Source Program Officer and the Chair of The Linux Foundation Board. Prior to that, she was Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office where she drove Open Source culture and transformation inside of Comcast and expanded engagement with... Read More →

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