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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, IT Renew
Erik Riedel, PhD is an established speaker on both technical and cultural topics. He has worked for over 20 years as an engineer and over 15 years as an engineering leader. He was most recently Senior Director of Software Engineering for Dell/EMC where he and his team built two generations... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Head, OSPO, Comcast, Comcast
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Practice. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Prior to this, she started and grew Western Digital’s Open Source Strategy Office. She first glimpsed the... Read More →

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