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Wednesday, August 29 • 11:10am - 11:50am
Panel Discussion: Going Further Faster: The Role of Allies in Diversity & Inclusion - Moderated by Nithya Ruff, Comcast

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Diverse, inclusive communities are core to the future vitality of the technology industry. Yet, the underrepresentation of women and minorities persists and is even more pronounced in the open source world. The mission of open source communities to attract and retain diverse contributors with unique talent and perspectives has gathered momentum, but we cannot tackle these issues without the support of allies and advocates. Together, we can tackle these multi-faceted challenges—and move further faster. In turn, we all benefit. This session highlights the importance of allies, and explores solid strategies to help them succeed in advocating for their colleagues.

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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Lauren Maffeo

Associate Principal Analyst, GetApp, a Gartner company
Lauren Maffeo has reported on and worked within the global technology sector. She started her career as a freelance journalist covering tech trends for The Guardian and The Next Web from London. Today, she works as an associate principal analyst at Gartner, where she covers the impact... Read More →
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Guy Martin

Director - Open@ADSK, Autodesk
Guy Martin is Director of Open at Autodesk, responsible for overseeing the company's open source strategy, execution and collaborative projects, as well as representing the company in open source communities and organizations. He has over two decades of experience in the software... Read More →
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Lisa-Marie Namphy

Dev Advocate & Community Architect, Portworx
Lisa-Marie currently organizes and runs the SF Bay Cloud Native Open Infra User Group (formerly SF Bay OpenStack), personally hosting the bi-weekly meetup for the past 5 years. Lisa now runs the world’s largest CNCF user group and has been a long time contributor, advocate (and... Read More →
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Joseph Sandoval

SRE Manager, Adobe
Joseph Sandoval 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... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:10am - 11:50am
Room 121