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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

Executive Director, Open Source Program Officer, Comcast & Chair, Board of Directors, The Linux Foundation
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently... Read More →

Speakers
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Lauren Maffeo

Service Designer, Steampunk
Lauren has reported on and worked within the global technology sector. She has worked with CEOs at pre-seed to profitable SaaS startups on media strategy and owns editorial from ideation through publication. For the past 4 years, Lauren worked as an associate principal analyst at... Read More →
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Guy Martin

Executive Director, OASIS Open
Guy Martin is Director of the Open@ADSK initiative at Autodesk, where he's 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... 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 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 is also working... Read More →


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