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Thursday, August 30 • 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Make it Official: In Praise of Official Programs for Diversity - Deb Nicholson, Software Freedom Conservancy

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Diversity and inclusion programs with metrics, funding and official support from the top perform better, last longer and are more impactful. Well-articulated goals help projects tout successes, which in turn inspires more participation -- so let's make it official!

Once the hard work of choosing strategies to increase diversity and improve inclusion is done, set aside some budget. It's not fair or sustainable to ask employees to do diversity work "on the side." Dedicating resources to inclusion programs creates an environment where it is ok for employees to be transparent about the time and effort they're spending, which is crucial for collecting honest metrics. Ms. Nicholson will share plenty of examples of successful diversity programs and strategies for increasing inclusion that are both official and successful!

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Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Operations, Software Freedom Conservancy
Deb Nicholson is a free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate. She is the Director of Community Operations at Software Freedom Conservancy where she supports the work of its member organizations and facilitates collaboration with the wider free software community... Read More →

Thursday August 30, 2018 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 121