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Diversity Empowerment Summit [clear filter]
Monday, October 28


Designing a Future of Work That Works for All ™ - Challenging Cultural Fit - Yulkendy Valdez & Josuel Plasencia, Forefront
Often, employers hire based on “Cultural Fit” for their workforce and this (un)intentionally creates dominantly heterogeneous teams. This interactive session tackles the roots of the “cultural” problem by challenging the way you think about inclusion and “cultural fit.” Having a more diverse workforce opens your company to new and exceptional talent from any and all backgrounds.

With the tech industry evolving as rapidly as it is, often employers have a hard time locating the best and brightest new talent. In these situations, employers/managers often hire someone who fits the ‘culture’ of the workplace and miss out on exceptional talent elsewhere.

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Yulkendy Valdez

Co-Founder and CEO, Forefront
Yulkendy is a social entrepreneur, storyteller, and public speaker. As the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Forefront, she helps businesses and their leaders enable their cultural competence and inclusive leadership skills to meet the demands of the emergent workforce. Yulkendy... Read More →

Josuel Plasencia

Co-Founder and President, Forefront
Josuel Plasencia is a social entrepreneur, community leader, and public speaker. He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Forefront, a premier training provider for the future of work, helping leading employers become more innovative, competitive, and profitable as workplace... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 12:20 - 12:55
Roseraie 1 & 2


Open Sourcing Mentorship, Why and How? - Guedis Cardenas, iCIMS
Mentorship is at the heart of fostering inclusive, collaborative and innovative communities. It simultaneously helps the mentee, the mentor and our community as a whole. However, despite its benefits and progress made, mentorship is still not accessible to all.

This presentation will explore the common challenges in mentorship, how it inspired an open source approach, and talk about the lessons learned. The result is Mentorship Guide, an open source project which provides strategies, tools, resources, advice and community support.

Guedis will discuss the common obstacles in mentoring and how given these challenges, an open source strategy was best. He will discuss the challenges in open sourcing the guide and share practical techniques so that anyone can start open sourcing guides in other important topics.

Finally, learn what's next in version 2.0 and how the community can get involved so that mentoring is an accessible, insightful and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

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Guedis Cardenas

Developer, iCIMS
Guedis Cardenas (he/him) is a technologist and community builder. Motivated by making an impact, he builds products and services that improve our way of life. He's currently a software developer at iCIMS, a leading talent acquisition software provider for enterprises, where he is... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 14:25 - 15:00
Roseraie 1 & 2
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Lightning Talk: Enabling African Open Source Talent through the Living Open Source Foundation - Sander van Vugt, Living Open Source Foundation
Open source helps people to develop themselves, but getting started with an open source project, and getting the required support from local communities can be challenging. In this talk we will explain how an initiative between two individuals has resulted in the living open source project, a project that is going to enable talented individuals throughout Africa, thus helping the development of local economies.


Sander van Vugt

co-founder, Living Open Source Foundation
Sander van Vugt is a best selling author on Open Source related topics, as well as founder of the Living Open Source Foundation (livingopensource.net). As an author Sander teaches multiple online classes monthly, and Sander has been a speaker on major Linux conferences, including... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 14:30 - 14:35
Rhone 3A


Lightning Talk: The Attraction, Retention and Progression of Women in Senior STEM Roles - Saher Ahmed, Wellcome Sanger Institute
We have now broadened out our programme of activity from gender to more holistic considerations of inclusivity and broader diversity. As we have been running our programme for a number of years now, we have demonstrable impact that we can showcase on the effectiveness of our activities.


Saher Ahmed

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Wellcome Sanger Institute
Dr Saher Ahmed is Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Saher has 15 years of experience working in the area of EDI and leads the Wellcome Genome Campus’ Saher has led and set-up national projects in the area of EDI and leads the organisation's... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 14:55 - 15:00
Rhone 3A


Bringing Equity to the Stage: Increasing Speaker Diversity and Inclusivity - Amanda Gonser, PagerDuty
Providing a diverse line-up of speakers has emerged as a top priority for conference organizers, but it’s easier said than done.

This session will detail how the Drupal Association went from not tracking speaker diversity at all to hosting their annual event where 50% of the speakers were from underrepresented groups in just 3 years.

Amanda will discuss wins and lessons learned on getting organizational and community buy-in, inclusive CFP language, proactive speaker recruiting, and thoughtful communication templates and resources.

Attendees will walk away knowing how to
- Evolve CFPs to be welcoming to all speakers
- Ensure visibility and outreach to underrepresented organizations and communities
- Produce relevant speaker support resources to on-board new speakers
- Make an impact without a significant budget investment

This session will be valuable for community/event organizers, champions of diversity, and allies looking to make their event/meet-up/conference more inclusive.

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Amanda Gonser

Manager, Community Events & Content, PagerDuty
Amanda Gonser is conference and community organizer who dreams in details. She managed the programming for Drupal, the open source CMS, conferences around the world for 4 years - leading teams from New Orleans, to Barcelona, to Mumbai. In doing so, she oversaw some of the largest... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 15:15 - 15:50
Roseraie 1 & 2
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Diversity and Inclusion in Free & Open Source Software - Jona Azizaj, Kiwi.com & Kristi Progri, GNOME
Diversity & inclusion is very important especially for free & open source community, because:
- People in tech nowadays are hired to a big part because of their open source contributions. To improve the balance there, the free & open source software community is an important starting point.
- More diverse teams make for more innovation and serving users better than homogenous teams.
- Diverse open source projects are more welcoming and friendly towards new contributors, encouraging learning and collaboration.

We are building http://opensourcediversity.org to collect the projects and resources in this field. It is aimed at maintainers and contributors of open source projects who want to improve, as well as people from underrepresented groups who are interested in free & open source software but don’t know where to start.

This talk is a showcase of the different initiatives for diversity & inclusion existing in open source, and a start for discussion where we can improve more.

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Jona Azizaj

DevRel Advocate

Kristi Progri

Program Coordinator, GNOME
Program Coordinator at GNOME, Mozilla Tech Speaker, STEM-inist and proudly promoting Diversity and Inclusion in FLOSS

Monday October 28, 2019 16:20 - 16:55
Roseraie 1 & 2
  • Session Slides Included Yes
Tuesday, October 29


Confessions of Unconscious Bias - Learning to Be a Better Male Ally - Guy Martin, Open@ADSK
Unconscious bias - it’s been in the news a lot in the last several years, but usually from the perspective of how damaging it is to women and under-represented groups when combined with white male privilege. This presentation is about the other side of this equation - how can someone who was unaware of their own unconscious bias and white male privilege learn to use these in a positive way to help these under-represented groups. This is a frank and honest journey of one man’s struggle to separate the very real struggles of education and career from his inherent privilege as a white man in a male-dominated field.

On this difficult journey Guy Martin learned a lot, and plans to share both the positive aspects and challenges in hopes that other prospective male allies understand how to be more effective advocates for those who can truly benefit from the privilege we have. He'll share some lessons learned, as well as some practical tips for making a difference as a male ally.

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Guy Martin

Director of Open Source Strategy, GAN Consulting
Guy Martin is Director of Open Source Strategy at GAN Consulting, responsible for providing customized consulting services for open source strategy, execution and collaborative projects. He has over two decades of experience in the software industry, where he has consistently focused... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 11:30 - 12:05
St. Clair 3


Metrics that Matter: Forging a Path to More Diverse, Inclusive Communities - Nicole Huesman, Intel Corporation & Dawn Foster, Pivotal
While it is well recognized that diversity and inclusion are central to the health of open source communities, numbers lag and the ability to foster inclusive environments remains challenging. The CHAOSS Project’s Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup is focused on establishing a set of community-curated, peer-validated, research-informed standards and best practices to measure, and in turn, increase, diversity and inclusion across open source communities.

This session brings together & moves concepts forward from previous presentations, focusing on insights from our latest work and outlining specifics of preparing reports to help communities increase the level of diversity and inclusion using a data-driven approach. The discussion includes a sample of metrics, how to collect them, and examples of such reports. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the value and process of creating a diversity and inclusion report, as well as how to get started and where to get help.

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Dawn Foster

Director of Open Source Community Strategy, VMware
Dawn is the Director of Open Source Community Strategy at VMware within the Open Source Program Office. She has 20+ years of experience at companies like Intel and Puppet with expertise in community building, strategy, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate about... Read More →
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Nicole Huesman

Community & Developer Advocate, Intel Corporation
For over 20 years, Nicole has applied her aptitude in storytelling to the technology industry—helping shine a light on the importance of the work of her engineering colleagues in a way that delivers true business value. She dove into the world of open source at Intel over eight... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 12:20 - 12:55
St. Clair 3
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Beyond Inclusion: Growing Diverse Communities and Companies - Kris Bondi, LogDNA
For any underrepresented group to gain their share of power, it takes action from those at all levels of seniority. There’s a saying that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. The reality is getting on those shoulders is easier if someone extends a hand to help you up.

Notice, we are talking about having a share of power, not getting a job in technology. While improving inclusion and giving underrepresented individuals more opportunities to develop the technical skills needed for STEM jobs is a priority, the discussion needs to move beyond this. You can’t create a wave if we’re only having a trickle of people join our ranks. The discussion needs to move to hiring AND promotion.

This talk addresses unique mentoring and leadership opportunities for individuals that are frankly still fighting to be represented in the STEM workforce. Attendees will hear where we are now and the programs and processes that will be needed to create a diverse leadership community.

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Kris Bondi

Kris Bondi is the CMO of LogDNA, a leader in logging for multi-cloud, on-premise, and Kubernetes. Prior to joining LogDNA, Kris served as CMO for Bitnami, a leader in Kubernetes and container-based end-to-end application tooling which was acquired by VMware in May 2019. She also served... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 16:20 - 16:55
Rhone 3A
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Finding Diversity, Tales From a Founder who Stopped Fitting in and Found Purpose. - Sandee Kastrul, i.c.stars
It was the late 90's and this self-ascribed one-room school teacher saw the opportunity to teach inner-city young adults programming when most workforce organizations were focused on the digital divide and computer repair. Sandee saw that IT was inherently about solving problems and building solutions and asked the question, "what if we taught programming and soultions building AND leadership developement in the same frame. The outcome was the first technology and leadership bootcamp in Chicago. Today i.c.stars is in 3 cities and continues its growth trajectory of developing technology and community leaders from a diversity launchpad.


Sandee Kastrul

President and cofounder, i.c.stars
Sandee is the proud president and chief hope officer of i.c.stars, a workforce development organization and a social enterprise. I.c.stars exists to develop change-driven individuals to excel in technology careers and effect change as community leaders. Sandee is also a board member... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 16:20 - 16:55
St. Clair 3
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Winning Together: By Working Together to Pull Everyone Up, We Can All Win - Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, ChickTech
Instead of letting her experiences with bullying, harassment and discrimination tear her down, Janice Levenhagen-Seeley focused on creating ChickTech - a community empowering women to pull each other up. Using examples from her own life and drawing on anecdotes from the open source community at large, Janice shares how you can create powerful change in your community and beyond. By implementing these ideas and pulling each other up, we can create sustainable, inclusive, and successful open source communities together.

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Janice Levenhagen-Seeley

Founder, ChickTech
Janice is a computer engineer turned gender equity expert, focused on the technology industry. She has worked in the DEI space since 2011, building a national US-based organization from the ground up with the support of thousands of amazing and passionate volunteers. As the founder... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 17:10 - 17:45
St. Clair 3
  • Session Slides Included Yes
Wednesday, October 30


Building the Next Billion Creators - Samson Goddy & Peace Ojemeh, Sugar Labs
Open Source Community Africa (O.S.C.A) is for open source lovers, enthusiasts, advocates and experts within and across Africa with the sole aim of increasing the rate of credible contributions by African software developers, designers, writers and everyone involved in the sphere of technology to open source projects both locally and globally, changing the perception of Africans from just billion users to the NEXT BILLION CREATORS.

The community support OSCA Chapters;
The chapter is to bring people together to discuss how open source can help their communities, personal development and how they can give back to the community. This is the heart of OSCA as it helps foster advocates which will eventually become leads for their cities. Allowing monthly meetups, were members can meet to promote educational materials to enable beginners or enthusiasts to understand how open source culture works.

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Samson Goddy

Board Member, Open Collective
Samson Goddy software developer from Nigeria. A member at Sugar Labs. Started using Linux at the age of nine from the One Laptop Per Child xo laptops. He started playing with Python because of the influence of Sugar Desktop. In 2018, he founded Open Source Community Africa(OSCA) to... Read More →
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Peace Ojemeh

Design Lead, Sugar Labs
Peace is a user experience and service designer with great involvement in building amazing products. She has been an open source lover with active contributions through creating and ensuring a human centred design for Open Source Softwares, leading open source communities and increasingly... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:30 - 12:05
St. Clair 3
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Bridging the Gap Between Open Source and University Students and Women - Paavini Nanda, Bloomberg
There exists a large number of programs that act as a source of motivation for university students to contribute to open source such as Google Summer of Code, Outreachy, Rails girls summer of code etc. But,
- What is the proportion of women and students contributing to open source?
- Why is there such small number of women and students in open source?
- Why do we need more women and students in open source?
- What are the problems that students face when they first try to contribute?
- How can these problems be solved?
- What measures can be taken to make the metrics better?

I myself faced a lot of these issues and I still keep getting a lot of questions from my juniors and other women batchmates about guiding them through it. I intend to answer all the questions. A lot can be done in this scope and it needs to be done.

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Paavini Nanda

Software Engineer, Bloomberg
I am working as a software engineer at Bloomberg. I like to talk about open source in general. I was a part of a program called RGSoC where I contributed to the project Servo(Mozilla).

Wednesday October 30, 2019 12:20 - 12:55
St. Clair 3
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Opening the Echo Chamber: Inclusivity in the Real World - Laura Hilliger, Open Organization
Anyone who has spent time in the open community knows that we strive for inclusivity. We know that diverse communities lead to innovative solutions. We use codes of conduct, assume best intentions and show solidarity to ensure a welcoming community. Still, our open source projects are not as inclusive as they should be. We all have implicit biases that cause us to unknowingly exclude the very people we say we want to include. In order to discuss equity, we need to remember to check our unconscious bias. In this session, we will start with an exercise to show that we all have unconscious bias. Then we will deconstruct tested strategies for increasing inclusivity of marginalized communities. Finally, we will help participants develop best practices and strategies, based on the 5 principles of an open organization, that are tailored to their real communities and projects. How do we *really* invite people in and create long term engagement? Come to this session and find out!

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Laura Hilliger

Ambassador, We Are Open Co-op / Greenpeace
Laura Hilliger is a writer, educator and technologist. She’s a multimedia designer and developer, a technical liaison, a project manager, a conceptual architect, an activist who is happiest in collaborative environments. She’s a co-founder of the We Are Open Co-op, an Ambassador... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 14:25 - 17:40
Salon Pasteur
  • Session Slides Included Yes