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October 23-26, 2017 - Prague, Czech Republic
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Thursday, October 26 • 10:00 - 10:30
Every Day Opportunities for Inclusion and Collaboration - Nithya Ruff, Comcast & Erik Riedel, Dell EMC

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Do you feel left out or uncomfortable at the company Christmas Party?
Do you avoid \\\"the water cooler\\\" and limit interactions to \\\"business only\\\"?
Do you find many such business-social interactions are fraught with potential landmines and opportunities for exclusion or misunderstanding?
Do you see colleagues excluded or unable to participate when activities are informal, under-structured, or Ill-organized?

This study in the NYTimes highlights how many of us are wary of the way business socializes today. 

This session will present a set of specific examples and stories from our direct experience of some of the less obvious opportunities for networking, learning, mentoring, and collaboration that are presented by ongoing day-job activities as well as thru outside events and forums.

Since much of successful mentoring and collaboration occurs informally, there are many unidentified or difficult-to-see barriers that can create missed opportunities. We believe that the desire to assist each other and collaborate is often present but unrealized. We will provide some examples of lowering the \\\"activation energy\\\" for such positive interactions and creating an equality of opportunity for colleagues and team members.

The examples we discuss are applicable to individual contributor employees, to leaders and managers, and to anyone with a job description OR a personal passion that includes mentoring or collaboration. These issues are not limited to technology workers or open source projects, but we believe that there are unique opportunities in these realms that are sometimes hidden or easily missed.

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Erik Riedel

Sr Director, Engineering, Dell EMC
Erik Riedel is Senior Director, Technology & Architecture for Dell EMC, responsible for the hardware & platform software scale-out object storage. Erik has been involved in scalable object storage and open source since graduate school. Before Dell EMC (8 yrs), Erik worked at Seagate... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Head, Amazon OSPO, Amazon
Nithya Ruff is the Head of Amazon’s Open Source Program Office. Open Source has proven to be one of the world’s most prolific enablers of innovation and collaboration and Amazon’s customers increasingly value open source innovation and the and cloud’s role in helping them... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00 - 10:30 CEST
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