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September 27-30, 2021
Seattle, Washington, USA + Virtual
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Monday, September 27 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
(VIRTUAL) Panel Discussion: Words Matter: Inclusive Language in Software, Open Source, & the Enterprise - Joanna Lee, Gesmer Updegrove; Suzy Greenberg, Intel Corporation; Amy Marrich, Red Hat; Mark Miller, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Terms commonly used in software and IT (e.g., master/slave, blacklist/whitelist) can negatively impact historically underrepresented groups of people. Recently, the tech sector, including open source communities, has been embracing the inclusive language movement, which seeks to eliminate racist, offensive, and exclusionary terminology from software, APIs, standards, documentation, and other materials in an effort to make IT more welcoming and inclusive to diverse groups of people.

Tech companies and corporate contributors to open source have an important role to play in shifting language and communication norms in IT to be more inclusive. Join us for a panel discussion during which we will discuss:
*What is inclusive communication, and why is it important within technology companies?
*How can tech companies drive adoption of inclusive communication in open source communities and other parts of IT ecosystems?
*Best practices for implementation of inclusive language programs and change management within the enterprise, including:
*How to encourage leadership support and securing buy-in at all levels
*How to measure success and progress
*Managing dependencies

Speakers
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Mark Miller

Computer Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Mark C. Miller has supported VisIt and led development of Silo for scalable I/O requirements of Lawrence Livermore Labs HPC simulation codes for 25+ years. Mark’s interests include data models and their impact on software interoperability, high performance I/O, Software Quali... Read More →
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Suzy Greenberg

Vice President of Intel Product Assurance and Security (IPAS) and General Manager of Communications and PSIRT, Intel Corporation
As head of the IPAS Communications and PSIRT team, Suzy leads the execution of Intel’s global security communications strategy as well as Intel’s response to matters involving product security. Previously, Suzy was Vice President of Intel Architecture, Graphics, and Software (IAGS... Read More →
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Amy Marrich

Principal Technical Marketing Manager, Red Hat
Amy Marrich is a Principal Technical Marketing Manager at Red Hat. She currently serves on the Open Infrastructure Foundation Board of Directors and the CHAOSS Projects Governing Board. Inn addition she serves on the OpenStack Technical Committee, as chair of the OIF Diversity and... Read More →
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Joanna Lee

Attorney, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Joanna Lee is an attorney and advisor open source foundations, technology standard setting organizations, and technology companies. She advises on open source licensing compliance, consortium formation and governance, intellectual property rights issues, non-profit governance, code... Read More →


Monday September 27, 2021 2:30pm - 3:20pm PDT
MeetingPlay Platform + Virtual Learning Lab