Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

Be(come) a mentor and help others succeed

Anna Ossowski (Elastic)
1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Open Source: From Consumer to Contributor
Location: Meeting Room 9C
Level: Beginner
Average rating: ***..
(3.38, 13 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Managers, programming teachers, and anyone wanting to mentor junior developers

What you'll learn

  • Learn better teaching skills and techniques, ways to mentor new programmers and junior developers, how to get involved as a mentor, and what absolutely not to do as a mentor


There is always something new to learn in technology. Even if we are experts in one field, we’re beginners in another. In fact, everyone starts out as a beginner—if it wasn’t for the help of others who shared their knowledge with us, lent a hand, and guided us, we probably wouldn’t be where we are today. It’s important to have a mentor to learn successfully, but it’s equally important to learn how to be a good mentor. Anna Ossowski explores what makes a mentor “good” and shares the tips and tricks of mentorship and concrete ways you can get involved as a mentor. Start giving back and help others succeed.

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Anna Ossowski


Anna loves working at the intersection of tech and people and currently works for Elastic in developer relations. She is a former director of the Python Software Foundation, PyCon US staff member, DjangoCon US Diversity Chair, Django Girls organizer, and group leader of the PyLadies Remote group. In her free time she loves speaking at conferences and mentoring future speakers. Anna is very passionate about diversity and community outreach and wants to encourage more women to learn programming because it’s awesome!