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

Diversity and collaboration

Tameika Reed (Women In Linux)
2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Collaboration and Community
Location: Meeting Room 9C
Level: Non-technical
Average rating: *****
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Who is this presentation for?

  • People who want to build their community with experience students

What you'll learn

  • Explore strategies for creating and sustaining a diversity mindset
  • Understand how to collaborate with students, change how your meetups are run, share information outside of the meetup, and get company support


How can one want diversity and still fail to show up? When you say there is a pipeline issue, this doesn’t reflect negatively on schools—it concerns the tech community as whole. There are tons of meetups out there on diversity, but you cannot make it to them all. So how can we build an all-inclusive community?

Tameika Reed explains how to change the mindset of those who are not involved in diversity. We have to be diverse in our talks about technology. Let’s face it, the women are coming, and the men are not leaving, so we need to band together. We need more collaboration and less individuality, not just in one city but across the world.

Topics include:

  • Virtual training
  • Collaboration talks
  • Expanding your talks
  • Holding a meetup conference
  • Teaming up virtually and helping one another
  • How to stop talking about it and show up
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Tameika Reed

Women In Linux

Tameika Reed founded Women In Linux out of frustration that there were no other women or women of color represented at the workplace or tech events. Tameika is a self-taught Linux administrator who has spent countless hours helping others get started in Linux. In conjunction with the NAACP, she provides families with basic computer training and life skills. Tameika is also a consultant to the Education Foundation on how to introduce Linux and other tech careers to Florida students.