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

Meet the Expert with VM Brasseur (@vmbrasseur)

VM Brasseur (Juniper Networks)
2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Table 1

VM will be on hand to answer questions related to her Thursday morning talk, Passing the baton: Succession planning for FOSS leadership. A veteran open source developer, manager, strategist, and advocate, VM will answer your questions about how to develop the open source leaders of the future.

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VM Brasseur

Juniper Networks

VM (aka Vicky) is the director of open source strategy at Juniper Networks. She spent most of her 20-plus years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses, and helping companies understand, use, release, and contribute to free and open source software in a way that’s good for both their bottom line and for the community. She leverages her nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to help Juniper be successful through free and open source software. She’s the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first and only book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available at Vicky’s a moderator and author for, an author for Linux Journal, the former vice president of the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free and open source conferences and events. She’s the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She blogs about free and open source, business, and technical management at