GNOME has run a highly successful Outreach Program for Women, producing measurable success at improving the participation of women in the project. GNOME has recently invited other free software organizations to join them in the Program and there are now 11 participating organizations (and at the time of this proposal 25 participants all over the world.) In this talk, Karen will show why this effort is so important and how its implementation is so effective.
Karen M. Sandler is the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. She is known for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Prior to joining GNOME, she was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen continues to do pro bono legal work with SFLC and serves as an officer of the Software Freedom Conservancy and an advisor to the Ada Initiative. She is also pro bono General Counsel of QuestionCopyright.org. Before joining SFLC, Karen worked as an associate in BigLaw firms in New York and London. Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Karen received her bachelors degree in engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a recipient of the O’Reilly Open Source Award.
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