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Danya Perry Speaks at Largest Open Source Event on the East Coast

A unique opportunity for the Open Source industry occurred on October 21, 2018, at the Raleigh Convention Center. For the first time ever, the team at All Things Open, a conference exploring open source, hosted a conversation around diversity and inclusion in technology.

A lack of inclusion and diversity in open source and technology remains one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. The inclusion event focused on opening a dialogue on how best to accomplish a more inclusive open source workplace.

The event also included keynote speakers from different fields to move the discussion forward and identify new ideas and possible solutions. Speakers included:

  • Dr. Rochelle Newton, Duke University School of Law
  • Jessica Reeder, Toptal
  • Anna Lorberblatt, Student Teen Techie
  • Cynthia Rich, GitHub
  • Tiffany Farriss, The Drupal Foundation 
  • Angela Oduor Lungati, Ushahidi 
  • Ijeoma Ezeonyebuchi, NPR
  • Marina Zhurakhinskaya, Red Hat

Equitable Economic Development Manager of WCED, Danya Perry, closed the presentation with information and statistics on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in Wake County. Danya wrapped up the conversation by discussing how we can remove barriers, promote prosperity and inclusive mobility in our innovation ecosystem as well as the importance of building a diverse talent pipeline.

“I was honored to represent Wake County’s initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusivity at the All Things Open “Inclusion in Tech” event. It is encouraging and motivating to see other communities addressing the topic DEI – the success of our region depends greatly on the diversity of our workforce.” - Danya Perry

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