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Thursday, August 20 • 14:30 - 15:05
Panel: Navigating Your Career in Open Source - Megan Bigelow & Rachel Leekin, VMware; James Munnelly, Independent; Ria Bhatia, Independent; & Faz Sadeghi, Red Hat

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The goal of this panel is to share with a broad audience that it does not require a singular path or skill-set to arrive into this space. Additionally, everyone sitting on this panel has access and privilege that must be acknowledged, so we will also dive into what they are doing personally, with this access, to effect positive change within their sphere of influence and how others can do the same.

Panelists will engage in an honest discussion framed by the following questions:

Discuss your career journey, how did you get where you are?
Where do you think you got help in getting where you are?
What personal steps are you taking to ensure open source, and particularly Kubernetes, is a community that has opportunities for a broader audience (read: those outside of dominant culture)?
What’s one key piece of information you want the audience to take away from this talk?

Speakers
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James Munnelly

Solutions Engineer, Independent
James is a Solutions Engineer at Jetstack, which involves helping customers bend and break Kubernetes to their will. He helps maintain a number of extensions to Kubernetes, including cert-manager (a Kubernetes native x509 certificates platform), kubernetes-sigs/kind (Kubernetes-in-Docker... Read More →
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Ria Bhatia

Program Manager, Independent
Ria Bhatia was a Program Manager for Upstream Azure Compute within Microsoft. She's been working with the community on different ways to scale in Kubernetes and operate Kubernetes. She actively maintains Virtual Kubelet and has spoken at multiple meetups and conferences, including... Read More →
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Megan Bigelow

Director of Customer Reliability Engineering, VMware
Megan is the Director of Customer Reliability Engineer at VMware, where she leads of team of engineers, writers and program managers whose goal is to ensure our customer’s Kubernetes environments are reliable. Megan is also the board president and founder of PDXWIT, a non-profit... Read More →
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Faz Sadeghi

Senior Specialist Solution Architect, Red Hat
Faz is a Senior Specialist Solution Architect at Red Hat focusing on advanced automation. She has over 10 years of experience in system administration, infrastructure and data center automation in scientific systems & software and enterprise applications. She focuses on doing all... Read More →
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Rachel Leekin

Cloud Native Field Engineer, VMware
Rachel Leekin is currently a Cloud Native Field Engineer in the Modern Application Business Unit at VMware. Previously, she was a Cloud Architect at IBM. She works with enterprises to implement their cloud native initiatives. She holds a B.A in Computer Science and currently obtaining... Read More →


Thursday August 20, 2020 14:30 - 15:05
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