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Leslie Hawthorn

An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She’s worked as Program Manager for Google Summer of Code, Community Manager for Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab and Community Engineering Team Manager at Red Hat. Along the way, she received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010. Most recently, she joined Elasticsearch as Community Manager. Whilst not doing things community, Leslie is in the “save the world business” and works on side projects that make the world a better place. She serves as a Board Member for CASH Music, the Privly Foundation and the Sahana Software Foundation.

Leslie Hawthorn: The Rules of Engagement: Leadership Lessons from the Highly Introverted
Open source software development methodologies may be unknown to many, but their successful implementation enables much of the technology everyone uses daily. Most remarkable about the success of the open source model is that its participants are so successful in their endeavors despite the fact that they are largely a quirky and very introverted group of people. An armchair geek anthropologist and expert community manager, Leslie has spent more than a decade observing the nuances of successful collaboration and effective leadership that follow a strict but unwritten set of rules for engagement in both social and technical communications. Attendees need not know anything about software engineering, but will leave having learned valuable leadership lessons from those for whom social engineering is one of their least refined skills.