Community Leadership Summit

Monday, October 31 | Raleigh Convention Center

A full-day in-person event bringing together community leaders, organizers and managers

​Free to attend but registration is required


Building on the tremendous success of the original ATO/CLS partnership in 2020 and 2021, the Community Leadership Summit (CLS) will once again be held in conjunction with All Things Open.

Format and Venue

This will be an in-person event and will take place onsite at the Raleigh Convention Center. In 2021 nearly 500 attended and participated virtually from all over the world. Attendance and participation are expected to be excellent once again in 2022. Moderated and facilitated discussions, as well as a number of prescheduled stand-alone talks will be featured to deliver a rich set of content driven by a diverse audience.


As always, CLS is FREE to attend – no strings attached. But, registration is required.

Emcee and Moderators

The 2022 emcee and host, as well as moderators and prescheduled stand-alone talks will be announced closer to the event. *Note, a number of sessions will follow an “unconference” model and will be determined / chosen onsite at the event itself.

Event Schedule

Monday, October 31st – Community Leadership Summit
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:15 am
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

A look back at the 2021 event

2021 Moderators

Jono Bacon
Jono Bacon Consulting

Amber Graner
Corelight Inc.

Jason Hibbets
Red Hat

Jen Wike Huger
Red Hat

Lisa-Marie Namphy
Cockroach Labs
2021 Topics and Sessions
Just a few included:

A look back at the 2020 event

2020 Moderators

Nithya Ruff

Guy Martin
Oasis Open

Jono Bacon
Jono Bacon Consulting

Mary Thengvall

Amber Graner
Corelight Inc.

Deb Nicholson
Open Source Initiative

Samantha Logan

Van Riper
2020 Topics and Sessions

1. Fostering and Mentoring New Community Leaders

​I​n this discussion we will explore how to identify, foster, and support the success of new community leaders. Not everyone in a community will be a naturally leader, and often great leadership can come from unexpected places. We would love to hear your ideas how to foster leadership, provide guidance, best practice, mentoring, and more. Be sure to join us!​


2. How to Create a Sustainable Community

Many communities struggle to support themselves, either with enough contributors, or with generating enough money to support infrastructure, travel, merchandise, and other costs. In this session we want to discuss how to build truly sustainable communities. What should we focus on most? How should we generate resources and how do we effectively manage them? We would love to hear your insight!


3. Planning and Running Online and In-Person Events

With the rise of COVID-19, all communities have had to adapt to virtual events. How though, do you run an amazing in-person or virtual event? What kind of content, speakers, facilities, and other elements do you need? How do you coordinate your resources in the most effective way, and what are the landmines we should avoid? This is what we want to dig into in this discussion. Bring the knowledge!


4. Connecting Community/DevRel Teams to Other Teams

Community and Developer Relations teams have a unique blend of knowledge, and we can only be successful if we interface with other teams such as Marketing, Engineering, Support, and Customer Success well. How do we do this though? How do we build great relationships, solid alliances, share information effectively, and collaborate on projects? There is a lot to discuss here – let’s explore this together!​


5. Building Diverse Teams and Projects

Diversity is critical to building amazing communities and open source projects. In this session we want to focus on two key areas: (1) how to build a community of diverse people and skills, and (2) how to enable a community to build a diverse range of projects that solve various problems. Come and join us and help to refine how communities can be truly diverse!


6. Measuring Community Health

Communities are notoriously difficult ​t​o measure because they combine tangible and intangible value. Possibly the most critical question though is, “Is our community healthy?” In this session we want to dig into what “healthy” means and what we need to measure to truly understand community health.


7. How to Build Amazing Incentives and Rewards

We know that human beings are motivated by incentives and rewards such as recognition, swag, and more, but how do we do it well? In this session we want to share and explore incentives and rewards that work and don’t work, and explore new and interesting ways to encourage active community participation. There is so much to discuss here, so be sure to come and join the session!​