Inclusion & Diversity in Open Source

Sunday, October 30 | Raleigh Convention Center

A stand-alone event dedicated to a vital topic

​Free to attend but registration is required


The 2022 Inclusion & Diversity event will feature traditional talks, panel discussions and attendee Q&A around a variety of predetermined topics. Subject matter experts, community and company leaders, and technologists of all types will attend and participate. This is consistently one of the most popular programs at ATO and is very well attended.

Format and Venue

This will be an in-person event taking place in a 4th floor ballroom at the Convention Center. The current plan is to live stream the event to the virtual platform as well. If that changes we will notify our community immediately.


As always, the in-person component is FREE to attend – no strings attached. But, registration is required. The live stream will be free to watch as well, but registration for the virtual event is required to access the virtual environment.

Post-Event Networking Social

A post-event networking social will follow the day’s programming. The wonderful team at Intel is making it possible. More details about the social will be announced soon.

Emcee and Moderators

Nithya Ruff, Open Source Programs Office (OSPO) Manager at Amazon will serve as emcee.


2022 Emcee

Nithya Ruff
2022 Speakers

Peter Levine
RemoteInclusive LLC

Dr. Rochelle Newton
Newton Advocacy Strategic IT Inclusion & Tolerance Consulting (NASITC)

Jerome J. Sanders
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Ruth Ikegah

Jay LaCroix
Learn Linux TV

Event Schedule

Sunday, October 30th – Inclusion & Diversity
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:10 pm
1:10 pm - 1:25 pm
I&D Keynotes
No-Code OSS Contributions
Cecelia Martinez
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
I&D Keynotes
Hire Better – DEI First Leadership
Peter Levine
1:50 pm - 2:05 pm
I&D Keynotes
Ageism in the Workplace
Dr. Rochelle Newton
2:10 pm - 2:25 pm
I&D Keynotes
“Belonging” is Contributing to the Playlist
Ruby (Sattar) Romeu
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
I&D Breakouts
The Imperative for Inclusive Innovation
Jerome J. Sanders
3:05 pm - 3:20 pm
3:25 pm - 3:40 pm
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
I&D Breakouts
It Takes a Community to Craft an Experience
Veethika Mishra
4:00 pm - 4:10 pm
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
I&D Breakouts
Moderated Panel and Audience Q&A With Panel
Jay LaCroix
Nithya Ruff
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

A look back at the 2021 event

2021 Moderators

Rikki Endsley

Nigel Brown

Demetris Cheatham

Mason Egger
Digital Ocean

David Grizzanti

Matt Cantu
University of Nebraska at Omaha and CHAOSS

Ruth Ikegah

Clarence Clayton
Red Hat

Koren Townsend
Red Hat
2021 Topics and Sessions
Just a few included:
  • All In for Maintainers: Creating an Inclusive Culture Within Communities
  • LGTM – limiting / being mindful of the use of acronyms
  • Let Me Introduce Y’all to Y’all
  • Adopting Open Source Practices to Build More Inclusive Products and Services
  • CHAOSS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Open Source Badging Initiative
  • Careers in Tech: Calling All Majors!
  • Building Inclusion Through Effective Moderation