June 21-24, 2022
Austin, Texas, USA + Virtual
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Thursday, June 23 • 2:05pm - 2:45pm
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome to Become a Conference Speaker! - Dawn Foster, VMware

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Open source conferences are always striving to increase their diversity by recruiting new speakers and encouraging people from underrepresented groups to submit talks. The goal of this talk is to provide resources to help everyone feel included, welcome, and worthy of being a conference speaker. As a new speaker, how do you decide what topic to cover? What can you do to help your topic stand out? How do you prevent imposter syndrome from getting in the way of your success as a speaker? You do not need to be the world’s leading expert on a topic to give a presentation. You just need to know a few things that can help other people learn enough about the topic to get started. By bringing your authentic voice and unique perspective to the topic, people will walk away from your talk with new insights that they wouldn’t get from another speaker. This talk will cover: * Selecting a topic and a conference for your topic. * Writing a title and abstract that will increase the chances of your talk being accepted. * The importance of your bio during the talk selection process. * Tips for writing and preparing your presentation. The audience will walk away with practical advice about writing and submitting talk proposals along with some tips for delivering a successful presentation.

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Dawn Foster

Director of Data Science, CHAOSS
Dr. Dawn Foster works as the Director of Data Science for CHAOSS where she is also a board member / maintainer. She is co-chair of CNCF TAG Contributor Strategy and an OpenUK board member. She has 20+ years of experience at companies like VMware and Intel with expertise in community... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2022 2:05pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 211/212 (Level 2)
  Diversity Empowerment Summit, Navigating Inclusivity Roadblocks