September 19-21, 2023
Bilbao, Spain
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Wednesday, September 20 • 11:25 - 12:05
Including Voices and Perspectives that Often Go Unheard - Stefka Dimitrova, VMware Bulgaria Ltd

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When did you last stop yourself from sharing something and why? Every person has a story. And each story brings forth a unique identity… if there is a safe space for it. In this talk I want to raise awareness about the common reasons for the “unheard voices” and their consequences. By losing one voice a community not only loses one valuable perspective, but all related stories and inspirations are lost, which affects the “shared narrative” and the identity of the group is incomplete. As a woman with non-tech background in tech industry, I have observed and experienced it in different communities for the last 10 years, but it is only since I was introduced to Playback theater (a form of improv theater in which audience tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted), that I have started building the awareness and skillset to address and improve it for myself and others. Playback and Open Source share similar values of inclusivity, respect, trust and collaboration, and I will share some of my learnings as an actor and facilitator that can be applied to working in open source communities. The audience can walk away from this talk with examples and practical advice on how to create space for unheard voices and grow compassion and empathy towards ourselves and others.

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Stefka Dimitrova

Senior Open Source Program Manager, VMware Bulgaria Ltd
Stefka Dimitrova is a Senior Program Manager within VMware’s Open Source Community Strategy team, where she fosters community development and works on guidelines and tools to improve the health of open source projects. She has a business and financial background and has been working... Read More →

Wednesday September 20, 2023 11:25 - 12:05 CEST
Room 3G (3JAUREGIA - Floor 3)
  Diversity Empowerment Summit
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