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Friday, August 4 • 09:00 - 10:25
Panel: Mentoring and mentorship best practices in Fedora

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During Flock 2023, we will be having our mentorship summit. The goal of this year’s mentorship summit is "To foster the culture of mentorship and support the Fedora Project council strategy around establishing a community where everyone has a mentor and everyone is a mentor." A mentorship summit panel discussion is an excellent platform to explore a wide range of topics related to mentorship. Please join us to listen, contribute to these topics and share your ideas.

Here are some good topics that you can consider for discussion but not limited to:

  • The Importance of Mentorship: Exploring why mentorship is crucial for everyone in the community, and the impact it can have on Fedora or any open source community.
  • Effective Mentorship Strategies: Discussing various strategies and approaches for establishing effective mentorship relationships, including matching mentors and mentees, setting goals, and maintaining regular communication.
  • Mentoring through different mediums: Exploring how technology has influenced mentorship programs and the benefits and challenges they present. Discussing virtual mentoring, online resources, and tools for effective mentorship.
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Mentorship: Addressing the importance of diversity and inclusion in mentorship programs and how they contribute to a more inclusive and equitable professional environment. Discussing strategies for promoting diversity in mentorship.
  • Mentorship goals: Discussing the goals/expectations of mentorship in understanding the community, including how mentors can help mentees navigate their paths in the community, build networks, and develop the necessary skills for success.
  • Mentorship Metrics and Evaluation: Discussing the importance of measuring and evaluating mentorship programs' effectiveness and discussing different metrics and methodologies for assessing the impact of mentorship.
  • Mentorship Beyond the Community: Exploring mentorship opportunities outside the just Fedora community, such as mentorship programs for other open source community initiatives. Discussing the benefits of extending mentorship beyond Fedora.
  • Overcoming Challenges in Mentorship: Addressing common challenges in mentorship relationships, such as communication barriers, conflicting expectations, and maintaining long-term commitment. Discussing strategies for overcoming these challenges.
  • Encouraging others for mentorship: How existing mentors and mentees can motivate other community members to participate in mentorship programs.

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Amita Sharma

Manager, Red Hat
Fedora Diversity & Inclusion Team member


Adam Williamson

Senior Principal Software Quality Engineer, Red Hat
Fedora QA team lead for Red Hat, I maintain and develop Fedora's openQA deployment and tests, and represent QA throughout the Fedora release process.
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Tomáš Hrčka

Senior Software engineer, Red Hat

Jess Chitas

former intern, Fedora Design
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Kevin Fenzi

Infrastructure Lead, Red Hat
Fedora user and developer. Greyhound lover.
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Máirín Duffy

Senior Principal Interaction Designer, Red Hat, Inc.
Máirín is a senior principal interaction designer at Red Hat. A recipient of the O’Reilly Open Source Award, Máirín has over 15 years of expertise in user experience and design working in upstream Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities. Her portfolio includes... Read More →
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Jona Azizaj

Contributor, Fedora Project
Fedora Ambassador & Mentor, D.E.I team member and Fedora Mentor Summit organizer

Friday August 4, 2023 09:00 - 10:25 IST