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AdaCamp DC update
AdaCamp DC, on July 10â€“11, 2012, is in less than one week's time! All applicants should have been notified regarding their attendance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you weren't notified or have any questions about the event.
We've enjoyed introducing several AdaCampers on our blog in the last month: we hope you're as excited about having all of these people in the one room as we are.
New sponsor in June
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Selena Deckelmann joins us as Consulting Director of Development
Were happy to announce that Selena Deckelmann, Ada Initiative advisor, PostgreSQL expert, and open source community leader, has accepted a position as Consulting Director of Development at the Ada Initiative. Selena begins work in July on developing a long-term funding strategy for the Ada Initiative, in addition to contributing to our mission and strategy.
Now that we have our organisational structure in place, the Ada Initiative is ready for long-term planning and settling on a strategy for growth. Were thrilled to have Selenas expertise and energy at this crucial time for the organisation.
Ada Initiative advisors in the news
Incoming and outgoing advisors
Gayle Karen Young joined the Ada Initiative advisory board in early July. We first began working with Gayle Karen in her capacity as Chief Culture and Talent Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, but quickly grew to rely on her advice in many areas. She is also the Board President of Spark, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the investment of young people in womens human rights both internationally and domestically.
Donna Benjamin stepped down from her position on the Ada Initiative advisory board in June. Donna began advising the Ada Initiative before our launch, helping us raise awareness and shape our mission. Her experience as a small business owner and open source community leader were especially valuable to us as we built the Ada Initiative from the ground up. Please join us in thanking Donna for her service!
- July 10â€“11, 2012: Mary and Valerie will both be attending AdaCamp DC.
- July 12â€“14, 2012: Mary and Valerie will both be attending Wikimania 2012's main program, as well as the opening reception.
- July 12, 2011: Mary and Valerie will both be attending the GLAM Night Out at the Newseum.
- July 19, 2012: Valerie will be attending Gallup's Evidence and Impact: Closing the Gender Data Gap" event.
Bay Area, California:
- July 16, 2012: Mary and Valerie will both be attending the Ada Initiative supporters party in San Francisco.
- July 17, 2012: Mary and Valerie will both be having lunch on Google's Mountain View campus. If you are a Google employee and want to join us, please email email@example.com for more information.
- July 31, 2012: Mary will be attending Girl Geek Dinner.
Upcoming events for women in open technology and culture
Since our tax exemption was granted in May several employers have matched their employees' donations to the Ada Initiative over the last year. Thank you to everyone who has submitted their donation for employer matching.
Thank you also to employees of Microsoft and 1st Playable Productions for submitting donations for employer matching.
Instant sponsorship of the Ada Initiative is available through our Venture Philanthropist sponsorship program for sponsorship amounts between $2000 and $9999 (USD) with a minimum of hassle. Other donations of $500 or more are eligible for Supporting Sponsor recognition.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for larger sponsorship packages.