Register now! Ally Skills Workshop at OpenStack Summit 2015

Do you think diversity in open source is important? Would you like to be part of changing the culture of open source to be more welcoming to women, newcomers, and people in marginalized groups? You can help by attending the Ally Skills Workshop at the OpenStack Summit 2015 on Monday May 18th, 2015 from 2pm until 5pm in room 1/2/3 in the East Building at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Register now!

A woman explains while a man listens

Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men how to support women in their workplaces and communities, by effectively speaking up when they see sexism, creating discussions that allow more voices to be heard, and learning how to prevent sexism and unwelcoming behavior in the first place. The changes that reduce sexism also make communities more welcoming, productive, and creative.

This workshop is provided free of charge to OpenStack Summit attendees, thanks to the generosity of the OpenStack Foundation. We are looking forward to a great workshop, based on the enthusiastic support of the OpenStack community during our 2014 fundraising drive! The Ada Initiative’s Executive Director Crystal Huff and Director of Training Valerie Aurora will also be joining the Women of OpenStack networking events at the OpenStack Summit.

Attendance at the Ally Skills Workshop is free but limited, with applications open to all registered OpenStack attendees. Register now to have the best chance to attend via this Google form (or scroll down to fill out the embedded form on this page). We welcome participants of all genders – the best workshops have at least 20% women and genderqueer folks. We will send you an email letting you know whether your application was accepted. Sign up now!


Here are a few things people have said after attending other Ally Skills Workshops:

We’ve run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many ‘a­ha’ moments. People who understood bias exists in a very logical way, were able to see, through the conversation with peers about the very relevant scenarios, and connect emotionally with the impact bias has on the colleagues they respect and interact with daily.” – Anonymous participant

I’ve already witnessed a couple of incidents where coworkers who attended the workshop corrected themselves after saying something that could be misconstrued.” – Anonymous participant

Bring the Ally Skills Workshop to your organization

Would you like an Ally Skills Workshop at your workplace, conference, non-profit, or university? Email us at for more information on customizing the workshop for your organization, pricing, and scheduling.