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Leslie Hawthorn

Red Hat GmbH
Sr. Manager - Vertical Community Strategy
An internationally known open source strategist and community engagement expert, Leslie Hawthorn has spent her career creating, cultivating, and enabling open source communities. She has driven open source strategy in Fortune 10 companies, pre-IPO startups, and Foundation Boards including senior roles at Red Hat, Google, Elastic, and the Open Source Initiative. She currently leads the team responsible for vertical community strategy within Red Hat's Open Source Program Office in the Office of the CTO. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Leslie has joyously called Europe home since 2013 and resides in Bonn, Germany with her daughter, their two canaries, Elle and Nana, and a small cat named Fee.It's easier to find Leslie on LinkedIn than Twitter, but she remains an email driven creature. Some things never change, and some things do.