21-25 July 2021 Online Event
UTC timezone

A Year of Strategic Initaitives: 2020-2021

21 Jul 2021, 19:40
40 Minute Presentation


Molly de Blanc Melissa Wu


In the year since GUADEC 2020, the GNOME Foundation found itself needing to approach familiar problems in new ways, while also addressing new needs we've never encountered before. In this session, we'll discuss some of the Foundation's work, what we learned, and what we're looking forward to next.

Author(s) Bio

Molly de Blanc is the Strategic Initiatives Manager at the GNOME Foundation. She is also a contributor to the Debian Project and Open Source Initiative board alum.

Melissa Wu is the Program Coordinator for the Community Engagement Challenge.

Her background is in marketing, event planning, and technology consulting. She has planned dozens of corporate events and initiatives and spent many years consulting with cities on improving their 911 emergency software. She is passionate about travel, having started her own travel consultancy, Woodlyn Travel in 2018. Melissa has long been committed to serving her community through active engagement in many civic organizations in her hometown of Pasadena, California.

Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, with a Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization. In her spare time, she likes unboxing, high tea, and trying new restaurants, all while keeping up with two small children.

Primary authors

Molly de Blanc Melissa Wu

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