About

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I use this site to chronicle my life and interests, like open source, travel and cooking. I hail from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently reside in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with my partner and our daughter.

If you’d like to get in touch with me via email, send your message to mebelh at gmail dot com.

If you’re looking for Leslie Hawthorn’s professional bio, one of these blurbs should do:

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An internationally known developer relations strategist, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn currently works as a Senior Principal Technical Program Manager on Red Hat’s Open Source Team.

Short Bio: (134 words)

An internationally known developer relations strategist and community management expert, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating, and enabling open source communities. She’s best known for creating the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launching Google’s #2 developer blog, and receiving an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010. Her career has provided her with the opportunity to develop, hone, and share open source expertise spanning enterprise to NGOs, including senior roles at Red Hat, Google, the Open Source Initiative, and Elastic.

If you cheer during movies when you hear the words “I fight for the users” or “Get your head out of your cockpit,” the two of you will likely get along famously. Follow her on Twitter @lhawthorn or read her blog at https://hawthornlandings.org/

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As an internationally known Developer Relations strategist and Community Management expert, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating, and enabling open source communities. She’s best known for creating Google Code-in, the world’s first global initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launching the second-most trafficked Google Developer Blog, receiving an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 for her work to grow the  Google Summer of Code program and her contributions to Humanitarian open source projects.

During her 15+ years working in the technology industry, Leslie has developed, honed and shared open source expertise spanning the Enterprise to NGOs, including senior roles at Google, Red Hat, the Open Source Initiative, the OSU Open Source Lab and several startups, including  Elastic.

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, she and her family now call Amsterdam home, though she travels worldwide to keynote about open source, and building products and teams that are built to last. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @lhawthorn.

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