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.

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An internationally known developer relations strategist, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn leads ecosystem initiatives for the CentOS project at Red Hat Inc.

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As an internationally known Developer Relations strategist and Community Management expert, Leslie has spent the past decade creating, cultivating, & 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, and 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. She is currently a Senior Principal Program Manager at Red Hat, focusing on the CentOS project ecosystem.

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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’s 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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