Community Leadership Summit

Sunday • October 17, 2021

A half-day stand-alone event bringing together community leaders, organizers and managers ​
Free to attend but registration is required




Building on the tremendous success of the original ATO/CLS partnership in 2020, the Community Leadership Summit (CLS) will once again be held in conjunction with All Things Open in 2021.


Registration and/or check-in opens at 12:00 noon ET on Sunday and live programming begins at 1:00 pm ET. The event will wrap up around 6:00 pm with a networking social.


Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601


Will be released mid-August

A look back at 2020 …

In 2020 more than 1,000 attendees from all over the world attended CLS sessions and participated in some way.

2020 Moderators included:

Nithya Ruff

Guy Martin
Oasis Open

Jono Bacon
Jono Bacon Consulting

Mary Thengvall


Amber Graner
Corelight Inc.

Deb Nicholson
Open Source Initiative

Samantha Logan

Van Riper
Topics covered included:
  • Fostering and Mentoring New Community Leaders

​I​n this discussion we will explore how to identify, foster, and support the success of new community leaders. Not everyone in a community will be a naturally leader, and often great leadership can come from unexpected places. We would love to hear your ideas of how to foster leadership, provide guidance, best practice, mentoring, and more. 

  • How to Create a Sustainable Community

Many communities struggle to support themselves, either with enough contributors, or with generating enough money to support infrastructure, travel, merchandise, and other costs. In this session we want to discuss how to build truly sustainable communities. What should we focus on most? How should we generate resources and how do we effectively manage them? 

  • Planning and Running Online and In-Person Events

With the rise of COVID-19, all communities have had to adapt to virtual events. How though, do you run an amazing in-person or virtual event? What kind of content, speakers, facilities, and other elements do you need? How do you coordinate your resources in the most effective way, and what are the landmines we should avoid? This is what we want to dig into in this discussion. Bring the knowledge!

  • Connecting Community/DevRel Teams to Other Teams

Community and Developer Relations teams have a unique blend of knowledge, and we can only be successful if we interface with other teams such as Marketing, Engineering, Support, and Customer Success well. How do we do this though? How do we build great relationships, solid alliances, share information effectively, and collaborate on projects? 

  • Building Diverse Teams and Projects

Diversity is critical to building amazing communities and open source projects. In this session we want to focus on two key areas: (1) how to build a community of diverse people and skills, and (2) how to enable a community to build a diverse range of projects that solve various problems. 

  • Measuring Community Health

Communities are notoriously difficult ​t​o measure because they combine tangible and intangible value. Possibly the most critical question though is, “Is our community healthy?” In this session we want to dig into what “healthy” means and what we need to measure to truly understand community health.

  • How to Build Amazing Incentives and Rewards

We know that human beings are motivated by incentives and rewards such as recognition, swag, and more, but how do we do it well? In this session we want to share and explore incentives and rewards that work and don’t work, and explore new and interesting ways to encourage active community participation.