[Wikimedia-l] Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator

Florence Devouard anthere9 at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 29 01:37:56 UTC 2013

Welcome again Ellie

A question came to my mind when I read the description of the job.
- making sure there is good continuity and knowledge-transfer as the 
conference moves to new hosts year-over-year.

Yet, she is taking on the role as an annual contract.

Is there not a contradiction here ?


Amongst other tasks
* On 3/27/13 7:24 PM, Siko Bouterse wrote:
> Pardon the cross-posting from WMF staff list - I expect this role will be
> of interest to many here too.  Welcome, Ellie!
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Siko Bouterse <sbouterse at wikimedia.org>
> Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
> Subject: Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator
> To: Staff All <wmfall at lists.wikimedia.org>
> Hi all,
> Please join me in welcoming Ellie Young, who is taking on the role of
> Conference Coordinator as an annual contract with WMF.[1]
> As you may know, WMF's support for Wikimania in recent years has been
> spread across a variety of staff members who have other core
> responsibilities.  With this new contract, we're creating a single point of
> contact to act as liaison between WMF and the Wikimania organizing team, to
> ensure that we're able to provide the host team with focused support where
> help from WMF is needed.
> Ellie brings with her a lot of experience in event planning for open
> culture communities.  She worked as Executive Director of USENIX
> Association for over 20 years, where she and her team supported several
> international conferences hosted by volunteers each year.[2]  She also
> currently serves on The Ada Initiative's Board of Advisors and has been an
> activist for the democratization of educational materials most of her life.
> Fun things we’ve learned about Ellie:  Both sets of her grandparents helped
> build the Panama Canal, and each generation since has had a pilot or two
> doing transits of the ships. She has been to every country in Latin America
> and the Caribbean except Brasil. You can often catch her hiking in the SF
> East Bay Hills with her adorable mini-poodle, Jack.
> As Conference Coordinator, Ellie will be facilitating and supporting the
> work of the Wikimania host team and making sure there is good continuity
> and knowledge-transfer as the conference moves to new hosts year-over-year.
>   She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be sometimes working
> from the SF office (sitting on the 3rd floor near HR). Ellie would like to
> hear from you on all things Wikimania, so please do stop by or email her
> anytime!
> Huge thanks to all staff and volunteers who helped us craft this role and
> interview candidates.
> Welcome, Ellie!
> [1] http://hire.jobvite.com/Jobvite/Job.aspx?j=o1k2Wfw3&c=qSa9VfwQ
> [2] https://www.usenix.org

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