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Red Hat Presents: The Power of Open

Partner Event

Join us for an evening of networking and discussion to learn about the power of open innovation and open source principles.  Discover how these principles are being used to help improve social issues, grow our economy, and make our country more innovative.

You’ll have an opportunity to network with your colleagues—policymakers, entrepreneurs, and technologists—and hear from Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, and a distinguished panel of innovators. Each speaker has fostered innovation in their work by harnessing the power of open, and sharing their findings with the world.

About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Red Hat has been named to Forbes’ list of Most Innovative Companies five times: in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Learn more at



6:00-7:00 p.m. Doors open & welcome (light refreshments)

7:00-7:05 p.m. Welcome Remarks, by Mark Bohannon, VP of Global Public Policy, Red Hat

7:05-7:20 p.m. Keynote Address: The Power of Open – Harnessing Community-Enabled Innovation, by Jim Whitehurst, CEO, Red Hat

7:20-8:00 p.m. Panel discussion:

–  Jim Whitehurst, President & CEO, Red Hat

–  Molly Cain, Director of Venture, Innovation & Engagement, Department of Homeland Security

–  Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director, Penn Manor School District

–  Jon Schull, Founder of e-NABLE

8:00-8:30 p.m. Networking reception


About the Speakers

Jim Whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst is President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT software solutions and services. With a background in business development, finance, and global operations, Whitehurst has proven expertise in helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and business environments.

Since joining Red Hat, Whitehurst has grown revenue from more than $500 million at the end of February 2008, to more than $2 billion for the company’s 2017 fiscal year. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in the past four years, as well as 2012; added to Standard and Poor’s 500 stock index in 2009; and named one of the best places to work by Glassdoor in 2016, 2014, and 2013.

In June 2015, Whitehurst published a book with Harvard Business Review Press entitled “The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance” showing how open principles of management—based on transparency, participation, and community—can help organizations navigate and succeed in a fast-paced connected era. To date, the book has sold more than 42,000 copies; been featured in more than 130 press articles including articles from Fortune, Forbes, and Fast Company; and named one of the top 10 creative leadership books of 2015 in Forbes.

Molly Cain 

Molly is the Director of Venture, Innovation and Engagement for the  Department of Homeland Security. In this role, Molly’s mission is to turn innovation and mission-matching into a scalable practice within the federal government. Molly has focused on partnerships, trendwatching, integrating new technologies to support the modernization efforts at DHS.

Prior to joining the Dept of Homeland Security in 2016, Molly served as the Executive Director for one of the nations top accelerators, “The Gauntlet.” In only six months the Gauntlet accelerated investment in 42 startups, quadrupling past portfolio activity and making a significant impact in the Texas startup ecosystem.

Molly is the founder of, a news and media site geared towards the ambitious business woman. Molly regularly speaks on trends in the tech industry, leadership, mentorship. She helps her audience understand “the inside world of startups.” Most recently, Molly has been speaking on innovation and associated cultural change within the federal space.

In 2012, Molly was recognized as a Dallas 40 Under 40, and in 2015, she was honored as one of the Top 25 Women in Tech by the Dallas Business Journal.

Charlie Reisinger

Charlie Reisinger is the Technology Director at Penn Manor School District, a K-12 public school system in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He leads district educational technology programs and operations, including the award-winning open source one-to-one laptop initiative and unique student technology apprentice program.

Reisinger is a passionate advocate, author, and speaker on open source values in education. His 2014 TEDx talk, “Enabling Students in the Digital Age,” details the transformative power of Penn Manor’s student-led help desk. In 2016, he published his first book, “The Open Schoolhouse,” which compiles stories about 15 years of open source software classroom projects and student achievements at Penn Manor.

Jon Schull

Jon Schull is the Founder of e-NABLE, a global network of volunteers using 3D technologies to make free 3D printed prosthetics for children and underserved populations.

A social and business entrepreneur, inventor, human-computer interaction researcher, and digital community organizer, Schull previously co-founded the Enable Community Foundation and the pioneering digital rights company, also known as

Schull is the author of 19 patents, most of them informed by his theoretical work in complex adaptive systems and his Ph.D. in biological psychology from University of Pennsylvania. Schull and his collaborators pioneer solutions for connected humanitarians and their beneficiary partners around the world.

Mark Bohannon

Mark Bohannon is Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Affairs at Red Hat. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Public Policy and General Counsel at the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal U.S. trade association for the software and digital content industry. Prior to his work at SIIA, he was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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