Attendee Cohorts

Attending together means learning together.

That’s the idea behind conference attendee cohorts—small groups of 10-15 conference attendees. With the help of a volunteer facilitator, each cohort gets to know each other, establishes their shared learning goals, and attends and discusses the conference “together” in a private Slack channel. They check in daily, and reconvene at the end of the conference to revisit their learning goals.

Following are our DO2020 cohorts, and links to each cohort’s web page (which includes links to relevant Zoom meetings, Slack channels, cohort rosters, and other resources). Access is limited to each cohort’s members, who can log in with their conference account credentials.


Cohort #1, facilitated by Wendy Stengel and Asha Barry
Cohort #2, facilitated by Coby Almond and Sam Anderson
Cohort #3, facilitated by Changying (‘Z’) Zheng and Fes Naqvi
Cohort #4, facilitated by Jenny Shirey and Dana Sheik
Cohort #5, facilitated by Kristen Ramirez and Briana Thomas
Cohort #6, facilitated by Fabian Boehm and Lona Moore
Cohort #7, facilitated by Brian Hochhalter and Lizzie Haldane
Cohort #8, facilitated by Kathryn Hautanen and Vincent Matyi
Cohort #9, facilitated by Kristen Ingels and Red Dolan
Cohort #10, facilitated by Andrew Heber and Melissa Burnett
Cohort #11, facilitated by Angelos Arnis, Larissa Weiner, and Adel Du Toit
Cohort #12, facilitated by Nepunnee Birondo and DJ Heo


Sounds interesting. How do I join a cohort?
Cohorts are available to DO2020 ticket holders only, and are closed now.

How much does it cost to join a cohort?
There is no fee for participating in an DO2020 cohort..

Who is participating in each cohort?
Each cohort’s participants are DO2020 conference attendees who share a common interest, role, or background, and want to attend the conference, make friends, and learn together.

What’s my role within a cohort?
If you’re participating in a cohort, you’re with peers you’ll want to get to know (and vice versa). And you’ll want to learn with them. Please be an active contributor to the chat discussion, react to the presentations, share relevant articles (you can add them to your cohort’s Gdoc), and be supportive of each other. In two words: show up!

How should I behave in the cohort?
With the kindness and generosity that you’d like others to offer you. Remember that it’s easy to misinterpret what people say in a purely digital environment. Let your facilitator know if you need help or have concerns. And please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct so you know our principles for being together, and procedures if there is a problem.

Who are the cohorts’ facilitators?
Our facilitators are people like you who want to attend DO2020 and who have volunteered to facilitate your cohort. Please help them by being an active and generous participant.

How do I get help?
Post a request in your cohort’s Slack channel, or in the #do-help Slack channel. Or email

What happens after our final wrap up meeting?
We’ll be in touch to find out how your cohort went and how we could improve on the idea. We also plan to keep cohorts’ private Slack channels open indefinitely, so you’ll be able to stay in touch with your cohort.