The Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Of Women In Computing Conference is the largest technical conference for women in computing. It aims to recognize the contributions of women in computing and bring their research to the forefront in order to help them engage in collaborative networking and mentoring opportunities. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. Top researchers present their work while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields.
This year’s theme, “Are We There Yet,” features innovative sessions focused on helping women impact many domains, including key technology areas such as Big Data, security, and social collaboration. This year’s confirmed keynote speakers are Nora Denzel, Senior Vice President of Intuit and Professor Anita K. Jones from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Conference will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, October 3-6, 2012.
I am waiting to board my (very) delayed plane in Portland and reflecting on yet another enriching and diverse TechWomen experience. It was so satisfying to spend time with the seven Mentees who joined TechWomen staff at Grace Hopper this week. We are grateful to Google, NetApp and Huawei for sponsoring the scholarships to bring the seven Mentees here, as well as to the US Department of State for its ongoing and generous support of the program. I only wish all 37 TechWomen had been able to be here with us! This will actually be the case in 2012 when all 42 Mentees will go from their Silicon Valley mentorships to Baltimore for Grace Hopper and then on to DC to meet with Secretary Clinton and other State Department officials! Continue reading →
TechWomen Change Agent Scholars were recognized onstage today at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing amidst thousands of talented technical women. Supportive TechWomen Mentors and representatives from partner companies also filled the audience. TechWomen Change Agent Scholars were applauded for their efforts to help expand opportunities for and impact the careers of girls and women in technology in their regions. The six TechWomen Mentees were selected from the 2011 TechWomen Alumae class to travel from the Middle East and North Africa to Portland, Oregon for the Grace Hopper Celebration. The women are recognized as up-and-coming leaders who will advance women’s participation in technology. For more information on each TechWomen Change Agent Scholar, please continue reading.
Having fun at the Google photo booth at Grace Hopper. Heather Ramsey pictured on left, and that's me on the right!
I joined the TechWomen team in October as the new Program Officer and it has been an amazing experience. I’m lucky to work on a program that I believe in, doing work that I love. I get to use social media every day and strategize on communications plans, work with an amazing team to develop and implement our work plan, and day dream about September when the new cohort of technical women from the Middle East and North Africa will come to Silicon Valley to begin their project based mentorships. Continue reading →