We have sponsored students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing each year since it began in 2994. This annual event is co-sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute and the Association for Computing Machinery. Every student who has attended has been enriched by the experience of attending a conference that is supportive of women in computing. I have "thank you" notes from students who say things like "I had no idea I could go this far in the IT profession," "it was wonderful meeting so many women who have chosen IT as a career," and "thank you so much for sponsoring me-I know that I've made the right choice in my academic preparation." The IT profession needs people with as many diverse backgrounds to enter into the IT field, and the Anita Borg Institute has been instrumental in providing a forum for women who might otherwise see this profession as a "male field." Some of the students who we have sponsored have gone back to serve as panel presenters, track chairs and mentors and role models to current students.
Thanks, Connie! It's great to hear such positive comments about the Grace Hopper Celebration from students you have sponsored to attend our annual conference. GHC plays a critical role in providing students with role models, success stories, and a supportive community to ease the isolation of choosing a nontraditional career for a woman. You'll be happy to know that for the second year we are partnering with CSTA on a K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop at GHC, to help address the K-12 pipeline. And check the program for this year's conference (it will be posted soon at http://gracehopper.org/) for other sessions on outreach to girls.
I found support and career advice that helped me advance and assist other women in the technology field. Excellent organization that promotes women in technology and encourages young women to enter the field.
One of the things we love about our work is the way the technical women and diversity champions in our community help each other. It is so important for young women to see role models like you with long and successful careers. So thank you not only for your review, but for assisting other women in tech!
The Anita Borg Institute is doing great work. They run the fabulous Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing that brings together a lot of great women in the industry and helps new women entering the industry to get great jobs at all the tech companies around the country (particularly Silicon Valley). They also do a terrific job sharing resources, ideas, news with their community through their Systers list and their social media activity. Their events are well-run, they are highly professional to deal with as a speaker, and they have a lot of dedication to their cause.
Thank you so much, Denise. You make us blush! Of course it's fabulous speakers and awesome volunteers like you who make our events so wonderful.
The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology is an incredible organization that CA is very proud to partner with. Their work in connecting women and technology is inspiring and has made a huge impact on our company and its employees.
Thanks, Erica! We simply couldn't achieve the results that we do without the support of committed partners like CA. We are proud to have CA as a part of the Anita Borg Institute.
The number of women in computer science and engineering is dwindling. I have felt very alone while pursuiing my doctoral degree of computer science. ABI has provided a venue, GHC, where I can meet with other women in CS, and discuss issues we are currently facing. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.
It's great to hear the impact that attending GHC 2009 has had! Every year the Grace Hopper conference grows, and that's the way we want it too. This year in Atlanta -- with your help -- we'll be even bigger and better.