Become A Co-Chair

Leadership’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is the largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists, where attendees from around the world learn, network, and celebrate their achievements.

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Volunteer co-chairs use their subject matter expertise and familiarity with current trends to help steer GHC 23 programming ultimately support thousands of women and non-binary technologists from around the world. The tentative list of responsibilities is as follows:

  • Partner with staff in co-leading a large team of volunteers in completing fair and timely reviews of track submissions. (Each track will be comprised of 2-3 co-chairs and between 5 and 100 reviewers, depending on the number of CFP submissions.)
  • Identify topical needs and make speaker suggestions.
  • Review CFP submissions and make recommendations for acceptance.
  • Assist with community outreach to recruit volunteer CFP reviewers and solicit CFP submissions.
  • Attend approximately five 60-minute virtual leadership meetings (likely scheduled Monday-Friday between the hours of 10am-6pm Eastern Time) with staff and fellow co-chairs.
  • Schedule and lead at least one virtual intro meeting with your fellow track co-chairs and 1-2 virtual track meetings with your team of reviewers.
  • Participate in webinar for potential speakers (optional).

Why Get Involved

Volunteering with as a GHC co-chair offers many tangible and intangible benefits, including:

  • Opportunity to help shape GHC programming and ultimately support thousands of women and non-binary technologists from around the world.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Network with and learn from a global community of volunteers.
  • Complimentary registration to GHC 23 and GHC 24.

Who Should Apply

We aim to have GHC volunteers representing our community’s talent and rich diversity. We welcome volunteers of all levels and backgrounds. Volunteers may be students, interns, early-, mid-, or senior-career, or entrepreneurs/founders.

We encourage members of historically excluded groups to participate. Historically excluded groups include, but are not limited to,

  • People of color
  • Underrepresented genders of all expressions and identities
  • LGBTQIA+ people
  • People with disabilities (visible and invisible)
  • Neurodivergent people
  • Religious and ethnic minorities.


We are looking for passionate leaders familiar with current trends, interests, and needs of women and non-binary technologists.

  • volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants must be able to attend and lead meetings and complete assignments as listed in the Key Responsibilities and Tentative Timeline sections. (Meetings are likely to be scheduled Monday-Friday between the hours of 10am-6pm Eastern Time. Those who cannot attend live are required to contribute to the agenda before the meeting and review the recording after.)
  • Volunteers will work closely with 1-2 fellow co-chairs and must be able to communicate well, share decision-making, and embrace a little chaos.
  • Applicants should have at least five years’ experience in their chosen GHC subject area from the Subject Matter Expertise section.
  • Applicants should have at least two years’ experience reviewing conference proposals.
  • Previous experience chairing or co-chairing GHC or other conferences is a plus.

Subject Matter Expertise

GHC 23 will support content across approximately 14 tracks. We’re looking for volunteers with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Career
  • Computer Systems
  • Data Science
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Extended Reality (VR/AR/MR), Media, and Gaming
  • Hardware
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Open Source
  • Non-Traditional Tech/Emerging Tech
  • Product Management
  • Public Interest Tech
  • Security/Privacy
  • Software Engineering

Timeline CFP co-chairs serve a two-year term. The following is a tentative timeline for the first year of the position. (Group meetings are not included.) GHC 23 co-chairs can expect to start volunteering in late March, with a few tasks in April and heavy workload in May and June. There may be occasional, light support requests for GHC 23 between July-September. Planning tasks for GHC 24 will begin in winter 2023.

  • Tuesday, January 24 – Applications open
  • Wednesday, February 22 8pm Eastern Time – Applications close
  • Friday, March 17 – Application status notifications sent
  • Tuesday, March 21 – Position acceptance deadline
  • May 1-June 2 – Review submissions and make recommendations (heavy workload, self-paced)
  • September 26-29 – GHC 23!


The deadline to apply closed on February 22, 2023, 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Contact with questions.

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