Become A Co-Chair

Leadership

AnitaB.org’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. Volunteer as a track co-chair to help steer the programming for GHC 23 in-person and online from September 26-29, 2023.

Applications are now open!

The application period is Tuesday, January 24, 9 a.m. ET – Wednesday, February 22, 8 p.m. ET. Contact communitycontent@anitab.org with questions.

Responsibilities

Volunteer co-chairs will 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 AnitaB.org 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 AnitaB.org 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 AnitaB.org 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.

Requirements

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

  • AnitaB.org 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

AnitaB.org CFP co-chairs serve a two-year term. The following is a tentative timeline for the first year of the position. 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
  • Thursday, March 2-Thursday, March 9 – Candidate interviews
  • Friday, March 17 – Application status notifications sent
  • Thursday, March 23 – Position acceptance deadline
  • Week of March 27 – Leadership kick-off meeting + self-directed co-chair intro meeting
  • March 27-April 26 – Community outreach (light workload, self-paced)
  • Week of April 10 – Public CFP information session (optional)
  • Week of April 17 – Leadership meeting + self-directed track meeting
  • May 1-June 2 – Review submissions and make recommendations (heavy workload, self-paced) + self-directed co-chair meetings as needed
  • Week of May 1 – Leadership meeting
  • Week of May 15 – Self-directed track meeting
  • Week of May 22 – Leadership meeting
  • Week of June 19 – Leadership meeting
  • September 26-29 – GHC 23!

Questions

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 22 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Contact communitycontent@anitab.org with questions.

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