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Mes: octubre 2016

It’s the Final Count Down

It’s the final countdown, meaning we are 4 days away from the Grace Hopper conference in Houston, Texas. I checked the weather in Houston, and its a whopping 84 degrees! They get 84deg and we get 42 degrees in Seattle with a windstorm. Nice. I spent th…

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GHC 16: Reflecting Our Community’s Diversity

GHC 16: Reflecting Our Community’s Diversity

Learn about the diverse group of speakers who are attending GHC 16.

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GHC 16 Mobile App Released

GHC 16 Mobile App Released

Before you head to #GHC16, we strongly recommend you download the mobile app. We provided you with everything you’ll need, right on your smartphone, including maps of the conference venues, sponsor profiles and the most up-to-date schedule.

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Catch Me At: Grace Hopper 2016

I blogged about attending Grace Hopper last year and some of the great things that followed as a result. With exactly a week to go, GHC 16 is upon us and I’m looking forward to being there, not only as an attendee but also as a volunteer blogger! Let’s connect in Houston, TX.

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First blog post!

GHC2016!

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GHC

I’m attending the Grace Hopper Conference this year, and I’m pretty excited!I’m going to be blogging about sessions I attend at GHC. Stay tuned!

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Preparing for GHC16

What’s the most happening event in Houston in October? The Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing, of course! A conference with about 15000 attendees, most of them technical women similar to me – it is beyond my imagination. This is my first ti…

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2016 Orientation Video

Getting ready for GHC can be hectic, so we’ve put together a video to help you out.

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GHC 2016 – how awesome will it be?

I remember seeing a news post about Grace Hopper celebration with about 600 women techies a few years ago (yes it was in hundreds and not in thousands like today). I wondered what the hoopla is all about and what did these women do at this event. I have been attending Grace Hopper celebration for…

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A NAWiC Perspective On Diversity vs. Candidacy in Tech

by Amanda Sharp

The hot topic of the moment in high-tech is employee diversity. Several well-known high-tech companies have made public commitments to increase the diverse population within their organizations. Over the past few years, I’ve learned that a number of my coworkers have strong opinions about these initiatives. Break room conversations include statements such as “Why aren’t we hiring qualified candidates?” and “This is discrimination.”

I am a Mohave woman. This is how I was born. It’s absurd to think that my race or my gender are the reasons why I received a job opportunity or was chosen for a project. The notion that my career success is attributed to special treatment, and has little to do with knowledge and hard work, is offensive. Do my colleagues truly believe that ‘diverse female’ and ‘qualified candidate’ are mutually exclusive characteristics? The most disappointing part is when I hear these words from engineers, who claim their point of view is based on logic and fact, with whom I’ve worked with for years.

It can be tough to hear these words, especially on the worst of days when I am stressed about a problem or worried about a looming deadline. If you are a native female in tech or an ally, I encourage you to join NAWIC (Native American Women in Computing). We need your help to create a community of support for ourselves and for our young women. The above example is but one of the common experiences we share. And sharing our experiences will help us to face each day with courage and be proud of who we are. There may not be many of us but creating a support system, no matter how small, is worth the time and effort.


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