Grace Hopper Women in Computing 2007, Orlando Florida
Yes, 1400 attendees internationally converged in Orlando, Florida for the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference last week, from Oct 17 to October 20.A group of women actually participated in the TechLeaders for Social Innovators Workshop held on October 17 2007. Cisco participants at the workshop, included Barbara Fraser, Corporate Consulting Engineering and myself. Other participants ranged from academia to private industry; and included a journalist who has been involved in human rights issues globally.Whilst the speakers were interesting, Anuradha Vittachi, co-founder and co-director of OneWorld Network, was quite compelling as she instantiated her identity remotely
- Access The Internet -Programs for Donation of Equipment into Sustainable Programs and NGOs Globally
- Build Knowledge: Build Skills Through Technology and IN Technology -Networking Academy Program is the largest laboratory for skills development
- Create Careers
An example from Create careers is partnering with UNIFEM and USAID in Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco, where the Networking Academy is the basis for the “Achieving E-Quality in IT” Initiative in which women receive education in networking skills, as well as job preparedness training for entering the job market. Since the project’s inception, over 1,620 students have participated in the program, with 44 percent female enrollment. Cisco participation at the Grace Hopper conference also included the following sessions:
- October 18,”The Road to Executive Leadership” panel discussion with Susan Monaghan as moderator and Ana Pinczuk as panelist
- “Managing Your Career 2-5 Years Out of School”, panel discussion with Yanting Li as panelist
- “How to Lead Your Dream Job in Industry”, panel with Pat Shiver as panelist
- Kathy Hill presented at the evening awards banquet along with Bill Jennings. Check out the award winners here.
- Oct 19, Nancy Cam Winget and I shared a session on Internet at the edge with the following presentations:”RFID: IP Network Applications and Societal Impact” &”Wireless Security Best Practice Guidelines” Nancy Cam-Winget. Both Morrow and CAM-Winget and reviews from Software Engineer, Valerie Fenwick, Sun Microsystems
- Cisco’s Bev Crair followed as panelist in”Technical to Management” Expect the Unexpected -A Synopis of Two Women’s First Year’s Experiences.” This panel, was also reviewed by Valerie Fenwick, Sun Microsystems.
- Finally, Nancy Cam-Winget ended the day as a panelist for”Innovation Inside Corporations.”
Final observation is that the conference was a platform for technology and societal impact exchange between individuals from universities and private industry; in addition to an opportunity to discuss career options for those women just completing their studies.There was quite a bit of positive energy at this conference and stay tuned for next year where the venue will be in Colorado!