In October I had the privilege of attending the Grace Hopper Celebration for the first time. I am truly in awe of how transformative and inspiring this conference is.
Grace Hopper is the largest event for women in computing. It’s a place for women to come together and get inspired by other women who are inventing and innovating. After three days of amazing keynotes and technical sessions, I can honestly say that I have never been more proud to be a woman in tech!
Where My Girls At?
I started my career in 2008 and quickly became passionate about improving gender diversity in tech. The photo of my first team may help you understand why. Taken within my first few months of joining a large tech company, it’s a great snapshot of a typical lunch outing with my team. Believe it or not, this was not a staged photo. I was really the only woman in attendance.
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Cisco employees, who also happen to be women technologists, are gearing up to attend/speak/participate in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in October. During the conference, upcoming women technologists will be receiving lots of career advice.
Some members of the Cisco WISE employee resource organization (Women in Science and Engineering) are already prepared. Their advice works not only for women in technology, but for all technologists.
- Never give up. You’ve worked so hard and don’t let it stop you from reaching your goal. – Cisco IT Analyst Sabina Chaudhuri
- Network. This is how I got into Cisco. – Cisco Software Engineer Sharmila Palani
- Believe in yourself. Understand your capabilities and do not be afraid of exploring new opportunities. – Sr. IT Engineer Noela Botelho
- Be yourself and SPEAK UP! – Cisco Software Engineer Dena Madhwani
- Be confident, be passionate, achieve! – Cisco Manager Software Development Engineering Nita Laad
- Never give up on your dreams. –Cisco Software Engineer Rehka Rawat
- Be Fearless! – Cisco Software Engineer Avni Baveja– (who came to Cisco through a previous Grace Hopper event!)
- Pay it forward – all of the Cisco WISE members share a passion for inspiring the next generation of women in tech. Cisco Software Engineer Sheetal Bhogale says “ We NEED to see more women in Technology.” And Cisco Software Engineer Rimu Bhardwaj, says “Cisco has a wide variety of fields that people can work in. It is hip and has lots of perks! Cisco is definitely cool!”
Won’t you join us? www.cisco.com/careers
Cisco’s WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) group shows why they chose Cisco.
MORE Cisco WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) members show why they chose Cisco.
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My first encounter with Anita Borg Institute (ABI) was hearing Telle Whitney, the CEO of ABI; speak about the need to empower women in technology at the Cisco Women in Technology Forum (WITF). I was impressed by her talk and the years of research and work in this important area. When I was invited to attend the ‘Women of Vision’ Awards by ABI, I was thrilled to reap dual benefits of getting inspired and charged by the award recipients and their stories and at the same time doing my bit of being a role model for graduate students eager to join Cisco. Attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), this year held in Baltimore, MD, seemed like a natural course of action for me.
The theme for GHC this year was “Are we there yet?” a question that everyone should ask themselves whether for personal goals or a larger cause.. GHC did a wonderful job to address this theme and spread it across many seminars and talks. There were multiple sessions aligning different tracks like Industry, Security, Academia, Early Career and Social Collaboration, happening at the same time, so the GHC app on my smartphone came in very handy to pick out the sessions of my interest. The app also provided details on schedule, location and bios of the speakers.
Here are my key takeaways:
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At the Grace Hopper Cisco Booth in 2011
The Cisco team is gearing up for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Baltimore, Maryland! The conference, from Oct 3-5, is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery. Cisco is a Platinum Sponsor of the event.
58 Cisco employees will speak, mentor, participate and recruit at the conference. We are the third most represented company at GHC. Additionally, we have Cisco leaders exchanging ideas and sharing best practices at the Sr. Women’s Summit and the Technical Executive Forum.
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