This year's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference was attended by a record-breaking 34 Oracle employees, making Oracle the top 7th organization by registration, ahead of Facebook, IBM and SAP. In total almost 3000 people from 34 countries attended the conference, which was held Nov. 9 - 11 in Portland, OR. Oracle was a Silver Sponsor and Oracle employees were organizers, speakers and committee members of the conference.
Keynote speakers at the conference were Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and the Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who currently serves on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Highlights of Dr. Jackson's talk is featured here . Sheryl speech about "Why we need more women engineers" can be heard here .
There were many interesting technical talks. I found a talk on "Expressive Electronics: Introduction to E-Textiles" from MIT Media Lab fascinating.
We had a booth and were actively recruiting at the conference. We interviewed potential candidates during the conference's career fair.
An Oracle employee was interviewed at Hopper by an NBC local affiliate.
The GHC conference was referenced extensively by the media including New York Times , Forbes , NPR .
I attended a wonderful leadership development workshop by Jo Miller, called 'Building your brand' at Grace Hopper Conference . It was attended by 850 women! I was unsure how a workshop with so many participants would turn out to be. It was thought provoking. I spoke to a lot of other women who like it too. I will write notes about it in the next weeks. But here is what stuck with me:
- Key to finding your brand/career? Knowing where your passion, skills & value to others meet. - Consider brands that evolve as your career does - entry level, mid-level, senior level. - Promoting yourself and your accomplishments are a business necessity. Figure out which way works for you, then do it consistently.
There were a steady stream of visitors at the Oracle booth today. Several engineers interested in starting a career. I interviewed a few prospective candidates. Here are a few of us at the booth in disguise! Only at Grace Hopper!