The VMware Experience at the Grace Hopper Celebration
“This was my second time attending the GHC and it was as energizing as the first time! It is an amazing feeling to be surrounded by so many accomplished women each with a unique story. I was lucky to be included in a session led by Rebecca Shambaugh, author of “It’s Not a Glass Ceiling It’s a Sticky Floor”. The session really gave me a different perspective. The exchange with the other women attending the session gave me lots to think about how we each have found different ways to balance our lives and not give up on our careers goals. I really encourage whoever attends to be open to sharing your experiences and listen to others’ stories. You might be surprised how much more you will get out of the conference beyond just technical information.”
“I have been spending some of my time working on ways to attract more women to VMware R&D and there were many eye-opening moments for me at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration. I got a much greater appreciation for the young women who are eager to learn from women in the industry, and what an impact these conversations can have on the lives of women everywhere — especially in countries where there are few women in science. Most importantly, I learned what a profound impact these connections can have on women already established in the industry.”
“I could not have been more proud to be a member of the VMware team that traveled to Baltimore for the Grace Hopper Celebration this year. From a University Recruiting perspective, one of the great benefits related to attending the conference is the opportunity to engage with students from top-notch Computer Science and Engineering programs that we don’t always have a chance to visit frequently during recruitment seasons. Being able to meet students from different schools, allows us to discover innovative programs for new partnerships in the future. If you attended the Grace Hopper event this year and are interested in VMware’s career opportunities, I encourage to apply to either our New College Graduate or Intern positions here. We’re interested in learning more about you and your interests, especially if we did not have a chance to catch up in Baltimore one-on-one. Finally, if you missed us this year, you’ll know where to find us next fall…Minneapolis, here we come!”
This year, I attended my second Grace Hopper Conference and was, once again, blown away by the sheer energy and scope of the conference. This year, sessions included everything from “Lessons Learned” for fresh graduates, to “Tips & Tricks” for working professionals in the industry (between 3-7 years) and more senior management and technical tracks. There was a particularly big focus on Security and Innovation this year with speakers such as Vivek Wadhwa, Meg Layton and Michelle Guel. It was of particular interest to several of us developers that the SANS Institute’s annual conference was right next door – too bad I didn’t bring my little sniffer with me – heh, heh. We made sure to encrypt *everything* we possibly could. For me, GHC was a treasure trove of great female and male role models – how often do you get a chance to meet, shake hands with and even go out to dinner with such giants of the industry?! And I came away with a huge list of contacts, knowledge and connections that span the globe and industries – connections that triggered ideas and concepts in my information-packed brain.