In 4 weeks I'll travel to Baltimore for the 12th Annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) conference. Not only will it be an honor to participate, but it will be an eye opening experience. In my current and previous recruiting roles I have witnessed firsthand the difference in workplace gender representation in technology companies. At Amazon only a fraction of senior software developers were women. At Expedia, it's much the same. As a female recruiter, I wonder, how can we attract top talent in technology into an environment that is so clearly male-dominated?

One of the questions I will pose to women I meet at the Grace Hopper conference this year is just this... How are women bringing creativity, innovation and unique perspectives to the ever-changing face of technology companies? How will women lead and shape the tech world in the coming years?

Of course, conferences like Grace Hopper, give us a glimpse into what is already changing, what could change and what vision we share for the companies and communities we come from. I may not be a developer or scientist, but as a recruiter my mind is always asking 'how we can attract the best talent and build a stronger company culture that illuminates the benefit of having more women join our technology teams?' It's exciting to see how this is already changing our world for the better. 

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Comment by Carmen Lapham on August 29, 2012 at 10:21pm

I had not heard of this conference before. Grace is one of my heroes. I won't be able to make this year's conference but will have it on my calendar for next year.

Comment by on August 30, 2012 at 9:48am

Here in the UK both the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are trying to promote both women to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEM to women.  IET run an annual award for the Young Woman Engineer of the year and today published an article about the 2010 winner:

For quite a while things were improving with more women and girls getting into IT and engineering but now things seem to be sliding back with fewer girls enroling on STEM courses in school and university leading to fewer women wiht the background to take up STEM jobs.


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