The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. I'm extremely excited and grateful that I'll get to attend this year thanks to Google. This year, Grace Hopper will open its doors to 8,000 attendees which is incredible! I'm looking forward to learning more about leadership development, professional development, and gaining insights about career options.
During my internship at Google this past summer, Google released their company diversity report and showed the public that only 30% of the company are women. A few other companies also released similar statistics. A few weeks following that announcement, I attended my first XX+UX meetup which was a networking and mixer event for women UX designers in the Bay Area. And just recently in September, the Facebook design team partnered up with my design program (YSDN) and held a "Women in Design" panel event at my school. All of these events opened up my eyes to how shocking the statistics are and how women in the tech industry is something to be celebrated and encouraged! It also makes me proud to be a woman in tech, and more importantly, want to teach others that there are tons of options for girls and women in this field.
It's my first time attending so I don't really know what to expect, but I'm sure I'll learn a lot from all the inspiring women that will be attending. I'm excited to meet other women in the industry to connect, collaborate and chat with them about interesting ideas and discussions. Knowing that I'll be surrounded by passionate women that are eager to learn and share their knowledge makes me that much more excited for this trip. One day, I aspire to become a leader and inspiration to others. :)
I'll be writing another post after the conference is over. Stay tuned!