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Inspiring Advice from Women Tech Leaders- International Women's Day

Oracle will be jumping in to action on International Women's Day on Thursday March 8 by featuring two industry luminaries in the Oracle development community at the Oracle Code NYC event:  General Session speakers  Maria Kaval, Vice President of Engineering - UI Technologies at Oracle and Alena Prokharchyk  Principal Software Engineer Rancher Labs, Inc. In addition to the compelling technology presentations, Oracle will also host a Women in Technology panel discussion moderated by Maria Kaval. We're looking forward to an informative and enlightening discussion. General Sessions and the panel will be live streamed. If you can't attend the event in NYC, watch live streams of the Oracle Code sessions and replays on the Oracle Code website. Oracle will be hosting several Women in Technology events during the Oracle Code developer events in 2018. Last week Oracle hosted a Women in Technology luncheon during the Oracle Code developer event in Los Angeles. It was challenging to openly admit that we all are subject to gender bias. But during the course of the conversation, tips for transforming gender bias into personal success and leadership opportunity came out. We also talked about how to build allies in your career. moving beyond just mentoring to actually investing in professional relationships. We talked about the definition of success and how to make sure it is not confused with approval seeking. And before we knew it, we were at the best part: 3 things we know now that we wish we had known back then. Here's a great article from Forbes Voice by Alexa Morales summarizing the panel with a link to the panel session: Do First, Ask Later: Inspiring Advice From Women Tech Leaders   We're looking forward to meeting more women in technology during the year, and invite all to join the community group dedicated to Women in Technology on the Oracle Community Platform. Ciao for now~ LKR  

Oracle will be jumping in to action on International Women's Day on Thursday March 8 by featuring two industry luminaries in the Oracle development community at the Oracle Code NYC event:  General...

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Podcast: Women in Technology - Motivation and Momentum

Attracting more women into software development and other technical fields will help to fill the global IT job gap that is expected to be as wide as one million jobs by 2020. As the boom for filling these positions ramps up, it could signal a huge shift in the diversity in technical and scientific fields. But, perhaps due to lingering gender bias, or simple oversight, women don't always see the opportunities in these technical career paths until much later in their educational careers and so the number of qualified candidates may not rise to fill the number of jobs. Many Oracle ACE Directors and Women in Technology advocates are putting their weight behind getting the word out about the opportunities and career potential in technical fields for women. From hosting Meet-Ups to Girls Who Code events, to supporting CS scholarship programs through regional Oracle User Group management, women like Kellyn Pot'vin Gorman, Natalie Delemar, and Michelle Malcher are working to create greater diversity.   Another important aspect of building diversity is in building mentoring and sponsorship activities focused on women's career growth through the  information technology ranks. Heli Helskyaho, CEO of Miracle Finland and a PhD student at the University of Helsinki, is one of two mentors recently elected by computer science students at that institution. Listen to this Oracle Developer Community Podcast where Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Michelle Malcher, Natalie Delemar, and Heli Helskyaho, share insight on what motivated them in their IT careers, and how they lend their expertise and energy to driving momentum in the effort to draw more women into technology. This panel discussion took place at Oracle Openworld in San Francisco on September 18, 2016. The Panelists (Listed alphabetically) Natalie Delemar Senior Consultant, Ernst and Young President, ODTUG Board of Directors Heli Helskyaho CEO, Miracle Finland Oracle ACE Director Ambassador, EMEA Oracle Usergroups Community Michelle Malcher Security Architect, Extreme Scale Solutions Oracle ACE Director Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman Technical Intelligence Manager, Office of CTO, Delphix President, Board Of Directors, Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Laura Ramsey Manager, Database Technology and Developer Communities Oracle America   Additional Resources Women in Technology Community Space Six Tips for Cracking the Glass Ceiling and 4 to Avoid Forbes Tech: Can Women Really Have it All? Oracle Voice: Become a Software Hero: Top 10 Priorities for Growth-Oriented Developers Funny how things work out: How a cup of tea began a high tech career Video: Following your dream: How a senior database developer got started   Subscribe Never miss an episode! The Oracle Developer Community Podcast is available via: iTunes Podbean Feedburner :

Attracting more women into software development and other technical fields will help to fill the global IT job gap that is expected to be as wide as one million jobs by 2020. As the boom for filling...

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Stretch Goal: The Power of a Good Mentor

We've heard it all before. Get a mentor. No matter the industry or profession, everyone should have a mentor. It's our mentors that provide the best examples, tutoring, and feedback that challenge us to grow. And I'll admit that for a long time I was confused about what good mentorship is...both in theory and practice. I've come to understand that a fully ignited mentoring relationship will lead to greater work-life balance, creativity, productivity, and success. Here are a few things to consider. A mentor is not a boss. The mentoring relationship is often confused with supervision or management. And while it can start that way, it evolves into a much deeper and more enduring interaction. You know you have a strong mentor relationship if she is the only one that really knows you, believes in your abilities, and as a result, would never hire you.  :) Mentoring is the link that leads to project success.  Successful projects have mentoring in the mix. In truth, if your project is bogged down by ineffective process, unproductive interaction or low quality output, you are missing this force; it's the mentor's objectivity and encouragement that ultimately drives productivity and execution. A good mentor provides perspective that gives a team a new approach that will result in tangible progress. Think X's and O's. Mentorship is as important on the last day of your career as on the first day of your career. The key to good mentoring is keeping the relationship relevant.  When first entering the career scene, we are eager to have a mentor to help us find opportunities, bounce ideas, build a network. Unfortunately, many stop there. The real value is in the coaching and career-long growth that results. Know your mentor when you see her. Before you get started, think about the aspects of your career development, skills and activities that you'd like to enhance. With this list in hand, it is much easier to find the right mentor with the right background. And remember the soft skills. Do you need a mentor with a good sense of humor? I sure did. I also needed a mentor with high standards; someone willing to challenge me. Have milestones and goals for your mentoring relationship. And keep it real. If you just want a lunch date once a month, or someone to sponsor your application to a professional association, that's fine. If you have more specific goals (e.g. build an application for collecting and cross referencing customer reference data) make sure you build a real plan, with real milestones and use your mentoring relationship to contribute to making it happen. Just as no great story ever started with someone eating a salad, no great career ever grew without a mentor. Find a Mentor Be a Mentor Ciao for Now, LKR

We've heard it all before. Get a mentor. No matter the industry or profession, everyone should have a mentor. It's our mentors that provide the best examples, tutoring, and feedback that challenge us...

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Funny How Things Work Out

I love stories about how people "find their way" into the High Tech industry. Many plan for it, with a dedication to STEM topics and degrees in computer science. And others find their way through natural aptitude and good timing. One example is Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, and Oracle ACE Director.  She has impressive credentials, having worked with Oracle Applications and technology since 1996. Debra is a director and past president of UKOUG and led the Product Development Committee of the IOUC (aka: the user group team working with Oracle during the development of Fusion Applications.)  Debra has presented at over 200 events about Oracle Applications and the Technology they are built on. She is one of only a handful of ACE Directors dedicated to Applications, and one of the first outside the US focusing on Cloud Applications. At a recent Women in Technology Panel at Oracle OpenWorld, Debra shared this story about how she found her way into the High Tech industry.  You can find the entire story on Debra's blog. How I got into IT is quite funny, and I start by apologising to all those of you who studied hard, took exams and earned a computing degree; I got there by accident.  This was in the late 70's and jobs were not as difficult to find. I actually got 3 job offers and selected my first employer by throwing a dart. Crown Agents was a quasi government department based in London at No 4 Millbank, and I started work in the procurement department but soon moved to the International Banking department which I loved. Small deviation from the story but I had to send a lot of legal information by telex and the telex operator worked as a manager for a band, went to see them a few times and liked them, he left soon after and the band Squeeze made the big time.    A few years later, I was successful in my Civil Service Exams and was offered promotion, however Crown Agents had changed their status by then and I could not have promotion and stay so I decided to move. Then you were given the opportunity to give preferences and I selected Ministry of Defence, London and Accounts. They sent me to Admiralty Buildings in Whitehall London for an interview and I really thought I was getting what I wanted. But it was 1981 and computers were just hitting mainstream and there was a real shortage of programmers (the old name for developers), and what I had really been sent for was a computer aptitude test.   I was asked to draw a flow chart for making a cup of tea, and I can't remember what I actually included but I did OK, apparently the more boxes the more analytical your mind. I have had a quick go in this picture but got fed up very quickly. I was offered a job as a trainee Cobol developer with the Ministry of Agriculture in Guildford which is a fair way out from London and at first was not impressed. I found the work OK but you worked in very defined silos and I never saw the final product. We used a methodology called Michael Jackson - I am not kidding, but programs worked first or second time, you only had one chance a day to make a change and that involved punching a card to change a line of code.   I am not actually as old as this makes me sound, remember I was only 19 and the government was quite far behind. In fact one of my jobs read data in from paper tape, it came from Nimrod Aircraft collecting data on fishing activity after what was then known as the Icelandic Cod Wars.   ...   Check out Debra's blog for more of her insights and experience in the Oracle technology arena... especially this post about The Bloodhound Project, a truly inspirational initiative to inspire a generation in STEM.   Ciao for Now! LKR              

I love stories about how people "find their way" into the High Tech industry. Many plan for it, with a dedication to STEM topics and degrees in computer science. And others find their way through...

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Top 10 Ways to Conference

This week I hosted a Ladies Who Java session and reception at DevNexus in Atlanta, Georgia.  One of the cool things about this conference is that they have a scholarship program for women with the Atlanta Women Who Code group.  This reception was an opportunity for the women to get together and since many were new to attending technology conferences, I put together a brief Top 10 Ways to Conference talk.  We also did some introductions and networking activities. This was a fun and productive event.  I would like to see more conferences organize this type of activity. The attendees requested I publish it, so see below for the list.   1. Introduce yourself to others – this is the best way to get something out of the experience. Be yourself – in personality and appearance. Remember to follow up! 2. Review the schedule – pick sessions to attend in advance. Pair with someone you just met. 3. Attend the sessions. As many as possible. Think of topics or methods you can present next year or at other conferences.Share what you have learned on Twitter., blogs, etc. 4. Voice your opinions confidently and introduce yourself to speakers. 5. Go to informal social events. This is not the time to chill in your room – you can sleep later! 6. Attend the keynotes and closing sessions. 7. Attend the evening sessions also. 8. Hangout in the informal spaces – hallway track, nighthacking stage, hacker areas, etc. 9. Have fun . Any issues or requests, talk to conference organizers. 10. Remember YOU ROCK and the organizers want you to have an awesome experience!

This week I hosted a Ladies Who Java session and reception at DevNexus in Atlanta, Georgia.  One of the cool things about this conference is that they have a scholarship program for women with the Atla...

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Recent news and blogs of interest to Sun Women

Catching up on news and blogs of interest to Sun Women: http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/famous_women_in_computer_science "Famous Women in Computer Science" blog entry by Katy Dickinson, 19 November 2009 http://blogs.sun.com/sun4startups/entry/women_get_more_vc_funding "Women Get More VC Funding When They Ask for It" blog entry by Joann Yates, 27 October 2009 http://blogs.sun.com/deirdre/entry/an_opensolaris_shirt_for_women "An OpenSolaris Shirt for Women!" blog entry by Deirdre Staughan, 15 October 2009 http://research.sun.com/spotlight/2009/2009-09-21_gracehopperconference.html "Sun at the 2009 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing" Sun News dated September 21, 2008 - The Grace Hopper Celebration of Womenin Computing (GHC) conference will be held in Tucson, Arizona,September 30 - October 3, 2009. Twenty-four Sun employees will attendthis year's conference, including Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos,who will present an invited technical talk on his new book — CitizenEngineer, A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering . Co-authoredby Dave Douglas and John Boutelle, Citizen Engineer examines therapidly changing engineering world and provides practical advice tohelp engineers of all types master the requirements to succeed in thisnew era.Women Ph.D. Students Win Scholarships to Grace Hopper ConferenceThis is the second year that the at Sun Labs has awarded Grace Hopper Conference scholarships to twowomen interested in hardware development. These scholarships underscoreSun's promotion and support for computer hardware research. The students are Taniya Siddiqua, a Ph.D. candidate in computerscience at the University of Virginia, and Lamia M. Youseff, a Ph.D.candidate in computer science at the University of California, SantaBarbara. 

Catching up on news and blogs of interest to Sun Women: http://blogs.sun.com/katysblog/entry/famous_women_in_computer_science"Famous Women in Computer Science" blog entry by Katy Dickinson, 19 November...

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The Triumph of the Vote

Mr. Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. came to Sun Microsystems today to talkto the Women@Sun group about the triumphant women's suffrage movementin the United States that took more than 60 years to gain success.Sixty years! Just for women to get the right to vote!  [1] Mr. Cooneybecame interested in this movement in the 1970s when attending schoolto become a graphic artist, when he realized the large prejudice thatwomen needed to overcome and that they were able to do this in anonviolent way. This was such a difficult task, as the womenhad to convince men that not only were women prepared to vote, but thatwomen were educated and informed. Only men could decide whether or notto grant women the right to vote, and many of these men were ignorant,uneducated and even illiterate.  A difficult task at hand, indeed! Suffragists started with parades in different states to raise awarenessof their concerns, along with organizing peaceful rallies. Gettingwomen to join in these events was difficult, as many were afraid thattheir participation would be seen as too forward by the men and scarethe men off of giving them the vote even more, but the suffragists knewthey could not be silent. They need to be seen to be heard. TheUS Supreme Court had ruled that it was an issue that should be decidedby the states, so the women had to levy campaigns in each and everystate, a very arduous process indeed! These campaigns were mostsuccessful in the progressive west. East of the Mississippi, the onlysuffrage many women could get was the ability to vote only for schoolboards and other small, local positions. Susan B. Anthonystrongly believed it was really a federal issue, and began the push fora federal amendment to the US Constitution. Unfortunately, she diedbefore seeing this come to pass, after 45 years of tireless effort onher part.  Fortunately, there were other women ready to take up thetask at hand and push the movement forward, even in times of war. Thewomen found they were ignored by both major political parties, so theirtook their parades to the democratic and republican conventions. At oneof them, the women actually had a silent, still "parade" - where theyall wore white with golden jewelry and parasols and lined the streetand stood silently while the delegates were participating in their ownmarch down that same street. The eerie silence had great impact onthose delegates, bringing the rights of women to the forefront of theirminds. When the suffragists were not getting momentumthey wanted at the national level, they began to leverage their vote inthe western states to oust seated national politicians, targeting, inparticular, the democratic party. I find this an interesting historicnote, as the democrat party is now associated with women's rights, butapparently the turn of the 19th century told a different story. Mr. Cooney has documented this in his book, Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement,whichis filled with outstanding images of the buttons and posters thesuffragists made, as well as pictures of the rallies and events anddocumentation of the cruel treatment several women received forprotesting peacefully outside of the White House during World War I. Mt.Cooney is an eloquent speaker and I really look forward to reading hisbook in the up coming weeks, but all of this reminds me that all overthe world today, women still do not have the right to vote and havethemselves represented. It's so disturbing to me, because it seems likesuch an inalienable right. How can we be citizens and pay taxes and notvote? But, if it took more than 60 years to make such thing adocumented right in a progressive country like our own, it may be manymore lifetimes before women the world over have these same freedoms andthe same voice. Let's hope it comes sooner than later, for all of oursakes. Valerie Fenwick [1] As pointed out during the Q&A session, not allwomen gained the right to vote in all states in 1920.  For many womenof color, particularly those that lived in the south, that quest tookanother 40 years, where they had to fight along side their brothers andfathers to get the same equal representation.

Mr. Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. came to Sun Microsystems today to talk to the Women@Sun group about the triumphant women's suffrage movementin the United States that took more than 60 years to...

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Tomorrow Susan Landau honored!!

This is great news for SunWomen - especially for one of the Sun Women from the Boston area!!Congratulations to Susan Landau on this huge achievement with the AnitaBorg Institute.  Next week, she will be receiving the Women of Vision Award for Social Impact atthe 2008 Women of VisionAwards Banquet in San Jose.http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/080428/20080428005280.html?.v=1&printer=1PressReleaseSource:Anita Borg Institute for Women and TechnologySunMicrosystems is a Gold Sponsor of the Anita Borg Institute's Women ofVision Awards BanquetMonday April 28, 9:00 am ETPALO ALTO,Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:JAVA- News)announced todaythat it is a Gold Sponsor of the 2008 Women of Vision Awards Banquet,which will be held on May 8, 2008 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose,California. The annual Women of Vision Awards, sponsored by the AnitaBorg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI), honor women who aremaking significant contributions to technology in three categories:Innovation, Leadership, and Social Impact. This year Sun LabsDistinguished Engineer Susan Landau will be receiving the Women ofVision Award for Social Impact.“Sunbelieves that innovation requires agitation, that progress requires adiversity of viewpoints collaborating to create something trulydifferent. Since 2000, we have reinforced that belief by supporting theAnita Borg Institute,” said GregPapadopoulos, chief technology officer and executive vice president ofresearch and development at Sun Microsystems. “Incelebration of this year's Women of Vision Awards, congratulations toSusan Landau, a brilliant engineer whose passion for supporting anddeveloping women in computer science research is surpassed only by herinternationally recognized expertise on the interplay between security,cryptography, and public policy. I'm proud to have her at Sun.”“SunMicrosystems has been a longtime supporter of the Anita Borg Instituteand the Women of Vision Awards,” said TelleWhitney, CEO of ABI. “Sun has built acorporate culture focused on inclusion, and their efforts have enabledthe women of Sun to have a direct and positive impact on the world.”The Women of Vision AwardsBanquet will begin at 6:00 p.m. on May 8, 2008 at the Fairmont Hotel inSan Jose, California. Tables and tickets may be purchased online at http://anitaborg.org/wov.Eventsponsorship opportunities are also available.About Sun Microsystems,Inc.Sun Microsystems developsthe technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by asingular vision — “TheNetwork is the Computer” —Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, communitydevelopment, and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.About the Anita BorgInstitute for Women and Technology (ABI)In an increasinglycompetitive global marketplace, the Anita Borg Institute providesresources and programs for to help industry, academia, and governmentrecruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields,resulting in higher levels of technology innovation. ABI programs servehigh-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to helpthem develop their careers. ABI is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitableorganization. ABI Partners include: Hewlett-Packard, MicrosoftCorporation, Sun Microsystems, Google, IBM, Intel, Cisco, JuniperNetworks, National Science Foundation, Symantec, NetApp, and Capgemini.For more information, visit www.anitaborg.org.Contact:Anita Borg InstituteJerri Barrett, 650-857-6095jerrib@anitaborg.orgSource:Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

This is great news for Sun Women - especially for one of the Sun Women from the Boston area!! Congratulations to Susan Landau on this huge achievement with the Anita Borg Institute.  Next week,she...

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Women@Sun - Colorado upcoming events

4/17 Staying Grounded “Staying Grounded in Times of Uncertainty”Speaker: Sherry Ray, Founder of Ray Consulting Services \* Bring your power back with an inspirational break with this dynamic Career and Life Coach\* Follow your passions in order to reignite enthusiasm in your life and career\* Recognize your Top Ten Values and are you honoring those in your personal and professional life?\*Knowledge is always Power and you must have the strength to ask thetough questions and be willing to accept & act on the truth\* Learn to listen to and trust your gut and intuition\* Honor your authentic self and be true to that even when dealing with conflictDATE: April 17, 2008TIME: 12:00 - 1:30 PMLOCATION:Sun Broomfield CampusConference Center 1 – Bldg. 1RSVP to Carol Neustadter by April 14th: carol.neustadter@sun.com or (303) 272-4979 SherryRay, Owner and Founder of Ray Consulting Services, brings a wealth ofprofessional experience to her private and corporate clients to helpthem achieve their best life both professionally and personally. Aftera very successful career in Corporate America as a top globalsalesperson, Sherry now helps executives, small business owners andother professionals reach their full potential while following theirdreams!       4/26 March for Babies Walk, donate, or do both!Women@Sun-Coloradowill be sponsoring a team and raising money for the March for Babiesevent (sponsored by the March of Dimes). The mission of the March ofDimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects,premature birth and infant mortality.This 5 mile walk will be held on Saturday, April 26th at East Park at Interlocken, Interlocken Blvd. & Interlocken Parkway in Broomfield starting at 9:00 am.To join the walk or to donate towards our goal of raising $1,000 for this cause, please visit the Women@Sun-Colorado team page: http://www.marchforbabies.org/504833.We also need volunteers to work the donation table outside of the Broomfield cafeteria on April 23-24, 11:00am - 1:00pm.We are also looking for volunteers to bake treats that we'll be giving(not selling, this is not a bake sale) to those who donate. Please sendan email to Staci McKee at SWC-CommunityOutreach@sun.com to volunteer or for more information about this event.We hope to see a strong showing of Sun women and men at this event!  »Sign Up or Donate  

4/17 Staying Grounded “Staying Grounded in Times of Uncertainty” Speaker: Sherry Ray, Founder of Ray Consulting Services\* Bring your power back with an inspirational break with this dynamic Career and...

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Women@Sun See Few Barriers - No Foolin'!

After over eight+ years of being involved with our local Women's Employee Resource Group in the Boston area, I was struck with a significant 'ah-ha' moment last week. It happened during a panel discussion with some of our local Women executives last Tuesday afternoon.What was surprising to me - initially - was more of what they didn't have to say!  When these women execs were asked about barriers that they feel must still be overcome to get ahead in one's career at Sun, not one of the panelists could give a specific example of barriers blocking the success of the women who work at Sun.  I found this hard to believe - - - at first.Then after more thought, it struck me!   We have made some significant progress with our local (as well as global) womens' networks across the company.I'll admit, things still aren't perfect - afterall, we'd love to see more faces of women on the exec bio page on sun.com, but upon some thoughtful reflection, I see that things have definitely changed over the past eight years.The most significant change is that we were able have a women exec panel take place in the Boston area without arranging travel schedules.   Eight years ago, when we first recognized Women's History Month, the closest women exec was in the Washington, DC area. This year, we were able to invite women VPs who actually work at Sun in the Boston area (we actually have more women VPs now in this region, than we could fit on our panel!) Also, eight years ago, the purpose of our local women's network focused specifically on building a network internally and externally, focusing on career development and creating opportunities for informal mentoring.   We'd have over 100 Sun women flock to our gatherings to get some insight on how to address these needs.  This year, participation was lower than normal, even with a great line up of activities.    When I asked people why the lower interest, many responded that they are able to address these concerns and needs directly with their managers now vs. needing a separate network. The interest to work on building our networks, developing skills to advance in our careers and connecting with mentors is definitely still there - but the way we go about doing this at Sun is evolving.  Maybe the idea that someday we won't need special employee resource groups is actually closer than we ever realized?!  

After over eight+ years of being involved with our local Women's Employee Resource Group in the Boston area, I was struck with a significant 'ah-ha' moment last week.  It happened during a panel...

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Boston Area Women Celebrate w/ a Mayor and 1000+ Toiletry Items!

Sun's Boston area women wrapped up Women's History Month today in our Nashua, NH office.We concluded a month long Toiletry Drive across our Burlington, MA and Nashua, NH locations.  The collection resulted in well over 1000+ items (shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, etc, etc, etc!) for Bridges-NH, an agency that supports victims of domestic and sexual violence.The majority of the donated items were travel sized bottles - the kind you pick up in your hotel while on vacation or business travel.  Hotels and casinos from around the world were represented, indicating where our employees and our friends travel for business and pleasure  (it was actually fun to sort thru this stuff and think of warm places, esp. since there's still some snow on the ground here in NH!)It also struck me that many of our employees made the extra effort to actually check their luggage to bring back stashes of collected hotel toiletries from their trips to support this effort. (Thanks everyone! The extra effort to do that is going to make a lot of struggling women happy!) Dawn Reams, the Executive Director of Bridges-NH came to Sun's office this morning to pick up our HUGE donation and tell our employees more about Bridges-NH.  We also had a special guest visit us! (Who also brought a bag full of toiletries to our drive!).  Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Nashua, NH's 55th Mayor who was elected this fall, visited Sun's Nashua office for a roundtable discussion with employees.   Mayor Lozeau is part of Women's History, which is impressive for someone so young. :-)   She is the first woman Mayor in Nashua's 155+ year history and began her political career when she was in her early 20s at the NH Statehouse.  (L-R: Dawn Reams, Bridges-NH; Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, City of Nashua; Sandy Belknap, Sun Microsystems stand in front of over 1000 boxed toiletry items destined for Bridges-NH in Sun's Nashua office.) We had a great  discussion this morning where the Mayor shared some of her experiences and observations of the differences and similarities between the public and private sector.  I think that she even motivated some people to get more engaged in their local community activities and city/town government.   That in itself says a lot about Mayor Lozeau's inclusive and transparent leadership style. It was quite an inspirational way to start our day!

Sun's Boston area women wrapped up Women's History Month today in our Nashua, NH office. We concluded a month long Toiletry Drive across our Burlington, MA and Nashua, NH locations.  The collection...

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Women's History Month Event - Colorado

Girls Inc. Girls Night Out - Beads, Bracelets and Bonding!Women@Sun-Colorado hosted our second annual GNO (Girls Night Out) as the Denver chapter of Girls Incorporated (www.girlsincdenver.org) on Friday, March 14th. We had 15 girls attend the event along with 2 Girls Inc. staff members. The theme of this year's Women's History Month is "Women in the Arts," so to coordinate with that theme, we made beaded bracelets with the girls while we shared a pasta dinner. We had a discussion about women in the arts (theater, music, artists, fashion, etc.). The girls told stories of who inspires them and who does not. We talked about reasons to tap into your creative side and why the arts is so important in schools and life.Thank you to Jenn Larkin, Jamie Hughes and Staci McKee for planning and attending this event. The Girls Inc. staff has asked that we continue to keep up this tradition and asked for our involvement in their job readiness program which teaches the girls skill such as interviewing, resume writing, etc. Staci McKee will be following up on this request to coordinate some volunteers for this Girls Inc. program.Girls Incorporated is a national, nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With roots dating to 1864, Girls Inc has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.

Girls Inc. Girls Night Out - Beads, Bracelets and Bonding!Women@Sun-Colorado hosted our second annual GNO (Girls Night Out) as the Denver chapter of Girls Incorporated (www.girlsincdenver.org) on...

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Bringing Awareness of International Women's Day to the U.S.

While Sun has been recognizing National Women's History Month for nearly a decade, four years ago, we also started to spread awareness of International Women's Day (IWD) during our March events.IWD takes place on March 8 and started nearly 100 yrs ago in Europe.  Employees at Sun from the Ukraine have told me that IWD is very much like Mothers Day in the US.   But it recognizes all Women.  Typically, women get time off from work on March 8 (which is a Saturday this year.)  IWD is the global day connecting all women around the world and inspiring them to achieve their full potential.   You can read all of the history online.It's also a big flower day!  I've been told that men are expected to give flowers to the women in their lives - not just their mothers - but to their sisters, wives, aunts, etc.  In the past, we've given flowers to our local  women employees in the Boston area. (We were able to do this with the help of our favorite local florist. Jody & Jill, owners of Fortin Gage,  take very good care of the women from Sun who drop by their shop - that's why they get a special 'shout out' on this blog entry!)   I was surprised what a big impact that a single pink or red carnation could make.  One employee told me that he emailed all of his relatives back in the Ukraine to tell them that Sun was celebrating IWD.  He went on to tell me how much money he would spend on flowers for the women in his life 'back home' -- he seemed very proud of the IWD tradition in his country. (And he seemed proud to work for a company in the US that observed IWD)So, why is it that we don't hear a lot  about IWD in the US - especially as our economy becomes more global?  I've been wondering about this since I first learned of this March 8 observance.This morning,  I was listening to my favorite morning show news personalities (Diane and Robin) and they mentioned IWD.   I think we are going to see more awareness of this observance in the US because of their IWD story this morning that featured Diane von Furstenberg.  How are you going to observe IWD on Saturday, March 8?  If you are looking for inspiration, there are activities all over the world taking place - perhaps one is near  you!?!(ps...if you are wondering about the flower picture on this entry, that's from my Garden 4 years ago - it's a gerber daisy that had a crushed blossom, and when the flower finally opened, a heart appeared - pretty cool, huh?) 

While Sun has been recognizing National Women's History Month for nearly a decade, four years ago, we also started to spread awareness of International Women's Day (IWD) during our March events. IWD...

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Happy Women's History Month!

For the 8th consecutive year, Sun employees in the Boston area are recognizing National Women's History Month (WHM) during March.   (I have to admit that I will miss Larry R's annual email to me asking when National Men's Month is celebrated!) :-)We have a great line up of activities at Sun in the Boston area this March - including our 3rd annual toiletry drive to support some local women's shelters.  (I'm at Sun HQ this week and saved all my little unused hotel shampoos, etc.  to donate to this cause - but due to airline security regulations, I have to check my bag since my 'stash' won't even come close to fitting into a quart sized ziplock  for my carry-on bag. Oh, the things we will do to support the causes  for which we have passion!) We're also looking forward to a panel discussion with some of Sun's women VPs and Directors as well as a roundtable discussion with Donnalee Lozeau, the first woman Mayor in Nashua, NH's 153+ yr history.  (I was at our City Hall last year and walked down the hall where all the previous Mayor's pictures are hanging - It was so obvious that a woman's face was missing!  It's great to see Donnalee's up there now and we're looking forward to her being at Sun at the end of March.)We'll post updates about our activities throughout the month, so check this blog to see what's going on.  And let us know via the comments option what you are doing to celebrate WHM in March!

For the 8th consecutive year, Sun employees in the Boston area are recognizing National Women's History Month (WHM) during March.   (I have to admit that I will miss Larry R's annual email to me...

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Dr Audrey Nelson speaks in Broomfield

Approximately 50 internal and external men and women turned out on a snowy Valentines Day in Colorado to attend Dr. Audrey Nelson's seminar "He Speaks, She Speaks, What Different Things They Say." Dr. Audrey Nelson is a mother of two (she calls them her own gender research lab) and holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D in Communications. She discussed topics like the seven MOST asked questions regarding gender communication differences, the "Split Ear Phenomena," nonverbal messages, and touched on some communication practices to use within our virtual environment. Her award-winning research is cited in such books as "More Power to You and Communication Between the Sexes." You can learn more about Dr. Audrey Nelson by visiting her website at www.audreynelson.com. Personally, I walked away with a better understanding of how to communicate more effectively with men and women not only in my professional life but in my personal life as well. By understanding the differences in communication styles and knowing that neither way of communication is good or bad,  I am able to be more patient and understanding when miscommunication does happens.A big thanks to our Professional Development Committee Chairs, Jamie Hughes and Carol Neustadter, for putting this together!  We hope to have more of these great professional development events in the future, so be on the look out for more from Women@Sun-Colorado!Thank You, Nicole Eisele, Co-Chair of Women@Sun-Colorado

Approximately 50 internal and external men and women turned out on a snowy Valentines Day in Colorado to attend Dr. Audrey Nelson's seminar"He Speaks, She Speaks, What Different Things They Say."...

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Watching Women's History Unfold in NH this Week

I live in NH and am very excited about today's 1st in the Nation Presidential Primary that is taking place here today.  (I've already been blogging a little on this via the Sun Communicators' Group Blog)It's only Tuesday and it's already been an exciting week. In Nashua,NH  the first woman mayor for the city was inaugurated on Sunday morning during the 104th Inauguration of Nashua City Government - there were also some women being inaugurated for the Board of Aldermen (which was an all male board in 2007).Ironically, as these women in city government were being sworn in to office, thousands of people were outside of the same venue, waiting in line to see one of the top Democratic candidates (a woman!) who is running for President of the United States.  (The City Inauguration took place at 10 am and the Presidential Campaign Rally was at 12noon)Don't forget that women did not have the right to even vote in the United States until the Nineteenth Amendment was passed on August 26, 1920.    It's amazing to know that there are women who are alive today - our mothers and grandmothers who at one time, were not allowed to vote - it was against the law.  And today, these same women get to see a woman's name on the ballot as one of the many PEOPLE who are running for President in 2008.  No matter which candidate you may support, or vote for, we are living and participating in history. That is something to stop and think about today.

I live in NH and am very excited about today's 1st in the Nation Presidential Primary that is taking place here today.  (I've already been blogging a little on this via the Sun Communicators' Group...

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The Spirit of Giving is All Around Us!

I love to hear how people come together to give back to their communities.   One of the reasons that I enjoy working at Sun is that I have the opportunity to work with people from across the company to lead and participate in programs that allow Sun employees to make an impact locally.  That's important to me because I live in NH not in CA where Sun is headquartered.Over the past few weeks, I've seen a lot of media coverage of companies doing unique things in the spirit of the Holiday Season.  One of those stories covered by the media is in my own backyard -- a company called eCopy added a question to their employee survey this past fall re: options for their employee holiday party.  The company's employees overwhelmingly opted to put the money for their party (which in the past included fancy foods and beverages, as well as prizes like iPod and airline tix) into an effort to benefit the local community.  As a result, eCopy made a $25k donation to the local newspaper's Santa Fund program.Another backyard story that you won't read about in the paper, but can learn about from Sun's employees across the Boston area is about our recent Gift Drives for two local organizations:  The Lowell Wish Project in MA and the Nashua Children's Home in NH.  Our local Women's Network in the Boston area planned and managed both drives. We all know that Sun has some of the smartest people in the industry.....but we also have some of the most generous people too!Between both drives, we provided the two local organizations with approximately $10K in clothing and gifts this year.   Even with the odds not in our favor to deliver on time due to major snowstorms in the NE last week, employees came from out of the woodwork to get to Burlington and Nashua to drop off their presents, sort, pack and then deliver to the agencies that we had committed to supporting.   It was really amazing to see people go out of their way to help so that all deliveries could arrive on time!As we were wrapping up the project in Nashua this past Monday, we had a last minute need for an electronics item for one of the last gifts to be delivered.....this was realized as a car load of gifts was on its way out the door for delivery.   Luckily, just outside of our local office in NH is a Sears Home Essentials store.   I ran in with the gift tag just before noon and went straight  to the electronics dept to find this last minute gift.   The item that was on sale was no longer in stock. So I asked to talk to a manager.I explained what our local employees had been doing for our big Holiday drive(s).  He immediately offered a comparable item at a very generous discount to help us out.  (no hemming and hawing or having to go get endless approvals, etc) I was really surprised, but also pleased with his gesture - so much so that I called Sears customer service this week to thank them and this employee for their help to ensure a happy ending for all of our gift recipients!  It does 'take a village' - even if it's for just one simple gift item.  So look around  and keep your eyes open and I'm sure you'll see generosity all around you during the holiday season (If you don't necessarily see it - you can definitely feel it!)  Many thanks from one Sun employee to all of my fellow Sun employees in the Boston area, as well as those around the world, for making such a notable impact in our communities - not just at the holiday season, but throughout the year!

I love to hear how people come together to give back to their communities.   One of the reasons that I enjoy working at Sun is that I have the opportunity to work with people from across the company...

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Sun Women in Boston Dine with Jack and Suzy Welch

OK....we really didn't 'dine' with Jack and Suzy, but we were all together during the keynote luncheon program where the Welches co-presented during an interview session.  They were both on the stage, which was an interesting approach at a women's conference. This took place at the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston on December 11, 2007.  Karen Tegan Padir (One on Boston's Women to Watch and an exec at Sun) sponsored two tables for over 20 Sun Women in the Boston area to attend this event. Here's a picture of most of us (who by the way represent just about every business group across Sun): Last year there were about a dozen of us who attended - I hope that someday we have a presence there like Raytheon had yesterday - they sent all 500 of their Massachusetts based women or State Street, one of the sponsors, that had 700 women attend!With so much info to share, it's going to take more than one blog entry to share what I learned yesterday.....so let me start with our lunch with Jack and Suzy -- here are the things, that aren't the standard things you hear at conferences like this, that I jotted down as far as business advice:Jack said, "Networking is nice....but it's all about over-delivering." He went on to explain that to get ahead you need to learn the 'game.'  And that is all about "making your boss look smart." (I don't think my boss reads this blog, so I'm not worried about him catching on to this advice I picked up and already am putting into action!)  When asked about work/life balance, he said that he doesn't "believe in work life balance."  You could have heard a pin drop!  He continued to explain, that  "it's all about work/life CHOICES."  He added, "You don't get to be chairman of GE by being dad of the year." This was interesting to me - here he was talking about this at a WOMEN'S CONFERENCE.   He did quip that even when he was "21 that [he] didn't have this many women listening to [him]."    Interestingly, I wondered to myself how the audience would respond to his insights -- and guess what?  Many of the people I talked to found his comments to be insightful and accurate.  What do you think?

OK....we really didn't 'dine' with Jack and Suzy, but we were all together during the keynote luncheon program where the Welches co-presented during an interview session.  They were both on the stage,...

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12/3 Winter Open House - Colorado

2007 WINTER TOWN HALL & OPEN HOUSEThursday, December 131:30 - 2:30 p.m. MT Town Hall2:30 p.m. MT Open House Begins!Broomfield Campus Dining HallEnjoy an opportunity to slow down and catch up with your colleagues from both the Broomfield and Louisville campuses. Join us for the 2007 Winter Town Hall and Open House on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. MT, in the Broomfield Campus Dining Hall.Take a well deserved break to enjoy some holiday treats, chat with your friends and colleagues, and meet the Colorado Leadership Council team members. Don Grantham, EVP of Sales and Services, and Bill MacGowan, SVP of Human Resources, will be joining us for the festivities following the Town Hall. Holiday Giving Activities & EventsWe are still collecting canned goods for the Community Food Share through December 7, 2007. Please donate canned goods by filling the bins in your building lobby. Alternatively, you can donate directly to the Community Food Share by clicking on this link:  https://secure.communityfoodshare.org/giving_form.cfmThis year, we are supporting the Make-A-Wish foundation by selling raffle tickets to help make a wish come true for a local child in need. Purchase your raffle tickets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MT  during the December 6, 2007 holiday vendor fair on Main Street (Broomfield Campus). Alternatively, you can purchase your raffle tickets directly from Monica Coughlin at Monica.Coughlin@Sun.COM (BRM Campus) or Kristin Keller at Kristin.Keller@Sun.COM (LVL campus). Prizes will be drawn during the Winter Open House. Make-A-Wish Raffle Prizes are a $500 Flatiron Crossing Mall Gift Card or a signed CU football (used in the 2007 CU vs. Nebraska game, signed by the team). Raffle tickets are $1.00 each (or 6 for $5.00) and all proceeds go directly to the Make-A-Wish foundation.We are hosting our second Annual Sun Canstruction® Contest in December. Judging will occur on December 13, 2007 between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at the Town Hall that begins at 1:30pm. New for this year is the People's Choice Award. We will take people's choice award votes on December 11 and 12, 2007. Please visit the voting table located next to the Canstruction structures. Contact Staci McKee (Staci.McKee@sun.com)  or Nicole Eisele (Nicole.Eisele@sun.com) to sign up a team. Prizes will be awarded for the winning structure and the People's Choice.

2007 WINTER TOWN HALL & OPEN HOUSEThursday, December 131:30 - 2:30 p.m. MT Town Hall2:30 p.m. MT Open House Begins!Broomfield Campus Dining Hall Enjoy an opportunity to slow down and catch up with your...

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The Season of Giving Continues.....

Last week, Mary recognized the work that we're doing at Sun's NH office for the Nashua Children's Home.  (I just love the NCH project and get excited every year seeing Sun employees make an extra effort to provide local kids with happy holiday memories!) This week, I'd like to give a 'shout out' for the additional project that Sun Women in the Boston area are leading right now.....a HUGE drive to support the Lowell Wish Project.    Within just a few days, 99 "wish tags" were accounted for by Sun employees in the Boston area -- and I know many of them are out shopping tonite.This project is being led by Michele Walker and Tricia Teixeira (both are people I've known for many years at Sun and I'm glad that this project helped us to get reacquainted.)  This is the first drive that Michele and Tricia have led for the entire Burlington campus and their energy and enthusiasm has been inspiring to our local employees.I wondered how they would manage so many 'wishes' knowing that our local community is very distributed.   With their IT and Web backgrounds, they convinced some of our engineering employees to donate some volunteer time to create an internal wiki - kind of a virtual holiday tree - for employees to access 'tags' from anywhere.   Very cool and I'm sure the start of a best practice that will be replicated across Sun.Thank you to Tricia and Michele for the work you've done....I'll look forward to joining you and all of the other volunteers whom you recruited to take care of the final packaging and delivery at our Burlington campus later next week! 

Last week, Mary recognized the work that we're doing at Sun's NH office for the Nashua Children's Home.  (I just love the NCH project and get excited every year seeing Sun employees make an...

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I Wonder if Scott Adams read Women Don't Ask

A couple of years back, I read Babcock & Laschever's Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide, a fantastic book that really has changed the way I look at my life and how I handle every day decisions. (an excellent companion book for Women Don't Ask is Cialdini's Influence: Science and Practice). I wish this was mandatory reading for every manager, director & VP - basically for anyone who deals with hiring, pay rises & recognition of team member accomplishments.  Any woman just starting her career or looking to make a move should read Women Don't Ask before they enter the interview and negotiation phases.  This book is amazing - showing you, with well researched data, why you (male or female) should never be afraid to actually ask for what you want.  Since reading this book, I've gotten discounts on dance shoes, dance tights, a wine fridge, repairs to my leather jacket, and had countless opportunities at Sun that I otherwise would not have.  Back to the subject, this recent Dilbert comic about why Dilbert got two computer monitors while his female colleague did not, makes me think that Scott Adams has maybe just read this book... As a bonus, the book is very easy to read. :-)This is my first post to this group blog, and I nearly posted this to my own... but it seemed more "on-topic" here. Valerie Fenwick

A couple of years back, I read Babcock & Laschever's Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide, a fantastic book that really has changed the way I look at my life and how I handle every day...

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Women Who Light the Dark

A Conversation About Leadership: Women Who Light the DarkDATE: Friday October 12th & Monday October 15Women @ Sun sponsored 2 outstanding and inspiring events. A live eventwas held on Oct. 12th on the Menlo Park campus where we had approx. 80people attended and Paola sold 58 books where 100% of her royaltieswill go to the Global Fund for Women. In addition a Webex event washeld on Oct. 15th where approx. 30-40 people attended from other Sunlocations. We had Terry McKenzie, Executive Sponsor to Women in theWest & Sr. Director ,Global Employee Communications & ChangeManagement, speak about the Women @ Sun organization and we had  StansKleijnen, former Sun Executive and Board Member of the Global Fund forWomen speak about the Global Fund for Women. The highlight of the eventwas when Paola Gianturco, renowned photojournalist and author of thephotographic essay book Women Who Light the Dark talked about some ofthe photo's in her book and the stories surrounding those photo's. Welearned about remarkable women from around the world who have improvedthe lives of women and girls in their communities through extraordinaryleadership and innovative strategies. It is safe to say that we allwalked away inspired and amazed.If you were not able to attend this event and you are interested insupporting the Global Fund for Women and reading about the amazingwomen in Paola's book you can purchase Women Who Light the Dark fromindependent and chain bookstores, as well as online booksellers aroundthe globe. In addition all are listed on he BUY IT page ofwww.womenwholightthedark.com, 100% of Paola's royalties will be donatedto the Global Fund for Women.

A Conversation About Leadership: Women Who Light the Dark DATE: Friday October 12th & Monday October 15 Women @ Sun sponsored 2 outstanding and inspiring events. A live eventwas held on Oct. 12th on...

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I Invent the Future

October 22, 2007 - Twenty-four members of the engineering staff represented Sun at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC).  GHC is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery.Sun was a Platinum Sponsor for the event, continuing the company'ssupport for women in computing. Sun sponsored GHC in 2002, 2004 and2006 (GHC used to be held every other year.)Sun's GHC attendees represent the broad and diverse opportunities Sun affords to women incomputing and technology, ranging from researchers at Sun Labs andengineers in Microelectronics, Software and IT, to managers anddirectors in Sales and Human Resources.Sun's attendees were involved heavily at the event. Ten participated on panels and BOFs including:"Advancing Your Career, Advancing Your Life" (panel submitted byRobin Wilensky, Architect in Sun Global Sales & Service Thursday, Session 1"The Road to Executive Leadership" (includes a Sun panelist Kathy Jenks, Director in Sun Software)Thursday, Session 2"Managing your career 2-5 years out of school" (includes a Sun panelist Sukyoung Ryu, Member of the Technical Staff in Sun Labs)Thursday, Session 3"Girl Geeks in High School - Technical Experiences of Future Inventors" (panel submitted by Katy Dickinson, Director in Sun's CTO group, and daughter Jessica Dickinson Goodman, soon-to-be Freshman at Carnegie Mellon University)Thursday, Session 4"Real Teamwork in the Virtual World" (includes a Sun panelist Leslie Lambert Vice President, IT Service)Thursday, Session 4"Mentoring Makes MAGIC for Middle and High School Girls" (BOFsubmitted by Ira Pramanick, Sun Senior Staff Engineer in Software)Thursday, Session 6"Successful Latinas Opening Doors to the Future: Advancing Latinas in Computing" (panel submitted by Gilda Garreton, Staff Engineer in Sun Labs; the panel also includes Ivonne Valdes, Sun Director in Global Services) Friday, Session 3"Technical to Management: Expect the Unexpected - A Synopsis of Two Women's First Year Experiences" (includes Susan Miller, Director)Friday, Session 4"Innovation Inside Corporations" (includes a Sun panelist Yvonne Wilson, Sun Principal IT Architect)Friday, Session 5"Latinas in Computing" (BOF submitted by Gilda Garreton, Staff Engineer in Sun Labs)Friday, Session 6"Outstanding Women in Computer Security" (includes a Sun panelist Kathy Jenks, Director in Sun Software)Gilda Garreton, Sun Labs; Valerie Fenwick,Software; and Katy Dickinson, CTO, were Official Bloggers. Gildablogged in Spanish.Gilda focused on the track for Latinas in Computing: Latinas in GHC07,which produced a panel titled "Successful Latinas Opening Doors to theFuture: Advancing Latinas in Computing," with six distinguished Latinasfrom industry and academia; follow-up BOF session and lunch event.The attendees staffed a recruiting table, participated in Sponsor Nightand gave away a Sun SPOT as part of the Sponsor's Raffle. GHC 2007 was the seventh ina series of conferences designed to bring the research and careerinterests of women in computing to the forefront.Presenters represented industrial, academic and government communities.Leading researchers presented current work, while special sessionsfocused on the role of women in computer science, informationtechnology, research and engineering.Past GHC events have resulted in collaborative proposals, networking,mentoring, and increased visibility for the contributions of women incomputing.

October 22, 2007 - Twenty-four members of the engineering staff represented Sun at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC).   GHC is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for...

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Seizing the Opportunity to Judge the Stevie Awards for Women in Business

For the past few years, I've been invited via email to be a preliminary judge in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business...aka: the Oscars for Business.I typically skip over such emails - but this year, decided to accept the invitation and apply to be a judge.  Within a few minutes, I was sent all the info I needed to start judging entries.What fun!!!  I've been having a blast reading and ranking the nominations -- and learning first hand about all the great things that women are doing in the business world. Thus far, all of the entries I've read are well written and truthfully, all are fascinating (and I think that's all I can say!)  The preliminary judging ends this week, and finalists will be announced on October 15th.The awards program recognizes women in business in dozens of categories -- for both individuals and companies.   Keep your eye out on the Stevies' website for info on the final award recipients to be announced in November.  This is a program to become familiar with and consider submitting nominations 2008.And if you ever are invited to participate to be a judge for a program like this - seize the opportunity!   You'll find that the minimal effort that judging takes, pays you back with tons of inspiration and learnings about the great things that women around the world are doing everyday!

For the past few years, I've been invited via email to be a preliminary judge in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business...aka: the Oscars for Business. I typically skip over such emails - but this...

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First a Wage Gap....Now a Happiness Gap?

A colleague from California passed along a link to an Economist blog entry re: Women and Happiness.   Research is showing that women are less happy than men.   I find this intersting and decided to click some of the links in the entry to read more.  Of particular interest to me was the comment in a NY Times article ('He's Happier, She's Less So') that "there appears to be a growing happiness gap between men and women." According to the research, women aren't necessarily working more than 30-40 yrs ago - we are just doing different kinds of work. Less homemaker-type of work and more career/business work.But many of us still have to do homemaker-type work - aka: housework -  on top of our career business work -- this is what is making so many of us unhappy.   It's like they say, "A woman's work is never done." Bottom line (at least to me), is that we need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves (Yes! That's easier said than done, I guess.)  Goes back to the need to 'have it all.'  Which apparently is taking a priority over our need for happiness.    First a wage gap, now a happiness gap --- I'm going to keep reading about this to see if there is any research that ties the two gaps together.   I wonder which gap we can close first? (And how long it will take?)

A colleague from California passed along a link to an Economist blog entry re: Women and Happiness.   Research is showing that women are less happy than men.   I find this intersting and decided to...

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Learn about Women@Sun and Upcoming Events

Women@Sun Kickoff MeetingDATE: Tuesday, October 9TIME: 11:30am MT\*Call-in details and presentation to followJoin us to learn more about Women@Sun as an Employee Resource Group, our priorities for FY08, and our active local chapters.Join the Women@Sun community. Email JoinSunWomen@Sun.com to beconnected to the Sun women's network in your area. Please indicate yourlocation so we can match you up with the closest chapter. A Conversation About Leadership: Women Who Light the DarkDATE: Monday, October 15TIME: 10am MTLOCATION:Sun Broomfield Campus--Building 3, Lightning and Scout Conference Rooms(If you are not able to attend in person, stay tuned for further dial in details on the WebEx.)A WebEx presentation featuring Paola Gianturco, renownedphotojournalist and author of the photographic essay book Women WhoLight the Dark.All Sun employees are invited. You'll learn about remarkable women from around the world who have improved the lives of women and girls in their communities through extraordinary leadership and innovative strategies. You'll be inspired by the courage and creativity of these effective women leaders who are kindling hope and possibility for families, communities, countries, and our world.

Women@Sun Kickoff Meeting DATE: Tuesday, October 9 TIME: 11:30am MT \*Call-in details and presentation to followJoin us to learn more about Women@Sun as an Employee Resource Group, our priorities for...

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Leadership Seminar for Asian Americans--Nov. 8

A Leadership Seminar for Asian Americans -- Sun Campus in Broomfield, CO "21st Century Leader" delivered by J.D. Hokoyama, President & CEOof LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.,http://www.leap.org/). A networking reception will follow with thespeaker, leaders from Asian organizations and Asian employee groups oflocal corporations (Sun, Raytheon, Coors, Kaiser Permanente, AZN, etc). WHEN: Thursday, November 8Seminar: 3:00-5:00pm (check-in at 2:30pm)Reception: 5:30-7:30pm WHERE: Sun Microsystems BroomfieldCampus (Building 1, Conf. Rooms #1 and #2) COST: Free; RSVP required (email rsvp@naaapcolorado.org) About NAAAP:The NAAAP Colorado is a 501(c)(3) (pending) organization(http://www.naaapcolorado.org) and is a member of 501(c)(3) NAAAPNational (http://www.naaap.org) that has been in existence for over twodecades, and is recognized by many corporations in North America. NAAAPColorado was founded by several corporate Asian American employeeresource groups in Colorado, with the goal of on-going collaboration tocreate “The Center of Leadership Learning for Asian AmericanProfessionals in Colorado.” NAAAP Colorado seeks to establish a networking platform for AsianAmerican professionals to develop and exercise leadership skills andother professional attributes, to advance their careers, and to fosterbusiness entrepreneurship.

A Leadership Seminar for Asian Americans -- Sun Campus in Broomfield, CO "21st Century Leader" delivered by J.D. Hokoyama, President & CEO of LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.,http://w...

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Oct. 5 - Help Collect Computers in Denver

Need 10-15 volunteers to pick up donated computers in Denver, CO.Please contact Carla.Morales@Sun.Com to volunteer. Friday, October 5, 8am1160 E. 18th AvenueDenver, CO 80218(old hospital main ISD building) For many years, Carla Morales, a local Sun employee, has beenrebuilding computer systems and donating them to nonprofit educationalfacilities, senior citizens, day care centers, low income families, low incomecollege students and churches throughout the state of Colorado. She has beenable to do this through the various organization/business partners she hasbuilt relationships with. Through these partnerships she receives computer andparts donations. She has a great opportunity to help her mission and needs your help. Children'sHospital is moving in the next couple of weeks and has purchased a number ofnew computers and has offered to Carla's program 900 computers along withkeyboards & mice, no monitors. Carla has to go to each floor of theold hospital and collect the computers. She will need a team of 10-15volunteers to help her accomplish this task. Carla would hate to have to giveup any of the computers. Just think 900 families will benefit from this greatdonation. The scheduled date for pickup is Friday, October 5th starting at 8am. Pickup will be at the old hospital main ISD building 1160 E. 18th AvenueDenver, CO 80218. Contact Carla.Morales@Sun.Com tosign up to volunteer. If a department is interested in a team-building event,this would be perfect. If you can’t make it, do you know others who can: collegestudents, high school students, etc?

Need 10-15 volunteers to pick up donated computers in Denver, CO. Please contact Carla.Morales@Sun.Com to volunteer. Friday, October 5, 8am1160 E. 18th AvenueDenver, CO 80218(old hospital main ISD...

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Battle picking and other daily activities

Interestingseries of events:  In the same month, India elected its firstfemale President, and on the other side of celebrity turmoil, a judge(male, ironically) condemned the whole of the Indian democraticphilosophy because: Of 4 remaining female Indian Idol contestants, 3were on the brink of extinction,  while less talented (in thejudge's opinion), male contestants settled comfortably into theirseats, one step closer to the coveted prize. The Indian President iselected by members of the Indian Parliament and Legislature, whilethe next Indian Idol will be jettisoned into stardom by the harshcritics in the Indian masses. Surely this means that in the IndianGovernment, we have done well by electing progressive,non-discriminating leaders that have the gumption to appoint the mostdeserving candidate, regardless of gender, while the masses in Indianeed to do some soul searching on whether it was Charu's gender orher bland singing that led to her ultimate dismissal. Or does it? As I took a moment to be concerned about the state of mydemocracy, I realized that the ringing in my ears was the farewellsong of the contestant who was voted off, and I have to say I wasrelieved to see her go. Further, each of the girls clearly lacked theability to motivate the crowd into a bouncing, gyrating frenzy thatsomehow the boys were able to pull off. I would vote all the womenoff. I am a woman, and a music devotee.  Where should myloyalties lie? And why are they even in conflict in this event? We need to pick our battles wisely. Gender biases existlegitimately and there are several examples of situations in whichwomen have been disadvantaged, either consciously or inadvertently,in social and professional spheres (there are also examples,incidentally, of the reverse occurring). I'd rather have a female President and a male Indian Idol any day!(Go, Chang!).

Interesting series of events:  In the same month, India elected its first female President, and on the other side of celebrity turmoil, a judge(male, ironically) condemned the whole of the...

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Interesting Headlines this Week on Women, Wages and the 'Glass Ceiling'

There are two interesting news items that caught my attention this week.Both are are pertintent to a blog for women in business and may inspire some interesting discussion!Women's Purse at Wimbledon Now Equals Men'sI never realized that this was an issue in Tennis - but now I do!  The topic brings me  back to the discussion on Women and Wages that Evelyn Murphy had with us during a visit to Sun's Burlington, MA campus over a year ago.  I like what Serena Williams  had to say about this news at Wimbledon: "It's astep in the right direction, I mean, for just not only tennis, but justfor women's sports and just for women all."  Here's the other headline.  This one surprised me!SC Man Could Be First Male PTA PresidentI was interested in what the commentary would be in the article.   It was very positive about the role that fathers play in their childrens' education. Susan Bailey of Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College saidthe election of a man to the PTA's top post is "exactly the kind ofthing we would hope would happen more often." I think that this is great for an organization that was founded as The National Congress of Mothers 110 years ago. What do you think???? 

There are two interesting news items that caught my attention this week. Both are are pertintent to a blog for women in business and may inspire some interesting discussion! Women's Purse at Wimbledon...

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A Maya Angelou Poem Arrived in my Inbox Today

The email said that if I sent this Maya Angelou poem to 3 people, I'd have good luck all day.I'm hoping that by sharing with the readers of our Women's Blog, the luck will go thru tomorrow!After so many of Sun's Women in Boston saw Dr. Angelou last December at the Mass. Conference for Women, I thought thiswas a good place to share such inspiration! A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own,even if she never wants to or needs to...A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE...a youth she's content to leave behind....A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age....A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .....a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...A  WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal,that will make her guests feel honored...A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... a feeling of control over her destiny..EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...how to fall in love without losing herself..EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...how to quit a job, break up with a lover,and confront a friend without;ruining the friendship...EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...that she can't change the length of her calves,the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents.. EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...that her childhood may not have been perfect..but it's over...EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...how to live alone . even if she doesn't like it...EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW.. whom she can trust, whom she can't,and why she shouldn't take it personally...EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...where to go...be it to her best friend's kitchen table...or a charming inn in the woods...when her soul needs soothing...EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...what she can and can't accomplish in a day...a month...and a year...

The email said that if I sent this Maya Angelou poem to 3 people, I'd have good luck all day.I'm hoping that by sharing with the readers of our Women's Blog, the luck will go thru tomorrow!After so...

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Mission Accomplished?? Take Our Daughters (& Sons) to Work Day

I just read that today is the last official "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" (formerly known as Take Our Daughters to Work Day).  The program was created by the Ms. Foundation in 1993 after aHarvard University study showed that girls’ self-esteem began toplummet by the time they turned 12.Sun in the CA Bay area is hosting a small group of young women for a tour of Sun Labs -- and part of the day will include a video conference connection to Sun's campus in Burlington, MA.   It's a great oppty for young women to see the workings of a tech company, first hand.According to the article, the Ms Foundation "believes it has accomplished the mission of integrating the program into the workplace."   “Ithas entered the employee handbooks,” said Sara Gould, president andchief executive of the Ms. Foundation, which is based in Manhattan.   “It really is part of the life of many workplaces around the country.”So, if you are taking your daughters or sons to work today,  have a wonderful time &  keep in mind the goal of the program. And don't forget to mark you calendar to take a leadership role in your organization to ensure that the mission of integrating this program into the workplace does, indeed, continue.

I just read that today is the last official "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" (formerly known as Take Our Daughters to Work Day).  The program was created by the Ms. Foundation in 1993 after aHar...

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The 5 Minutes that Changed My Perspective for Today

Today was one of those days when a 5 minute experience before noon can change your entire perspective on the rest of your day.Sun's Women in the Boston area wrapped up our 'toiletry drive' for Rosies Place in Boston and Bridges-NH in Nashua, NH.   Both of these organizations provide a sanctuary for women who need help (whether it is to get out of an abusive situation, have a hot lunch, etc.)  This morning, Colleen and I went to Burlington to empty and sort the collection bins -- Miriam, Margaret and Heidi helped as you can see from this photo:                                        We collected, between both Sun locations, over 1100 toiletry items during our Women's History Month Drive! Lots of travel sized soaps, shampoos, etc from luxurious (and not so luxurious)  hotels that Sun employees  and their families stay when they travel for business and pleasure -- There were also lots of purchased items, like razors, toothbrushes, etc.With 5 people sorting, it took less than an hour to sort, pack and for Colleen and I to be on our way to Rosie's Place in Boston.  It only took 5 minutes to carry the items into the Boston shelter. Rosie's was preparing for their lunch time and we met a volunteer in tiny parking lot who helped us to carry things into the lobby.    The eyes of the women who were waiting in line for lunch opened wide when they saw all the new toiletry items that we delivered.  Many of them smiled, too.  It was like we were delivering priceless gifts to them.  Those 5 minutes made me stop and realize just how lucky I am. It also made me realize that Sun employees always go all out to support community efforts that their co-workers lead.  Over a thousand toiletry items are going to make a lot of struggling women and their families very happy this weekend!I'll never look at those travel sized items on the hotel sink the same way again!  What may be useless to some people is often priceless to others.

Today was one of those days when a 5 minute experience before noon can change your entire perspective on the rest of your day. Sun's Women in the Boston area wrapped up our 'toiletry drive' for Rosies...

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We've Come a Long Way, Baby! March 28

In celebration of Women's History Month (WHM),Sun Women - Colorado(SWC) would like to invite you to a panel discussion on March 28. Thisevent is the culmination of a month-long series of activities tocelebrate WHM. We are in awe of the amazing panel of women who arebusiness and community leaders, including a state representative!We are also offering you a chance to win aweekend getaway package fromRenaissance Hotel! (For Sun employees only)Read on to learn more... Panel Discussion -March28Join us for a lively panel discussion in honor of this year's WHM theme"Generations of Women - Moving History Forward". The panel will consistof women representing various generations, ages ranging from thetwenties to eighties. Our panelists are business and community leaders,including a Colorado state representative!WHEN: March 28, 3 - 4:30 pmWHAT: Panel Discussion - Women of Various GenerationsWHERE:Sun Broomfield CampusBRM01, Conf. Rooms 1 & 2Click here to learn aboutthe panelists (pdf file)(http://sunwebcollab.east.sun.com/gm/document-1.9.2418295/PanelBio.pdf)This event is open to all; Sun and non-Sun employees, women and men. Wealso encourage you to bring your daughter and/or son. This is alearning experience for all. Topics will center on the workforce,societal expectations, and the changes from generation to generation.Panelists will also share their individual paths in life and/or work.RSVP:\*Sun employees - Not required. Just show up!\*Non-Sun employees - Please RSVP to Susan Medland by 3/26/07at303-661-5737 or Susan.Medland@Sun.COM. Shewill e-mail you detaileddirections to the site and we'll have a visitor badge ready for youwhen you arrive.We will also be drawing the winner of our quiz. Grand prize will be aRenaissance Hotel weekend package. Seebelow for information about thequiz.    Take Quiz, Win PrizeWin a weekend package from Renaissance Hotel! Take our quiz and enterfor your chance to win. Must be a Sun employeeto win.1. Which Sun executive recently became executive sponsor of Sun Women -Colorado (SWC)? Hint: SWC Website2. Name Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame honorary board member that isalso President of University of Northern Colorado in Greeley3. Name the Colorado heroine that survived the Titanic sinking. Hint:Colorado Women’s Historical Inductee4. Who is the chair of SWC’s Operations Committee? Hint: SWC Website5. Name the CEO & co-founder of WorldWIT (Women InsightsTechnology). Hint: Blog link on SWC Website6. What is the first name of the female pool shark nicknamed “TheViper”? She gives pool tips at the Denver Athletic Club. Hint: www.cwcc.org7. Colorado was the first state in the union to allow women in thelegislature. Name the Colorado Democrat elected to the state Senate in1894.8. What year did the Colorado Suffragists win the right to vote? Hint:First failed in 18779. University of Colorado women’s soccer team named this femalefreshman the “Big 12’s leading scorer for 2006”. Hint: cubuffs.com10. Name the University of Colorado basketball 2006-07 female HeadCoach. Hint: cubuffs.comFor a chance to win a prize, please submit your answers to: SWCSteeringTeam@Sun.comWe will be drawing the winner at the panel discussion on March 28.Questions? Contact SWC steering team at: SWCSteeringTeam@Sun.comCheck out our website for updated information: SWCWebsite(http://sunwebcms.central:8001/sunweb/cda/mainAssembly/0,2685,9950_21919,00.html)

In celebration of Women's History Month (WHM), Sun Women - Colorado (SWC) would like to invite you to a panel discussion on March 28. Thisevent is the culmination of a month-long series of...

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Lunch-N-Learn March 21: Working with All Generations

Sun Women - Colorado (SWC) proudly offers the following Lunch-and-Learn exclusively to Sun Microsystems Employees & contractorsSolving the Generations Puzzle: Working in Multi-Generational TeamsPresented by Caroline Turner, The AthenA GroupMarch 21, 11:30am - 1pm MTEvery generation in history has grumbled about the values and workhabits of both younger and older generations. This workshop will helpyou move from grumbling to understanding, appreciating and using thedifferences among the generations in today’s workplace. Learn why thegenerations are different and get tips on managing multi-generationalteams. Grab your lunch and join us!WHEN: March 21, 11:30am - 1pm MTWHAT: Caroline Turner - "Solving the Generations Puzzle: Working in Multi-Generational Teams"WHERE:Sun Broomfield CampusBRM03, Lightning (along hallway outside of BRM03, around the corner from the coffee bar)WHO: Sun employees and contractors, women and men.Questions? Contact: SWCSteeringTeam@Sun.ComAbout Caroline TurnerA dynamic and engaging workshop facilitator, speaker and executive coach, Caroline Turner is a principal of The AthenA Group.Caroline is the former senior vice president, general counsel of CoorsBrewing Company. In addition to leading the internal legal function,she headed the company's Public Affairs Department, which includedgroups responsible for federal and state government affairs, alcoholissues and environmental policy, as well as the office of the corporatesecretary. Before joining Coors, Caroline was a partner in the law firm of HolmeRoberts & Owen, Denver, Colorado, where she specialized insecurities law and corporate transactions. She served as clerk to JudgeMcWilliams of the 10th Judicial Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.Caroline is a member of the board of directors of the Women'sVisionFoundation and Warren Village. She is on the advisory board of TheMentoring Company and the honorary Board of the Colorado Women's Hallof Fame. She has served on the board of the Women's Forum of Colorado andparticipated actively in the Women's Initiative at Mile High United Wayand in several capacities at the University of Denver College of Law.She is a former trustee and chair of the board of Warren Village andrepresented Coors as a member of the board of Greater Denver MetroChamber of Commerce and the advisory boards of the National HispanaLeadership Institute and the National Council of La Raza. Caroline was recognized in 2000 by the Women'sVision Foundation asCorporate Woman of the Year, received the Outstanding Alumni award fromthe University of Denver College of Law in 1999, was named a Woman ofDistinction by the Girl Scouts in 2000, was honored by Coors in 2002with the John Meadows Spirit of Diversity Award and in 2005 receivedthe Eleanor P. Williams award from the Arthritis Foundation of theRocky Mountains.

Sun Women - Colorado (SWC) proudly offers the following Lunch-and-Learn exclusively to Sun Microsystems Employees & contractors Solving the Generations Puzzle: Working in Multi-Generational TeamsPresente...

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Look Who's Talking-- and Doing Something--- about Eco-Responsibility

It's March 15th and we have another 2 weeks of activites for Women's History Month 2007 across Sun!This week, Sun's women in the bay area put together a panel focused on Eco-Responsibility featuring:Marla Cone,  Sr.Writer-Environmental Topics, Los Angeles Times & Author, Silent Snow, The Slow Poisoning of the ArcticMarcy Scott Lynn, ProgramManager, Corporate Social Responsibility & Blogger, SunLori Duvall, Program Manager,Eco Responsibility, SunAnn Bamesberger, VP, OpenWork Services Group, Sun The presentation provided by these speakers was fascinating -- especially interesting were the stats on women and Corporate Social Responsibility.I learned (but was not surprised!) that among other things, women are more likely than men to:investigate a company's environmental reputation before making a purchase (National Assoc. of Women Business Owners)invest in companies screened for different criteria including environmental practices (among key issues) (Yankelovich Partners)All of the women on this panel are not just giving lip-service to the topic of Eco-Responsonsibility, they are actually doing something about it.  They are sharing information, bringing change to their corporate environments and really making a difference. These are the women who make a difference in our world.  These are the women we will recognize as part of Women's History in the future!  Women like Marla, Marcy, Lori and Ann  are the ones whom we celebrate this month!BTW -  Did you know that March 15th is Virtual Women's Day? I didn't either until I received an email a few days ago from the Women's eCommerce Assoc. Int'l  (WECAI) Check out the Virtual Women's Day site for online gatherings taking place during Women's History Month.  

It's March 15th and we have another 2 weeks of activites for Women's History Month 2007 across Sun! This week, Sun's women in the bay area put together a panel focused on Eco-Responsibility featuring: Ma...

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A Guy's Perspective of our Int'l Women's Day Activities

One of my observations from last week's WITI event at Sun in Burlington (that I was not going to call out here) is that 2 men attended the event (about 50 people total).  BTW - All employees at Sun were invited, afterall our Women's Employee Resource Network is a Diversity AND Inclusion activity, so it's great to see that people are realizing this.But, since this came up in Quentin's Blog, it gives me a chance to bring it up here, too. (And to thank Sun's men for their support!)                                                                                                           Mary (our WITI panel moderator) and Quentin before the event.You can read about the event, from Quentin's perspective, on his blog.In addition to Quentin, who works in the Systems group,  Josh, from Sun's Field Marketing group, actively participated in the networking session and stayed for the Web 2.0 panel, too.                                                                                                                 Josh is wearing this sharp looking WITI cap that he won for being able to tell us about Grace Hopper.                                                           We had a little Women's History Quiz for WITI's give-aways!I've been told that the WITI cap now belongs to Josh's daughter who brought it to school the next day to show it to her friends! (Very cool!) It's the guys like Quentin and Josh who help our Women at Sun-sponsored events and gatherings to be successful. They do this by joining us for sessions like this and telling others about the value of our network.  A world of THANKS to Quentin and Josh - and to all the guys at Sun who support our efforts!

One of my observations from last week's WITI event at Sun in Burlington (that I was not going to call out here) is that 2 men attended the event (about 50 people total).  BTW - All employees at Sun...

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A Chance Meeting with Former First Lady Hillary Clinton

All of the celebrations and events around Int'l Women's Day last week were great!  We'll have some photos and recaps later this week on our group blog!  (and thru the end of March as we continue to recognize Women's History Month.)On a personal note, I've always been fascinated with the topic of U.S. Women's History that covers the First Ladies of the United States.  I think it stems back to when I was a Girl Scout in the early 1970s and my troop would greet First Lady Patricia Nixon upon her arrival in southern Florida when she and President Nixon would vacation at their place near Miami. Since then, I've always made it a point to visit the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History when I'm in Washington, DC.Yesterday, I had the unexpected opportunity to meet (in person!) a former First Lady who also happens to be a 2008 candidate for president. While meeting U.S. Presidential Candidates is not unusal for NH residents due to our role as the first in the nation primary state, no other woman of such global notoriety has been a candidate for the Oval Office.  The fact that this one has already resided in the White House for 8 years, just added to the interest in her visit!Senator Hillary Clinton was scheduled for a campaign stop in Downtown Nashua, NH at one of my favorite shops. I heard about her pending arrival via a national cable news network ~15 min before her visit, so I headed downtown to see if I could get a glimpse of the former First Lady.I not only caught a glimpse of her, but actually met Senator Clinton and even had the opportunity to talk with her for a few minutes.  While it was a private conversation, I can say that it was about this program and how it impacts an important issue in my community. It was quite a memorable day!                                       March is Women's History Month "Eleanor Roosevelt understood that every one of us every day has choicesto make about the kind of person we are and what we wish to become. Youcan decide to be someone who brings people together, or you can fallprey to those who wish to divide us. You can be someone who educatesyourself, or you can believe that being negative is clever and beingcynical is fashionable. You have a choice."  Hillary Rodham Clinton

All of the celebrations and events around Int'l Women's Day last week were great!  We'll have some photos and recaps later this week on our group blog!  (and thru the end of March as we continue to...

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Giving is the Best Part of Celebrating

One of the topics frequently covered on this blog is the incredible work that Sun employees do to give back to their communities.   From Holiday Drives for gifts and food items to Fall Drives for Back to School items, our local communities benefit from the generosity (and very caring nature) of Sun's employees. You can read about Sun's philsophy on corporate giving and volunteerism in this week's Thinking Aloud newsletter from WorldWIT.  During March, Sun employees are holding drives to support charitable organizations that help women.  This is all tied to our recognizition and celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month.In the California Bay area, we have a business clothing drive to support the Dress for Success organization.  In the Boston area, we have our 2nd annual March Toiletry Drive to provide personal care items to local women's shelters: Rosie's Place in Boston and Bridges in Nashua, NH.If you are looking for some opportunities to recognize the women in your organization this month -- giving back to a local women's charity is a good way to start!March is Women's History Month (US).   March 8th is International Women's Day. "Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has ."Margaret Mead (1901-1978) 

One of the topics frequently covered on this blog is the incredible work that Sun employees do to give back to their communities.   From Holiday Drives for gifts and food items to Fall Drives for Back...

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Meet Sun's Women Leaders this Week!

With International Women's Day (IWD), only a few days away (Mar 8), we want our blog readers to be aware of some great events and activities taking place where you can meet some of Sun's women leaders: March 7 (London, United Kingdom)Aurora/HSBC Event: Today'sGirls/Tomorrow's Future (7:00pm-9:30pm Local time UK)Panelists include: Trudy Norris-Grey, Sun's UK Manager Director March 8 (Burlington & Boston, MA, United States) -Sun's Burlington Campus Hosts WITI - Web2.0 Panel (5:30-8pm Local time ET)Moderator willbe MarySmaragdis(aka: Sunblogger MaryMary) with a panel of women leadersfrom companiesacross New England.                     -MassHigh Tech's 10 Women to Watch - Boston (5:30-8:30pm Local time ET)Karen Tegan-Padir, VP Enterprise JavaPlatforms, to be honored with 9 other Boston area women at an event at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.                             Check the links for the various events for more info on registration. PS.....We hear that it is also Women's History Month downunder!? If any of our blog readers are aware of info for Australia's Women's History Month, let us know via the comments section of this blog -- and for all readers, if it's Women's History Month in your country, let us know so that we can share the knowledge here!March is Women's History Month (US).   March 8th is International Women's Day. "Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats. But, they also get more notoriety when they crash." -Ameila Earhart (1897-1937?)

With International Women's Day (IWD), only a few days away (Mar 8), we want our blog readers to be aware of some great events and activities taking place where you can meet some of Sun's...

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March is OUR Month!

March is a big month for Women --- Women in the US, Women around the World and Women at Sun!In the US, it's Women's History Month (WHM). There's even a Presidential Proclamation issued by the by the White House each year.....here's the one for 2007)And, next week, March 8th marks International Women's Day (IWD). The United Nations has been recognizing IWD for 30 years - even though the concept was created a century ago.Throughout the month, women from across Sun will be celebrating 'our month' in a variety of ways --- We'll be hosting internal and external seminars, panel discussions and  networking events, working with and giving back to our local communities and recognizing our women for their great work at Sun and in our industry.    Sun women will be contributing to this blog throughout the month -- to highlight their activities, post their thoughts, etc.  So check back regularly to see what we are doing and thinking!We encourage our blog readers to also post comments re: your thoughts, share your favorite quotes, and talk about what the women in your organization are doing to recognize women this month."They used to give us a day--it was called International Women's Day. In1975 they gave us a year, the Year of the Woman. Then from 1975 to 1985they gave us a decade, the Decade of the Woman. I said at the time, whoknows, if we behave they may let us into the whole thing. Well, wedidn't behave and here we are."  - Bella Abzug (1920-1998) 

March is a big month for Women --- Women in the US, Women around the World and Women at Sun! In the US, it's Women's History Month (WHM). There's even a Presidential Proclamation issued by the by the...

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How the Sun Ray Saved Grace

Just over a year ago, I started to use a Sun Ray @ Home.   I wasn't so sure if I'd like to work from home (I thought I'd be lonely!) I'm remote from the rest of my team that is in California, but stay very well connected -- I've worked with virtual teams my entire 11+ yrs at Sun, so I know how to get my work done from just about anywhere. Adding a Sun Ray@Home into my worklife added a whole new opportunity for flexibility in my overall life.   With minimal travel on the horizon, I finally broke down and got a dog a few months after my Sun Ray arrived.Grace  (or as I call her - the best officemate I've ever had!) came to my home via the Animal Rescue Network of New England (ARNNE).   She is an older dog who spent over 400 days in an animal shelter before finding her way to NH.Of all the benefits that my Sun Ray @ Home has provided to ensure some work/life balance, the opportunity to save Grace from one more day in the shelter is at the very top of my list!                                                 Heard of  Sun Ray Girl?!?!?   Meet SUN RAY DOG! (above)  Grace taking a nap under my desk. (And, in case you are wondering about the Dell on the desk, it's seldom on now that I have my Sun Ray @ Home!) 

Just over a year ago, I started to use a Sun Ray @ Home.   I wasn't so sure if I'd like to work from home (I thought I'd be lonely!) I'm remote from the rest of my team that is in California, but stay...

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Winter Open House ReCap

Thanks for Joining UsWinter Open House ReCapYou Mingled, Donated, and Won Thanks to Everyone who participated in Sun's 2006 Winter Open House and CANstruction Contest in Broomfield, Colorado. You mingled, you donated, and some of you won prizes.It was a chance to take a break andcatch up with friends and colleagues, meet new people, and enjoy somedesserts. Many cans of food were donated to build the structures forthe CANstruction contest, which benefited the food bank. It was acreative and fun way to help fight hunger in the local community. Don Grantham, EVP Global Sales andServices, and Bill MacGowan, EVP People and Places, were on hand tojudge the CANstruction contest, which was indeed a difficult job giventhe fabulous displays built by each team. The top four teams receivedprizes totaling up to $1,000. One team continued with their givingspirit by donating their prizes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.The top teams were (click on each to see their display):"Finance-tastic" (1st place), captain Jenn Larkin"Building 4 CAN Do!” (2nd place), captain Pete Francis"CAN-aLot", captain Yvette Francino“World Peas”, captain Janet LoweJim Baldwin,Community Food ShareExecutive Director, was also a judge for the contest. Afterwards heshared with us the work his organization is doing towards providingfood for the hungry. Food is a basic need, but it can inspire so muchmore. In one instance, free groceries helped to improve attendance at ahigh school. Now that's incentive to learn!Don Grantham and Bill MacGowan each gavea brief speech thanking employees for their hard work that contributedto Sun's success in the past year, and the bright prospect for thefuture. Bill, an ex-Colorado resident, also delivered a humorous TopTen list for "You know you're in the Bay Area during the Holidayswhen..."This event was possible due to thesponsorship of the Colorado Leadership Council. A huge thank you goesto Mary Cay Kosten for championing this event - she was also the eventemcee. The Sun Women - Colorado steering team and volunteercoordinator, Liz Griswold, worked diligently to ensure every detail wasin place to make this event a success.

Thanks for Joining UsWinter Open House ReCapYou Mingled, Donated, and Won Thanks to Everyone who participated in Sun's 2006 Winter Open House and CANstruction Contest in Broomfield, Colorado....

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Highlights from our Monthly Women's Forum - The Giving Roundup

Each month, a conference call is offered for Sun employees to hear from our women leaders across the company.The December call was unique and inspiring!  Just in time for the holiday season, several Sun women from across the US were featured for their work in their own communities:   Last week's blog put the spotlight on Ann Bischoff-- she explained how she led the Holiday Drive at Sun in Burlington, Massachusetts.  Just 30 miles north on route 3, in Nashua, NH, Terri McClellan and I were wrapping up (literally!) our Holiday Drive for 2006.  For the 6th year, we provided gifts for all the residents of Nashua's Children's Home (NCH) -- the generosity of our employees is just amazing and we know that there will be lots of smiles at the NCH's party this week!                          L-R: Joesph Harris, Cynthia Tello, myself and Terri McClellan pose with our first delivery (3 car loads!) of gifts for the Nashua Children's Home, outside of Sun's NH office. Heading down the east coast - about 10 hrs by car - an hour by plane, the employees from Sun's McLean,  VA office concluded their 8th year of ensuring that 1200 kids in the Washington DC area receive gifts. Hats off to Laura Dennis for leading this effort year after year! Even further south - in Atlanta, GA, Kathy Chamberlain let an effort where Sun sponsored 2 families and 2 seniors thru the North Fulton Community Charities.  Part of this giving effort included the purchase and assembly of 8 bicycles!!  Toward the west - at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Broomfield, CO, last Friday was the big CAN-STRUCTION event sponsored by the Sun Women in Colorado to benefit a local food pantry.We're still waiting for final results and pictures to post here -- so stay tuned for those details in the next few days.

Each month, a conference call is offered for Sun employees to hear from our women leaders across the company. The December call was unique and inspiring!  Just in time for the holiday season, several...

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Meet Some of our Women Leaders in the Boston Area!

Meet Ann.   Ann works in Sun's Storage Group out of the Boston area.                                        About 10 days ago, Ann stepped up to make sure that Sun's Burlington Campus had an official holiday drive activity.  In just over one week, Ann's leadership resulted in a Toy and Coat Drive that collected nearly 100 gifts/coats to benefit the local Salvation Army.  The generosity of Sun's employees always comes thru when these drives take place -- the key is that they need to have people like Ann to step forward  to pull all the little details together.   Thanks Ann!Ann comments on many of these blogentries.....maybe we can get her to become a full fledged group bloggersoon since she usually has a lot to say. Meet Lara (l) and Colleen (r).                                      Lara and Colleen, both work in the Global Sales and Services organization. They are volunteer their time to be the co-leaders for our Boston area Women's Network.   Over the past few years, Lara and Colleen have been the local liasions to MassWIT, providing campus resources to enable this group hold regular networking events.  While those events are taking place less frequently, the networking events go on internally at Sun.Tomorrow morning, they are hosting a "Coffee Break Session" in Burlington with Karen Tegan Padir, a VP in Sun's software organization. These informal sessions provide group mentoring opportunities and a chance for Sun women across the Boston area to stop, take a breath, and think about their own careers and to learn from others.  (Sun women can drop by this session on 12/15 from 9:30-10:30am in the cafeteria)Thanks Colleen and Lara!

Meet Ann.   Ann works in Sun's Storage Group out of the Boston area.                                         About 10 days ago, Ann stepped up to make sure that Sun's Burlington Campus had an official...

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The Starfish Pin that Symbolizes How Easy it is to Make a Difference

As Ann wrote in the comments section of yesterday's blog, the theme at the Mass Conference for Women in Boston earlier this week focused on making a difference in the lives of others:"Shine your light was the message from Maya, but also from MarthaCoakley who wore a starfish pin to symbolize throwing one starfish backinto the sea - why, because each small act makes a difference tosomeone or some being. Shine your light .... take a step, a small stepor a big step to do something for someone else and it will grow." Martha Coakley was just elected as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' first women Attorney General.  She won this seat in a landslide victory and got a huge round of roaring applause on Wedneday am.   Given that it's Friday, I thought it would be nice to include the starfish story in today's blog entry:The Starfish Storyas told by Loren EiseleyLoren Eiseley tells the story of a writer who is vacationing in a hotel on the coast and decides to take a break from his work by strolling along the sandy beach. In the distance, he spies a person whom he believes, at the time, is dancing, and is so intrigued he investigates further. As he approaches the “dancer,” he realizes it is a young man and he is not dancing, but throwing objects from the beach into the ocean. He gets closer still and discovers that the man is picking up starfish from the beach, where thousands have been stranded by low tide, and is throwing them back, one by one, into the ocean.The writer asks the man why he is undertaking such a task and the man replies that if he does not, the starfish will certainly die.At this, the writer scoffs and informs the man that there are miles and miles of beach and tens of thousands of starfish and he can’t possibly believe that what he is doing will make a difference.The young man pauses and gives thought to this observation. Then, picking up another starfish from the beach, he tells the writer as he throws it back into the ocean...“It makes a difference to this one.” 

As Ann wrote in the comments section of yesterday's blog, the theme at the Mass Conference for Women in Boston earlier this week focused on making a difference in the lives of others: "Shine your light...

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Let it Shine, let it shine, let it shine!

On Dec 6, several women from Sun in the Boston area joined over 4500 women at the 2nd annual Massachusetts Conference for Women.   We had a great time and came back to work today uplifted and inspired to 'shine' and 'light a path' from our lights to help guide others.Local women from Sun and I will blog about this experience over the next few days, because there is just so much to cover!  Today, I'll focus on the keynote sessions.   While the highlight of the event was Dr. Maya Angelou  who opened her keynote by singing, "This Little Light of Mine", there were dozens of excellent speakers at the event.  (You can watch the beginning of Dr. Angelou's talk on NECN -- There are no direct links to the video, so just browse the site to find it.)  I respected Dr. Angelou's request and did not take pictures, though I found it hard not to!  (The one here is 'borrowed' from the NECN site so that you can find the link faster!)Two other keynotes were Iman (also highlighted in a NECN video)             Iman is not just a supermodel, but also a philanthropist, founder of her own cosmetics company and a mother of two.   Her advice to us was to "know [y]our worth and don't settle for less."Marian Heard, President and CEO of Oxen Hill Partners,  interviewed Iman and did a great job of asking the questions that audience really wanted to know, including, "What is it like to be married to David Bowie?"  Iman's response is that "it's cool, afterall, he is David Bowie."   (too funny!)   Also made me think -- Is her last name Bowie? Gerry Laybourne  ,  founder of Nickelodeon and the Oxygen network shared her own stories of climbing the corporate ladder and talked about some Myths about women -- one of those myths are that "women don't help each other." (Sound like an interesting discussion for a future blog!) She talked about programming for an all women's network and some of the other projects of the network.  One worth exploring is Mentor Walk. Going back the Maya Angelou keynote which was during lunch (and after Iman and Gerry).What struck me was that you could have heard a pin drop during her session -- it was serious and funny and inspiring and I think it touched every person at a very deep, personal level.  (I hate when a song is stuck in my head, but yesterday was different, I could hear her singing "This Little Light of Mine" until I went to bed last night.   If you want a song stuck in your head, I guess that's a good one to be hearing.)   Throughout her talk,  she continued to sing this song, interspersed with her stories about the people she knew who have touched and inspired herself and others.  She told us to make sure the say "thank you", keep our sense of humor and "don't trust people who don't laugh."   She added,  "Thrive with passion and compassion, humor and some style."So if you heard about a glow in New England last night, it was surely the 'lights' of 4500 women shining, lighting new paths to help one another. 

On Dec 6, several women from Sun in the Boston area joined over 4500 women at the 2nd annual Massachusetts Conference for Women.   We had a great time and came back to work today uplifted and inspired...

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Leadership Development thru Philanthropic Efforts

Last Friday, Sun was presented with a Tech Citizenship Award by Mass High Tech.  This award recognizes Sun's philanthropic activites around the world, including across the New England area.  You can read about Sun's work in this area (which is predominantly led by its employees) in Mass High Tech this week: Sun Takes Volunteerism Global with Local Giving.  I was interviewed for this article to talk about Sun's work from an employee perspective.There is one thing that the article didn't cover, that I think is very important.  While giving back to our local communities is just a good thing to do (and often considered a responsibility), doing this work allows Sun's employees to also build on their own leadership skills.    The more enlighted managers at the company embrace this and realize that leading a volunteer project is a great way for employees, especially those with an interest in management, to learn how to lead and manage a team in a real world situation that requires results. During this season of giving, many women across Sun are leading local drives in their communities.   We'll highlight that work in this group blog over the next few weeks. Maybe some of the work that we do at Sun wil inspire you to take on some similar projects in your own community?If so, let us know via the comments section of this blog. 

Last Friday, Sun was presented with a Tech Citizenship Award by Mass High Tech.  This award recognizes Sun's philanthropic activites around the world, including across the New England area.  You can...