Wednesday Oct 21, 2015

Oracle's Cyndi Chin-Lee Wins Women of Color Technology All-Star Award!

Cyndi Chin-Lee was honored as a "2015 Women of Color Technology All-Star" award recipient at the 2015 Women of Color STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) conference in Detroit, Michigan, October 15-17, 2015.

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Cyndi is an avid story-teller, an outstanding writer and a fierce ally of LGBT population, a great community player that is always striving to make a difference - she is truly an inspiration in many regards.

Cyndi, who is a great technologist, also supports women through Oracle's Women's Leadership group and is an accomplished author. Her latest book, Operation Marriage, about a real life same sex couple facing the perils of Prop 8, was nominated for several awards and turned into a short film available on YouTube.

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 Cyndi with Denise Wall, Director of Human Capital Management Alliances

Internally, you can find her in Aria by the name of Cynthia Chinlee.

We are all so proud of her!

Friday Sep 21, 2012

Oracle will be a Bronze Sponsor of Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Oracle is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor at the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing from October 3-6, 2012 in Baltimore, MD. Oracle's Women's Leadership group, Oracle's Diversity & Inclusion program and Product Development are proud to be behind this sponsorship.

Several women from Oracle will be presenting and participating at the conference:
  • Industry Track: "From Engineer to Executive; The Path Forward", speaker Susan Zwinger VP, Global Systems Technology Service Center
  • Theme Track: "Are We There Yet? Finding Your Career Sweet Spot", speaker Gilda Garreton, Principal Software Engineer
  • Birds of a feather:  "Juggling Our Different Worlds", speaker Gilda Garreton
  • New Investigator Co-Chair, Gilda Garreton
  • Communities Committee Co-Chair, Valerie Fenwick, Manager Software Development
  • "Considering a shift in career from Technical towards Management?" table host,  Valerie Fenwick
Oracle will have a booth as well, so stop by and introduce yourself!

Monday Sep 19, 2011

Oracle Will be a Silver Sponsor of Grace Hopper

Oracle is pleased to be a Silver Sponsor for the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration
of Women in Computing
in Portland, Oregon November 9-12, 2011. Oracle's Women's
Leadership group and Oracle's Diversity program are proud to be behind this

Several women from Oracle will be presenting at the conference:

  • "Career Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities", Ana Chang
  • "Security Attacks! Countermeasures and Protecting Yourself Online", Valerie Fenwick
  • BoF: "Speed Mentoring for Women in Color in Technology", Gilda Garreton
  • BoF: "Industry Researcher", Gilda Garreton
  • Research Lunch Organizer, Tarik Ono
Oracle will be recruiting at the event as well, so bring your resumes and look for the Oracle booth!

Friday Nov 20, 2009

Recent news and blogs of interest to Sun Women

Catching up on news and blogs of interest to Sun Women:

    "Sun at the 2009 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing"
    Sun News dated September 21, 2008 -
    The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) conference will be held in Tucson, Arizona, September 30 - October 3, 2009. Twenty-four Sun employees will attend this year's conference, including Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos, who will present an invited technical talk on his new book — Citizen Engineer, A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering . Co-authored by Dave Douglas and John Boutelle, Citizen Engineer examines the rapidly changing engineering world and provides practical advice to help engineers of all types master the requirements to succeed in this new era.

    Women Ph.D. Students Win Scholarships to Grace Hopper Conference
    This is the second year that the at Sun Labs has awarded Grace Hopper Conference scholarships to two women interested in hardware development. These scholarships underscore Sun's promotion and support for computer hardware research. The students are Taniya Siddiqua, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at the University of Virginia, and Lamia M. Youseff, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Tuesday Sep 08, 2009

Sun Women in Anita Borg Institute Newsletter

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Newsletter has recently featured articles by two Sun women:

  • "Why I'm Glad I Attended GHC" by Valerie Fenwick, September 2009
  • "The Particular Value of Mentoring" by Katy Dickinson, July 2009

The September 2009 newsletter issue also included the article  "Sun Mentoring: 1996-2009" about the Sun Labs Technical Report of that title just published by Katy Dickinson, Tanya Jankot, and Helen Gracon.

"Sun Mentoring: 1996-2009" is available at:

Subscribe to the newsletter:

Monday May 18, 2009

13 Sun Presentations at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

The Hopper conference announced its acceptances yesterday. I just finished collecting review results from Sun's submitters. Sun staff submitted or were part of groups which submitted 19 proposals to Hopper 2009 and 13 were accepted (69%) - Sun's best acceptance rate ever! This includes Susan Landau's invited technical talk. The 2009 Sun presenters are from a very broad range of Engineering disciplines: Microelectronics, Software, Storage, Sun Labs, and the Systems group.

GHC 2009 will be held:

      Tucson, Arizona
      September 30 - October 3, 2009

Sun will be a Platinum Corporate Sponsor for the Hopper conference again this year.

For more, see the detailed list on

-- Katy Dickinson
Director, Business Process Architecture,
Chief Technologist's Office

Thursday May 14, 2009

Susan Zwinger honored with YWCA's Tribute to Women and INdustry (TWIN) award

Congratulations to Susan Zwinger!

Susan has been selected to receive the YWCA's 2009 Tribute to Women and INdustry (TWIN) award. This prestigious honor recognizes gifted women leaders in executive, professional, or managerial positions who have made outstanding contributions to the industries in which they work.

She will be honored at an upcoming luncheon celebration at the San Diego Convention Center.

Monday Apr 06, 2009

Susan Landau named as one of the most influential women in technology

The magazine Fast Company named Sun's Susan Landau as one of the five smartest women technologists today! Congratulations, Susan!

Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

First Two Women Voted onto the OpenSolaris Governing Board

The OpenSolaris Governing Board just announced its newly
elected 2009-2010 membership.  Congratulations to:

   \* John Beck
   \* Valerie Fenwick
   \* Michelle Olson
   \* Simon Phipps
   \* John Plocher
   \* Peter Tribble
   \* Jim Walker

Special congratulations to Michelle and Valerie who are the first
women to be elected to the OGB by the worldwide OpenSolaris community.

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Wednesday Oct 01, 2008

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing started tonight!

The always exciting and invigorating Grace Hopper conference has started tonight in Keystone, CO. Sun is yet again a corporate platinum sponsor for the event, which means we will all be busy as bees while we're here.  I'll be blogging on my personal blog about the conference, if you can't make it, otherwise please stop by the Sun booth and see many of the women who work here.

Valerie Fenwick

Tuesday Sep 09, 2008

Women in Technology Workshop - Boston Area

 Women in Technology Workshop - Boston Area

Workshop Details:

Registration Information:

Official website of the EmTech Conference:

CLIPS Community Conference Call

CLIPS Community Conference Call
(CLIPS - Community of Leadership Inspiring People at Sun )

  • Tuesday, 09/16/2008
  • 9:00 a.m. PT
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Phone # (US): 1-800-621-7539
  • International # - Toll Line: +1-773-799-3911
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Tuesday Aug 26, 2008

Women's Equality Day!

It's time to celebrate! Today marks the 88th anniversary of women in the United States winning the right to vote! Go out and celebrate, make sure you're registered to vote for this Novemeber's election, and discuss politics with other women!

Valerie Fenwick

Wednesday Aug 06, 2008

Pat Mitchell - A Conversation on Leadership - Replay Available

Pat Mitchell is the only female board member on Sun's board. She is the former CEO of PBS and worked personally for Ted Turner. She is a mother of 6 and an amazing business woman!

Women@Sun asked Pat to sit down and share some insights with our members. Hear what she had to say!

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Thursday May 08, 2008

Professional Business Women of California Conference

I was so lucky to attend last week's Professional Business Women of California's conference in San Francisco.  It was an outstanding opportunity to hear inspiring women like Madeleine Albright, Cokie Roberts, Jackie Speier and Martha Beck speak, as well as interact with professional women in other disciplines and attend excellent sessions.  There were actually quite a few women from Sun in attendance, which was really cool. I did quite a long write-up on my Sun blog.

Valerie Fenwick 


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