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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's
support for women in computing. Sun sponsored GHC in 2002, 2004 and
2006 (GHC used to be held every other year.)

Sun's GHC attendees represent the broad and diverse opportunities Sun affords to women in
computing and technology, ranging from researchers at Sun Labs and
engineers in Microelectronics, Software and IT, to managers and
directors 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
    , 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" (BOF
    submitted 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

    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
    , 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
    , Director in Sun Software)

Gilda Garreton, Sun Labs; Valerie Fenwick,
Software; and Katy Dickinson, CTO, were Official Bloggers. Gilda
blogged in Spanish.

Gilda focused on the track for Latinas in Computing: Latinas in GHC07,
which produced a panel titled "Successful Latinas Opening Doors to the
Future: Advancing Latinas in Computing," with six distinguished Latinas
from industry and academia; follow-up BOF session and lunch event.

The attendees staffed a recruiting table, participated in Sponsor Night
and gave away a Sun SPOT as part of the Sponsor's Raffle.

GHC 2007 was the seventh in
a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career
interests of women in computing to the forefront.

Presenters represented industrial, academic and government communities.
Leading researchers presented current work, while special sessions
focused on the role of women in computer science, information
technology, research and engineering.

Past GHC events have resulted in collaborative proposals, networking,
mentoring, and increased visibility for the contributions of women in

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Sandy B Friday, October 26, 2007

    It's so great to see that Sun had a strong presence of women at the Grace Hopper event this year. Congratulations to all of you!

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