Monday Jan 14, 2008

Women@Sun and SL

I'm on the Women@Sun leadership team. 

We're working up an idea that would involve doing a private screening of a special multimedia event in Second Life for our Sun employees.

Details are still being worked out, but I'm hopeful.

If you haven't yet checked out Sun's presence in Second Life it's worth a look.

(log in; search on Sun Microsystems)

I'll keep you posted...



Monday Dec 03, 2007

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! 

Monday Nov 26, 2007

The season of giving

Women@Sun organizaitons around the world are organizing different holiday drives this time of year to give back to the communities where we operate.

As I find out more about details, I'll update with those here.

Meanwhile, I wanted to quickly give you visiblity into some fantastic work led by Sandy Belknap, Terri McClellan, and Cynthia Tello, who are based at Sun's offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 

It's a gift drive that will benefit the Nashua Children's Home.

The Home is home 44 children, ages 7-18 who are put in their care by the courts, as result of abuse or neglect.

Every year, since 2001, Women@Sun in this region have organized a drive to make sure these children receive something special for the holidays.

I had the opportunity to visit the Nasuha Children's Home last year.

I've seen the investment that Sandy and the very generous employees her efforts have helped mobilize have made over the years; and the people who've benefited.

It makes me so to be able to call these people my colleagues.


Monday Oct 22, 2007

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'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 by Robin 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" (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 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. 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 computing.

Wednesday Aug 08, 2007

Breaking news from the Detroit Free Press

Technology Camp Nurtures Girls' Interests in the Field

Sun Business Development Executive and President of the Women's Technology Foundation Rosemary Bayer supports Camp Infinity, which takes place in mid-July for girls to learn about different forms of technology.  Bayer says the camp has two objectives.  "The first is, you can do it and it's fun" and the second objective is to encourage girls to pursue careers in the technology industry, where women are underrepresented.  She adds, "The Michigan Council of Women in Technology started because there are very few women in the field. We realized we needed to get more girls motivated and inspired about math and computer science."

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