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 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 Sep 26, 2007

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 & CEO of LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc., A networking reception will follow with the speaker, leaders from Asian organizations and Asian employee groups of local corporations (Sun, Raytheon, Coors, Kaiser Permanente, AZN, etc).

WHEN: Thursday, November 8
Seminar: 3:00-5:00pm (check-in at 2:30pm)
Reception: 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: Sun Microsystems Broomfield Campus (Building 1, Conf. Rooms #1 and #2)

COST: Free; RSVP required (email

About NAAAP:
The NAAAP Colorado is a 501(c)(3) (pending) organization ( and is a member of 501(c)(3) NAAAP National ( that has been in existence for over two decades, and is recognized by many corporations in North America. NAAAP Colorado was founded by several corporate Asian American employee resource groups in Colorado, with the goal of on-going collaboration to create “The Center of Leadership Learning for Asian American Professionals in Colorado.”

NAAAP Colorado seeks to establish a networking platform for Asian American professionals to develop and exercise leadership skills and other professional attributes, to advance their careers, and to foster business entrepreneurship.

Saturday Sep 15, 2007

Flexible & Eco Friendly Work (or Why I Love My Job...)

MaryMary blogged about this last week, but I thought it was significant enough to post about on this blog too. It is my first post here and I want to thank the community for making me feel welcome.

Mary points out a great story MSNBC's Eve Tahmincioglu entitles, 'The Quiet Revolution: telecommuting". The story is about people working from home - the challenges and the benefits. It puts the work experience that many Sun employees have in a broader context. A quote from the article states, "At Sun, Over 56% of employees work without an assigned office, which means they either work from home or use flexible office space."

If you are interested in this, the article is worth your time.


Thursday Aug 16, 2007

Sun Woman Speaks on NPRs 'Talk of the Nation': Aug 17

Listen to NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday this week!

WHEN: Friday, Aug 17, 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday segment on your local NPR station

Susan Landau, A Distinguished Engineer at Sun,will discuss the Science of Wiretapping, particularly as it relates to the Protect America Act of 2007

recently signed into law.

The law, an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA), extends the government's authority to wiretap without a warrant.

We featured Susan on our Women's blog just last week to highlight her article in the Washington Post.

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."

Full story.

Tuesday Apr 24, 2007

Today is Equal Pay Day (A Fact - Not a Rant)

Back in October, the Boston area Women at Sun had the opportunity to host former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy at our campus in Burlington for an evening session.  She talked about her book - Women Are Getting Even (WAGE) and her goal for equal pay for women.

Evelyn Murphy (2nd from Left) with Women from Sun in Burlington, MA - Oct 2006

Why am I reflecting on this session from 6 months ago today?

April 24, 2007 is Equal Pay Day.
Equal Pay Day is observed in April to indicate how far into each year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year.   As amazing as it sounds, according to the 2006 US Census Bureau, women still only earn 77cents for every dollar that men earn. 

Equal Pay Day is even a headline story in my local hometown newpaper today! 

Take some time to read about the WAGE Project and learn what you can do to help women 'get even.'   (Because it we do nothing, according to some statistics, it's going to take 50 years to catch up -- that's a legacy that we don't want to leave for young girls who will be entering the workforce in the next 10 - 20 years!)



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