Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Note from the GHC 2009 General Chair

How can you get the most out of a Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing?

1) Network. Talk to as many different people as you can. Share ideas with people in similar specialties and listen to people in areas very different from yours. Exchange business cards and use the Connect project to keep new connections alive past the end of the conference.

2) Learn. Attend sessions that help you grow professionally, that introduce you to new areas of computing, and that help you connect with peers in your area of interest. Meet people from other cultures and exchange ideas on creating technology for social good.

3) Have fun! Get energized from inspirational keynotes and presentations. Attend organized and spontaneous celebrations. Laugh over stories of similar misadventures with new friends.

4) Go home recharged. Take what you learned back to your sponsoring organization. Implement some of the new ideas you picked up. Tackle challenges with fresh determination and a new perspective. Keep in touch with your new connections from Grace Hopper and form a support network.

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