Sign In

Communications of the ACM

BLOG@CACM

The Impact of the Grace Hopper Celebration


Gail Carmichael

This year's edition of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is officially underway, and you can almost taste the excitement. Last night I had the opportunity to speak with an external evaluator about my experiences with the conference in an effort to determine what kind of impact it really has. I quite enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on my role this year and the previous two years I’ve attended.

One of the biggest tangible outcomes of participating has been the wild success of our Women in Science and Engineering group at Carleton University (CU-WISE). A little more than two years ago, we were rebuilding our group from scratch (it had existed but died down several years earlier). I heard about Grace Hopper and knew that we had to go. Not only did we learn how to ask for (and get!) funding, the Dean of Science at the time guided us in creating a strategic vision for CU-WISE. Attending the conference together was a team-building experience and provided us with more inspiration and ideas than we knew what to do with.

We also learned a few mantras that we have repeated many times since our first trip. For instance, "If you don’t hear the word 'no' enough, then you simply aren’t asking for enough." Since hearing that, I have been less afraid to think big and not worry about the worst possible outcome-–after all, hearing someone say "no" really isn’t so bad! Another often-repeated phrase was "You can have it all, just not at the same time." I sometimes have to remind myself that I don’t have to accomplish everything right away. There is plenty of time.

This year, the conference is a little different for me. No other CU-WISE executives are here this time, though I did travel with a few other Carleton students. I am excited to network with other researchers interested in the same areas as me (specifically augmented reality and educational games, but I’m also just getting into HCI). Also, I’m a member of the Communities Committee and am volunteering at the new Communities table as a Hopper.

I’m looking forward to my most busy and involved Grace Hopper yet, and will be sharing a few of my experiences here and through the official Grace Hopper Communities. I hope you’ll check these out and experience the conference from afar!


 

No entries found

Comment on this article

Signed comments submitted to this site are moderated and will appear if they are relevant to the topic and not abusive. Your comment will appear with your username if published. View our policy on comments

(Please sign in or create an ACM Web Account to access this feature.)

Create an Account

Log in to Submit a Signed Comment

Sign In »

Sign In

Signed comments submitted to this site are moderated and will appear if they are relevant to the topic and not abusive. Your comment will appear with your username if published. View our policy on comments
Forgot Password?

Create a Web Account

An email verification has been sent to youremail@email.com
ACM verĩes that you are the owner of the email address you've provided by sending you a verĩcation message. The email message will contain a link that you must click to validate this account.
NEXT STEP: CHECK YOUR EMAIL
You must click the link within the message in order to complete the process of creating your account. You may click on the link embedded in the message, or copy the link and paste it into your browser.
Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account
ACM Resources