Session 1: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Non-Traditional Ways to Advance Your Career
Location: Royal Palm 1, 2 & 3
Panel: Kathy Baxter (Google), Robin Jeffries (Google), Catherine Courage (Salesforce.com), Susan Landau (Sun Microsystems), Jill Strawbridge (Shopzilla)
Some professionals are limited in their ability to advance their career. Perhaps they work at a job where their work is confidential so no one outside of the company can see the type or quality of work they do. Perhaps they work at a company that has little hierarchy so promotions are few and far between. Promotions or recognition at work are not the only means of advancing one’s career. There are a variety of ways an individual can grow beyond their job. This can have a positive effect personally, professionally, and at work! The objective of this panel is to share a variety of ways professionals can grow beyond work. We will demonstrate that you do not have to be a superwoman or sacrifice a family in order to advance your career. Attendees will walk away from the session with tips for what they can do to move ahead.
Coaching Geeks: Observations about Ways That We Hold Ourselves Back
Location: Sunset Conference Room
Presenter: Susan E. Dorward, Sudo Coaching LLC
As a tech management coach, I have had the opportunity to work closely with many technical women on issues that they face at work and how to address them. Even though I spent years as a tech manager, I found that the issues raised in coaching were quite different from those that I had seen previously. To my surprise, I began to see a pattern: women’s innermost thoughts, worries, and fears contributing to hesitation, inaction, and ultimately dissatisfaction and frustration at work. Come and find out more about what we tech women may be doing that holds us back, and what we can do to turn this around.
Location: Royal Palm 4, 5 & 6
Research in Industrial Labs: How Collaboration Aids Innovation
Presenters: Tarik Ono (Sun Microsystems), Gilda Garreton (Sun Microsystems)
Using the example of Sun Microsystems Laboratories, this presentation shows how research in industrial labs often spans 35 multiple research areas and encourages close collaboration between groups. We will focus on one particular innovation that was made possible by a joint effort of hardware and software engineers, namely Proximity Communication, a novel low-power chip-to-chip communication method developed at Sun Microsystems Laboratories. Furthermore, the presentation will explain the research and circuit design flow process that lead to the development of functional test chips. It will also emphasize the relevance of an in-house open-source CAD tool as well as interactions with external partners.
The Low Power Processor Challenge for the World’s Fastest Supercomputer
Presenter: Laura M Zumbrunnen, IBM Technology Collaborative Solutions
Power and performance share a mutually beneficial relationship, how is the world’s fastest, highest performing supercomputer able to tout a low power design? This presentation provides an overview of the challenges BlueGene, the world’s fastest supercomputer, faces designing a low power cost effective processor for a high end system. It will also focus on the processor hardware strategy to optimize for a low power cost effective solution. The solution requires ongoing collaboration and innovation among the system architects, processor design team, technologists, packaging engineers, physical design team, and test engineers.
Anita Borg Award for Technical Leadership Recipient Talk
Location: Golden West Conference Room
Presenter: Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK
Location: Sunrise Conference Room
SpelBots: Women Making Waves in Robotics Research and Education
Panel: Andrew B. Williams (Spelman College), Ebony O’Neal (Spelman College), Karina Liles (Spelman College), Ashley M. Johnson (Spelman College)
Women represent a vast amount of untapped human resource potential needed to fuel both industry and academic research needs. This talk will describe a cohesive, integrated approach to increase the participation and education of women using innovative robotics and computer curriculum and competitions. We describe how the Spelman College’s SpelBots RoboCup Four- Legged robot soccer team is seeking to inspire young girls to pursue education and research in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). We also discuss the joint Spelman and Carnegie Mellon University NSF-sponsored project, C.A.R.E. that is seeking to broaden the participation of young girls, women and students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the field of robotics and AI. C.A.R.E.’s middle school camps, HBCU computer and robotics Olympiads, and Tekkotsu robotics curriculum will be highlighted.
Women Shape Technology. The German Center of Excellence Technology - Diversity - Equal Opportunities (TeDic)
Panel: Veronika Oechtering (University of Bremen), Ursula Köhler (Fachhochschule Bielefeld), Barbara Schwarze (Fachhochschule Bielefeld)
This presentation aims at outlining the work of the German national Centre of Excellence Technology – Diversity – Equal Opportunities. Started in the year 2000, the centre serves as national contact point on the issue of women in the information society, science and technology with current data & facts. It aims to continually raise the percentage of women in engineering sciences through group oriented project work, effective publicity, and the realization of strategic guidelines and structural measures. The work is carried out in co-operation with internationally active women expert groups, public partners and industry. Overviews on running projects in the field of IT and computer science will be given.