Grace Hopper Student Opportunity Lab – Pathways to your Future
The Student Opportunity Lab (SOL) will be an interactive session where attendees can seek personalized advice. SOL is a wonderful opportunity to present more content in an interactive forum.
The focus will be on students and the goal is to provide techniques/tools that can help them achieve their personal career aspirations.
Students may be motivated to attend because they are:
a) Looking for a job (Industry/Academia/Government)
b) Looking for an internship or research opportunity
c) Looking to continue their studies (Graduate programs)
d) Exploring options for what type of career to pursue
An interactive format lends itself to a personalized solution; thereby allowing students to feel like their specific situation was addressed. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for a deeper connection with the speakers/mentors.
SOL will be held on Wednesday, Oct 2nd from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
One large meeting room will be dedicated to SOL. We will have about 30 round tables (one table seats 10) each with a topic. ABI will provide the attendees with a map of the tables and topics. Each table will have a speaker or mentor who will hold a short “session” and the attendees will rotate tables to attend the “sessions” they are interested in.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Two 20 min sessions with a 10 minutes breaks giving the students time to choose their session, find their table and get seated
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM: One 15 min session
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Break
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Two 20 min sessions with 10 minutes break
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM: One 15 min session
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Two 20 min sessions ending at 4:20 PM, giving the students time to re-group and get ready for the Career Fair
You can plan your afternoon and select sessions that help you learn more about a specific career and new skills. You can get information about Grad School experience. Learn how to leverage extracurricular opportunities such as participating in hackathons, to stand out. Tables are organized by the following categories:
Finding Your Fit: Exploring Non-Traditional Computer Science Careers and Opportunities
Abstract: Computer science is a discipline that encompasses numerous areas of focus and infinite possibilities. While most students and graduates are aware of the traditional career opportunities in CS, there are a large number of non-traditional careers available for individuals at all career levels to pursue. This panel provides information on non-traditional careers, strategies for identifying and succeeding in them, and advice on leveraging these careers to form collaborations and partnerships.
Facilitator(s): A. Nicki Washington, Associate Professor, Howard University; Gail Chapman, National Outreach Director, Exploring Computer Science; Tara Canobbio, People Programs Manager and K-12 Outreach, Google; Nimisha Ghosh Roy, Equity Program Manager, National Girls Collaborative Project EdLab Group; Shawna Young, Executive Director, MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs
Service Reliability Engineering … the New Hotness in Tech
Abstract: Scan job openings on LinkedIn, and you will quickly realize that many of the titles include the acronym, SRE. Some companies refer to SRE as Site Reliability Engineering, others know it as Service Reliability Engineering; either way, it is the hot new job title in tech. Becoming an SRE can be a defining moment in jumpstarting your career and challenging you to learn new skills.
Big Data and its Protection
Abstract: Data has become an important piece of modern society. It is growing at an explosive rate bringing with it, the challenges to store, maintain and protect it. In this session, we will explore technologies, trends and career opportunities in Storage Domain.
Abstract: Ivo Lukas will provide practical advice to students interested in startup/entrepreneurship and help them with job search/internship how tos. This is a good session to attend for students who want to know what skills they need to have and how to present themselves to be considered at a tech startup, or what the top “must haves” for women are when pitching their businesses and/or ideas.
Facilitator(s): Ivo Lukas, 24Notion & Girls in Tech
Thinking Big About Careers in Test: Driving your Career Forward
Abstract: Although the role of software testing in ensuring software quality is well established, the concept of a Test Engineer is relatively novel. There is an increased need for Engineers who can fill this role, but most institutions do not formally teach Test skills and many tech workers still do not clearly understand Testing. In this panel we explain technical specifics of Test skills, role, and directions for Test careers.
Facilitator(s): Kate Tsoukalas, Software Development Engineer in Test II, Microsoft; Kavita Maheshwari, Principal Consultant, Trilixx Inc.; Keri Laughter, Software Tester, Utah State University Research Foundation; Mirkeya Capellan, IT Training, Resource Management, & Strategic Project Specialist, Mercedes-Benz USA; Iccha Sethi, Software Developer, Rackspace
Career in Cyber Security: Not just a Job- An Adventure!
Abstract: Security professionals worldwide are expected to increase to nearly 4.2 million by 2015. Despite growing demand and tremendous opportunities, there is significant shortage of skilled security professionals. Even worse, women’s representation in this male-dominated field of security is alarmingly low. We expect to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security career. We hope to generate interest among students to consider cyber security as a viable and promising career option.
The Road Less Traveled, Exploring Careers in HCI/User Experience
Abstract: Join web developer, Sarah Clatterbuck and designers, Lea Ann Hutter and Shannyn Timrott for an interactive session of personalized advice on mapping your career in HCI or User Experience. Deep dive into the career paths of several outstanding members of LInkedIn’s and Chegg’s UED team to understand how they leveraged their educational background and work experience into a successful and transformational career.
Start-up or Big Company?
Abstract: We’ll talk about the trade-offs of working for a large, mid-size or startup organization and how to best make the decision of which to choose for yourself.
Facilitator(s): Anna Binder, Advisor, Readyforce and Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Emerge California.
Careers in Intellectual Property Law
Abstract: The field of intellectual property (IP) law has seen a high level of demand and good job opportunities, providing a good alternative career path for engineers and scientists. Also, there is a need to increase the pipeline of women in the IP profession. This Opportunity Lab will provide an introduction to IP, IP issues in the workplace, and the various ways to start a career in IP law.
Fearing Being Singled Out! Are you afraid of Success?
Abstract: Think Bigger than your fears, Drive Forward – is the secret recipe for success in today’s world. Fear of being singled out, being successful, is quite common, and it can cause us to lose out on a variety of opportunities in life. Through this session, we would like to bring about an awareness about the signs and causes of this fear, and discuss the various options to overcome it.
Facilitator(s): Vidya Srinivasan, Program Manager, Microsoft
Interview Skills for Introverts
Abstract: Introverts often feel inept, embarrassed and unsure during interviews. They often come across as slow, nervous, and indecisive. In this talk, I share how introverts can prepare for an interview so that they can feel and project calm confidence during an interview. Techniques for specific question types will be shared, as well as several general tips.
Facilitator(s): Nancy M. Snoke, Software Engineer, Cisco Systems
Networking is NOT optional: How to do it and Have Fun
Abstract: Experts estimate that up to 80% of jobs are filled via networks – some before the position is even posted. Networking is often considered the purview of MBAs and “suits”, but it’s extremely important for everyone – engineers included – to know how to present themselves in public and make the most of their connections to advance their career. Come learn how to network effectively and have fun doing it.
Facilitator(s): Amy Schapiro, Manager of Program Operations, CODE 2040
Create your own Opportunities and Never Be Afraid to Fail
Abstract: Most progress has been led by people who were bold risk-takers – scientists, public servants, artists, entrepreneurs, and others who didn’t wait for opportunities; they created opportunities. So if you want to be bold and unstoppable, this workshop will show you tactics to kick-start your momentum.
Facilitator(s): Sarah Ross, Software Engineer, SugarCRM
Maneuvering Difficult Conversations – Strategies for Moving Forward
Abstract: Difficult conversations are a part and parcel of work life. Maneuvering these scenarios skillfully comes naturally to some and not as easily to others. The panelists will talk about their experiences as they negotiated through such conversations, the successes and failures they had, and what they learnt from them. Take away some nuggets of wisdom from each panelist on how to successfully negotiate such conversations in your work life!
Think Beyond Limits
Abstract: This session will challenge the technical world as we know it. It will ask the girls to break conventional thinking on how we use computers. We will demonstrate the future is here today it’s just imagination and fear that hold us back. The session will call out that failure is not BAD it’s the stepping stone to real innovation. Ultimately it will demonstrate that ANYONE can innovate. Join the revolution!
Facilitator(s): Todd Van Nurden, Chief Technical Architect, Microsoft
Polishing Up Your LinkedIn Profile
Abstract: Think Of your LinkedIn Profile as Your official Professional brand. A LinkedIn profile provides you with access to industry content, experts, job postings, and the opportunity to make lasting first impressions. We will cover how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile, including what content to add in which areas. We will discuss How to develop your professional Identity and How to be your own Brand ambassador.
Facilitator(s): Tessa Santos, Campus Recruiter, LinkedIn
How to get noticed and excel at technical interviews
Abstract: Join Engineering Manager Prachi Gupta and Principal Engineer Neha Narkhede for an interactive Session of personalized advice on technical interview techniques, resume writing skills and gaining extra-‐curricular experience that makes you stand out.
CRA-W (Undergraduate): Undergraduate Research Internships
Abstract: Interested in computer science research, but not sure what is research? Come learn about ways to get research experience during your undergraduate career so you can decide if it’s for you.
Facilitator(s): Andrea Danyluk, Professor of Computer Science, Williams College
CRA-W (Undergraduate): What Happens in Graduate School?
Abstract: Is graduate school in computer science and engineering for you? What’s it like to pursue a Masters or PhD degree? Come chat about graduate school and the exciting options you’ll have when you finish.
Facilitator(s): Susan Rodger, Professor of the Practice, Duke University
CRA-W (Undergraduate): How to Apply for Graduate School
Abstract: How do you choose the right graduate school for you? What can do during college to improve your chances of being admitted? How do you apply? Come learn all you need to know to apply successfully to graduate school.
Facilitator(s): Maria Gini, Professor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Driving Products Forward With a PhD
Abstract: Earning a Ph.D. degree is naturally followed with a career in academia or a research lab for many. Nowadays with the increased availability of technology to a wider set of users through online services and revolutionary devices, some of us cannot help the temptation to be part of the revolution in innovation. This session will expose alternate careers for PhDs in industries such as news media, big data, and start-ups.
Hacking Your Career
Abstract: We all know that hackathons are fun and exciting, but did you know that hackathons can help your career? This talk will go over the many benefits of participating in these events as well as advice for making your hackathon experience a successful one.
Facilitator(s): Samantha Paras, Software Engineer, Box
Beyond the Classroom: A Guide to Navigating the Internship Landscape
Abstract: For technical students, completing an internship is arguably the most valuable complement to coursework in understanding their potential in industry. We will address the ups and downs of different kinds of internships students may consider, and how to be successful in each. Ultimately, we aim to help CS students answer the question “Which kind of technical internship is right for me?” and have a roadmap of how to get there.
Contributing to Open Source: The Benefits and How to Begin
Abstract: Heard about Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), but are unsure of what it is? Are you interested in contributing to FOSS, but do not know how or if you are skilled enough to get started? In this session, you will learn about FOSS, the social and professional benefits of contributing to FOSS, and how you can choose and begin contributing to a FOSS project.
Facilitator(s): Valerie Juarez, Software Engineer, National Instruments
Empowering Technical Women Through Global Mentoring
Abstract: How does global mentoring empower technical women? How can students use mentoring to support their career transitions? Mentoring without borders – between cultures and countries, academic and professional areas, levels of expertise – is of particular value to technical women. These experts in world-wide proven methods and best practices will present examples and create awareness of the value of a broad network of mentors and mentees in the technical field.