A recent Anita Borg Institute press release starts out: “A conversation with Fran Allen held several years ago has blossomed into a new career resource women in technology. This is to announce the availability of the Anita Borg Institutes’ “Award-winning Career Timelines in Computer Science and Engineering” web pages, at URL http://anitaborg.org/award-winning-career-timelines/. The web pages present the biographies of a variety of successful technical women whose careers can serve as a touch point and model for other women working in technology. The women presented have succeeded in industry, government, and the academic world (and some of them in all three areas!). All of the women on this timeline have won major awards and been recognized over many years by a range of admirable organizations and institutions. …”
Since Fran and I had that conversation, my amazing committee has created two Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference panels, plus the newly-released Award-Winning Career Timelines web pages. Our second GHC panel “Advancing Your Career Through Awards” will be presented next week at the sold-out GHC2010 in Atlanta, Georgia:
Panelists: Katy Dickinson (Huawei Technologies), Frances E. Allen (IBM), Marcy Alstott (Hewlett-Packard), Lucinda M Sanders (NCWIT), Robert Walker (Kent State University) and Manuela M. Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University)
There are hundreds of awards available to women in computing. In industry, promotions and high-status titles can serve the same function as awards. Some organizations offer higher pay, public acknowledgment, or seniority to winners of major awards. What difference does it make if you get an award? How do we ensure that more women students, professionals, and academics will get into the queue and on the lists of those honored?
My daughter Jessica is also presenting at GHC2010. About her poster:
Presenter: Jessica Dickinson Goodman (Carnegie Mellon University)
Whether a travel grant to present at a conference, a nationally competitive scholarship, or a few hundred dollars for printing costs, applying for Other People’s Money (OPM) is a necessary evil for women in computing. This poster is informed by the experiences of institutional grant distributors and successful grant-seekers and will unveil the grant application process, to help attendees gain the knowledge they need to get the funding they need.
Jessica and I have been attending the Hopper Conference together since 2007 when she was a Freshman at CMU. She is in her Senior year now and will be a CMU 5th Year Scholar next year in Pittsburgh, PA.
Here are Jessica and my son Paul and my soon-to-be-son-in-law Matt at the Lair of the Golden Bear family camp in Pinecrest, CA last month:
Images by Katy Dickinson, Copyright 2010