Douglass Students Attend Largest Women’s Tech Conference

Douglass Students Attend Largest Women’s Tech Conference

Fifteen Douglass students along with Sally Nadler, assistant dean of the Douglas Project for Women in STEM, travelled to Houston, Texas in September to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world’s largest gathering of women in computing.

The students networked with leading women in the computer science and technology field, listened to engaging speakers and attended sessions on topics ranging from cutting-edge technology to career development. 

“Grace Hopper was a life-altering experience. I felt truly happy to be in a tech conference surrounded by 20,000 other female STEMinists and powerhouse female advocates for greater female representation in the STEM and CS communities,” said Clarissa Hwang DRC’21, a member of the Computer Science Living Learning Community. 

Participants also had the opportunity to attend the GHC Expo, which featured hundreds of career fair and interview booths, along with a technology showcase exhibiting the hottest new tech. 

“This trip was an amazing opportunity, and I'm so happy I got the chance to listen to so many incredible speakers and meet cool, motivated girls. During my trip, I got the opportunity to interview with Amazon, Slack, LinkedIn, IBM and Activision,” said Amber Rawson ‘20, a member of the Reilly Douglass Engineering Living-Learning Community.  

Nadler described the conference as, “simply amazing”, adding “with over 20,000 attendees, ranging from high schoolers to professionals, I am confident the future is very bright for women in technology.”