September 19, 2008

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Features Special Sessions on Recession Proofing Your Career

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) today announced pre-conference sessions designed to help technical women recession proof their career at the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The world's largest gathering of women in computing in industry, academia, and government, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is a four-day technical conference designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. This year the conference will be in Keystone, Colorado, October 1-4, 2008.

Special program content at no additional cost to attendees includes:

-- Recession Proofing Your Career Networking Workshop by Leadership Coach Jo Miller. Networking is a key element in successful career development, and this workshop helps attendees create or expand their existing networking plan. Skills learned will assist all attendees, no matter what their level, in reaching their networking goals. The workshop will be followed by a structured networking event that Jo Miller will facilitate; Cisco is sponsoring both activities.

-- The CONNECT Project is being introduced at GHC as a way to help people use technology to make and maintain meaningful relationships from casual encounters. Prior to the conference, it will assist participants in setting personal networking goals; at the conference, participants will be able to record and access connections they make. An unstructured networking event with the CONNECT project will enable conference attendees to expand their networks among both industry and academia. CONNECT is a tool that will provide meaningful connections long after the conference concludes. The CONNECT project is sponsored by ACM-W (Association of Computing Machinery committee on Women in Computing) and ABI.

-- Opening day of GHC will include a resume clinic sponsored by Cisco and staffed by volunteers from the conference, industry sponsors, and academic underwriters. The clinic will provide attendees feedback on ways to increase their resume impact when looking for a job. The Resume Clinic is sponsored by Cisco.

In addition to these activities, GHC attendees will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with more than 60 industry sponsors and universities that will be actively recruiting new employees, interns, and graduate students, and faculty.

"Our conference theme this year is We Build a Better World, and we're finding that one way to do that is to make sure that attendees have all the tools they need to succeed in the current economic environment. The response to these new sessions has been extremely positive, and we look forward to seeing the impact these programs have on our attendees," said Deanna Kosaraju, ABI's vice president of programs.

Registration for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is open until September 27, 2008. For more information, go to

About the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI)

The Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation. ABI programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers. ABI is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. ABI Partners include: Google, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Intel, SAP, Juniper Networks, National Science Foundation, National Center for Women and Information Technology, IBM, Symantec, Computer Associates, NetApp, and Capgemini. For more information, visit