As the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing conference approaches many of you are trying to decide if you should make major sacrifices to attend GHC14.

Attending GHC changed my life for the better, so I’m a big fan of the conference – there will be 4000+ women in computing in one place.  How can that not be wonderful!   But everyone is at a unique place in their lives and needs to figure out what they might gain for GHC at this point in time.

So, we are re-running some of the past GHC-centric stories to help you decide and get everyone excited about GHC and what it means for our community of women in tech!

Hope you enjoy this series.

-Kathy, Chief Quilter


 

By Telle Whitney

Telle Whitney

Telle Whitney

In 1992, one of my dearest friends, Anita Borg, came to me with an idea: a conference featuring women Computer Scientists. The conference would celebrate their contributions to the field and to the world.
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by Jessica Murillo
IBM Vice President, Software Strategy & Partnerships, IBM Systems & Technology Group

Jessica Murillo

Jessica Murillo


Dear Jessica,
The most important advice I can give you is to have the courage to be fearless. Your life will be full of great opportunities and the only thing that could limit you will be you not believing fully in yourself.
You are a natural leader, playing team sports through high school and college will teach you valuable lessons about leadership, building trust, and the importance of how to team with others.
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by Raeleen Medrano
IBM Vice President, Finance

Raeleen Medrano

Raeleen Medrano


Dear Raeleen,
Congratulations on your first day at IBM… you made the right decision! Today you’ve started on an incredible journey that will carry you through many challenges, much hard work, and a great deal of fun. Your career will take you literally around the world, and you will meet so many different people and make fabulous friends along the way. You will learn so much about business and driving performance, and you will get tremendous satisfaction in teaching others how to do the same.
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by Phong Taylor
IBM Vice President, Systems Technology Group, Competitive Sales

Phong Taylor

Phong Taylor

Dear Phong –
Life experiences are most memorable because they define who you are and give you the courage to face your future. You may not know it now, however, looking back you will see how some of those defining moments really built the foundation that shaped who you are.
The week before April 30th, 1975 as you, ba and Nguyen left our house to go to bac Tai’s for the night, never to think that we would ended up in United States of America.
Our intent was to stay at bac Tai’s until the war calms down a bit in our neighborhood then go home. Little did we know, we will never see our home again after that day. Do you remember leaving our dinner on the table rushing to pack all important school papers, birth certificate and any documents that were of value and one week worth of clothes and running to get to a taxi to bac Tai’s house?
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Seeing the Need

April 17, 2014

by M.C McBain
IBM Vice President, Global Business Development

Marycarol "MC" McBain

Marycarol “MC” McBain


Dear Marycarol,
I hope you get to accomplish everything on your checklist of life with some added bonuses that you might not have expected – after all those can be the most fun!!!
Here are some tips that I hope will help you along the way but don’t sue me if I left anything out.
First and foremost, figure out what YOU need to have a happy life not what someone else tells you it should be. Make sure you have a rock solid support system and don’t take your spouse, family or friends for granted. While work is important – love is even more important.
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Make Your Own Luck

April 10, 2014

by Laura M. Haas, IBM Fellow

Laura Haas

Laura Haas

I know right now you are struggling with some tough time-management issues, not to mention wondering for the 10,000th time what you want to be when you grow up. Although somewhere deep down you know you are a victim of your own success, and that all is going incredibly well, you are exhausted, stressed out, overweight, and torn. Success was supposed to be fun. And it will be, you’ll see. There’s just a lot of hard work and hard choices to get through first.
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by Kumi Ito
IBM Solutions Program Executive, Global Technology Services

Kumi Ito

Kumi Ito

Dear young Kumi,
Hi, I know you are always anxious about the future, from your career to your height… but I promise, you don’t have to worry about all of them. Life is full of fun and greatness. You just think about your real hope and the way to get it.
You don’t have to follow your parents’ words literally, “Become elementary school teacher” – if you find the way you want to go, they will support you. And keep your reading – I still love reading books. The books are always your best friends. Also, your singing will bring you a new world; please practice and sing outside.
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by Laurence Guihard-Joly
IBM General Manager, Global Technology Services

Laurence Guihard-Joly

Laurence Guihard-Joly


Dear young Laurence
I was invited to think for a moment about a thing or 2 I could share with you, a thing or 2 that might make you feel good today and in the future.
Writing to you now, it is just striking me that I am writing to you in English and not in our beautiful French language… then you know something is wrong here… or right may be :-)
Then first, I will reveal to you: Yes! You will go to USA someday, yes you will go to the West, yes you will cross the Death Valley, and ride a horse in Arizona, and yes you will wear a cowboy hat and boots that day… Ah! Now I know I got your attention and you are going to read the following…
You are now 8 years old and you wonder why you are “just a girl”.
You wish you would be a boy, not a girl. Because boys around seem to be allowed to do everything in life. At school they can play football — in a country where only boys can play football — they can run and yell, they can play cowboys and Apaches. They wear jeans and ask for huge ice creams, and they do not have to wash the dishes. You are so frustrated when you are not allowed to go play ball in the field. You sometimes feel different, climbing trees instead of playing dolls.
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