The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is next week. This is the largest international women’s technical recruiting event, so women from all over the world are expected to attend. This event gives women an empowering venue in which to collaborate, network and offer and receive mentoring. It’s also a great place for women to find jobs in technology.
As a platinum sponsor, Microsoft will have a big presence at Grace Hopper this year. We always go all in for this event because attracting women to jobs at Microsoft is a high priority for us. Last year, we made several job offers to women we met at Grace Hopper. We had a chance to touch base with two of those women, Brenda Lee, a Program Manager for Microsoft Business Solutions and Katie Doran, a Program Manager in the Operating Systems group.
Brenda had already considered working for Microsoft, so when she was at the conference last year, she brought copies of her resume, visited the booth and asked about career opportunities. Brenda’s sister had interned at Microsoft for two summers and suggested Brenda consider working here as a Program Manager. Brenda not only considered it; she landed it! In addition to getting a job offer, she says the highlights of the event were: the interesting sessions, networking opportunities and inspirational speakers.
Brenda has this advice to offer women planning to attend: “Take risks and talk to lots of people. You’ll be inspired by the work that other women are doing.”
Katie was an intern with Microsoft Research when she attended Grace Hopper last year. It was there that she made strong connections that helped her land her current role. Before the event, Katie already knew she wanted a full-time job at Microsoft, but she said that the company’s presence at Grace Hopper really drove it home for her. It was clear to her that Microsoft will support her in her career. According to Katie, “Microsoft is incredibly supportive of women and is committed to growing and developing technical women. Since coming to Microsoft, I have felt supported in both my day-to-day work and my outreach to other technical women.”
Katie’s advice to women attending Grace Hopper this year: “Put yourself out there. It’s kind of weird walking up to people and, essentially, asking them to help you find a job, but that’s why Microsoft and all the other incredible companies are there – to recruit amazing new talent.”
So what are you waiting for?! If you haven’t already made plans to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration, do it now.
Get ready for the big event. On JobsBlog, you can read all about it:
- Angela’s first experience at Grace Hopper
- Women in technology: Knowing our value
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