NetApp is platinum sponsor of Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing conference

Technical Conference Focused on Research and Career Interests of Women in Computing

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - September 24, 2008 - NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it is a platinum sponsor of the Eighth Annual Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing conference, which will be held October 1-4, 2008, at the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado. NetApp will be located in booth number 6 at the event, and several NetApp executives will be presenting at the conference and participating in panel sessions.

The world's largest gathering of women in computing in industry, academia, and government, the GHC is a three-day technical conference designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Leading researchers and industry experts discuss their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research, and engineering. Copresented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the conference features more than 88 sessions across seven tracks, well-known keynote speakers, invited technical speakers, panels, workshops, new investigator technical papers, PhD forums, technical posters, "birds of a feather" sessions, the ACM Student Research Competition, and an awards celebration.

"NetApp has been a strong supporter of GHC since 2005, and it continues to expand its involvement and investment in this event," said Jody Mahoney, vice president Business Development, Anita Borg Institute. "We truly appreciate NetApp's commitment to develop women leaders in high-tech fields and fostering an environment for technological innovation."

"The GHC conference provides a great opportunity for technical women to see the latest technology, learn new skills to enhance their careers, and build networks," said Brian Pawlowski, senior vice president and CTO at NetApp. "NetApp is committed to helping increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology in our company and in the industry."

NetApp participation at GHC includes the following panel sessions:

  • Brian Pawlowski, senior vice president and CTO, "CTO Plenary Session: Leading Technology: A View from the Top," Thursday, October 2, 1:20-2:35 p.m.
  • Kathryn Vandiver, director, NAS Protocols Engineering, "Women in the Brave New World of Free and Open Source Software," Friday, October 3, 1:20-2:30 p.m.
  • Silvia Ahmed, senior director Engineering, QA, "Exciting Careers They Don't Tell You About at School: Software Engineer in Test," Friday, October 3, 2:50-3:50 p.m.
  • Brinnan Taylor, lab engineer, "Green Data Centers," Friday, October 3, 2:50-3:50 p.m.
  • Rachel Zhu, reference architect, "Green Data Centers," Friday, October 3, 2:50-3:50 p.m.

Joanna Karwowska, vice president Engineering at NetApp, has also been involved with GHC as a member of the Grace Hopper Industry Advisory Committee.

For more information about the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, visit

About the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing Conference

Cofounded by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994 and inspired by the legacy of Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing Conference is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presented with the Association on Computing Machinery (ACM), the GHC Conferences offer opportunities for mentoring, motivation, networking, and technical and career development. The world's largest gathering of technical women in computing, the GHC Conference has become a premier event for ABI sponsors to recruit new talent, promote their organization, and inspire their workforce.

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 Corporation, HP, Sun, Cisco, Intel, SAP, Juniper Networks, National Science Foundation, National Center for Women in Technology, IBM, Symantec, Computer Associates, NetApp, Genentech and Capgemini. For more information, visit

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