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Tammi Harris

NetApp is thrilled to announce its 15th year of sponsorship and participation in the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the largest global conference for women in technology. This year’s conference will be held virtually and in person from September 20-23 in Orlando, Florida. hosts and sponsors this annual event, supported by sponsorships from companies, educational institutions, and nonprofits. Last year, when GHC was held virtually, it was attended by more than 29,000 students and professionals from around the globe

As a Platinum sponsor, NetApp is sending a diverse selection of 100 employees to attend both in person and virtually.

“NetApp Women in Tech facilitates a speakers’ series that helps women build public speaking skills via conference presentations, using GHC’s rigorous process as a model. The program has helped to encourage talks from first timers at this year’s GHC as well as returning presenters. It’s just one example of the many ways we can nurture talented women and ensure that their voices are heard. “ – Mary Jean Schmitt, NetApp Business Development Manager

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Women in Technology elevating voices at Grace Hopper Celebration 2022

The Grace Hopper Celebration directly supports the mission of NetApp® Women in Technology to spark innovation and growth by promoting an inclusive culture that supports women to reach their full potential and thrive in their careers.

We are excited to have five speakers at GHC’22. Their presentations focus on solutions that drive inclusivity, encourage strength and confidence, and optimize productivity in the workplace.

Here’s our sensational speaker lineup.

Inclusive Engineering: Stone Soup in Six Steps

Speakers: Mercedes Adams, Learning Ambassador, NetApp

Chris Wilcox, Software Quality Assurance Engineer

Time: Friday, September 23, noon

Description: Mirroring the classic tale of Stone Soup, join Chris and Mercedes as they share six steps that anyone can take to be more deliberate and inclusive in designing and delivering projects. 

Transformational Networking: Make the Fish Swim Toward You

Speaker: Brandi Einhorn, Customer Education Specialist, NetApp

Time: Wednesday, September 21, 2:00 PM

Description: Have you ever found yourself stuck in a vicious cycle of competing and recompeting for your audience’s mindshare? With a little strategy, you can work smarter to avoid burnout and drive results.

Speaking Up Without Stepping on Toes

Speaker: Amy Vargas, Senior Software Engineer, NetApp

Time: Thursday, September 22, 1:30 PM

Description: Career advancement requires assertiveness. We need to be both confident and forceful. But what if we don’t want others to see us as being mean, rude, or overly aggressive? In this session, we will look at common misconceptions about being forceful as well as tactics for showing assertiveness while being seen as a friendly, confident, and approachable person.

I’m Speaking: Dare to Prepare for Interruptions

Speakers: Mekka Williams, Principal Engineer, NetApp

Mariama Beemer, Director Marketing Project Management Office, Harness

Mercedes Adams, Learning Ambassador, NetApp

Time: Wednesday, September 21, 2:15 PM

Description: Interruptions can derail and undermine us in the workplace. Join us to better understand why they happen and how you can address them with poise and power.

Get to know us at our GHC’22 virtual booth

For more than 30 years, NetApp has been an innovation leader because we incorporate diversity, inclusion, and belonging into our culture, values, and business practices. This means we lead with our heads, hearts, and hands to drive greater representation of diverse talent and build a culture of inclusion. We’re proud to foster an environment that celebrates our differences, authenticity, and individuality, as strengths and opportunities to grow together.

No matter where you are in your career journey, NetApp representatives want to talk to you at our virtual booth. Stop by and explore NetApp career opportunities in engineering, finance, sales, or marketing. Please note: GHC22 attendees must sign in to the Hopin platform to chat with our recruiters.

Get Social at #GHC22

Share your GHC’22 experience with us on social media using the hashtag #GHC22 on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. You can also follow our NetApp Women in Technology accounts on LinkedIn and Twitter for live updates about the event.

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See you at the Grace Hopper Celebration 2022!

Tammi Harris

Tammi Harris is a Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager at NetApp. She is a thought leader and champion for diversity and equity in the workplace. She has over 20 years of experience in Program Management with a laser focus on translating strategy into actionable plans to drive business outcomes. Her passion for diversity is also exemplified through volunteer events, tutoring, and educational program development benefitting underserved communities. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two children in her spare time.

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