This fall, more than 25,000 people gathered in Orlando to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. Held in various locations across the US every year, the event offers an incredible opportunity to attend keynotes from top technologists, network with peers, and gain important resources to help women succeed in and further their careers.
NetApp has been involved with GHC since 2008 and was proud to send over 200 employees to this year’s event. Two of the most popular breakout sessions were led by NetApp’s own Sheila O’Connor, who discussed how to stay focused in a world that is increasingly full of distractions, and Rachelle Helton, who shared tips on how to cultivate mentors.
NetApp was also pleased to sponsor select students to attend GHC19, enabling them to network with senior leaders, NetApp engineers, Women in Technology members, and even attend exclusive events throughout the week.
As I reflect back on an incredible week full of innovation, leadership, and opportunity, a few main themes come to mind. Here are my top 10 takeaways from Grace Hopper 2019:
Anna N Schlegel is Vice President of the Global Portfolio-to-Market Lifecycle organization at NetApp. Anna serves as the Executive Sponsor of NetApp’s Women in Technology organization (WIT), where she focuses on developing female leaders in the tech industry. She is also the co-founder of Women in Localization, the leading professional organization for women in the Localization industry with over 5000 members worldwide. Anna speaks 6 languages, is a native of Catalunya, and lives with her family in Santa Clara, California.