Valerie Cayo (BS/CS ’15) and Julie Gill (BS/CS ’12), both Seidenberg Scholars, attended this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference titled “What If . . .?” along with Constatnce Knapp, interim dean. The celebration, which took place in Portland, Oregon in early November, highlighted the accomplishments of women in technology.
This year’s conference boasted record attendance of nearly 3,000 women in technology-related careers from around the world. They gathered to share their experiences, network and gain support from one another.
The celebration also serves as a source of inspiration for young women like Valerie and Julie who will soon be embarking on careers of their own. In Julie’s words, “As I am coming to the time in my life when I can choose what I want my life to look like, I like to hear stories of other women who have made it past the phase where I am today into the ‘real world’ and of how they decided to live their lives.”