Get Inspired — GHC’s Keynotes are Visionary Leaders

Left to right: Maria Klawe, Megan Smith and Telle Whitney at GHC 2014

The speaker lineup for the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Technology (GHC) is looking good.

GHC, the largest gathering of women in computing in the world, will be held on October 14-16 in Houston, Texas. We expect over 10,000 attendees from academia, industry and government, including top technology executives, university faculty, students and young professionals.

“The energy around this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration is remarkable,” said Mona Sabet, general manager of Grace Hopper Celebration. “The Grace Hopper Celebration is now the place for technical women to convene, be recognized and even be discovered.”

In keeping with the enthusiasm demonstrated by attendees, each day will feature important women in technology to inspire attendees.

Hilary Mason, renowned data scientist and serial entrepreneur, will kick off the conference with her opening keynote speech on Wednesday morning.  She spent four years as the Chief Scientist at Bitly, then venture capital firm Accel Partners as their Data Scientist in Residence, before founding Fast Forward Labs.

Thursday morning, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular video platform, will deliver her keynote address. Susan is considered the “mother of Google,” and was the company’s first marketing manager and led development across several key consumer initiatives, including Google Images, Google Books and Google’s multi-billion dollar ads business. She will be introduced by journalist Moira Forbes, who will join Susan after her keynote speech for an onstage conversation.

Moira Forbes is a publisher, journalist and host with Forbes Magazine. In 2008, she helped launch ForbesWoman, a multimedia platform with a website, digital community, forums and live events focused on women in business.

The celebration continues with a Friday keynote from Professor Manuela M. Veloso, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She founded and directs the CORAL research laboratory, which studies autonomous agents that Collaborate, Observe, Reason, Act and Learn. Manuela’s work in robotics, including collaborative robots and soccer-playing robots, has been featured on CBS Saturday Morning and PBS Kids.

These top women in tech are great reflections of this year’s conference theme, #OurTimeToLead.

Our keynote speakers epitomize #OurTimeToLead,” said Telle Whitney, President and CEO of ABI. “They consistently demonstrate incredible leadership skills in their respective careers and we are exceptionally fortunate to hear from them at GHC.”

The Keynotes for GHC 2015 are making a difference in the tech industry by representing  the future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies they build it for – the very heart of ABI’s mission.

Can’t make it to GHC in person? ABI.Locals across the country are hosting viewing parties so that you can watch these inspiring women with your local community. Find out if a city near you is hosting a viewing.

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