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AnitaB.org Seattle – GHC 20 Informational

February 13, 2020 · 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

Join GHC conference leaders as they give you the behind-the-scenes hints, tips and best practices for getting your session, workshop or presentation accepted at GHC 20. Join this event to get information about how to have successful CFP for GHC 20 and share other ways to participate in GHC 20.




6:00-6:15 pm         Welcome – Muazma Zahid and Nanya Origbo – AnitaB.org Seattle
6:15-6:45 pm         How to Have a Successful GHC 20 CFP Submission – Vidya Srinivasan  –  General Chair GHC 19/20
6:45-7:00 pm         Break / Networking / Food
7:00-7:30 pm         Other ways to get involved in GHC 20 – Pat Dooley – Chair Hardware Track GHC 19/20
7:30-7:40 pm         Closing Remarks – Kathryn Kelley- Best Buy (Event Sponsor)
7:40-8:00 pm         Networking / Food

Vidya Srinivasan

Vidya Srinivasan is an Engineer, Speaker, and Singer. She is a Senior PM at Microsoft and is responsible for Teams growth and adoption in SMB and emerging markets. She is also the General Chair for the 2019 and 2020 Grace Hopper Celebration of women in computing.

Vidya loves to tinker with tech to hack-for-good and has won the Grand Prize, Hack 4 Good and Contributing to the Future awards at several hackathons. A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech, she has been a member of the Grace Hopper Conference Leadership since 2014 chairing technical tracks. She has over six years of public speaking experience on a broad range of topics including AR, VR, inclusive design, product management, and life as a woman in tech in varied settings. She has been invited and featured in seven tech and career podcasts. Vidya holds a degree in Indian classical music and performs with bands in Seattle to raise funds for nonprofit organizations.

Three years into her career, she was profiled by Microsoft for pursuing a multidimensional career in tech. Vidya has since been featured by Forbes, Crosscut, Channel 9, Moms Can: Code, The Women in Tech show, and Microsoft Research to name a few. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Washington and a recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award by North Carolina State University. Get in touch with her at www.vidyasrinivasan.info

Pat Dooley

Pat Dooley started in Hardware Electronics while in the US Air Force.  During her 21 years of enlistment, she was stationed throughout the United States, Turkey, and Germany, installing, repairing and maintaining ground-to-air communications equipment.   Next, were 10 years of testing in laser manufacturing before joining Microsoft as a Hardware Test Engineer, most recently on the Surface Project.  She is currently a Lab Manager with Facebook AR Product Hardware.  Pat has presented at Women in STEM panels at local Microsoft stores, hosted tables at IGNITE events, and presented dozens of successful workshops on Wearables and how to use Maker Space Equipment.

Pat has attended the Grace Hopper Celebration in Computing three times and Seattle Hopperx1 once.  She was thrilled with this amazing gathering but distressed at the lack of Hardware programming.  She petitioned and received permission to initiate a Hardware Track at GHC 2019.  This will be Pat’s second year co-chairing the Hardware track at the Grace Hopper Celebration after being a reviewer for the IoT and Wearables track.  She has also founded a local LinkedIn group, Women In Hardware – Seattle.


February 13, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Best Buy Office Seattle
1000 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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