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For Rane Johnson-Stempson, principal research director for Education and Scholarly Communication at Microsoft Research Connections, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) for Women in Computing represents an opportunity for Microsoft in general (and Microsoft Research in particular) to focus on growing and retaining women in computer science and engineering.
She writes on the Microsoft Research Connections Blog about how there are nine executives and 40 senior-level women who are among the 260 “Softies” in Minneapolis for the GHC conference.
“This strong presence enables us to reach out to women at every stage of their technology career development, from students through established professionals, and to demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to diversity and innovation in computing,” Johnson-Stempson writes. “To bolster women’s participation in computing, we believe in a multipronged approach based on broad industry and academic partnerships. This approach builds exposure to computer science at an early age and supports women during undergraduate and graduate studies in computer science.”
Microsoft’s influence at the conference also extends to supporting 35 GHC scholarships and presenting role models there, such as Julie Larson-Green, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Devices and Studios division, who will be a mentor at the Senior Women’s Networking Lunch; and Jacky Wright, vice president of Microsoft Strategic Enterprise Services, who will be speaking at and sponsoring the Women of Color Luncheon.
Read more about Microsoft’s approach to recruiting and retaining more women in this field in Johnson-Stempson’s post on the Microsoft Research Connections Blog.
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