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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Shaping Lives Contest - WE10 - The Annual Conference for Women Engineers

Shaping Lives Contest - WE10 - The Annual Conference for Women Engineers

SWE Annual Conference

WE10 is coming up the first week of November, I found out that it was in Orlando in August which was much too late to properly apply to volunter but I signed up to be a standby volunteer anyway. Since I hadn't heard anything in two months I figured I would not be needed, but to my surprise yesterday I received an email saying they need another volunteer!! So I will be attending WE10!!

Stop by and see me at the Career Resource Center 10:30am-2:30pm on Wednesday.

Are you looking forward to WE10? Have you heard of the annual conference before?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Friday Morning Welcome- Keynote: Barbara Liskov (MIT)

All photos from GHC are on this web site

What I would like to talk about regarding Barbara Liskovs talk has to do with one of the questions in the Q and A.

What would you recommend as as a first language?

She answered that there is not a good answer, Python is ok probably the best choice, java and C# is good. But we need another languages.

What would you recommend or can you come up with a good new language?

Carol Bartz Keynote

Here are some impressive numbers on Yahoo!

600 million people come to them from around the world and they serve up 100 billion emails a month as well as 18 billion adds a day.

Here are some key points from Carol on career and life.

-Embrace change
-Stand up for yourself
-BE A LEADER dont wait for a mentor to come along
-Don't think of your career about a ladder thing about it as a pyramid. (ladders are unstable.)
-Given that you are on average 20 yrs old you have about 50 years to work
-Dont miss out on a family.
-Men are inferior.

I was following her the whole way through her talk having one of those "hallelujah sister" moments until she got to the part about men. I don't know how all of you feel about this last (semi-joking) statement but it really slapped me in the face and took the moment away. She was joking right?

The best moment of her talk though, and I hope you were there to see it was the BIOTCH WINGS! This I believe is really important. Learn how to defend your ideas. In my opinions part of this is getting to know your team really well. Find out what types of arguments work. Something else I find useful is letting your colleagues know what signals you are upset. (And ladies this is also true in relationships) Do not just subtly act upset specifically say when I do this it means stop and listen for a moment.

What do you use to get people to listen up ?