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Make Plans Now to Attend the 1997 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference

Published 05/15/1997

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Ann Redelfs

On September 19-21, 1997, professionals and academics in computer science and computer-related fields will gather at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California, for the second Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. Make plans now to join us as we celebrate the legacy of Admiral Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computing and an inspiration to scientists and women everywhere. The three-day conference features technical talks by many of the most successful women in the computing field as well as panels, technical topic sessions, workshops, and birds-of-a-feather sessions.

The Grace Hopper Celebration is an opportunity for computer scientists, professionals in the computing industry, and students to come together to exchange ideas, update knowledge, share success stories, and engage in a natural forum for networking and mentoring.

Highlights of the 1997 Grace Hopper Celebration


  • Anita Borg, DEC -- Keynote Speaker, Women and the Future of Technology--Technology and the Future of Women
  • Linda Alepin, President and CEO, Pebblesoft -- The Future of Computing: Views from the Executive Suite
  • Sandra Baylor, IBM Research -- Performance
  • Marina Chen, Boston University--From Theory to Practice
  • Lounette Dyer, Cofounder and CTO, Cogit Corp -- The Future of Computing: Views from the Executive Suite
  • Joan Feigenbaum, ATT--Privacy Issues
  • Jeanne Ferrante, UC San Diego--High Performance Computing
  • Kristina Garnett, President and CEO, CrossRoads Software -- The Future of Computing: Views from the Executive Suite
  • Deborah Joseph, University of Wisconsin -- Bridging the Disciplines
  • Anna Karlin, University of Washington -- Polymorphic Pitch Recognition
  • Judy Klavins, Columbia University -- Digital Libraries
  • Pamela McCorduck, Author -- Host, The Future of Computing: Views from the Executive Suite"
  • Amy Pearl, Sun Microsystems -- Internet/JAVA
  • Birgit Pfitmann, University of Hildesheim -- Digital Cash
  • Ruthann Quindlen, partner, Institutional Venture Partners
  • Faina Shtern, NIH -- Medical Imaging
  • Telle Whitney, Actel -- Programmable Gate Arrays


  • Robotics/Visualization
  • JAVA
  • Programming Languages
  • Systems
  • Internet
  • Bridging the Disciplines
  • System Performance
  • Increased Automation


  • The Glass Ceiling--Carol Gallagher
  • The Story of the Phoenix Quest--Rena Upitis
  • Professional Organizations for Women--Cheryl Deitcher
  • "Under What Conditions and Constraints Do Women and Girls Make Their Choices to Engage and Persist in Computing?"--Two Part Series--Susan McElroy
  • The Fine Art of Tooting Your Own Horn--Anita Borg
  • Peer mentoring: Case Study--Marissa Martinez
  • Women in the History of Computer Science--Denise Gurer
  • Starting a Woman's Group in Your Company--Sabina Nawaz
  • Career and Family--Kathleen Kaplan
  • CRA-W Workshop on Research for Women in Computer Science and Engineering--Francine Berman
  • Young Professionals--Chitra Dorai, Jayashree Subrahmonia
  • Improving the Graduate School Environment for Women In CS--Caroline Tice, Soheila Bana
  • Systers of Color--Sandra Baylor, Valerie Taylor
  • Lesbian and Bisexual Women--Elein Mustain
  • Telecommuting: How do You Make it Work?--Kari Chavez
  • Sponsoring a Mentoring Program--Christina Stumpf

Register for the Grace Hopper Celebration

To streamline the registration process, attendees can register for the Grace Hopper Celebration through the conference Web site at If you would like to receive a registration form and a copy of the conference agenda electronically, please send an email to with "GH reg form & agenda" (without quotation marks) as the subject of the message and the form and agenda will be sent to you. In the meantime, check the Grace Hopper Web site for updated information about conference speakers, workshops, technical topic sessions, and other features of this dynamic conference.

The total conference fee is $425, if registration is received by 6/1/97. For students, the total conference fee is $175, if registration is received by 6/1. The total conference fee includes three days of intense technical content, meals, a gala reception featuring an address from Anita Jones, outgoing director of Defense Research and Engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense, and a reception at the San Jose Museum of Art. The fee for conference registration increases to $475 after 6/1, and we expect limited space to be available for late registrations.

Scholarships Available for Students and Junior Professionals

In true testimony to her vision, Admiral Hopper considered her greatest contribution to society to be "all the young people I have trained." In that spirit, funding for approximately 80 scholarships/travel grants for students and junior professionals has been provided by the NSF, USENIX Association, and AAAI. The deadline for submitting a scholarship application is June 13, 1997, and applicants should note that the scholarship application process is separate from registration. If you plan to attend the conference regardless of whether you receive an award, we urge you to register early, as we expect a capacity crowd with few spaces available for late registrations. Conference registration will be reserved for all award applicants.

Details on the application process are available on the Grace Hopper Celebration Web site. You may also obtain information on scholarships electronically by sending an email to cheryl@sdsc with "GH scholar app" (without quotation marks) as the subject of the message. The deadline for scholarships is approaching rapidly so, in Grace's words, don't waste a nanosecond--apply today.

Grace Hopper Celebration Supporters

The 1997 Grace Hopper Celebration is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computing Research Association (CRA), and made possible through the generous support of numerous organizations, including:

  • NSF
  • USENIX Association
  • Digital Equipment Corporation
  • IBM
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Texas Instruments
  • Informix
  • Unisys
  • AT&T Foundation
  • SGI
  • Auspex
  • Lucent
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • U S West
  • BBN
  • Autodesk
  • Xerox
  • Macromedia
  • Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs
  • NEC Research Institute
  • Kronos
  • NIST
  • AAAI

Honoring Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Admiral Hopper was an innovative scientist who faced the challenges of programming the first computers undaunted. Her work spanned programming languages, software development concepts, and compiler verification, and laid the groundwork for modern data processing. We hope you will be able to join us this September 19-21 in San Jose for the 1997 Grace Murray Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and participate in this unparalleled opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in computing.