[vcf-midatlantic] Females in computing list: VCF East 2022

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Wed Jan 12 14:59:28 UTC 2022

On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 8:02 AM Bill Degnan via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> *Living* pioneers of computing.who would  draw a reasonable crowd as a
> keynote speaker?  Not so easy.  Picking a high level manager at a software
> company who happens to be a woman is not going to be on the same level as
> past keynote speakers and it kind of looks like you're more trying to fill
> the slot with someone who checks the box "woman" before you realized the
> obvious problem.of your category choice.

I don't feel like I'm "trying to fill the slot". I'm looking for great
speakers with an emphasis on those that are female.


> Consider finding an expert on the history of women in computing, regardless
> of their demographic characteristics, who can give a good informative talk
> on the subject of "women in computing".  A good speaker who knows the
> subject.  This way you can *cover them all* with >respect<.  Find an author
> of a good book on the subject.  Find a historian.

Thank you for your comments and insights. If you look at my list Mar Hicks
fits that description. She is one of the first that I will be contacting.

> Having this discussuon like this on an open forum?   Wouldnt you want to
> keep this kind of debate within management until you finalized your plans?

Yes. I think that this discussion is a great way to solicit speakers that I
didn't think of. There is no need to keep it secret. Brainstorming on this
list has brought some great suggestions. I would rather get a suggestion
now than months down the line when it is too late.

> Bill
> Former.v.p. vcfed
> On Wed, Jan 12, 2022, 5:34 AM Mark Whittington via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > Margaret Hamilton
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 5:24 AM skogkatt007--- via vcf-midatlantic <
> > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > >  Grace Hopper, Gina Smith.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >

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