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Why We Come Back: Past GHC Scholars Return to Support New Generations of Women Technologists

Updated 10/15/2015: Watch Clara’s Grace Hopper talk and read her GHC post here!

The following is an excerpt from an article on The Huffington Post, “Why We Come Back: Past GHC Scholars Return to Support New Generations of Women Technologists.”
In a few days, more than 12,000 people will arrive in Houston to attend the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. The conference is the world’s largest gathering of technical women, and is often the first time attendees are exposed to so many other female technologists who have the same interests and share the same struggles.
The conference is especially impactful for the GHC Scholarship Grant winners, who are selected each year to come to GHC with all expenses paid by generous industry sponsors, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Thelma Estrin Foundation, a National Science Foundation Grant, and individual donors. The winners, who demonstrate true passion for technology and changing the ratio for women in tech, often find inspiration and encounter a launching pad for their careers at GHC.
And as their careers progress, many of these scholars return to GHC as professionals representing some of the top companies in the technology space.
For Clara Shih, that cycle of learning is coming full circle this year as she returns to GHC more than a decade after first attending in 2004 as a scholar. Back then, Clara was a graduate in the computer science department at Stanford. Today, she is the founder and CEO of Hearsay Social, a social media marketing management firm.
“I remember feeling a tremendous sense of community, possibility and confidence-building,” Clara recalls. “Being the only woman in the room can be lonely at times, and I appreciated the incredible camaraderie and friendship at GHC 2004.”
This year, Clara will return to the celebration as a plenary speaker to share her journey to becoming a leader in technology with other women who aspire to leadership roles. Thirty percent of Hearsay Social’s engineering staff is female, and Clara has worked hard to promote a diverse and supportive work environment at her company and the industry as a whole.
“It’s an honor to return to GHC this year as a speaker and to speak to so many women who are where I was a decade ago,” Clara says. “GHC represents exactly the kind of community, mentorship and skill-building that we need to change the numbers for women in tech.”
Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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A decade ago, our founder and CEO, Clara Shih, attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing as a Stanford graduate student and Anita Borg Scholar. Seven years later, she was honored as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.
We’re excited to share that Clara will be speaking at both Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and the Grace Hopper Celebration next week alongside visionary female leaders and Fortune 500 CEOs across numerous fields, including government, philanthropy, healthcare, technology, finance, education, media and the arts. She’ll be sharing her perspective on leadership, diversity, and lessons learned from her experiences working for some of the biggest tech companies and as a startup founder and CEO.
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Kicking off Monday, October 12, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit will revolve around the theme “Leading with Purpose,” with confirmed participants that include First Lady Michelle Obama; Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM; Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Ursula M. Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox; and Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of personal finance startup LearnVest.
Clara will participate in a morning discussion on Tuesday, October 13, titled “Leadership: Next Gen on the Next Gen” to talk about what it takes to start a company and how to foster leadership. Fellow panelists will include Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + CO; Poppy Harlow, anchor at CNN Newsroom Weekend and a CNN correspondent; and Julia Hartz, CEO of Eventbrite.
GraceHopperThe Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists and expects 12,000 attendees this year to convene in Houston, Texas. The event is produced by the Anita Borg Institute, which was founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, and aims to connect, inspire and guide women at all stages of their technology careers. Speakers will include Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of Lean In; Megan Smith, CTO of the United States; and Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube.
Clara will take the stage on Wednesday, October 14, to talk about her journey from being an event attendee in the audience a decade ago to, now, a keynote speaker and company founder. She’ll share her challenges and successes as a woman in the male-dominated engineering and startup world, and advice on how to handle not being part of the majority. Scheduled to follow Clara’s talk will be Blake Irving, CEO of GoDaddy, and Megan Smith, chief technology officer of the United States.
For more details on the two conferences, visit the Fortune Most Powerful Women and Grace Hopper sites.

Powerful women in the boardroom: Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih and other leaders speak at Fortune's inaugural Next Gen conference

What an an honor it was seeing our CEO Clara Shih take the stage at this week’s inaugural Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen conference, a meeting of esteemed women leaders across business, government, the arts and other sectors.

Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih at Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit Next Gen
From left to right: Fortune Senior Editor at Large Pattie Sellers, former Microsoft executive Gerri Elliott, Flickr founder Caterina Fake and Hearsay Social CEO and founder Clara Shih.

In a unique session focused on women board members, Pattie Sellers (Senior Editor at Large at Fortune and Co-founder of Fortune MPW, @pattiesellers) spoke with Gerri Elliott (board member of Whirlpool, Bed Bath and Beyond and Charlotte Russe, @gerri_elliott), Caterina Fake (Chairman of the Board of Etsy and board director of Creative Commons, @Caterina), and Clara Shih (board member of Starbucks and Hearsay Social, @clarashih).

Each shared her unique journey to the boardroom and the individual challenges they had to overcome to get there. Of course, earning a seat in the boardroom is not the end of the journey–it’s the beginning.

To hear unique insights from Gerri, Caterina, and Clara, watch a video of the session and see some tweets below, and then check out Fortune’s piece on How to land a coveted corporate board seat.


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The two-day event is the latest iteration in a series of live events hosted by Fortune that puts the spotlight on accomplished women leaders in a myriad of different industries around the world.
This year’s event will feature a host of great speakers, including Julia Hartz (Co-Founder and President of Eventbrite.com, @juliahartz), Sallie Krawcheck (Chair of Ellevate Network and Ellevate Asset Management, former CEO at Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney, @SallieKrawcheck), Clara Shih (CEO and founder, Hearsay Social, @clarashih), among many others:
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At 9:30 AM on Wednesday, December 3rd, Clara will join Gerri Elliott (Director, Whirlpool, Bed Bath & Beyond, Charlotte Russe, @gerri_elliott), Caterina Fake (Founder and CEO, Findery, @Caterina), and Pattie Sellers (Senior Editor at Large at Fortune and Co-founder of Fortune MPW, @pattiesellers) on stage at the conference to discuss strategies for landing the “right” board seats for your career.
To learn more, watch CNBC reporter Julia Boorstin (@jboorstin) interview Clara at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, CA last month, and explore the posts below all about financial services, technology innovation, and women in business.
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