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GHC09: Becoming a Person of Influence

Still trying to catch up with my notes from the talks I attended at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in October… Jo Miller was a very popular presenter at GHC08, so was invited back this year to speak on Becoming a Person of Influence. Jo, an Aussie with a somewhat confused accent Read More…

Still trying to catch up with my notes from the talks I attended at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in October…

Jo Miller was a very popular presenter at GHC08, so was invited back this year to speak on Becoming a Person of Influence. Jo, an Aussie with a somewhat confused accent after years in California, does Women’s Leadership Coaching for a living, and I suspect from this experience of her that she’s good at it.

This talk had the particular merit of being useful to everyone attending, at whatever stage of their tech career.

I was amused that she started the session saying: “Anyone caught blogging or tweeting during the session will absolutely be invited back next year!”

From my notes:

The emerging leader’s quandary: you can’t get to the higher level job without leadership experience, but you can’t get the experience without the job.

How can you establish yourself as a leader while doing your current job?

Question: Are you the best-kept secret in your organization?

“In my company, influencing skills are the single most important success factor after knowing your job.” JoAnna Sohovich, Honeywell

Are power and influence good or bad? “Power is like manure: it really stinks if you keep it to yourself, but it’s good if you spread it around.”

Wanting to be an influencer means wanting to be a person who can make a greater difference than one person alone can.

An influencer arrives at the meeting early to greet everyone, and doesn’t wait for permission to speak when it’s her area of expertise. If you walk into a room with confidence and authority, people are predisposed to hear what you say.

Don’t think about influencing a specific situation but “how do I become a person of influence?”

First impressions count, but the cumulative impact of all impressions is more important.

The dog whisperer doesn’t train the dog – he/she actually trains the owner to exude an air of calm authority.

Our behavior teaches people how to treat us.

You can influence others in every conversation you have.

Jo asked people in the room to mention what they think of as leadership qualities. Responses included:

  • know the people you’re working with, and care about them. People are not a means to an end, they ARE the end.
  • be consistent and principled, good at engaging people in interesting conversations
  • a leader makes you want to be a better leader

Countdown: The Six Sources of influence Available to Women Leaders

6. Positional influence: the influence inherent in your job title/role

For example, a woman was reorged into a situation where no one knew what she did, but her boss made a point of having her meet people.

“How are you introducing yourself?” You need an elevator pitch.

Building on positional influence:

you have an important job and people need to know about it
take every opportunity to educate others about the importance of your role and how you can help them

create a 30-second commercial:
1. name
2. title
3. I am responsible for…
4. come directly to me when you need…

You may need multiples “ads” to cover various aspects of your job.

Mine might include:

I’m Deirdré Straughan. I am responsible for helping people communicate about technology. Come directly to me when you need help/advice/training with social media, especially videoblogging and video streaming.

Or:

I am responsible for building and nurturing tech communities. Come directly to me when you need help with community strategy and execution.

One pitfall with positional influence is to over-rely on it and to imagine that, if you are higher up, influence comes naturally.

5. Expertise influence: background, qualifications, experience and expertise

Make sure you don’t let someone else take credit for your work!

Ways to build expertise influence:

  • don’t wait for an invitation to speak up about your area of expertise
  • promote your accomplishments
  • present in meetings etc.
  • write
  • speak on panels, conferences

Pitfalls: “Are men smarter than women? No, but they sure think they are.” Women underestimate their own candlepower while men overestimate theirs (2008, Newsweek). Male job candidates are not shy to claim expertise they may not necessarily have! It’s not about paper qualifications, it’s about owning and making visible the achievements you already have.

4. Resources Influence:– the ability to attract and deploy resources you need to do your job well.

e.g. budget

Ways to increase resources influence:

  • become a strong negotiator – know how to ask for and get what you need
  • learn matrixed management
  • cross-train others in your area
  • gain visibility for the importance of your work and the effort it takes
  • suggest special projects as developmental opportunities for others

3. Informational influence: being an informational powerhouse, who keeps finger on the pulse on business, personnel and organizational issues

Know the above, know who the other informational powerhouses are. Walk around and gossip, but filter useful info from noise. Seek out info about changes before they occur, e.g. new projects, opportunities, resource allocations, budget, long-range plans.

2. Direct influence aka coercive

Being firm,professional and direct when someone’s behavior is detrimental to team or org (1% rule) – when something really important is at stake. But also share a vision of what would be possible for them if they changed their behavior – show that you care.

Tips: be firm, fair, professional, direct and concise with tough news
explain what was unacceptable and why
focus on a positive vision for the future

1. Relationships influence: that which comes when you know who the key people are in your organization (and other areas of life), when you reach out to them and build authentic, trusting relationships and an influential network.

The most importnat thing you will build in your career is your network, aka your sphere of influence.

McKinsey leadership project – What drives and sustains successful female leaders? Connecting.

Think about:

Which sources of influence are you most strong in?
Which do you intend to strengthen?

GHC09: Women in the Flat Connected World

^ Panelists (L->R): Kristin Rozier (NASA); Sumitha Prashanth (Sun Microsystems-India); Radha Ratnaparkhi (IBM); Claudia Galvan (Microsoft); Bev Crair (Quantum, formerly Sun); Meenakshi Kaul-Basu (Sun Microsystems); Lydia Ash (Google) – photo from Meena “Globalization has forced companies to create new processes to empower distributed teams to collaborate. It could mean that individuals have to travel for Read More…

^ Panelists (L->R): Kristin Rozier (NASA); Sumitha Prashanth (Sun Microsystems-India); Radha Ratnaparkhi (IBM); Claudia Galvan (Microsoft); Bev Crair (Quantum, formerly Sun); Meenakshi Kaul-Basu (Sun Microsystems); Lydia Ash (Google) – photo from Meena

Globalization has forced companies to create new processes to empower distributed teams to collaborate. It could mean that individuals have to travel for longer periods of time across the globe, work at odd hours, and work from home or make other adjustments to accommodate a new working lifestyle.

Panelists will discuss and give their perspective on the topic, impact on women, and the technologies and strategies they use to maintain balance.”

This panel at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2009, run by my colleague Meena, was one of the few sessions at GHC09 that I felt addressed the  practical needs of women currently in technology management: all of the panelists manage geographically-dispersed teams (which are increasingly the norm in high tech).

One theme that came up over and over was the importance of face-to-face interaction, especially for the managers, who therefore end up traveling a lot. Phone conferences, email, and instant messaging simply can’t build relationships in the same way. As Bev Crair said, even for teams that know each other and have worked together for a long time, “Trust breaks down after six weeks of not seeing someone.” I’ve seen this in my own experience of working remotely.

Bev added that relationships can be supported by video conferencing: “We use WebEx a lot.”

But she and others also felt strongly enough about the importance of in-person interaction that (during her time at Sun) she created a rotation program for Sun’s engineering office in China. US-based test engineers visited for three weeks at a time (the company had rented four apartments) and did their regular jobs from Beijing while also mentoring/training Chinese colleagues.

This taught the local engineers Sun standards for engineering, but it also helped the US-based engineers understand local problems so they could better represent their Chinese counterparts when they got back to US.

Kristin Rozier, NASA: “We put a lot of emphasis on face to face” within her small US reearch group. They host an annual symposium where everyone can get together.

Lydia Ash, Google: “As a manager I had to realize that bad news travels much faster than good news.” Solution: over-commuicate rather than under-.

Claudia Galvan, Microsoft: “You need to let go of driving everything from HQ and let the remote sites drive, too.”

Work-Life Balance

Bev Crair: “Working globally means there’s not a hard line between work and home life. I take time for myself and my daughter n the middle of the day. I have to set aside that time.”

Women are about connectedness, so why try to separate work from life?

Sumitha lives with her in-laws (a traditional arrangement in India), who are very supportive of her family and career. She says: “There’s no such thing as work-life balance. You figure it out as you go along. There’s no perfect situation. You have to prioritize. And don’t feel guilty about anything.”

Radha agrees that work-life balance is a myth. But there can be harmony if you have control and a support system (family, friends, community).

Two of the panelists’ daughters wouldn’t want their mothers’ jobs: “Too many phone calls.” One thinks that being an engineer is cool because you get to go to all these exotic places.

Women often end up taking care of family stuff (babies, aging parents), which leads to breaks in their career histories. Being able to “integrate” the personal with the professional is critical. Remote work allows people to deal with things e.g. cultural observations (such as the rituals around a death in the family) while still working. We need to have the tools and processes in place for this to happen.

Question from the audience: All this flexibility needs company support. How real is that?

Answer: Even the [US] federal government offers time off for family situations, e.g. up to 12 weeks to help a parent after surgery.

Tools and Pitfalls

It was mentioned that video conferencing can feel weird because of lag times (at long distance) and the fact that it doesn’t provide a sense of eye contact, because the webcam lens is not where you direct your eyes when you’re looking at the video you’re receiving. “Everyone looks stupid in a videoconference.”

Bev said they have extra monitors which display video streams from other offices, to maintain a sense of presence even when not actively participating in video conferences.

Lacking funding or tools for any of this, one manager said that her group put up photographs of their remote colleagues to enhance a feeling of connectedness. Every little thing can help.

Virtual environments (such as Google Lively and Second Life) can become informal and unprofessional very quickly. It’s important to remember that professional presence matters even in these virtual worlds. In video conferencing, watch out for bedhead and undone laundry in the background; what is the message you are sending by your video presence?

Use tool such as Writely to collaborate in real time on documents.

On the whole, a very useful panel, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from these women.

The Twitter Diaries: 2009-10-04: Tucson AZ

@ThinGuy Mom is happy = win for Dad, no matter what. in reply to ThinGuy # @rosso another thing I have NO nostalgia for: chasing mosquitoes in Milan apartments. Enrico was obsessive about it. in reply to rosso # just posted (old) video I shot of a (new) Bollywood movie star: YouTube – Tenzing’s Monkey Read More…

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  • @ThinGuy Mom is happy = win for Dad, no matter what. in reply to ThinGuy #
  • @rosso another thing I have NO nostalgia for: chasing mosquitoes in Milan apartments. Enrico was obsessive about it. in reply to rosso #
  • just posted (old) video I shot of a (new) Bollywood movie star: YouTube – Tenzing’s Monkey Tales http://bit.ly/YavQq #
  • @mschoenu if it weren’t for our evolved deep love for our children, very few of them would survive into adulthood. in reply to mschoenu #
  • @mschoenu I suspect girls are slightly easier toddlers. Always thought if I’d had a boy I would have killed it. in reply to mschoenu #
  • liking the new features on Twitter’s own Followers listings – obviates a bunch of third parties like TwitterKarma. #
  • “Berlusconi’s gazing at Mrs. Obama’s gown, instead of her face, and holding his arms out.. while the U.S. Pres looks on” http://bit.ly/MZRkK #
  • daughter’s iPhone 3G battery has died. Suggestions? #
  • “…life isn’t fair. It’s just a lot fairer than death, that’s all.” William Goldman, The Princess Bride #
  • @debworks have you read the book? It’s even better. in reply to debworks #
  • @glynnfoster Whoa, didn’t know a little un was in the works. Congratulations! in reply to glynnfoster #
  • @cbs4denver on 128 near Indiana in reply to cbs4denver #
  • @debworks: I have long been tempted to get this t-shirt http://bit.ly/3O7Az #
  • @jonasthaler What’s wrong with Jonas? Oh, those brothers? #Jonas #fb in reply to jonasthaler #
  • to do: prepare poster for #ghc09, flog videoblogging workshop in MPK Oct 14-15, plan USENIX LISA (some more), see dr., lv for Tucson tomw #
  • RT @WriteRCastle: if all of you get 1 friend to follow me today – I can double my followers… Are you all in? – only because you’re so cute #
  • Thanksgiving nailed down: Austin, so I can see Ross before she leaves for Italy and Australia, and so I can get my hair done properly (pink) #
  • RT @nexenta: RT @GeffsVoice: Rockwood http://tinyurl.com/y9p5pr4 #opensolaris, #ZFS, #Dtrace, #mysql, #sparc are here to stay it seems. #
  • @wendybiird still liked @NathanFillion better as Captain Tightpants, tho. in reply to wendybiird #
  • RT @italylogue: Uhh, no words for this one. Berlusconi calls Pres & Mrs Obama “tanned.” AGAIN. http://bit.ly/14Zkgi #italy #
  • @bubbva cheat! in reply to bubbva #
  • new video: Nick Solter speaks at CommunityOne on Developing on OpenSolaris – http://bit.ly/vvH9c #
  • FREE eBook: HPC (High Performance Computing) for Dummies http://bit.ly/4vveDc #
  • RT @oraclemix: win a free pass, even: http://ow.ly/rutl #oow09 only 3 days left! (personally, just need a show floor pass…) #
  • @timbray there are a couple of best westerns nearish for 125-150, check axiom. in reply to timbray #
  • “…when we ask people to consider giving up their religion, we’re actually asking a lot. ” http://bit.ly/5hf13 #
  • several new videos on OpenSolaris Security, from a BoF session at OSCON – start at http://bit.ly/6wXjy #
  • I can hear a family of coyotes yipping and howling down by the reservoir. Remind me not to take walks at night around here. #
  • the fastest way to see the bitch in me come out baying for blood? Play pass the buck with a customer. I will take your f*cking HEAD OFF. #
  • gonna go hang with the geeks on IRC. I don’t understand 90% of what they say, but at least they don’t piss me off. #
  • Kernel Conference Australia 2009: Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore keynote – Sun Video http://bit.ly/onzN3 #
  • Mr. Deity and Da Man http://bit.ly/YN1Gd #
  • RT @deirdresm: Star Trek meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Snerch. http://bit.ly/Vyryt – thanks for the bedtime LOL! #
  • @zephoria demonstrate to the parents with, say, office harassment? in reply to zephoria #
  • my dance card is filling up for my San Francisco visit during OOW/VidcampSF. Who else will be around? #
  • RT @dltq: “having fun at work. this is heaven “- What a great thing to be able to say! Congratulations! (I usually do, too,) #
  • RT @darrenmoffat: just booked my first ever flight leaving from LHR T5 for #lisa09 – looking forward to seeing you there! #
  • ” if you are well-liked at work it is because you care about and connect with people and look for ways to help them. http://bit.ly/jBM1o #
  • @billstreeter it’ll be great to see you – I don’t think we’ve actually met in person yet, have we? in reply to billstreeter #
  • I thought this fall was going to be quieter, but… #ghc09 #oow #vidcampsf then LISA (big job for me), then Austin for Thanksgiving w kid #
  • …only question is what to do for Christmas. No, it won’t be Italy. #
  • “the amount of financial assets held abroad illegally by Italian citizens is in the neighborhood of 300 billion euros.” http://bit.ly/19n64J #
  • why does something as simple as printing have to be so $%$%^$ hard?!? #
  • with all the Brazilians I’m now following, I’m learning Portugese. Not that it’s very hard with fluent Italian under my belt. #
  • kinda cool to think that I’m one of 1600 girl geeks converging on Tucson for #ghc09 this week. #
  • @ceri maybe they thought you’d enjoy the drinks more without them. in reply to ceri #
  • @miglsd oppure italiano! in reply to miglsd #
  • the dr. gave me an antibiotic that may make me sun-sensitive. And I’m on my way to Tucson. Anyone bringing sunscreen? #
  • a guy with real brains (video) http://bit.ly/VoNyq #
  • @AKNickerson with my mostly Scottish/German heritage, I don’t even try to tan, but do like the option to be in the sun, esp when ill! in reply to AKNickerson #
  • RT @oracletechnet: am told there may be exhibit passes in the Sunday Sf Chronicle tho – can someone keep an eye out for me? Thanks! #
  • yet another keynote from the Kernel Conference Australia: http://bit.ly/19B0bm #
  • Wifi at DIA used to be good but now is almost unusable. Got done what I needed to, tho #
  • Wonder how many people on this flight are going to #ghc09 #
  • Damn car rental agent is wasting everyone’s time trying to sell insurance #
  • @ben I’m afraid squishy ZFS is a Jack Adams exclusive. in reply to ben #
  • first session I’m attending at #ghc09 – “How to become a person of influence” (tho I’d like to think I already am one) #
  • recently added to Sun Video: buncha stuff from Sun’s HPC Consortium (Dresden, June) – more to come! http://bit.ly/19B0bm #
  • “Anyone caught blogging or tweeting during this session will absolutely be invited back next year.” #
  • Jo Miller of Women’s Leadership Coaching. “are you the best-kept secret in your organization?” #
  • Wanting power means wanting to be a person who can make a greater difference than one person alone can have. #ghc09 #
  • “Our behavior teaches people how to treat us.” #ghc09 #
  • @jscarp think I already managed to lose my Sun water bottle! #ghc09 in reply to jscarp #
  • leadership qualities: know the people you’re working with, and care about them. People are not a means to an end, they ARE the end. #
  • @lskrocki I wish you were here, too! #ghc09 in reply to lskrocki #
  • you have an important job and people need to know about it, take every opp to educate others about your role & how you can help them #ghc09 #
  • The pitfall with positional influence is to over-rely on it and to imagine that, if you are higher up, influence comes naturally. #ghc09 #
  • ways to build expertise influence:don’t wait for an invitation to speak up about your area of expertise, promote your accomplishments #ghc09 #
  • it’s not about paper qualifications, it’s about owning and making visible the achievements you already have #ghc09 #
  • Secure Software Engineering / In-Kernel Security | Sun Learning eXchange video http://bit.ly/8KXNd #
  • Resources Influence – ability to attract and deploy resources you need to do your job well eg budget#ghc09 #
  • relationships influence – you know who the key people are, & reach out to them to build authentic, trusting relationships. #ghc09 #

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  • #ghc09 poster session ^ talked quite a lot about video in spite of no voice. Now at friends house wondering why Mac can see modem not net #
  • Alex Barclay, Laureate Inst for Brain Research: how to build a systems architecture to support next gen med imaging. http://bit.ly/lu0jZ #
  • @wordymusic re talking to Intel, just remember that you have a good story to tell. Start with WHY you want to talk to them #ghc09 #ghc09 in reply to wordymusic #
  • When a company is in turmoil and transition, managers who look after their teams make a HUGE difference. Just bcuz u are also in turmoil… #
  • …doesn’t mean you should shirk your managerial responsibilities. This is a shout-out to my boss @rohrer – who’s doing it right. #
  • Dame Wendy Hall Commander of the Order of the British Empire – “There have only been dames since the 20th century.” #
  • #ghc09 posters still up today. If u want to hear about “Using Video to Communicate About Technology,” come find me. With hot tea (no voice) #
  • rm decorated w banners from earlier #ghc09 editions. In early yrs the figures of women were very stylized and nude. Now much more realistic #
  • Megan Smith #ghc09 talking about lack of Internet connectivity in Africa – entire east coast, many countries have no broadband at all #
  • …but it’s coming. And real talent is showing up in areas such as animation. #
  • transparency – as people join together to shine a light on corruption, it goes away #ghc09 #
  • NGOs have amazing knowledge, but it’s not on the web. How can we get it out of them? And make it available via web and mobile. #ghc09 #
  • @shikohtwit what’s ICt4D ? #ghc09 in reply to shikohtwit #
  • damn. My parents worked in development & appropriate technology in what was then called the 3rd world. Megan’s talk tempts me… #ghc09 #
  • how do we use technology to help? Megan Smith would like to hear ideas #ghc09 #
  • @leapingwoman @anitaborg_org http://bit.ly/lEV6t – good opportunity for Bay Area activists and artists to learn how to use video #
  • So frustrating – lots of fascinating people I want to talk to and listen to, but I barely have a voice and it’s exhausting to talk. #
  • importance of studying local cultures/markets – big “duh!” for me, but it’s a point that often needs to be made to Americans #ghc09 #
  • short-term ROI of emerging markets? among others, younger employees demand social engagement & greenness from their employers #
  • Cisco Academy doing an incredible job in emerging markets – must find out more about this. #ghc09 #
  • ended up staffing the Sun booth #ghc09 and giving out lots and lots of t-shirts – unfortunately didn’t get one for myself! #
  • waiting for the start of Women and the Flat Connected World #ghc09 led by my colleague Meenakshi Kau-Basu (engineering director, cluster) #
  • @shikohtwit Ah! ICTD = appropriate technology for this century. Big change from bamboo water wheels and the like. #ghc09 in reply to shikohtwit #
  • Bev Crair “Trust breaks down after 6 weeks of not seeing someone. Could be supported by video conf – we use WebEx a lot. ” #GHC09 #
  • RT @corey_latislaw: treating imposter syndrome: “Act confident and you will be confident.” Very wise advice #ghc09 (via @jscarp) #
  • Sumitha Prashanth “there’s no such thing as work-life balance. You have to prioritize. And don’t feel guilty about anything.” #
  • Arrogance doesn’t bother me – if you’re really as smart as you think you are. And I always give the benefit of the doubt. #
  • discussing myth of work-life balance. #ghc09 I’ve balanced over years rather than days. Child-raising over, now concentrating on career. #
  • @bubbva Meena got that one right on her panel – pics and names onscreen very helpful #ghc09 in reply to bubbva #
  • did this get slashdotted or something? views through the roof http://bit.ly/7yHJh #
  • In video conferencing watch out for bedhead and undone laundry – what is the message you are sending? #
  • oh, good, break after lunch. I can go take a nap in Teresa’s room. #
  • every panelist has repeatedly stressed the importance of face-to-face. Low-tech alternatives print pictures and post them on the wall #ghc09 #
  • also: leave videoconference on all day (maybe with sound turned down) can give a real sense of collaboration. #ghc09 #
  • collaborate in real time on documents during the meeting so everyone can comment. videoconf time lag makes everyone look stupid. #ghc09 #
  • choose your communications tech to suit the situation, e.g. pitching a big idea for the first time might go better in email initially #ghc09 #
  • record meetings, training etc. so those who can’t attend due to time zones can still see it and learn. #ghc09 #
  • will Google Wave be an important tool here? Can’t tell – I haven’t seen it yet. Bev: agile teams open a Skype line and leave it open #ghc09 #
  • “we keep an org-wide Skype chat and leave it on all day. Amazed how much people use that r than email.” #ghc09 #
  • Bev we used multiple monitors so you keep eye contact with someone you’re working with, while doing your own work on your own monitor #ghc09 #
  • @msgilligan yes, as long as the arrogance is justified. Geeks tend to be bluntly honest, about themselves as well as others. in reply to msgilligan #
  • Open Source Community Development panel #ghc09 – Valerie Fenwick up first #
  • panelists: Stormy Peters, GNOME; Kathryn Vandiver NetApp, Sandy Payette Fedora Commons, Teresa Giacomini Sun, Terri Oda Linuxchix #ghc09 #

  • @apperceptions re all-day videoconf, I think the idea was more to have a sense of presence rather than all-day active collaboration in reply to apperceptions #
  • RT @mtuckerb: Where would you stay if you had 1 night in Hong Kong? What would you see? Where would you eat? – help a friend here, gang! #
  • RT @mtuckerb: 33 Days until TEDIndia! – I’m so jealous! #
  • Teresa on tactics to grow communities in diff parts of the world: you have to take cultural diffs into account, eg meeting style prefs #
  • Stormy Peters tweeting while ON the panel. #ghc09 Interesting. #
  • RT @storming: What’s hard about growing communities? Getting newcomers into a complex development environment. #ghc09 #
  • reaching developers in Africa: problems include lack of bandwidth, many languages. What can we do to help? #ghc09 #
  • I wonder if the TED translation project cd be applied to open source software translation needs (specifically, for hi tech videos like mine) #
  • wish I wasn’t feeling so awful. Normally an event like this would have me shooting off sparks. #
  • how to get people to participate? invite them! #ghc09 #
  • cd TED translation project be applied to open source software translation needs (specifically, for hi tech videos like mine)? #ghc09 #
  • audience ? about impact of the Oracle acquisition. Valerie deflects it nicely. ; ) #ghc09 #
  • Terri Oda: Linuxchix has two rules: be polite, be helpful #ghc09 #
  • Hot water with Maker’s Mark helping my voice a lot. And my mood #
  • Awaiting free tequila shots at Salud bar #
  • Gran Centenario Azul Reposado hmm #
  • Arriba Abajo al centro al dentro! Yum #
  • How many hundreds of women dancing at #ghc09? Wow! #
  • “Not since Mussolini’s time has an Italian government’s interference with the media been more blatant or alarming.” http://bit.ly/14dyQN #
  • Happy Gandhi’s birthday, everybody! #
  • Berlusconi’s “eagerness to continue cracking racial jokes shows how outdated he and a big chunk of Italian society are.” http://bit.ly/xWSiG #
  • “A burglar who used Facebook on a victim’s computer has been arrested after police traced his e-mail.” http://bit.ly/2KQque #
  • @brendanlawlor cultural shows? My ref to women dancing was 1600 girl geeks at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in reply to brendanlawlor #
  • #ghc09 – Next year’s Grace Hopper Celebration will be in Atlanta. #
  • okay, okay, I have no problem with Atlanta. Don’t really need to see a promotional video about it. #ghc09 #
  • RT @terriko: Open Source Communities panel members! http://www.flickr.com/photos/terrio/3973263907/ Women in open source rock! #ghc09 #
  • loved last night’s #ghc09 dance party, esp the Arabic music and the women who showed us all how to dance to it. #
  • today is one of those down days. Being sick and not sleeping well aren’t helping. Let’s go find someone inspiring to talk to. #
  • “The Uneasy Relationship Between Feminism & Technology ” starts with video interviews asking “What does feminism mean to you?” #ghc09 #
  • @saraford sadly, I don’t think anything has been filmed – and I offered! Lots of notes, blogs, tweets #ghc09 in reply to saraford #
  • then asking “Are you a feminist?” Answers to both questions range from great to frightening. #ghc09 #
  • overheard on campus: “Do not call me a feminist in public. How do you expect me to get a date?” #ghc09 #
  • “No reason men & women shd get equal pay. Women get maternity leave. If they want equal pay, they should keep their legs together” #ghc09 #
  • grad student: “I’m not a feminist because I don’t have penis envy.” #ghc09 Also: “I’m not a feminist, but…” Many afraid to claim the title #
  • So why not find a new term? We have a perfectly good word, we have much to be proud of. #ghc09 #
  • But “feminism” was originally “nicer” than “women’s lib.” It’s now stigmatized like… “liberal”. #ghc09 #
  • “I’m not a feminist because I’m a Christian.” – augh! #ghc09 #
  • Why do we care? women about 20%, and not equally dist across levels. Only 10% of corp officers and 11% of board of tech Fortune 500 #ghc09 #
  • @brendanlawlor Ah, I see.Sorry, tweeting so much and so varioulsy I’m losing track. in reply to brendanlawlor #
  • This should be the theme song for #ghc09 – I’m gonna be an engineer http://bit.ly/9zWwu #
  • @monkchips wow, I’ve actually been to the Fish Bar – some friends live near there. Good food, too. in reply to monkchips #
  • “I want my daughter to believe that men & women are treated equally, but I know we’re not there yet.” #ghc09 #
  • @ThinGuy nah, most of us actually figure you males are still good for something. ; ) in reply to ThinGuy #
  • umm… having a hard time caring about a detailed taxonomy of feminism. Meh. Maybe I take too much for granted. #ghc09 #
  • @alecmuffett I stand by my own tasteless remark and your right to make equally tasteless ones! I’m not thin-skinned. in reply to alecmuffett #
  • @alecmuffett I think the key in all human interactions is to have a sense of humor and to always give the benefit of the doubt. in reply to alecmuffett #
  • $25k Gandhi pen: “I certainly have to say, I wouldn’t have thought that people would have reacted negatively,” http://bit.ly/3bt9on #
  • Pakistan: women often can’t work outside the home, but are using technology to do high-powered jobs from home. I have mixed feelings #ghc09 #
  • A/V medium most effective with the illiterate. How to involve women in the creation of relevant content? I could do that… #ghc09 #
  • @digitalsista we should have been doing live video streams for those who can’t attend. Maybe I can help with that next year #ghc09 in reply to digitalsista #
  • waiting for Brenda Laurel’s session on Human-Computer Interface research #ghc09 #
  • The gaming industry for 25 years poisoned by assumption that their whole market was young men – Brenda Laurel #ghc09 #
  • @alecmuffett Yes, sadly – political correctness is usually utterly lacking in sense of humor. in reply to alecmuffett #
  • Purple Moon was to persuade girls 8-12 to use computers and help them have a personal rehearsal space to help develop sense of self #ghc09 #
  • NB: bought Purple Moon games for my daughter, which she enjoyed tho puzzled about US school culture – she was growing up in Italy #ghc09 #
  • women are body-centric navigators, whereas men are great at dead-reckoning – Brenda Laurel #ghc09 #
  • social status among peers: girls engage in covert competition #ghc09 #
  • probing for mixed gender signals with toys like a pink fuzzy truck – was considered “for girls” because pink/fuzzy overrode truck. #ghc09 #
  • but a dolphin with bloody teeth was a boy thing. Barbie in GI Joe clothing was roundly rejected by ALL. #ghc09 #
  • @digitalsista thanks! glad to meet new cool folks this way! in reply to digitalsista #
  • Purple Moon rsch: girls talked about two selves – inner/private and exterior social self – wonder if that would be different today #ghc09 #
  • I wish my daughter was here – the “Rockett” games would be totally a blast from her past. She’s 20 now. #ghc09 #
  • Everything you know or wish true likely wrong. Human-centered rsch is fundamental to design, esp design intended to change things #ghc09 #
  • Laurel now running grad prog in design at California College of the Arts. I could be tempted… So much to do, in only one lifetime! #ghc09 #
  • Laurel: I could have used this research to create the most evil cosmetics company and made a lot of money. #ghc09 #
  • RT @terriko: “if grace hopper had only concentrated on women’s stuff, she wouldn’t have become an admiral in the Navy.” Laurel #ghc09 #
  • Tip to researchers: you can tell a lot from the shoes – look at the shoes – Laurel #ghc09 #
  • people who have extreme behaviors can often tell you a lot about the range of behaviors – Laurel #ghc09 #
  • people at Whole Foods doing dance of the whales to park their giant Lexus SUVs to go buy organic produce – noted that in Austin #ghc09 #
  • everybody who has kids knows they turn into cops, e.g. telling parents not to smoke #ghc09 – totally didn’t work with my dad, 50 yr smoker #
  • @bubbva how about Sun booth cause she’s meeting me there before you in reply to bubbva #
  • argh. How am I supposed to answer questions about Sun internships and hiring? #ghc09 #
  • no, we do not have any more t-shirts to give away #ghc09 #
  • @creepyed okay. Hanging at the booth right now. in reply to creepyed #
  • @creepyed I’m out on the terrace outside the bar. If you don’t want to come here, let me know wher to meet you in reply to creepyed #
  • got interviewed for Ed & Ashley’s 5 Minute Show, once about video, once about community (with Teresa). Not used to being front of camera #
  • @msgilligan I suspect the computer gaming industry has figure it out now with games like The Sims #ghc09 in reply to msgilligan #
  • hmm. Four fighter jets flying in formation over Tucson. #
  • did the Starbucks Via taste test. Preferred the instant Via stuff – but I don’t actually like the Starbucks roast anyway, too burnt. #
  • a colleague remarked that she’d never seen me in a skirt before today. Really must learn to ditch the jeans from time to time. #
  • taking a conference break. Live-tweeting a content-rich presentation is hard work! (and fun) #
  • the session I thought I wanted to go to turned out not to be what I thought, so now killing time until I get to go play with Legos. #ghc09 #
  • @bubbva the friend who hired me into Sun said “I haven’t done a cold interview in 11 years.” In the end, it’s all about who knows u #ghc09 in reply to bubbva #
  • a little surprised that students who come to the Sun table #ghc09 don’t know we’re in the process of being acquired. Research, ladies! #
  • huge line for Legos, so I’m in “Empowering Immigrant Communities thru tech” #ghc09 #
  • @anitaborg_org the video is fun, but I prefer the term Girl Geek in reply to anitaborg_org #
  • uh, academic overkill I don’t need this many stats to convince me there’s a digital divide that disproportionately affects Latinas #ghc09 #
  • digital divide:only 56% of Latinos online, Spanish-dominant Latinos only 32%, only 31% of those w/no high school #ghc09 #
  • @jonasthaler I think that’s a different movie in reply to jonasthaler #
  • massive cool: Google runs THRough Education and Active Dialog – volunteer-based computer skills classes for Google support staff #ghc09 #
  • @JoyceSolano yeah, a little too heads-down in academia. in reply to JoyceSolano #
  • THREAD originated from on-site ESL classes paid for by contractor/union #ghc09 #
  • @shikohtwit which is you? We should talk after. I’m the blonde with glasses sitting by the window, kinda sideways #ghc09 in reply to shikohtwit #
  • RT @ghc: if you missed session on feminism & technology, great notes on the wiki at http://ow.ly/ssve speakers w/post slides #ghc09 #fword #
  • @angelkbrown I suspect geek is becoming an aspirational class Think of all the HS geeks who have grown up to be rich, famous, world-changing in reply to angelkbrown #
  • @angelkbrown what I mostly get from non-geeks is “You know tech – you must be so smart.” (compared to most of the people I work with, not!) in reply to angelkbrown #
  • “Berlusconi speaks of freedom of the press: it is much greater in Italy than any other Western country.” ” http://bit.ly/Vv6o2 – yeah, sure. #
  • @shikohtwit sorry, those were our Sun GHC t-shirts and they ran out fast. I didn’t even get one and I work for Sun! #ghc09 #
  • cautiously hopeful that the antibiotic is working – starting to feel more like myself after days (weeks!) of misery #
  • RT @dilmamds: 2nd time I hear a student say “the old people who are 40 …” at #ghc09. – ouch! #
  • sponsor night #ghc09 looks like it’s going to involve insanely long lines. Uh, restaurant anyone? #
  • @angelkbrown seen the nerd Venn diagram? Superior intelligence is part of the definition of geek in reply to angelkbrown #
  • Kinda miffed that I scored ghc shirts from google and msft, but not from Sun! #
  • Enjoying sitting down with a good cuppa in a lovely quiet place. Even I occasionally need time to myself #
  • @plasticbagUK at least we can’t see him crying in reply to plasticbagUK #
  • @bubbva I think she needs to make one up, as I did. Teresa, what job title do you want on the video? @organizefish let me know when it’s up in reply to bubbva #
  • Either this antibiotic us kicking my ass or I’m just completely worn out. Tho I did sleep pretty well. Hope food will help. #
  • @msgilligan people lose money and much else by acting on assumptions in reply to msgilligan #

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Gallery: The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2009

This week I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Tucson. I presented a poster on videoblogging, heard some very good panels and discussions, and took a lot of pictures of cacti… I would have liked to get out to the desert, but the antibiotic I’m taking (sinus infection) makes me sensitive Read More…

This week I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Tucson. I presented a poster on videoblogging, heard some very good panels and discussions, and took a lot of pictures of cacti… I would have liked to get out to the desert, but the antibiotic I’m taking (sinus infection) makes me sensitive to the sun. I definitely want to see more of Tucson another time.

Open Source Community Development Panel #ghc09

^ Valerie Fenwick, Sun, moderator. Panelists: Terri Oda, Linuxchix. Kathryn Vandiver, NetApp. Stormy Peters, GNOME, Sandy Payette, Fedora Commons. Teresa Giacomini, Sun. (These are just my rough notes.) ? to Sandy what activities and attitudes have helped your community flourish? Teresa on diff tactics to grow communities in different parts of the world: In our Read More…

^ Valerie Fenwick, Sun, moderator. Panelists: Terri Oda, Linuxchix. Kathryn Vandiver, NetApp. Stormy
Peters, GNOME
, Sandy Payette, Fedora Commons. Teresa Giacomini, Sun.

(These are just my rough notes.)

? to Sandy what activities and attitudes have helped your community flourish?

Teresa on diff tactics to grow communities in different parts of the world: In our June user group leaders’ meeting it became glaringly obvious that you have to take cultural differences into account, e.g. meeting styles and formats (formal vs. not, long vs short presos). The meeting built trust among the leaders, and has resulted in ongoing contact and idea sharing.

how to handle conflict within communities? if the community itself can’t resolve it, OpenSolaris has the OGB to resolve it. Val: we have had to step in a few times, but no serious action to be taken, just a moderation of issues – more getting people to talk

Stormy: GNOME version control change was controversial

? how do you convince management to invest in open source?

building community around an OS –

the hard part is getting people into a complex development environment

Stormy:

(Stormy Peters tweeting while ON the panel. #ghc09 Interesting.)

Building a community around an operating system is an amazing thing – people can just play with it at a conference. #ghc09

RT @storming: What’s hard about growing communities? Getting newcomers into a complex development environment. #ghc09

how can we get developers in Africa involved? forums are scary for them because of language barriers. Reaching developers in Africa: problems include lack of bandwidth, many languages. What can we do to help? #ghc09

I wonder if the TED translation project cd be applied to open source software translation needs (specifically, for hi tech videos like mine).

are women good participants in open source?

Terri: commercial 20% women, in open source 1-5% Why? more intimidated? (your code’s out there in public – could be embarrassing)

how to get people to participate? invite them! #ghc09

reaching women may require specific outreach e.g. women’s t-shirts

FSF had a mini summit for women recently

how to get people involved? invite them. find less-intimidating projects to get started with

Sandy – project lead makes a difference, breaking things down into smaller projects that SWAT teams can handle

Kathryn – advantages to having open source on your resume – we recruit those

Kathryn – as a commercial company we put our reputation on the line when we contribute to open source, so we make it good

Stormy: Why do you like working on oss projects? Passionate people! (Me and Teresa) #ghc09

sheer number of eyeballs who review code – Val can get six reviewers just by tweeting about new open source code

open source gives developers public recognition

experiences that open source communities are women hostile – competition, license to yell

Terri got a death threat “women in open source are a distraction”

but the community totally offsets that

Linuxchix has two rules: be polite, be helpful

women in open source – attitude can be a problem

Terri get involved in the women’s communities – very different environment