Supporting the Next Gen of Women in Tech at Grace Hopper
October 30, 2017
At Turner, we are creating partnerships that not only seek to address issues relating to women in tech but also help us create a pipeline of talent for our growing technology efforts.
Along with our deep commitment to and partnership with the Anita Borg Institute, for the first time ever we made a major splash at its seminal event, the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. With more than 18,000 attendees, it is the largest gathering of women technologists in the world and has set the standard for all other similar efforts relating to women in technology. So, it seemed only fitting that we made our presence known at the gathering in Orlando this year.
In our first-ever Turner booth, we showed videos, provided swag and even created a VR experience about the “day in the life” of an Adult Swim employee. We had technologists and senior leadership working the booth, including Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Legg, head of software development Karen Painter, Chief Information Security Officer Pete Chronis and President & GM of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim & Boomerang Christina Miller.
Also at this year’s conference, several members of Ladies in Tech at Turner (LiTT) participated in technical talks and panels.
For us, the highlight was welcoming our first-ever group of Turner Scholars, an amazing group of 12 young women who attended the conference as our guests so they could experience this significant gathering and more importantly learn more about the many opportunities that lie ahead – opportunities not just at Turner but across a broad spectrum of industries, including organizations of all shapes and sizes.
We were inspired not only by our scholarship winners but also by the thousands of talented young women who we were able meet, because they stopped by our booth to speak with us about opportunities at Turner and what it was like to live in Atlanta.
The success of this year’s efforts has left us already looking forward to next year, and the great things to come from this conference experience and our partnership with Anita Borg.