Diversity in Tech
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September 24, 2021

What to Expect at the 2021 Grace Hopper Celebration


Ademusoyo Awosika-Olumo

This year’s Grace Hopper Celebration will be held on an all-virtual platform and boasts a schedule packed with incredible speakers, insights from influential leadership and career opportunities for women in technology.

The 2021 Grace Hopper Celebration (vGHC21) is an annual event presented by the Anita B. organization to honor the contributions of women in technology. The event, which will occur virtually for the second time since its inception in 1994, kicks off on Monday, September 27 and runs through October 1. The event’s namesake made history as one of the first Harvard Mark I computer programmers and is revered as a pioneer in the field. As one of the leading women’s technology conferences, the Grace Hopper Celebration centers and supports the career interests of women in computing technology through workshops, panels, and tech talks. 

As sponsors of this year’s event, we’re excited to join from our virtual booth and learn from the distinguished speakers scheduled to address the virtual crowd throughout the week. Here are some highlights to mark on your calendars.

Who to Watch at vGHC21

Every year the Grace Hopper Celebration shares the stories of trailblazing women in the industry like Amazon Tech Evangelist Nashlie Sephus, who shared her career journey in 2019. The GHC is also known for having a line-up of powerhouse speakers, including twenty-three-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams and Joy Buolamwini, the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League in 2020. 

This year promises to be no exception. We’ll hear from Christina Wanga, CEO of Essence, who will share how authenticity enabled her to pursue an incredible and impactful career. Join her session, Journey of Authenticity, on Thursday, September 30, at 2:30 p.m. ET. In addition, WNBA basketball player and advocate Layshia Clarendon will be speaking about the importance of intersectionality in the workplace in her keynote, Leveraging Intersectionality, on Wednesday, September 29 at noon ET. Browse the full agenda on the Grace Hopper event site.

A significant component of vGHC21 will recognize the accomplishments of women in tech who have broken barriers and pushed for change in their respective fields, including the five winners of the Abie Awards.

vGHC21: Dare to Transform

A majority of GHC attendees have historically been students and professionals seeking to propel their careers in an industry that is still predominately male. This year's theme, Dare to Transform, is meant to inspire, not only women who work in tech, but those who are making a career pivot. So the core component of the event are the student resources and ongoing career fair. The Virtasant talent team will be on hand to answer questions and interview candidates on the spot for open roles, including Front-End React Developer and Python Data Engineer as well as leadership roles. 

In contribution to the vGHC21 theme, we will also be highlighting the significance of being a native remote company with a globally distributed team. Our campaign, Dare to Work from Anywhere, gives an inside peek at the lives of some of the women working at Virtasant. From various parts of the world they share how remote work helps create balance in their daily lives. You can see our campaign on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn starting Monday, September 27.

As the vGHC kick-off draws closer, we anticipate a fantastic week of fun, opportunity and inspiration. See you there!


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