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I started attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in 2008, and have only missed a single year since (I was too pregnant to fly). I started off as a volunteer blogger, like you might be considering doing now. My good work opened the door to becoming lead blogger and eventually co-chair of the Communities Committee. It opened up a lot of opportunities, including joining the Advisory Board for the Anita Borg Institute, who puts on the conference.
Now, your path will likely be different than mine, but I hope you are convinced that good things can happen. Here are some other benefits to becoming a volunteer:
- Provided you contribute three session blog posts or notes on the wiki, you will get a ribbon to wear on your badge. Ribbons are coveted at the conference, and the more you have the better!
- You were probably going to blog, tweet, and pin anyway, so why not get recognized for your efforts?
- Blogging or note-taking is a great way to give back to the community if you've been funded to attend the conference.
- You will make some wonderful new contacts. Some will be very useful professionally, and some will become great friends. It's quite fun having someone to visit no matter where you travel in North America!
- You can feel good about bringing the conference to those who can't make the sessions they want to, and those who can't make it to the conference at all.
Every year, GHC has a vibrant and active community of bloggers and note-takers. With an amazing schedule this year, we do our best to cover as many sessions as possible. How about taking notes or blogging about a session? Join other GHC community volunteers to capture presentations, workshops, poster sessions and more.