My baby and I on our way to Grace Hopper.
I had been organizing a group of Carleton students to attend each year (see our posts from 2008, 2009, and 2010). But, last year, I was too pregnant to fly to Portland, so I didn't go, and so I didn't organize anyone else, either. This year I was on leave until September, so no other Carletonites at the conference this time, either. (I did get to reunite with some past travel buddies who used to attend Carleton, though!)
I strongly believe that having a large Carleton presence at the conference is very good for us. We usually go with our CU-WISE t-shirts and wear them together one of the conference days. We also often try to get the executive members to attend so they can bond, making working together over the next year much more effective. We always get excellent insights and ideas from how to run CU-WISE to neat outreach activities we can do (for example, Snap Circuits came from Grace Hopper!). And, best of all, we get to promote Carleton University as an amazing place to study science and engineering as a woman.
I'll be posting about my experience over the next little while, and if you think this is something you want to experience next year in Minneapolis, get in touch with me via firstname.lastname@example.org. The process starts early in the year, since we ask all attendees to apply for scholarships and/or volunteer positions to help cover costs. Hope to see you there!