The First of Our #GHC17 Main Stage Speakers

Today, we are proud to announce the first three of our main stage speakers for the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). These keynote speakers are dedicated to supporting women, breaking down gender barriers, and creating change within the tech industry. Their stories are certainly inspiring, and we are excited to hear them speak at #GHC17!

One of our keynotes will be Dr. Ayanna Howard, a professor and the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Endowed Chair in Bioengineering in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2013, Ayanna founded Zyrobotics, which creates therapy and educational products for children with differing needs. Her many accomplishments have been highlighted through a number of articles and awards, including the 2014 A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award.

Debbie Sterling, the Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, is another GHC 17 keynote speaker. GoldieBlox is an award-winning children’s multimedia company which challenges gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character. In 2015, Debbie was inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and honored by the National Women’s History Museum with a “Living Legacy” Award for her work to empower girls around the world.

Melinda Gates will also be on our main stage. As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda works to transform communities and empower women to help them realize their full potential. She recently launched an executive office, Pivotal Ventures, to bring together the different strands of her advocacy and philanthropic work and create meaningful change.

Stay tuned to find out who our fourth keynote speaker will be!