Vertica Champions Diversity

Posted April 25, 2016 by Sarah

Programmer

Vertica Champions Diversity

On Thursday, April 14, the DataGals** hosted a free screening of the award winning documentary Code: Debugging the Gender Gap in Cambridge, MA.  The event was well attended by technical women and men from Vertica as well as from the surrounding Boston area.

The film, directed by Robin Hauser Reynolds, explores some of the reasons why women and minorities are under-represented in technology and science. It also discusses some of the reasons why building diverse teams is not only the right thing to do, but good for business as well. The film also recounts the important role women played in the history of software engineering, noting such pioneers as Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper (pictured below).

 

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By all accounts, the event was a tremendous success. Guests mingled and chatted and then Colin Mahony, SVP and General Manager, Big Data kicked off the evening with a warm welcome.  Armed with complementary soda and popcorn, our guests settled in to watch the film. (You can see the trailer here: http://www.codedocumentary.com/).

 

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After the film, we handed out DataGals t-shirts and spent more time networking with appreciative and enthusiastic attendees.

More About DataGals

The DataGals group is an informal networking organization who work toward a single mission: to facilitate communication, mentorship, and learning opportunities and experiences for women and girls interested technology. We plan events, look for volunteer opportunities, host book discussion groups, and simply get together to share our stories and challenges. We reach out to technical women in Vertica, but also network with women outside our organization and company.

You can join us on our LinkedIn group.  Here, you can learn about, as well as suggest events for technical women and girls across the greater Boston area.

 

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Want to connect with Vertica?

Consider signing up for The Boston Vertica User Group Meetup group to hear about more Vertica related events in the Boston area. Hope to see you soon!