This past week has been an incredible whirlwind of events! With speakers and Hopper duties and networking - there was barely anytime to think! Through the craziness that was Grace Hopper though, I still had an amazing time that I will never forget!
Our journey didn't start on the greatest note - the first flight was delayed for an hour in Ottawa and then an additional 2 hours in Chicago. You could say we weren't too pleased. By the time we arrived in Phoenix, cabbed to the Budge Lodge and then checked in to our room, we had been travelling for over 14 hours! (with the time differences) (Side note: when I say "we" and "our", I'm referring to the other ladies I was travelling with. You can see some of their blogs here: Gail Carmichael, Daphne Ong, Lindsay Bangs, Daniella Niyonkuru)
The next morning we were up early to get registered and to get our swag bag. Then we headed to the Communities meeting (check out the blog here: http://gracehopper.org/ghc-community-blog/), which I had to leave early to get to the Hoppers meeting (as a Hopper, I volunteer at the conference to get my registration fee for free!). My first Hopper duty was to help lead people to their seats during the first big keynote session. Walking into the huge hall with 8000 empty seats, it was jaw-dropping.
@claire_janelle!), attendees started filtering in. Soon enough, the room was almost all filled!
see this post for details!). I left a little early so I could check in my bag before the Career Fair Launch (for only $2 it was worth it to not have to lug around my laptop!). I met back up with some of the girls I came with and waited in line to get into the Career Fair. Once the doors opened, it was like a store opening on Black Friday - a mob of people running to booths they're looking for. I knew it was going to be madness, but I was not prepared for the real thing. There were so many people in there, I was kind of feeling claustrophobic! We tried our best to get through the crowd and talk to as many people at as many booths as we could. My one regret was not having a plan going in. We just walked around haphazardly, missing many booths. That being said, I still gave out quite a few resumes and managed to get enough stuff for the first day it was opened. Eventually, we took a break and had a boxed dinner that GHC provided for us.
I'll share my second day at GHC in my next post!