Administrator Carnahan Calls Women Technologists to Public Service During Grace Hopper Keynote
October 1, 2021
During Remarks at Grace Hopper Conference, Carnahan Highlights Opportunities for Technologists in Government
WASHINGTON -- During a keynote address to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing on September 30th, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Robin Carnahan encouraged women in technology to consider public service as a career and highlighted the many opportunities at GSA and across government for technologists to make an impact and "reimagine the way government and democracy can deliver for the American people."
"Your country needs you more than ever before," Carnahan said. "The problems we face today are big, they didn't materialize overnight and it's going to take your creativity, your fresh set of eyes, and your technical skills to reimagine the future and then build the solutions that the American people deserve."
"Right now, less than a quarter of the technologists in the federal government are women. That's just not good enough, and we want to do better," Carnahan continued. "Our country needs your talent and energy at this historic moment to help reimagine the way government and democracy can deliver for the American people."
Carnahan encouraged conference attendees to consider applying to the U.S. Digital Corps, a two-year government fellowship program for early-career technologists. The initiative aims to recruit Americans with backgrounds in software engineering, data science, design, cybersecurity, and other technology areas into the federal government. The Digital Corps will be housed within GSA's Technology Transformation Services.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing was launched in 1994 and has been held annually since 2006. It is the world's largest conference of women in computing.
Full remarks as prepared for delivery are available here.
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