I have resolved to continue my blogging whenever I get a chance, now that I have been employed full-time. Before I blog about low power, I want to share something that is dear to my heart.
Every year DAC features a number of innovative programs to make it compelling for electronic designers to attend this conference. Few years ago, DAC started a design track in cooperation with ISSCC, which gave an opportunity for papers from ISSCC to be re-presented and heard at DAC. Few years ago, what started as free Mondays became free exhibition and now with a moderate fee. Every year, DAC tries to attract newer folks into its folds. Such an innovative program this year is the Career Seminar and Panel discussion organized by Women in Electronic Design (WWED) titled “More Than Core Competence….What it Takes for Your Career to Survive, and Thrive!” I think it will be great for everyone to register and attend this session.
First of all, the topic of discussion is very relevant for today’s economic realities. While the signs point to an industry turn-around out of the recession, joblessness is still rampant. Many talented individuals are still looking for jobs. Others are trying to keep their jobs intact. What better way to learn a lesson or two on career management than hearing from the present day technology industry leaders!
The second question comes to mind is why this forum? Women have been in the forefront of technology for a long time starting with prominent names such as Madame Curie. In 2009 and 2010, women are beginning to take charge of the overall leadership. They are leading the way out of our disillusionment with corporate America. While industry leaders such as Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina are focusing on reshaping politics (following the footsteps of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin), new women leaders have emerged in technology industry. Companies like Yahoo! have entrusted their future to leaders like Carol Bartz. What WWED assembled in this forum is a subset of such leaders. This year, they have assembled the who’s who of the industry such as:
• Carol Hallett, VP Sales, Real Intent,
• Gilda Garreton, Principal Engineer, Oracle/SunLabs, and
• Kathryn Kranen, CEO, Jasper Design Automation
Moreover, the prestigious Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Mar Hershenson who is currently Vice President of Product Development in the Custom Design Business Unit at Magma Design Automation, in charge of product development for the mixed-signal migration and optimization design tools.
Last but not the least, this session will also feature an exclusive presentation by the renowned Career coach, Patty Azarello. She has her own blogs which is thriving in this tough economic climate. The best part about this lunch event is that it is absolutely free, thanks to the sponsors Atrenta, Axiom Design Automation, ClioSoft, EVE, Jasper Design Automation, MP Associates, Mentor Graphics, Real Intent, SpringSoft, and Synopsys.
I know what I will be doing at lunch time on June 14, 2010, Monday. Do you?