Groupon @ GHC: Alicia K.

at October 19th, 2016

Groupon is excited to be a sponsor for the Grace Hopper Celebration. Leading up the conference, we’ll introduce you to some of our employees who are attending. Make sure you say hello when you see us!

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Alicia K.
Program Manager, Employee and Community Engagement

Why is it important to you for (more) women to create careers in technology?

Angelica Ross once told me: “Don’t ever down play or sacrifice your identity to get ahead.” I am lucky to work for a company that encourages all employees to bring their whole selves to work. The women that I’ve had the pleasure of working with are unabashedly bold and deeply passionate about paving the way for even more women to have access to education and careers in technology.

What does GHC mean to you?

The Grace Hopper Celebration is our chance to recognize and reflect on the incredible work of female technologists while working together to scheme up the next big idea to get more girls excited about their future in computer science.

Where will be seeing you around GHC?

You can find me at the community track hearing from the great leaders and organizations working to build STEM programs for women and girls.


Women in Engineering: What we really need.

at October 19th, 2016

As the Grace Hopper Celebration begins, Shilpa Srinivasan shares her perspective on workplace and industry culture needed to bring women into technology roles and retain them.

This seems like a difficult question to answer, right? I am one of those people who will read anything that even remotely tries to address this question. And, out of the innumerable discussions I’ve had with women in engineering regarding what we really need, I’ve noticed several recurring patterns. The dialect might be different, but the underlying message remains the same.

The following is a humble attempt to empower women in engineering to solve the myriad of challenges we face in our field.

I believe that first and foremost, what we need is a stable support system in the workplace. Research shows(1) that employees are more engaged and satisfied when they have a safe place where they can be vulnerable enough to discuss issues and struggles and where they can ask for help. For example, If you have just returned from maternity leave and are overwhelmed with managing work and a baby at home, a group of confidants can help share their own experiences to help you manage your time. Together, we can create these safe avenues by forming communities and lean-in circles(2) of like-minded women. However, without a formal effort from organizations to encourage women to form such committees, this need will forever remain half-addressed. Senior management in organizations have to work towards threading an inclusive and compassionate attitude into a company’s culture, so that every woman is open to supporting and seeking support from the community.

The second is a desperate need for more role models. Role models that you can see and talk to everyday. A friend once said, “Who doesn’t love Sheryl Sandberg? But, I don’t see Sheryl everyday. I can only be what I can see.” I’ve personally witnessed the strides women can make when guided by senior female leaders. However, with less than 9%(3) of women in engineering being in executive roles, there is a dearth of mentors in all organizations. Lately, we have seen companies invest in and work towards encouraging more girls to pursue STEM fields. While this helps in increasing the number of women in the workplace, organizations also have to invest in growing and promoting women already in the industry if they want their younger female employees to thrive, along with their businesses.

We, here at Groupon, are working relentlessly to address these needs. With our senior leadership being committed to empowering women in engineering, I have noticed similar attitudes being adopted by our teams. Groupon’s commitment and vision of Inclusion and Diversity can be seen through its sponsorship and endorsement of Employee Resource Groups. These groups play a major role in setting the culture of our company and provide a safe haven where difficult issues can be discussed and addressed. Being a part of the Grace Hopper Celebration is another crucial milestone in our journey. The energy, knowledge and encouragement we absorb here, is carried back to our teams and encourages us in creating an environment in which we truly belong and can thrive.


(1) Cameron, Kim, et al. | “Effects of positive practices on organizational effectiveness.” | The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 47.3 (2011): 266-308.
https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/83259/Cameron,%20Mora,%20&%20Leutscher%20-%20Effects%20of%20Positive%20Practices%20on%20Organizational%20Performance%20-%20Revised%20Submission.pdf?sequence=1
(2)”Lean In | Join a Circle & Get Involved.” 2009. 11 Oct. 2016 http://leanin.org/
(3) “Fact Sheet: The Women’s Leadership Gap | Center for American …” 2014. 11 Oct. 2016 https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/report/2014/03/07/85457/fact-sheet-the-womens-leadership-gap/


Groupon @ GHC: Aparna B.

at October 18th, 2016

Groupon is excited to be a sponsor for the Grace Hopper Celebration. Leading up the conference, we’ll introduce you to some of our employees who are attending. Make sure you say hello when you see us!

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Aparna B.
Product Manager

What does being a woman in tech mean to you?

Technology is not gender-specific, so it is only natural that we should be seeing all genders working in technology, as in any other part of life. The reality, sadly, is far from there. Which is why, it is important we carry this message to women so that a career in technology becomes part of their consideration, and they bring the much needed balance to this industry.

What does GHC mean to you?

It is a place to meet other women in the same field and learn from each other about how to move forward and be better at our work and a place to celebrate being a woman in technology.


Groupon @ GHC: Ush C.

at October 17th, 2016

Groupon is excited to be a sponsor for the Grace Hopper Celebration. Leading up the conference, we’ll introduce you to some of our employees who are attending. Make sure you say hello when you see us!

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Ush C.
Test Engineering Manager
Women@Groupon Events Co-Chair

What does GHC mean to you?

I make it a point to go to Grace Hopper each year. This year I am serving on the organizing committee in Groupon for GHC with other amazing women. GHC is like an energy shot for me! Going there and meeting thousands of women in engineering makes me feel inspired, energized, thrilled and humbled.

Why is it important to you for (more) women to make careers in tech?

I feel very passionately about women in our industry and bring that passion to work and outside. Diversity brings a beautiful balance to our world and having a workplace that encourages and respects that balance is amazing.

I have been actively involved in a lot of women in engineering events. For example, I have been a panelist twice in Girls Who Code events speaking to young girls about engineering. Despite efforts of people all around the industry, the disparity between men and women in our industry is still pretty large. Hence, working at the grassroots level to encourage young girls to take up engineering means a lot to me so that in our future we see this disparity get smaller and smaller.

Where will be seeing you around GHC?

I can be found at the keynotes and Groupon booth at the career fair.


Groupon @ GHC: Hillary P.

at October 14th, 2016

Groupon is excited to be a sponsor for the Grace Hopper Celebration. Leading up the conference, we’ll introduce you to some of our employees who are attending. Make sure you say hello when you see us!

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Hillary P.
Application Operations Support Specialist

What does being a woman in tech mean to you?

Back in journalism school, I never expected to later identify as a “woman in tech,” but now that I’ve worked in the tech space for 6+ years, I see how important it is to increase representation. It really makes a difference to see women who are further along in your intended career path, and can provide support and guidance from that perspective.

What does GHC mean to you?

GHC is my first time attending a tech conference, so I’m thrilled that I’ll be in the company of influencers at all phases of their careers. I’m looking forward to hearing about diversity and inclusion efforts on a broader scale than just Groupon, and learning as much as I can from those who are making the greatest impact on not only women in tech, but the industry at-large. And yes, I’m also excited for the swag!

Where will be seeing you around GHC?

I’m hoping to sample a little of everything, but Technology and Organizational Transformation are where I’m planning to focus my attention.


Groupon @ GHC: Steve M.

at October 13th, 2016

Groupon is excited to be a sponsor for the Grace Hopper Celebration. Leading up the conference, we’ll introduce you to some of our employees who are attending. Make sure you say hello when you see us!

Steve Mitchell, Software Engineering Manager
Steve M.
Software Engineering Manager

Why is it important to you for (more) women to build lasting careers in technology?

We need more women in technology fields because there are so many exciting discoveries, inventions, and improvements happening every day that it boggles the mind. In software development, just like every technology field, we need people who are not just smart, but also creative, passionate, competitive, and empathetic, all at once. If you’re a person that likes to be challenged mentally, rewarded creatively, and well compensated financially, technology fields are where you want to be.

What does Grace Hopper mean to you?

The Grace Hopper Celebration provides an important validation and inclusion for women who may be interested in technology. The conference attendees, sessions, and keynotes is a way of saying “yes, we want you, and yes, you can do this if you want to”. That sense of inclusion is essential for any person joining any field, and it’s especially important for women in tech because there are so many contradictory messages women get from schools, friends, families, and the media. As a man attending the conference, it’s also a great learning experience to be a part of the minority for once.

Where will be seeing you around GHC?

You can find me at the career fair and mixed throughout all the sessions. I’ll probably gravitate towards tech/emerging tech and open source tracks.


Groupon @ GHC: Pallavi K.

at October 12th, 2016

Groupon is excited to be a sponsor for the Grace Hopper Celebration. Leading up the conference, we’ll introduce you to some of our employees who are attending. Make sure you say hello when you see us!

Pallavi software engineering iOS
Pallavi K.
Software Engineer, iOS

What does it mean to you to be a woman in tech?

Being a woman in technology means I am part of something that inspires young girls and other talented women to dream big.

And GHC?

Grace Hopper is my chance to meet incredible achievers out there. Such conferences inspire me to do better at my job, and as a woman in technology it helps me shape my professional and personal goals. I am very excited about GHC.

Where will be seeing you around GHC?

I am planning to be at the career fair and the emerging technology track.


Groupon @ GHC: Emily R.

at October 11th, 2016

Groupon is excited to be a sponsor for the Grace Hopper Celebration. Leading up the conference, we’ll introduce you to some of our employees who are attending. Make sure you say hello when you see us!

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Emily R.
Technical Recruiter

Why is it important to you to have women in tech?

It’s important for more women to work in technology because we need the diversity to ensure company strength and to ensure all humans have a say in what we create and how we impact technology and society.

What does GHC mean to you?

I am honored to represent Groupon at the Grace Hopper Celebration to ensure that we continue to have amazing and diverse talent to bring new ideas to our company

Where will be seeing you around GHC?

The Career Fair and any career track. I may try to learn a few things about software development and product too.


Groupon @ GHC: Sharon D.

at October 10th, 2016

Groupon is excited to be a sponsor for the Grace Hopper Celebration. Leading up the conference, we’ll introduce you to some of our employees who are attending. Make sure you say hello when you see us!

Sharon Lead Production Service Engineer
Sharon D.
Lead Production Service Engineer

What does being a woman in tech mean to you?

Being a WIT has given me so many things!

  • Financial success
  • A work environment of collaboration, fun and growth
  • Ever-evolving work — it is never boring!
  • A network of friends, acquaintances and co-workers all over the world
  • World travel!

What does GHC mean to you?

The Grace Hopper Celebration is a venue of women (and some men) supporting women where they can begin to envision the dream of a successful, rewarding and challenging career. It helps a woman discover how to find a path, how to engage others, how to reach back to those coming from behind and give them a boost.
It is a place to see that the challenges you face now or in the past are real for others. You have the opportunity to learn how they failed or succeeded at facing them, which is perspective to use in the real world.


Groupon @ GHC: Pedro F.

at October 7th, 2016

Groupon is excited to be a sponsor for the Grace Hopper Celebration. Leading up the conference, we’ll introduce you to some of our employees who are attending. Make sure you say hello when you see us!

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Pedro F.
Director of Engineering

What does GHC mean to you?

GHC is an amazing opportunity to get deeply connected with everyone doing the most amazing efforts to reduce the gender gap in Tech.

Where will be seeing you around GHC?

The career fair and attending different talks.