When will vendors get it – hired booth babes are just not cool at tech conferences. Don’t get me wrong – I have no problem with attractive females in tech, but damn it, have some brains and be able to talk about the technology you are representing. I think next year I may submit fake talent to the Craigslist ads and modeling agencies seeking ‘models’ for VMworld booths – flood em with false positives and maybe we can kill off the practice….. If we vNerds start showing respect to our female counterparts we might actually attract more women to our trade and end the sausage fest that is IT.
But until then, VMware is taking some steps this year to highlight women in technology here at VMworld 2012. First, VMware is hosting Women of Purpose for the third year. This is a great program, with the following goals:
This interactive community of IT professionals highlights successful women in IT from organizations globally; they include many VMware customers and partners as well as VMware employees. The community offers a forum for women to network, mentor, connect and get involved at VMware programs and events. Read More About VMware Women of Purpose
If you too are passionate about supporting, motivating, mentoring and elevating women in IT, we invite you to join us at this important and informative networking event during VMworld 2012.
Learn more about Women of Purpose and register for the event here: http://info.vmware.com/content/17955_wop_home
Secondly, on Wednesday from 10am – noon, all 42 of the VMware VMworld booths will be staffed by women from VMware. This will be a great chance to contrast the booth babes brought in by some vendors. Don’t dare treat these women as booth babes, though – they’re some of the best brains around!
Enough of the booth babes – bring on the booth brains!