Connecting with the Technology Leaders of Tomorrow at the Grace Hopper Celebration

Tracey Kopper-Hourin Vice President, Human Resources

This September, I was delighted to accompany Team FreeWheel as we joined forces with Comcast and NBCUniversal at the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world’s largest meeting of women technologists. This year’s gathering attracted more than 22,000 attendees from over 90 countries to Houston, TX for three days of inspiring content and connection with women at all stages of their careers.

My peers from the Talent Acquisition and Technology Teams arrived at GHC with the goal of reaching a talented pool of individuals who might want to join our industry-leading product and engineering groups. Comcast and NBCU’s 120-person strong cross-functional team was there to meet, greet, and interview interested attendees. The energy between our peers was palpable, as one can’t help but be inspired by the GHC speakers, sessions and attendees.

As a seasoned HR leader and diversity advocate, the experience was amazing. Here are a few of my takeaways from my first experience at GHC:

A Shared Mission of Diversity

GHC’s mission is to shape a future where the people who create technology mirror the people and societies for which they build it—a mission that’s closely aligned to FreeWheel’s commitment to creating a work environment where women thrive and lead at all levels of the organization. This concept is so perfectly articulated by Diane Yu, CTO, Comcast Advertising and FreeWheel Co-Founder in this video demonstrating our culture of inclusion, “With diversity, there’s a possibility to bring a different point of view. So the more diverse a tech organization is, the smarter it is when making decisions.”

FreeWheel Women in Tech Video Series: A Culture of Inclusion from FreeWheel, A Comcast Company on Vimeo.

So Much Talent, Too Little Time

FreeWheel representatives spoke with countless talented women about the dynamic roles we are actively filling during private interviews at the convention hall and at an exclusive event Comcast hosted at the Houston Zoo, featuring a panel discussion with several industry leaders, including Diane Yu. From the moment I set foot on the conference floor, it was clear the challenge would be how to connect with so many qualified individuals in just three-days. We have already extended multiple employment offers from FreeWheel and are in process of interviewing even more candidates we met at the event.

Our Quest Continues

Though the celebration may be over, our determination to find and hire the best tech talent remains as we are laser-focused on solving very complex software and data issues around television. Learn about all of our current opportunities and apply today: /careers.

Special thanks to the FreeWheel group who put forth tremendous time and effort in attendance: Kelly Jordan, Mijan Poro, Whitney Behm, Diane Yu, “Free” Song Du, Helen Drislane, Jeanette Williamson, Mishra Varuni, Tracy Nguyen Tyler Clark, Weijing Wei, Xu Yushi, Shana Gray and Aziza Jamger, as well as those who planned and supported all of the efforts from the office, Josh Bell and Terra Mrkulic.