Laura Leigh Bean

Illustration: Admiral Grace Hopper's Backwards Clock

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This was the third year I had both the luck and pleasure of attending the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. I know I'm big on superlatives in general, but this is one seriously! incredibly! amazing! event. 

This year brought 12,000 (!!!) women in tech together in Houston for technical presentations, career opportunities, and community building. The energy and positivity at the conference are out of control -- I realized the first day that everyone smiles at each other as they pass. How nice! Imagine if real life were like that. 

As a part of my company's presence as a sponsor at the event, I designed these stickers featuring Admiral Hopper and a backwards clock that she kept running on her desk to remind herself to challenge the status quo. Seeing women with the stickers on their jackets or laptops was a pretty surreal experience (I made that!) and I already can't wait for next year.