GHC18 Defining what matters

We're honored to be named a 2018 Winner of the Top Companies for Women Technologists for the third consecutive year.

We've been named the Top Companies for Women Technologists 2018 Winner for companies with under 1,000 technical employees by Over the past eight years, ThoughtWorks has made great strides in increasing diversity at all levels, from graduate hires to senior leadership, through a variety of programs and approaches. Today, we stand with those committed to driving real change to make technology reflective of the world around us and building a more equitable and inclusive future for all technologists.

“It’s time for everyone in the tech industry to take responsibility for the bias in our workforce and in our systems and strive for a new era,” said Dr. Rebecca Parsons, chief technology officer, ThoughtWorks.

Measure What Matters: Top Companies for Women Technologists 2018 Results

We are honored to be named among the organizations with the highest scores in’s 2018 Top Companies Insights Report. The report measures key areas that impact women in tech, from overall representation to policies and programs.


Dr. Rebecca Parsons

2018 Technical Leadership Abie Award winner

"Anita Borg declared women need to assume their rightful place at the table creating the technology of the future. My curiosity and passion for technology, along with my willingness to seize opportunities has allowed me to be an impactful technologist. I am honored and humbled to be recognized for my contributions by"

Dr. Rebecca Parsons, CTO

Read more here

Dr. Parsons is a leader who has used her platform as Chief Technology Officer of ThoughtWorks to inspire women seeking a leadership role in tech. Dr. Parsons describes herself as first and foremost a scientist, with a strong love of programming languages. Beyond her technical achievements, she dedicates countless hours to her own continued learning in technology and science, while mentoring, speaking, and supporting women in technology.

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Join us in our booth to write code with us, experience pair programming, and grab one of our books written by one of our ThoughtWorkers.

Did You Know? 

The first GHC started in 1994 with 500 attendees and has grown to over 18,000 attendees in 2017.

Each year ThoughtWorks interviews and hires amazing women who we meet at the conference.

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Hear from ThoughtWorkers

speaking at GHC18!

Cloudy with a High Chance of Development:

What Everyone Should Know about DevOps, Cloud, or Platform

Date: Wednesday, September 26

Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  

Location: GRB Convention Center - Grand Ballroom B

Rosemary Wang, Lead Consultant

Amanda Snyder, Senior Application Developer

Many job descriptions include requests for "cloud", "DevOps", "infrastructure", "architecture", or "platform" experience - what do these terms mean and what skills might we need? Whether you are an aspiring software or platform engineer, let us decipher some useful resources, tools, and practices that can help us answer some of these questions, or at least what we do not know.

The Evolution of Evolutionary Architecture

Date: Friday, September 28

Time: 9:00 am - 9:45 am  

Location: GRB General Assembly B

Dr. Rebecca Parsons, CTO

Evolutionary Architecture is becoming increasingly accepted as necessary, but it wasn't always the case. This talk reviews the roots of evolutionary architecture and the role of patterns in evolutionary architecture. We then discuss some of the principles underlying it and the techniques useful in creating an evolutionary architecture.

API Security as a Grail Quest

Date: Friday, September 28

Time: 10:35 am - 10:55 am 

Location: GRB Convention Center - Meeting Room 351C

Paula Paul, Technology Principal

Software engineers often wrestle with securing business resources. We've enforced access control with RACF, Unix file permissions, Windows security descriptors, SQL grants, and Kerberos tokens. Microservice architectures and REST APIs present new challenges for access control. Join this illustrated quest to protect application resources in distributed architectures, using OpenID Connect.

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