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vGHC 21: Breaking Down Barriers

September 23, 2021

Grace Hopper was a pioneer and visionary for the development and future of technology. As the first female recipient of the National Medal of Technology for her work in advancing the field computing, Grace Hopper’s achievements paved the path for the technology-enabled enterprise we have today.

To honor her legacy and in efforts to continue to inspire future generations of women in technology, Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney founded the Grace Hopper Celebration in 1994. This flagship event brings together the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

This year, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, will virtually host more than 40,000 professionals for a week of learning, professional development, networking and mentoring – and to celebrate the achievements of our most innovative minds in technology.

At Duck Creek Technologies, we believe now more than ever in bringing change to the tech industry and fostering an inclusive community. As active participants in support of vGHC 21, we are able to engage with women across the enterprise to further their careers, break boundaries and transform the technology industry.

With digital transformation sweeping across the enterprise and industries continue to face disruption, it is critical to highlight the contributions of women to the tech world and the role they play in forging the enterprise of tomorrow.

Embrace Diversity in Insurance

In the property and casualty insurance industry, there are a new set of standards when it comes to the efficiency, execution, and innovation required to protect people, property, and businesses. The cloud-enabled computing technologies that makes this new standard possible – and that will improve the insurance experience for businesses and consumers around the world – presents exciting opportunities for the current and future workforce. For carriers and technology partners, it requires a culture of innovation that develops skilled professionals internally, attracts them from the outside and helps retain them for the long haul.

Insurance is ripe with opportunity, understanding that a range of backgrounds and experiences are a key ingredient to progression and helping insurance realize its full potential.  Thanks to the type of technology solutions that are on offer to the industry, the types of job opportunities and the talent pool that can fill any number of critical industry needs is continuing to expand, both in geography and in the nature of the work itself.

If you’re a woman in technology who is looking to truly disrupt an industry for the better, helping deliver on the greater good of insurance could be the opportunity for you.

Let’s Connect

We are looking forward to celebrating with this year’s attendees. As a proud sponsor of vGHC 21, attendees are able to learn more about Duck Creek Technologies and interact with our team via chat features.


We are hiring! Come visit the Career Booth to learn more about careers at Duck Creek Technologies and follow us @DuckCreekTech on Twitter.

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Courtney Townsend
Courtney Townsend is responsible for developing and executing Duck Creek’s overall human resources strategy and plan, including culture development, inclusion and diversity, succession planning, talent management, change management, and organizational and performance management. With more than 15 years in human resources, Townsend has extensive knowledge of the field and brings many strengths to Duck Creek Technologies, including strategic planning, organizational design, culture development, and internal and external engagement. Most recently, she served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Stats Perform, a sports technology company, where she managed overall leadership and direction for their global human resources function and served as a trusted advisor and coach to the CEO and executive leadership team. Prior to that, Townsend held key positions supporting human resources objectives at Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of professional information, software solutions, and services for a variety of sectors. Townsend is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business with a focus on human resource management.