The TechWomen team wishes you a successful and prosperous 2013!
As we enter the New Year, we continue to think of the 41 TechWomen Emerging Leaders and their mentors who participated in the 2012 program from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia and Yemen.
2013 holds many adventures for our team as we expand to include women from Cameroon, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe. We look forward to collecting applications from yet another set of uniquely talented women who are shaping the worlds in which they live.
To apply for the 2013 TechWomen program please visit www.techwomen.org. The Emerging Leader Application deadline is February 22nd, 2013.
“Do you have fire?” Desiree Burch asked the crowd. “Discover that fire – do not push it away. It is who you are!”
Desiree was one of many speakers at the TEDxBayArea Global Women Entrepreneurs Event held on December 1st at the LinkedIn Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. The event featured talks by inspirational women and men encouraging women entrepreneurs to dream big and take risks. Arezoo Miot, TechWomen Program Officer, attended the event to connect with the local community of women entrepreneurs.
One of the main focuses of the event was to encourage women entrepreneurs. A number of the featured presenters spoke about the importance of following dreams, being persistent and believing in onesself in the face of adversity–all qualities the TechWomen program is looking for when selecting participants.
An engraved cedar wood business card holder from Lebanon serves as a souvenir from the 2012 TechWomen program for Lexi Curtice, Program Coordinator. The gift is a small reminder of the larger impact the women who departed the United States three weeks prior, left behind, on staff. “Being part of TechWomen is a very rewarding and enriching experience. The program is really intense. You learn a lot from the participants and you give them a piece of yourself,” said Lexi. “Everyone crossed borders and created new networks. My eyes were opened to a lot of possibilities.”