10,000 all-time views: What’s next for the TechWomen blog?

10000 blog views
We have surpassed 10,000 all-time views on the TechWomen blog! We started this blog to keep our readers connected with the TechWomen family. Since its inception, the TechWomen blog has provided a steady stream of feature stories, announcements, application tips, and news relevant to YOU, our reader.

Our busiest day was December 20th, 2011, which was sandwiched between the publishing dates of two popular posts: TechWomen Eligibility Criteria – Apply Today and TechWomen 2012: Why should you apply? We want to top this. Thanks to you, we were able to reach this important milestone. What topics would you like to see covered on the TechWomen blog in the future? Let us know in the comments section and stay tuned for some exciting new features!

Expanding Networks and Creating Friendships

Maryann and Afnan

“This group of women—hands down, all of the women I came into close contact with —know who they are as women,” Maryann explains in describing her impression of the TechWomen 2011 Mentees. “They know who they are as Muslim women. They know who they are professionally. And there’s no conflict.” She found this both admirable and eye-opening. Continue reading

U.S. Department of State Announces Expansion of TechWomen to Africa

ImageThe U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that TechWomen – an international exchange that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls worldwide – will expand to sub-Saharan Africa beginning in 2013. TechWomen will bring women working in the technology sector from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zimbabwe to the United States for a four to six week mentoring program with their American counterparts in the United States. Continue reading

TechWomen Celebrates International Women’s Day


From left to right: Moderator Deborah Petersen (Senior Editor, San Jose Mercury News) Bridgette Sexton, (Global Entrepreneurship Manager, Google), Katy Dickinson (Director, Huawei Technologies), Linda Alepin, (Director, Global Women’s Leadership Network) and Rebecca Fannin (Journalist, Author of Silicon Dragon) Credit Juliane Nandra/German American Business Association

How did you celebrate International Women’s Day? We were fortunate enough to spend March 8th at Adobe Systems in San Jose, listening to an accomplished group of panelists speak about women’s path to leadership. The event, Global Women’s Journey, explored the changing face of today’s workforce that is being shaped by a new generation of women. Five panelists used personal anecdotes to illustrate the challenges and rewards of being a woman leader in an increasingly global world.

According to the Mountain View Patch, “Daniela Proske, a local professional and GABA member, was impressed by the women’s emphasis on finding mentors and volunteering.” Continue reading

Eradicating the “Booth Babe” Phenomenon

Guest Post by Menekse Gencer

Menekse Gencer

I spoke at the State Department on mobile money and food security last year. Subsequently, the State Department contacted me to ask if I would be a mentor for the TechWomen Initiative. Although I thought the program was really interesting, I didn’t think I would have time to participate because I run my own business.

I set the invitation aside. Continue reading