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.” (Read the full article here) Katy Dickinson, a panelist from Huawei Technologies, emphasized the importance of mentoring women from the Middle East and North Africa. Katy was the 2011 Mentoring Process Architect for TechWomen. She stressed the mutual benefits of mentorship, and encouraged the audience to seek out mentoring opportunities.

We hope that you will take Katy’s advice and apply to become a 2012 TechWomen Mentor. The first-round application deadline is May 15th. To apply, please visit

If you haven’t celebrated International Women’s Month yet, we encourage you to attend an event! If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, you might consider attending a screening of Miss Representation, Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s call-to-action film about the portrayal of women in the media. The Institute of International Education, West Coast Center is proud to host a screening and panel discussion on March 22nd, from 6 – 9 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, please visit:


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