TechWomen Will Participate in the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration

The 2011 TechWomen were also honored at last year’s GHC Conference in Portland, Oregon.

We are thrilled to announce that the TechWomen Emerging Leaders will participate in the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Baltimore this fall, after their three-week mentorship in the Bay Area.

The Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Of Women In Computing Conference is the largest technical conference for women in computing. It aims to recognize the contributions of women in computing and bring their research to the forefront in order to help them engage in collaborative networking and mentoring opportunities. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. Top researchers present their work while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields.

This year’s theme, “Are We There Yet,” features innovative sessions focused on helping women impact many domains, including key technology areas such as Big Data, security, and social collaboration. This year’s confirmed keynote speakers are Nora Denzel, Senior Vice President of Intuit and Professor Anita K. Jones from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Conference will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, October 3-6, 2012.

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Alumni Offer Words of Wisdom to TechGirls

Mentees at Department of State

Esra Said (pictured far left) with fellow TechWomen Alumni on the Fourth of July 2011 at the U.S. Department of State.

Twenty-five girls from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen were selected to participate in the inaugural year of the TechGirls initiative. In honor of the first cohort, we asked our Alumni to offer a bit of advice to the TechGirls. Read on for words of wisdom from three 2011 TechWomen Alumni. Continue reading

Letter to the TechGirls: Guest Blog Post

Guest post by Maysoun Ibrahim

Maysoun Ibrahim at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing

Maysoun Ibrahim (third from right) at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. Maysoun won a TechWomen Change Agent Scholarship to return to the US for the conference.

Dear Techgirls,

I am happy to be given the opportunity to address you and share my thoughts with you. As a Techwomen 2011 alumna, I want you to know that your participation in this program will empower you in different ways and help you make the first few steps towards your future.

Being selected as TechGirls is an amazing achievement. It is a program that will not only build your technical skills, it will allow give an opportunity to expose US citizens to your culture and learn more about theirs. Continue reading