Cultural Exchange with Bay Area Youth at Local School

During their journey in the United States, the TechWomen participants left their footprints in many places. One of the stops along the path for three TechWomen from Lebanon, Egypt and Algeria was the Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, CA. The TechWomen’s intent for this visit was to learn more about education and everyday life in the United States. What they did not expect was that this exchange would capture the hearts and minds of the students they encountered.

Continue reading


TechWomen Delegation Wraps Up Life Changing Experience

The TechWomen 2012 delegation concluded its journey with the TechWomen program in Washington, DC on October 11th. “Every one of us followed the same path this last month, but none of our actual journeys were the same. They only shared one commonality, it was life-changing,” said one program participant from Lebanon.

From October 6th to 11th, the TechWomen traveled to the nation’s capital, as a finale to their six-week long immersion experience in the United States. Upon arrival, their first stop was to the White House. “I can’t believe we are here,” said one Mentor. “Anything is possible,” responded an Emerging Leader. Continue reading

TechWomen Participate in Entrepreneurship Workshop at Fenwick & West

The 2012 TechWomen Emerging Leaders kicked off the second phase of the program with the TechWomen Entrepreneurship Workshop on October 1st. The workshop occurred after completing three weeks of professional mentorships at technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The full-day event was hosted at the Mountain View office of Fenwick and West LLP, a major technology and life sciences law firm whose clients include tech giants Apple, Facebook, Virgin Group, Google, Twitter, and Hewlett Packard.

The event was organized by the Institute of International Education and the TechWomen Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee comprised of Jill Finlayson, Menekse Gencer, and Anar Simpson. The Advisory Committee members are all currently serving their second year as TechWomen Mentors. While the first three weeks of the TechWomen program focused on projects-based professional development and cultural enrichment, the last two weeks of the program focused on building leadership skills, entrepreneurship, and innovation.   Continue reading

A Day in the Life at Google

TechWomen at Google

Most of us living in the Bay Area have heard the buzz about the Google campus. What a cool, fun and even magical place to work (and play!). The buzz had also spread to the 41 TechWomen participants early on during their time in and around Silicon Valley. They were all looking forward to October 2nd – the day they would get to experience Google firsthand. Continue reading

TechWomen preserve their voices through StoryCorps

During their visit in San Francisco, California, three TechWomen Emerging Leaders and their mentors engaged in an opportunity to participate in recording a piece of history at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for the StoryCorps project. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants.

TechWomen become the 2000th story recorded at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The women sat within the booth and held conversations regarding their experiences during the project based mentorships—some of them even cried as they reminisced about their time together in the U.S. and the families they have left back home. StoryCorp provided the TechWomen an opportunity to share and preserve the moments during this trip that have changed their lives. The stories collected will be stored at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Continue reading