Several TechWomen Mentors warmly welcomed a group of seven visiting women leaders in science and technology from the Middle East and North Africa on Wednesday, April 24. The eight Mentors eagerly jumped at the chance to host a dinner for the guests, who were traveling around the country as a part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The participants of the IVLP “Women’s Innovations in Science and Engineering” project came from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Connecting in person with their counterparts from the Middle East and North Africa was a real treat for the Mentors, who all feel deeply connected to that region through their travels, work, and the TechWomen program. Dinner provided a chance for the Mentors to display their cooking skills (including delicious halal chicken and Middle Eastern sweets), practice their beginning Arabic, learn about the work and lives of the seven impressive guests, and catch up with one another. It was a delightful evening of home hospitality for guests and hosts alike.
We feel so fortunate to have such gracious and supportive Mentors in our network. We want to say thank you to our Mentors, and safe travels to the guests traveling back to their home countries!
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What is IVLP?
Since 1972, the Institute of International Education (IIE) has been one of seven private, nonprofit organizations that design and implement the IVLP, coordinating projects for over 18,000 International Visitors.
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) premier professional exchange program. Since 1940, nearly 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP. The program seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through short-term visits to the United States. Learn more about IVLP.