About TechWomen

TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from the Middle East and Africa together with their counterparts in the United States for a professional mentorship and exchange program. TechWomen connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in STEM fields by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers and pursue their dreams. During the five-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in Silicon Valley, participate in professional enrichment workshops and networking events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and travel to Washington, D.C. for targeted meetings and special events to conclude the program. In 2012, 41 TechWomen Emerging Leaders participated from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia and Yemen. The 2013 TechWomen program has expanded to include women from Cameroon, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe. After the five-week mentorship program in the United States, Emerging Leaders and Mentors will also have the opportunity to reconnect and participate in delegation trips to program countries in the Middle East and Africa, where programming will focus on expanding networks of women in the STEM fields, creating and strengthening partnerships, encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers and ensuring the sustainability of Mentor-Emerging Leader relationships. TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Under Secretary Kerry’s leadership, the United States has engaged in “smart power diplomacy,” thereby utilizing every asset at the United States’ disposal to create opportunities for greater understanding. A key tool in this effort is 21st Century Statecraft, which engages people across the world through the ever-changing technology mediums.

ANNOUNCEMENT: TechWomen Blog Has Moved to New Website

This post is our last entry on this site. The official blog of the TechWomen program has moved to www.techwomen.org/blog, as a built-in component of our redesigned website. Please visit our new blog for future posts and updates on program happenings.

Here’s a sneak peek at our new website!

Screenshot of new website

After months in development, we are ecstatic to finally announce the launch of our new website at www.techwomen.org. We have completely revamped and re-coded our website to make it simpler to navigate, more visually appealing, and more engaging. More than anything, we hope our new website enables you to really get to know our program, its mission, and the extraordinary people involved.

We truly hope you enjoy exploring our new website. Please check it out and feel free to send us comments or any feedback you have here!


You’re Invited! TechWomen Events in San Francisco and Silicon Valley

InvitationAre you passionate about empowering the next generation of women in science, technology, engineering, and math? Join the TechWomen network and be part of a global diplomacy effort to support women in STEM from Africa and the Middle East! Continue reading

Dinner and Diplomacy: TechWomen Mentors Host International Visitors


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. Continue reading

Women in the Global Economy: Authoring Chapters, Advancing Social Change

Guest post by Trish Tierney, executive director of the Institute of International Education San Francisco


In September 2011, I had the good fortune to participate in the first-ever Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women in the Economy Summit. This historic event was driven by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and like so many initiatives launched during her time in office, it was designed not only to inspire, but to spur action for change. As I listened to Secretary Clinton and other dynamic speakers–women who had achieved the highest levels of success and impact in business, government, and civil society–the idea for a book was born. Continue reading

Inspire Women Leaders from the Middle East and Africa


The TechWomen Professional Mentor Application is now open! We are seeking women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) working at companies in the San Francisco Bay Area to mentor emerging women leaders from the Middle East and Africa. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2013.

Apply to become a Professional Mentor:

  • Inspire emerging women leaders to become change agents in their communities
  • Build relationships with professional women across the world
  • Gain cross-cultural perspective on aspects of your daily work
  • Give back and share your experiences with others

What is a TechWomen Professional Mentor?

A Professional Mentor is a TechWomen volunteer who works closely with an Emerging Leader to help her grow and thrive professionally. The Mentor coaches the participant on a mutually beneficial project at the Mentor’s company during the month of October 2013 and provides daily guidance and feedback on her work. Professional Mentors will be matched with one Emerging Leader.

TechWomen Mentors have the opportunity to attend many TechWomen events in the San Francisco Bay Area, travel to Washington, D.C. in November 2013 to visit the U.S. Department of State, and travel to the Middle East and Africa for the TechWomen delegation trips in winter 2014.

Are there mentoring opportunities if I don’t work in STEM or cannot host a participant at my company’s site?

Yes! TechWomen Emerging Leaders are also matched with a Cultural Mentor. To learn more about becoming a Cultural Mentor, please visit our website. The TechWomen Cultural Mentor Application will open on June 1, 2013.