Guest blog by Fabiola Addamo–Reflections of a TechWoman Mentor from Catania
Painting by Fabiola Addamo entitled TechWomen
Reflections of a TechWoman Mentor from Catania
I believe in courage. And, I believe that everything is possible in life.
In the city of Catania I was an unemployed girl, full of dreams. I finished my degree in piano performance at the Vincenzo Bellini Musical Institute in 1996. Despite the fact that I was a young, award winning, talented pianist, I was never able to secure concrete job opportunities. I also attended law school and completed 11 out of 22 exams required to finish the degree. This was before I took off on a trip to the United States.
In my household I am the first person who attended university. I was never exposed to professional career options at home. My dad worked in a bank and my mom was a housewife. We were an average Sicilian family. During my youth, I often felt like a bird with clipped wings. I was never able to understand the reason why life was predictably flat.
Melanne S. Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues is co-hosting the inaugural international forum on Women, Information and Communication Technologies and Development (WICTAD), today at the Institute of International Education (IIE) office in Washington, D.C.
The two-day forum, co-hosted by the Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and UN Women, has brought together representatives from civil society, academia, government, the private sector, and the UN to assess the social, economic, and political implications of the gender gap in internet access, according to the press notice released by the Department of State on January 8, 2013.
Ambassador Melanne S. Verveer addressed the 2012 TechWomen Delegation at a luncheon hosted at the Department of State in October.
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 →