Tunisian TechWomen Alumnae Reunite at WES Training

Photo Courtesy of WES

Photo Courtesy of WES

“It was amazing,” posted a 2012 TechWomen Emerging Leader on a photograph of her on Facebook where she was reflecting on the ideas shared by other participants at the six-day Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) Training of Trainers (TOT) in Tunisia.

The 2012 Tunisian TechWomen alumnae participated in a training that started with a three-day Innovative Leadership TOT led by Barbara Fittipaldi from Center for New Futures. Participants gained skills to support women in their communities and develop as leaders, entrepreneurs, and managers in a climate of rapid change. On day four, trainer Beth Kanter and co-trainer Stephanie Rudat facilitated a workshop, Becoming a Networked NGO: Using Social Media Effectively, which exposed participants to concepts around transparency, openness and what it means to be a networked NGO.

WES is an entrepreneurship and business capacity building program developed in response to the U.S. State Department’s Office of Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)’s Tunisia: Supporting a Democratic Transition Annual Program Statement. The program provides training on business sustainability for women’s organizations and entrepreneurship for individual women in Tunisia.

The Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) program undertakes a two-pronged approach and provides targeted training in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, and social media to both local Tunisian organizations that operate WES centers and individual Tunisian women entrepreneurs who launch, build and grow their businesses.

2012 TechWomen Emerging Leaders from Tunisia

2012 TechWomen Emerging Leaders from Tunisia

Beth Kanter and Sepideh Nasiri engage TechWomen 2012 at salesforce.com

On September 7, the TechWomen Emerging Leaders were greeted at salesforce.com where they engaged in workshops and dialogue by Beth Kanter and Sepideh Nasiri.

Sepideh, Director of All Things Offline at Women 2.0, addressed the 2012 cohort with a  motivational speech regarding how she embarked on her entrepreneurial journey as a young adult. She began her career as a Managing Editor of a Los Angeles Global magazine. Today, she advises early stage startups and is an avid technology enthusiast. “I wrote Oprah and asked her to be my mentor,” said Sepideh as she recounted how difficult it was to secure an influential mentor during her youth. Sepideh went on to speak regarding the 2010 launch of her first app, The Date Server Platinum in 2010. At the end of her talk she extended an invitation to the TechWomen to participate in Founder Friday, a Women 2.0 event to promote the creation of new networks among aspiring entrepreneurs, current entrepreneurs and investors in innovative cities globally. Heather Ramsey, Director, Strategic Partnerships at Institute of International Education, was a featured speaker at the event. Continue reading

Women Who Tech Telesummit

Women Who Tech

The 4th annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit took place on May 23rd. Image credit: Women in Tech infographic.

May 23rd marked the 4th annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit, featuring panels designed to “break down barriers and showcase the brilliant talents of women who tech.” The Women Who Tech Globally panel was moderated by Author and Trainer Beth Kanter and featured Director of Strategic Partnerships at IIESF Heather Ramsey, Communications and Marketing Associate at Akili Dada, Mary Patton Davis, and the Executive Director of Akili Dada, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, along with program participants from each organization. The event involved over 600 participants from across the nation, showcasing the remarkable power of technology to bring people together. Continue reading

TechWomen Mentees Reconnect at E-Mediat Networking Conference in Jordan

ImageLast month, E-Mediat hosted the “New Media for the Networked NGO” conference in Jordan to celebrate the conclusion of its 18-month program. Since its inception, E-Mediat has equipped over 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia with the capacity and skills to use social media to effectively advance their missions. The conference highlighted the remarkable and inspiring work of the participant NGOs and provided them with the opportunity to share valuable insights they gained from the E-Mediat program. Continue reading