Meeting the 2012 TechWomen Mentors!

Mentor Workshop

Heather Ramsey, Director of TechWomen at IIESF, presents the TechWomen emerging leaders stats to a crowd of 2012 Professional and Cultural Mentors.

The 2012 TechWomen season has officially begun! We opened with a fantastic Mentor Workshop on Tuesday, August 7th hosted by Walmart Global eCommerce in San Bruno, CA. The workshop aimed to prepare the new TechWomen mentors for the three weeks they will spend mentoring emerging women leaders in technology from the Middle East and North Africa. More than 60 mentors attended the event, representing 50+ leading technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The participants were welcomed by Walmart Global eCommerce CTO, Jeremy King, followed by Trish Tierney, Executive Director of IIE San Francisco. Representatives from the U.S. Department of State—Lee Satterfield, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and Sheila Casey, Deputy Director of the Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs—also spoke to the mentors via live video conference.

Katy Dickinson, a local mentoring expert and Professional Mentor for TechWomen, presented best and worst mentoring practices and challenged the audience to think about the concept of being a change agent. Among the participants were mentors from the 2011 TechWomen program, who participated in a Q&A panel. Panelist Fabiola Addamo presented her formula for TechWomen success: “Connect, listen, understand. This is all you need to succeed as a TechWomen Mentor.”

TechWomen Mentor Panel

Fabiola Addamo, pictured speaking, shares her experience during Q&A. Also pictured are Larissa Shapiro, Christine Duran, Taghrid Samak, and Trish Tierney (from left to right).

After the general panel, alumni mentors led breakout sessions specifically geared toward Cultural and Professional Mentors. The Twittersphere was abuzz with excitement for the program:

@techwomen: “I think the thing that struck me most was the impact the program had on the American participants” DAS Lee Satterfield #tw2012 @StateDept

@jfinlayson: #Techwomen will make you “want to step into new roles” and help you “reconnect with what matters” @TechWomenMENA alumni on #mentor rewards

@taliareyesortiz: @NetApp is very excited to be a @TechWomen technical #mentor for the 2nd year in a row  #TW2012 #NetAppCTO

@stephanieblock: Super excited to kick off #TechWomen #tw2012 my mentee is from Yemen yay! @IIESF @StateDept

@katy_dickinson: In mentor training for 80 @TechWomen, 12 of whom were with me for 2011 initial program.  Exciting and heart warming to see so many friends.

@ericalockheimer: Looking forward to being a mentor for @TechWomen. Thanks @LinkedIn #in :-)

Stay tuned for more TechWomen updates. The Mentees arrive in less than four weeks!

Cultural Mentor Breakout Session

Cultural Mentor Breakout Session


Letter to the TechGirls: Guest Blog Post

Guest post by Maysoun Ibrahim

Maysoun Ibrahim at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing

Maysoun Ibrahim (third from right) at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. Maysoun won a TechWomen Change Agent Scholarship to return to the US for the conference.

Dear Techgirls,

I am happy to be given the opportunity to address you and share my thoughts with you. As a Techwomen 2011 alumna, I want you to know that your participation in this program will empower you in different ways and help you make the first few steps towards your future.

Being selected as TechGirls is an amazing achievement. It is a program that will not only build your technical skills, it will allow give an opportunity to expose US citizens to your culture and learn more about theirs. Continue reading

TechWomen Mentors: In Their Own Words


We’ve put together a new video from 2011 Professional and Cultural Mentors about their experience with the TechWomen program. We hope you enjoy their stories as much as we do!

Don’t forget, the deadline to become a Mentor is coming up quickly. Apply before May 15 to be considered in the first round of selection. Applications will be accepted after May 15 on a rolling basis. Additional information about the mentorship is available on our website. We look forward to receiving your application soon!

Secretary Clinton Encourages You to Become a TechWomen Mentor

On February 13th, dozens of potential TechWomen Mentors gathered in San Francisco and Mountain View to explore opportunities to mentor emerging women leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. Alumni Mentors brought colleagues and friends to hear from a diverse panel of 2011 Mentors about the rewards and challenges of mentoring an incredible group of TechWomen Mentees. Representatives from the U.S. Department of State, the Institute of International Education, and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology gave remarks at the events.

Through a special video message, Secretary Clinton encouraged the attendees to consider becoming TechWomen Mentors. Secretary Clinton spoke highly of the program, which “helps women – in the United States and throughout the world – to create connections that inspire ideas and innovation.” Continue reading

Thank You TechWomen Mentors

TechWomen Mentor visiting orphanage in Morocco

Mentor Larissa Shapiro visits orphanage with TechWomen delegation in Morocco

Today, as a part of National Mentoring Month, we would like to offer a warm and heartfelt thank you to our TechWomen Mentors. These women were an integral part of the program as they guided and encouraged Mentees from across the Middle East and North Africa in their cultural immersion and professional growth.

Here are just a few quotes from our Mentors about their experience with TechWomen:

  • The Mentees were clearly deeply inspired by their time in the states, and we Mentors learned more than we expected, by a lot! I am left feeling passionate about new issues, reinvigorated in my own work, and looking forward to next year. Continue reading