On September 6, ambitious and powerful emerging leaders and mentors gathered at Oracle for the 2012 TechWomen Welcome Orientation. Many of the attendees live worlds apart, however, they encompass one vision—to share knowledge and change the way conversations are had.
Trish Tierney, Executive Director at Institute of International Education, and Liz Snyder, VP Human Resources at Oracle, welcomed the participants. Sheila Casey, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, gave opening remarks and presented the TechWomen with a letter from Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. “This month, we all get to be diplomats,” said Sheila. She went on to emphasize that the TechWomen program pairs Secretary Clinton’s vision of, “smart power diplomacy,” with “ 21st Century Statecraft”. Sheila then went around the room and introduced each of the TechWomen and their Professional and Cultural Mentors to the audience. Continue reading