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A collage of experiences in Jordan as told by TechWomen.

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Against the backdrop of Petra, a wonder of the ancient world, forty-five women from eight countries said their goodbyes last week. The TechWomen delegation concluded with stronger bonds and increased cultural understanding between mentors and emerging leaders.

“Exciting,” and “inspired,” were some of the words used by participants to describe the events and opportunities for connectivity during the journey. The delegation participated in a networking conference at Princess Sumaya University for Technology, where Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya delivered welcoming remarks. The participants also met with N2V, one of the largest internet holding groups in Arabia focused on value creation through building and investing in Arabic consumer web and mobile ventures; INJAZ, an independent non-profit that was founded under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah with the mission to inspire and prepare young Jordanians to become productive members in their society and succeed globally; Amman Tech Tuesday, a monthly event that brings industry experts, local technologists, entrepreneurs and idea generators together in a casual setting to meet and learn from one another; and Oasis 500, a leading early stage and seed investment company, the first of its kind in Jordan and the MENA region.

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Kicking off TechWomen Delegation in Amman, Jordan

Guest blog by Ayori Z. Selassie, TechWomen Mentor

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First official day of volunteer work with the TechWomen for the U.S. Department of State Delegation to Jordanwas incredible. Many of us began Monday morning sleep deprived and jetlagged, however it didn’t take long for the excitement, inspiration, joy and love for the work that we were doing in Jordan to re-energize us. The agenda was packed with a visit to N2V, a technology investment holdings company, followed by visits to different companies, then presentations at Amman Tech Tuesdays (yes, Tech Tuesday happened on a Monday).It turned out to be a day of learning what Entrepreneurship and ICT (Information Communications Technology) mean for the people of Jordan and sharing our knowledge of technology, resources and connections.

Rami Al-Karmi kicked us off with presentations and pitches from local entrepreneurs in Jordan, followed by talking about what N2V does, and allowing us to ask questions. He was such a good sport when he was grilled on how he planned to provide strategy and support for women in technology and even offered to setup an online network where women can contribute and facilitate technical discussions, collaboration and strategy for the advancement of women. Kudos to Rami!

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Ambassador Verveer Convenes Forum on Women in ICT

Photo courtesy of Katy Dickinson

Photo courtesy of Katy Dickinson

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.

Read more regarding the inaugural international forum on women, information and communication technologies and development.

The TechWomen Emerging Leader application is open until February 22, 2013.

Follow the conference hashtag #WICTAD and TechWomen Director Heather Ramsey (@hramseyiiesf) for updates from Washington, DC.

TechWomen is accepting applications for the 2013 program from December 15th, 2012 – February 22nd, 2013

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Meeting the 2012 TechWomen Mentors!

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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.”

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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 :-) pic.twitter.com/G2QoPYdv

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

Cultural Mentor Breakout Session

Cultural Mentor Breakout Session