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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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What Career Advice Would You Give to Your Younger Self?

Anar4Recently, women and girls across the globe have been asking us for advice on launching successful careers in STEM and advancing their young professional careers to the next level.

Although we generally loathe dwelling on the woulda, coulda, shoulda moments in life, we can’t deny that sometimes, hindsight can be a very insightful form of wisdom. What better way to prepare for the future than learning from the experience of others?

In an effort to tap into the secrets of remarkable women with successful careers in STEM, we reached out to the TechWomen community of past emerging leaders, mentors, female tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, investors and role models through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and asked, “What career advice would you give to your younger self?

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Working Forum on Women, Information and Communication Technologies and Development (WICTAD)

Guest blog by Heather Ramsey

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Last week I joined more than 75 thought leaders from 20 countries working in civil society, academia, government, the private sector, and the UN who convened at IIE in Washington, DC, for the first international Working Forum on Women, Information and Communication Technologies and Development (WICTAD), co-hosted by the Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and UN Women. During the two-day forum, we explored opportunities for increased collaboration to expand women’s and girls’ access to and opportunities in information and communication technologies (ICTs). Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer, gave opening remarks at the event, stating that, “Technology is one of the highest potential ways to address development challenges. It is the great equalizer for women and we must improve access to ICT and close the Internet gender gap”.

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TechWomen Celebrates International Women’s Day

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From left to right: Moderator Deborah Petersen (Senior Editor, San Jose Mercury News) Bridgette Sexton, (Global Entrepreneurship Manager, Google), Katy Dickinson (Director, Huawei Technologies), Linda Alepin, (Director, Global Women’s Leadership Network) and Rebecca Fannin (Journalist, Author of Silicon Dragon) Credit Juliane Nandra/German American Business Association

How did you celebrate International Women’s Day? We were fortunate enough to spend March 8th at Adobe Systems in San Jose, listening to an accomplished group of panelists speak about women’s path to leadership. The event, Global Women’s Journey, explored the changing face of today’s workforce that is being shaped by a new generation of women. Five panelists used personal anecdotes to illustrate the challenges and rewards of being a woman leader in an increasingly global world.

According to the Mountain View Patch, “Daniela Proske, a local professional and GABA member, was impressed by the women’s emphasis on finding mentors and volunteering.” Continue reading

TechWomen Frequently Asked Questions

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Interested in learning more about the TechWomen program? Below, read some of our most frequently asked questions. Do you have a question that’s not listed? Let us know by posting a comment, and we’ll be sure to respond!

What is TechWomen?

Harnessing the power of business, technology and innovation, TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in technology sectors from the Middle East and North Africa together with their American counterparts for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading companies in the United States. Continue reading