What Comes Next?
After the Emerging Leaders return home, Mentors are invited to travel to Africa and the Middle East to participate in the TechWomen delegation trips. Bringing the program full-circle, the delegation trips are vital to the growth and sustainability of the TechWomen network. The delegation focuses on expanding networks of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), creating and strengthening partnerships between the region and the United States, encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers, and nurturing relationships between Mentors and Emerging Leaders.
Delegations visit non-governmental organizations, private and public enterprises, universities, incubators, and innovation hubs. Together with the Emerging Leaders, the delegates from the United States learn about the STEM ecosystem in-country, explore the situation of women and girls, and connect with prospective TechWomen applicants.
Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, and Rwanda are the proposed delegation trip destinations for 2014. Mentors and Emerging Leaders are invited to participate in the proposed trips.
Past Delegation Trips
Jordan – February 2013
In February 2013, a delegation of almost 50 members, comprising alumnae Emerging Leaders from the Middle East and North Africa, Cultural and Professional Mentors, U.S. Department of State officials, and TechWomen staff from the United States, traveled to Jordan to reunite and work together to expand networks of women in STEM. The delegation collaborated with local companies and organizations such as N2V, INJAZ and Oasis 500 on a series of meetings, workshops, and networking events. The delegation was featured at Amman Tech Tuesday, engaged with women and girls at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), organized an e-commerce presentation in a rural village, and met with women leaders in technology at TechWomen alumnae companies such as Yahoo! and Hewlett Packard. The delegation experienced life in large cities, such a Irbid and Amman, and in smaller villages and towns like Jerash, Koura, and the Dead Sea. To conclude the trip, TechWomen hosted a networking conference at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), where Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya delivered welcoming remarks.
Morocco – October 2011
To conclude the 2011 TechWomen program, a delegation of alumnae Emerging Leaders from Morocco and Algeria, as well as Mentors, U.S. Department of State officials, and program staff from the United States traveled together in Morocco. With the guidance of the Moroccan Emerging Leaders, the delegation traveled throughout Marrakech, Rabat, Casablanca, and Mohammedia, participating in panels and events at private companies, local non-profit organizations, secondary schools, and universities. The delegation also met with women’s networking organizations, social enterprises, and women leaders, including the first female mayor of Marrakech. In collaboration with the Al Akhawayn Alumni Association, TechWomen hosted a conference at Technopark in Casablanca. Members of the delegation led trainings and presentations and participated in panels focused on women’s advancement in technical fields.