TechWomen Emerging Leaders are making the Bay Area world their classroom by learning about professional and cultural practices in the United States. However, the emerging leaders are not the only ones gaining experience and knowledge. “I am learning more from them,” said one mentor who is a VP of a well-known technology company.
Cultural immersion has proven to be an effective method to achieve tolerance, understanding and remove preconceived notions about races and cultures. This week, the TechWomen Emerging Leaders continued their second week of project-based mentorships at host companies. Their days have been packed with meetings with high-level executives from numerous technology companies, and their evenings have been bustling with cultural activities. Most importantly, through dialogue and conversation they have been able to both teach and learn.
On September 15, TechWomen participants were introduced to the sights and sounds of the Bay Area through a land and sea city tour. They were able to visit historical landmarks and scenery that most had only experienced through movies. Some of the women even elected to visit Alcatraz on their free time. On September 17, the TechWomen attended a San Francisco Giants Baseball game, where they absorbed the culture of American sporting events.
As the exchange of ideas continues between the emerging leaders and their mentors, everyone whom they touch through this experience creates a learning opportunity that makes the world a smaller place.