Seventy-eight incredibly talented emerging leaders will arrive in the United States on October 1, 2013. Over the next few months, we hope to paint a picture of these inspirational women and give you a behind-the-scenes look at their unique aspirations.
In order to get to know one another, they started a conversation about their reasons for applying to the TechWomen Program. Read on for their responses.
I am passionate about science and technology.
“I have a dream of improving my company and country using ICT.” – 2013 Emerging Leader, Rwanda
“For someone like me obsessed with high technology, the Silicon Valley is more than a dream. I applied to TechWomen because I want to discover this new world, also to challenge myself. Am I the woman that I think I am?” – 2013 Emerging Leader, Algeria
I am hungry for new experiences.
“I applied to jump out of the academia box, match what I teach to what can serve people, inspire all those young marvelous ladies I teach and convince them that we can make it.” – 2013 Emerging Leader, Egypt
“For me, although I’m an engineer, technology is not the key word for me. It is the whole experience that attracted me to apply: starting from learning from each one of you, your culture, your knowledge and your way of doing things, to learning from one of the fastest developing cities in the world.” – 2013 Emerging Leader, Libya
I want to experience the magic of Silicon Valley.
“I applied because I am curious about the Silicon Valley entrepreneur companies. I want to see the people behind it, how they think, act and succeed.” – 2013 Emerging Leader, Jordan
“I am amazed by Silicon Valley’s start-up ecosystem and would love to get a firsthand experience of that.” – 2013 Emerging Leader, Egypt
I am working to inspire the next generation.
“I want to show young people, that technology, STEM, is not for the elite and you don’t have to do the traditional stuff. We can start developing our own programs, medicines, etc., whilst still in school.” – 2013 Emerging Leader, South Africa
“To live this experience, to share it with young girls in my country, to encourage them, and last but not the least, to have the opportunity to meet awesome and talented women from various cultures.” – 2013 Emerging Leader, Cameroon