1. Impact an emerging woman leader from Africa or the Middle East
By mentoring a woman in STEM from Africa or the Middle East, you are helping to create possibilities for global collaboration and innovation. TechWomen participants in past years have launched and grown businesses, and have started critical initiatives in their home countries. While the official role is titled “Mentor”, we guarantee that you will end up learning more than you ever imagined.
“Having an opportunity to pass my knowledge to someone was incredible, and I know she will make such a huge impact on the world.”
–2012 Mentor, Ayori Selassie
2. Make meaningful, lasting connections with global women leaders
One of the amazing things about the TechWomen program is the number, diversity, and depth of the new relationships that form.
“This is the ultimate diplomacy, building bridges and establishing one on one relationships. I got the opportunity to see under the veil and learn that we are all one women sisterhood…we really connected on a human level.”
–2012 Mentor, Claudia Galvan
3. Network with other like-minded professionals in your field
TechWomen Mentors connect with others who have similar career goals and interests and form powerful relationships that extend far beyond the program. TechWomen broadens your network and introduces you to countless women who have faced similar challenges and experienced similar joys working in the STEM fields.
“I knew I was going to make connections with women from other cultures and other countries. What I didn’t anticipate was the lasting friendships and network connections I would make with technical women in my own backyard.”
–2012 Mentor, Jill Wetzler
4. Travel to Washington, DC with TechWomen
Mentors are invited to travel to Washington, DC, following the Bay Area portion of the program, to meet with U.S. Department of State officials and participate in meetings and events. Participants experience the nation’s capital and its history together, paving the way for rich cultural exchange.
“Going to DC and meeting with State and other groups is not only a highlight for me but also brings the mentorship ‘full circle’ for the Emerging Leaders. The nation’s capital is a much different scene than all the tech, entrepreneurship and innovation that happens in the Bay Area. It’s great that both the Bay Area and the nation’s capital are components of this program.”
–2011 and 2012 Mentor, Maryann Hrichak
5. Join the growing community of TechWomen worldwide: Travel to Africa and the Middle East
The TechWomen experience doesn’t end in California or Washington, DC. After the program, Emerging Leaders and Mentors have the opportunity to reconnect during delegation trips to program countries in the Middle East and Africa. Proposed trip destinations in 2014 include Rwanda, Kenya, Lebanon and Egypt. These trips keep the network alive and foster an ongoing culture of global collaboration.
“The most powerful lesson for me was that despite our diverse backgrounds and experiences, we all shared the same collective dreams and aspirations. The borders in our global village are disappearing and in this interconnected world, it is of utmost importance that the world’s citizens have a truly global perspective, embrace our differences and celebrate our similarities.”
–2012 Mentor, Sonita Lontoh on Forbes.com
The Professional Mentor application deadline for the TechWomen Program is only two weeks away! Learn more and to apply to be a Professional Mentor.