On Wednesday, September 21, the Fall 2022 emerging leaders (ELs) of TechWomen arrived in San Francisco, California, hailing from 21 nations in the Middle East, Africa and Central and South Asia. Together with the support of over 250 accomplished STEM industry mentors and 45+ partner companies, the ELs will be working to drive change in their careers and countries through mentorship and connection.
Administered by IIE, the inaugural year of TechWomen brought 37 Emerging Leaders (ELs) from six countries in the Middle East to Silicon Valley. A little over ten years later, the program has grown to posts 105 Emerging Leaders from Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe. Together with their mentors they will engage in four weeks of hybrid programming featuring customized career mentorship, design and leadership skills workshops, collaborative coaching, cultural exposure and competitive seed grant pitching. This is followed by a final week of STEM diplomacy immersion in the U.S. capital.