In 2011, TechWomen launched with 37 participants from six countries in the Middle East. In 2017, 100 emerging women leaders from 20 countries in Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East will participate. Our community, including more than 500 women and men in the Bay Area, transcends borders and cultures, and we want to continue to build upon and strengthen what we have started with your support. Today, we offer three opportunities to be involved:
- Professional Mentors will work one-on-one, in pairs or in groups with an Emerging Leader (EL) to support her in planning and implementing a project. The project will be based on the EL’s goals, as described in each participant’s online bio. Professional Mentors, including male mentors, will use their expertise, network and company to support the EL.
- Cultural Mentors will work collaboratively in interest groups to plan and facilitate events that showcase the best of life and culture in the Bay Area. In addition to determining the opportunities ELs can opt into, Cultural Mentors facilitate logistics and ensure ELs can easily participate.
- Impact Coaches will support a group of ELs from the same country, typically between three to five ELs, on action plan development. TechWomen fellows have gone on to launch initiatives to educate kids on waste management in Sierra Leone, for example, and in Jordan, fellows have launched a program to support female graduates and increase the number of women in the STEM workforce. In 2016, the top action plans were each awarded $2,500 seed grants to support implementation.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, June 30, at 11:59 pm PT.
If you would like to learn more and spread the word about TechWomen, check out our outreach toolkit, including slides, handouts and videos. On Tuesday, June 13, TechWomen is partnering with Madison Reed to reconnect over food and drinks with an inspiring message around owning your voice, being a leader and cultivating leaders. Join us, and invite your friends and network, too!
Questions on what mentorship opportunity is right for you? Is your company interested in hosting an event or getting more involved? Email Arezoo Riahi, Head of Internships & Professional Training, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 415.362.6527 ext. 257.