TechWomen 2018 has officially begun, as this year’s Emerging Leaders from 20 countries throughout Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East arrived in San Francisco on Sunday. The TechWomen team welcomed Emerging Leaders at the airport and their housing locations, getting them oriented before a busy week of programming. Although many Emerging Leaders had been traveling for many hours–some of them days–there was eagerness and excitement as they met fellow participants, ready to embark on the next five weeks together.
Emerging Leaders have an exciting week ahead that includes the Cultural Kickoff, an opportunity to showcase the rich cultures of their countries, as well as Action Plan Workshop I, where country teams will establish the foundation of their action plans alongside their Impact Coaches.
Soon, Emerging Leaders will begin working with their Professional Mentors at one of this year’s 34 host companies that include Twitter, Salesforce and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub; the program is also welcoming eight new host companies, including 23andMe, Singularity University and Twitch. TechWomen’s network of Cultural Mentors and Impact Coaches will offer Emerging Leaders their guidance and expertise as they work on their professional and personal development goals.
At the end of the five weeks, Emerging Leaders will have immersed themselves in the innovative work of Bay Area tech companies, engaged with an accomplished network of professionals and created the framework for change in their home countries. We look forward to sharing their milestones over the coming weeks.
Cheers to #techwomen18!