The 2014 TechWomen Cultural Mentor Application is now open! TechWomen harnesses the power of two types of mentors: Professional Mentors and Cultural Mentors. Each Emerging Leader will be paired with both types of mentors in order provide the most enriching experience for participants both professionally and culturally.
What is a Cultural Mentor?
Cultural Mentors are women working and living in the San Francisco Bay Area who have a strong commitment to empowering women. Mentors serve as cultural ambassadors to Emerging Leaders, who come from one of 16 program countries in Africa and the Middle East. The role of the Cultural Mentor is to support the Emerging Leaders’ professional and personal growth, help them acclimate, and inspire them to make the most of their time in the United States.
Over the past three years, Cultural Mentors and their Emerging Leaders have engaged in a variety of activities, including Alcatraz tours, hiking in state and national parks, and visits to cultural attractions in the Bay Area. Cultural Mentors are also invited to travel to Washington, DC at the end of the program and participate in TechWomen Delegation Trips.
Are you eligible?
Cultural Mentors applicants must be
- Women living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Willing to coordinate within a small group (pod) of two to four Emerging Leader-Cultural Mentor pairs to foster relationships and plan activities of interest to their respective Emerging Leaders.
- Excited about serving as a cultural ambassador and showcasing all the Bay Area has to offer.
- Willing to help Emerging Leaders navigate logistical challenges as they settle into life in the Bay Area.
If you are looking for a way to give back, inspire women leaders, and share your experiences with others while gaining a global perspective, become a TechWomen Cultural Mentor! The deadline to apply is Sunday, August 10, 2014. Learn more and apply today!