By Edwina Dueñas, Communications Associate
Last week, we said goodbye to the #TechWomen15 Emerging Leaders (ELs). Nearly 100 ELs and 170 mentors connected in the San Francisco Bay Area for a month of mentorship and exchange. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) hosted TechWomen for meetings and sessions at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, to close the program. With the conclusion of the 2015 program, the network of TechWomen fellows is now 332 women strong!
We are grateful to our mentors, host companies, program partners and colleagues at ECA and the Institute of International Education for making TechWomen an incredible experience for all. While we will miss the energy, excitement and inspiration each of the TechWomen brought with them, we know this program is just the start of their journeys. With community impact being a cornerstone of the 2015 program – with the introduction of action plans and seed grants – we look forward to sharing #twimpact stories of the fellows giving back, driving change and advancing as leaders in their careers.
In the meantime, here are some of our favorite quotes, pictures and media from #TechWomen15.
“Talking to the Emerging Leaders, I am struck by a moment of sonder. Each of these women have overcome significant cultural and economic barriers in their journey. Even though they seem to be from two different worlds, women in the Silicon Valley and the world talk the same language of STEM and are helping changing the face of the future.”
– Reshma Singh, Professional Mentor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
“The TechWomen program was a wonderful experience and I gained a lot of knowledge about my field and about STEM. I want to inspire girls and expose them to STEM, especially those living in rural areas.”
–Gulnora Anvarova, Emerging Leader, Tajikistan
“One part that I loved [about TechWomen] was visiting these amazing companies in Silicon Valley. I was blown away by the people that were speaking to us and their vision for the world. It just shows that if your vision is strong enough, you can make a massive difference in the world. I’m looking forward to going back to my home country and implementing everything that I learned to develop my community.”
–Rogeema Kenny, Emerging Leader, South Africa
Kickoff at Juniper Networks
Golden Gate Bridge Tour
Action Plan Workshop at Theranos
Pitch Event at Google
Community Celebration at Automattic