Most of us have been positively impacted by a mentor at some point in our careers. Mentors have encouraged us, challenged us to think differently, and inspired us. However, while women are gaining numbers in traditionally male-dominated fields, they are still significantly outnumbered in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The TechWomen program aims to engage and encourage women seeking professional and personal fulfillment, and who are eager to give back by mentoring the next generation. We believe that by connecting women in STEM fields from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East with women in similar fields in the United States, we create endless possibilities for collaboration and innovation.
When you mentor with TechWomen you have the opportunity to:
- Impact the life of an emerging woman leader from Africa, Central Asia and/or the Middle East
- Make meaningful, lasting connections with global women leaders
- Network with other like-minded professionals in your field
- Join the growing community of TechWomen worldwide
- Participate in delegations to Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East to create professional partnerships and mentor girls
- Travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with officials at the U.S. Department of State
TechWomen Mentoring Opportunities
TechWomen harnesses the power of two types of mentors: Professional Mentors and Cultural Mentors. Each Professional Mentor coaches an Emerging Leader on a mutually beneficial project at the Mentor’s company. Cultural Mentors assist the Emerging Leaders in discovering and understanding the rich traditions, values and diversity of the United States.
Mentors have the opportunity to attend many of the TechWomen events and are invited to give keynotes, serve on panels, and lead discussions. Mentors can also choose to volunteer their time to serve on a TechWomen advisory committee. Advisory committee members lend their expertise to the program to drive workshop content, design events, and provide feedback.