Earlier this year, TechWomen Mentors, Emerging Leaders, and representatives from the U.S. Department of State traveled to Rwanda and Morocco for the 2014 delegation trips. Alongside having the option to travel to Washington, DC with the program in October, Cultural Mentors and Professional Mentors can join delegation trips to support the TechWomen network abroad. The annual trips give women in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) sectors from the San Francisco Bay Area the chance to connect with their counterparts in the program countries, bringing the program full-circle. In addition, these trips are a wonderful opportunity for Mentors to reconnect with Emerging Leaders from previous program years.
This year marked the first time TechWomen went on two delegation trips. It was also the first time TechWomen traveled to Sub-Saharan Africa. The program expanded into this region in 2013, and it was invigorating for delegation members to have the opportunity to travel to Rwanda and learn about women professionals in STEM across this new program region. Similarly, in Morocco, TechWomen hosted the Women Entrepreneurs in Technology Conference in Casablanca, where local women professionals connected with the Mentors to share insights about their experiences working in the field.
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Curious to know more about the impact of the TechWomen delegation trips? Check out the infographic below!