The U.S State Department organized the TechWomen program in response to President Barack Obama's call in his June 2009 speech in Cairo for greater collaboration with Muslim communities around the world. TechWomen is a professional mentorship and exchange program bringing together technical women leaders from the Middle East & North Africa and from leading companies in Silicon Valley. Several mentees and cultural and technical mentors shared technical expertise and fostered international, long-term relationships to create business opportunities for women in their countries.
I was one of the 20 Technical mentors in the first TechWomen program. I spent the month of June 2011 working with a very bright lady, who was visiting the US and at my office. I did not get the time to visit Washington DC as part of the TechWomen delegation meeting with Hillary Clinton. That would be another interesting experience. My mentee Bana was very articulate in an interview she gave in DC. I met remarkably talented women as part of this program.
TechWomen is an initiative of the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and implemented in partnership with the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) .