Sponsored by: TechWomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

By Heather Ramsey (Senior Director, TechWomen & Strategic Partnerships, Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, IIE)

TechWomen was launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to connect and support the next generation of women leaders in STEM to advance their careers and pursue their dreams. TechWomen connects emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from 16 countries in Africa and the Middle East with their counterparts in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area for a professional mentorship and cultural exchange program.

Professional Mentors host mentees at their company four days per week during the month of October and coach them on a project. Cultural Mentors serve as ambassadors and help participants acclimate to life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Why should you apply to be a TechWomen Mentor? You will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a network of STEM leaders from 16 diverse countries
  • Learn about other cultures and share your own
  • Expand your Bay Area network by joining 250 alumnae Mentors
  • Travel to Washington, DC for meetings with U.S. Department of State officials
  • Explore Africa or the Middle East as a TechWomen delegation member
  • Inspire emerging women leaders to become change agents in their communities

TechWomen is seeking mentors for 78 emerging women leaders in STEM for the fall 2013 program. Learn more and apply today!

Application Deadlines:

  • Professional Mentor: June 15
  • Cultural Mentor: August 1

TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is managed by the IIE Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives in San Francisco. Follow TechWomen on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay involved.

SH-Heather-RamseyAbout the guest blogger: Heather Ramsey is Senior Director of TechWomen and Strategic Partnerships at the Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives at IIE in San Francisco. She designed and led Women in Technology MENA, E-Mediat and Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability, a program for women entrepreneurs in Tunisia. Heather has initiated and managed international training programs for nearly 20 years with a strong focus on women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, NGO capacity building, social enterprise development, social media and technology in emerging markets and developing countries.