About: The TechWomen Alumnae Organization
The purpose of The TechWomen Alumnae Organization is to promote and strengthen the network of TechWomen Alumnae. The mission of the Organization is connecting TechWomen Alumnae across borders, to inspire, grow and celebrate their achievements. Membership in the TechWomen Alumnae Organization is open to any person who is or has been a TechWomen Mentor (Cultural or Technical or Professional or Impact Coach), or a TechWomen Fellow, or is a member of IIE TechWomen program staff or US Department of State staff affiliated with the TechWomen program. The governing body of the TechWomen Alumnae Organization is the TechWomen Alumnae Council.
TechWomen is a professional mentorship and exchange program developed in response to US President Obama’s efforts to strengthen relations between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. The TechWomen initiative was first announced on April 28, 2010 during President Obama’s Entrepreneurship Summit. In June 2011, TechWomen launched with 37 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and the Palestinian Territories. In 2012, the program expanded to include women from Tunisia and Yemen. In 2013, the cohort doubled in size with the addition of women from Cameroon, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe. In 2015, the program expanded to include women from Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
TechWomen is an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ECA’s mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. The Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in San Francisco manages TechWomen on behalf of ECA.
TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program. TechWomen provides participants access to networks, resources, and knowledge to empower them to reach their full potential. During the five-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, participate in professional development workshops and networking events, and travel to Washington, D.C. for targeted meetings and special events to conclude the program. The TechWomen experience doesn’t end in California or Washington, D.C. After the program, Emerging Leaders and Mentors have the opportunity to reconnect during delegation trips to program countries in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East.