December 16, 2014

TechWomen Exchange Expertise to Excel

“It’s an amazing opportunity for women to feel more attached to the STEM field and stay and achieve and further their careers,” said Asal Ibrahim of the TechWomen program.  As a State Department-sponsored exchange program, TechWomen pairs the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with their professional counterparts in the United States.  This unique exchange of both expertise and culture allows women from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East to network and empower each other with new skills and best practices in just five weeks. 

At the conclusion of its third year, we spoke with Asal Ibrahim (mentee) who was placed to work with Sneha Sriwastawa (mentor) at Vista Solar.  Sneha said that Asal accomplished a lot during her short visit because she communicated what she wanted to learn so the company made sure they supported her ambitions.

 “We really worked towards making sure [she] learned all the things and we [considered] graciously [her] goals,” said Sneha.  Asal expressed similar sentiments saying, “I’ve learned a lot besides working on my project…I was lucky to get access to all the data, access to the projects - nothing was confidential. It was great in all aspects. I felt very welcomed.”

TechWomen is not only an educational exchange for these women who arrive as trailblazers in the STEM field; the program also forms long-lasting relationships that allow the women to empower each other, become role models for other women in their communities, and craft resolutions to the challenges faced at home that may have an impact around the world. The 2015 program will expand to include women from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Watch the video below to hear more about the TechWomen experience from this year’s participants. If you would like to participate in TechWomen, the application is now open for 2015.

TechWomen: A Platform for Women's Empowerment


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