I just talked with my husband by Skype at midnight his time, morning my time. He is in Shenzhen China on a business trip, and I am in San Jose California. John said that about about 9 pm, there were celebratory explosions in the street outside his hotel, presumably to honor International Women’s Day. In 2007, I blogged about enjoying Women’s Day in India. John and I both work for Huawei. It will be interesting to see how our China-based company celebrates International Women’s Day today at the R&D center in Santa Clara.
I am hoping that in honor of the day, we will see even more potential mentors applying for the TechWomen mentoring program. TechWomen will pair women in Silicon Valley with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies in June 2011. If you are a qualified mentor, please apply using the form on http://www.techwomen.org/get-involved/. TechWomen is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and implemented in partnership with the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology (ABI).