TechWomen’s last day in Washington DC

IMG_7020

The TechWomen enjoyed their last day in Washington DC and are now slowly making their way home to either the Silicon Valley area (mentors), or to Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen in the MENA region (mentees). I miss them already!

Wednesday was full of TechWomen-normal activities: networking, exchanging ideas and experiences, and taking pictures. It is usual for me to be given three to six cameras and smart phones and asked to photograph a posed group of lovely intelligent women. The group I am photographing may start small but if the setting is good, it often doubles and triples as other TechWomen join in. Taking TechWomen group pictures is an enjoyable if frenetic experience. My daughter Jessica lives in Washington DC and was invited to two of the TechWomen dinners – which made picture taking even more enjoyable.

We met in the morning in the Loy Henderson conference room at the US State Department for a political discussion, then had a magnificent lunch in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room.  The TechWomen were welcomed and honored by Ann Stock, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, and Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. We regretfully did not get to meet the program sponsor, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ann Stock was patient and a very good sport – she stayed after the lunch to take dozens of pictures with the TechWomen. I love the diplomatic rooms at the US State Department, with cases full of china and silver (some by Paul Revere), and walls covered with portraits of American historical greats. The copy of the Declaration of Independence is my particular favorite.

After lunch, we returned to the Henderson room for Sheila Casey (Deputy Director, Office of Citizen Exchanges at U.S. Department of State) and Heather Ramsey (Director at Institute of International Education) to give the mentees their participation certificates (signed by Secretary Clinton). Our going away party was around the very windy roof pool of the Donovan House hotel (the party eventually moved downstairs since we were all freezing!).

IMG_7079

IMG_7155

IMG_7144

IMG_7208

IMG_7224

IMG_7291 copy

IMG_7402
Images Copyright 2012 by Katy Dickinson

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under Home & Family, Mentoring & Other Business, News & Reviews

2 responses to “TechWomen’s last day in Washington DC

  1. Katy Katy Katy

    My Dear Mrs Dickinson….

    I felt all the time so close to all the program. I felt the stress and the fatigue, but the get-up-and-go feeling to make the best of the next program persisted throughout. I can’t wait to see your mentee, Adla, to live her feelings and “excitements”

    To tell you the truth, this program is one commendable program run by a wonderful TechWoman and Team. The idea is forward and, I might say, typical of Mrs Clinton and her forwardness and courage.

    To open out the various organisations and companies for Leaders from other countries and enterprises is a daring step. The companies took up the challenge, and our Girls, impressive as they are, seem to have melded in and, by the looks of things, slurped it all up and benefitted tremendously.

    I an sure they will carry back your devotion and the will to give…

    Thanks for showing me a new approach to Leadership and Mentorship principles

    Amine M Daouk

  2. Larissa Brown Shapiro

    I echo Amine’s sentiments… the daring, the intellect, and the willingness to “slurp it all up” are harbingers of this program – one which I am so deeply honored to give my time to. We have so much to do in the world to support women and girls – and I am so grateful for the caliber and heart of the women and men I get to do it with.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s