200 TechWomen – including emerging leaders from Africa and the Middle East and their Silicon Valley mentors – visited the US State Department here in Washington DC for the second day today. This included a formal lunch in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room, plus fascinating meetings with Lee Satterfield (Deputy Assistant Secretary of State), Macon Philips (Coordinator, Bureau of International Information Programs), and Sheila Casey (Deputy Director, Office of Citizen Exchanges at U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), plus two panel discussions:
- Katie Dowd (Senior Advisor to the US CTO at The White House), Jennifer Pahlka (Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the USA, CEO of Code for America), and Erin Lindsay (Deputy Director of Online Engagement for the Office of Digital Strategy).
- Dee Dee Myers (Political Analyst and the first woman to be a White House Press Secretary) with four TechWomen participants.
We also heard from Chang Suh of the US State Department’s International Exchange Alumni program about TechWomen Alumnae opportunities for RAR: resources, access, and recognition. This month with TechWomen has been an amazing experience. Our farewell party is tonight. Then we sadly say our goodbyes as our sisters return home to Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
Images Copyright 2013 by Katy Dickinson