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Silicon Valley Halloween

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Halloween is serious fun here in the Silicon Valley. Spooky house decorations go up weeks in advance, people come to church in funny hats and silly outfits (for “Boo Sunday”), companies have costume parties, waitresses work dressed as clowns, stores give out candy to kid parades, and tonight the sidewalks are full of children dressed as cats, bugs, princesses, super heros, and monsters walking from house to house trailed by their parents, greeting neighbors with “Trick or Treat!”.

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Silicon Valley Women & Girls Leadership Summit

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Huawei was again a sponsor of today’s 8th Silicon Valley Women & Girls Leadership Summit – held at LeyVa Middle School in San Jose. I was one of a group of women leaders who joined the 7th and 8th grade girls to listen to speakers and panels, and to learn more about each other. The inspiring keynote talks were by Santa Clara Judge Katherine Lucero (who encouraged the girls to find a mentor and the women to be a mentor), and entrepreneur Shelly Kapoor Collins (who asked us to be a door opener for each other, not a gate keeper barring the way).

After the big event, some of us went on a tour of the impressive new Bulldog Tech campus within the larger campus. I promised our able Bulldog Tech guides that I would post their photo tonight… good job girls!

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Last TechWomen Day at Huawei

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Today was the last day at Huawei in Santa Clara for the three TechWomen mentees during their visit to the Silicon Valley.  There are still some San Francisco Bay Area events before they travel to the the Grace Hopper Celebration and then the US State Department in Washington DC next week.  The Huawei team held a lunch and gave each of our emerging leaders a certificate signed by Futurewei President, Guolin Wang, and by the TechWoman’s mentor or mentors.  I was also treated to a surprise birthday party this morning and Huawei held its annual Moon Cake and Chinese harvest festival party this afternoon.  A busy day!

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Huawei TechWomen Learning

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In both 2011 and 2012, Huawei hosted three TechWomen mentees during their visit to the Silicon Valley. During these short and busy weeks, I invited all the Huawei TechWomen team (3 mentees, 6 Professional and Cultural mentors, 2 backup-mentors, Human Resources support, etc.) to a weekly meeting to check in with each other, discuss key questions, and practice public speaking. The questions are some that we all expect to be asked when we visit the Grace Hopper Celebration and then the US State Department in Washington DC next week: Why did you join TechWomen? What did you learn? What do you plan to do with what you have learned from TechWomen?

We had our last team meeting yesterday here in Santa Clara. It was moving to hear how much everyone had benefited from TechWomen already. This is a remarkable group of super-smart geeks – I am honored to know them. Some of what the eleven present said:

  • I will share what I have learned with my students
  • I will tell other technical women in my home country about the TechWomen program, and encourage them to apply
  • I will set up seminars and technical talks so that we can exchange experience and technical knowledge, so that we can make better choices in the future
  • I will tell my manager and my home organization’s leadership what I learned
  • I will design and implement a mentoring program to increase learning and communication
  • I will keep my connection with members of the TechWomen community with virtual conferences
  • I will change my life, continuing to work hard but also allowing myself time to think how to change the future
  • I will work with my staff to prepare them better for promotion
  • I will spend more time on my startup company, to benefit the education of children
  • I will encourage other technical women to change the world, using examples I have seen in the Silicon Valley
  • I will seek more experiences in which I can learn from other technical people outside of my country
  • I will tell new hires about the importance of mentoring in their professional lives
  • I will work with entrepreneurs to create opportunities for good jobs for educated people in poor areas of the world
  • I will provide connections and support for TechWomen emerging leaders when they go home
  • I will make space in my life to give back to my community
  • I will seek opportunities to make corporate social responsibility a focus for the new generation of companies
  • I will continue connecting with extraordinary technical women and spread the message of TechWomen
  • I will continue the momentum and follow my passion

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TechWomen at Work and Play

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Our second week of the TechWomen mentoring program here in the Silicon Valley has been one of both work and play. My mentee and I are deep in discussions about her project during the day. Tonight, a group of us went with our Huawei co-workers to a San Jose Earthquakes soccer game.

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TechWomen Dinner at Home

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The Huawei TechWomen mentors and mentees gathered in my home for a potluck dinner tonight. My husband made a halal chicken curry with rice as the entree.  There were women from at least seven countries around our table: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, and the USA. The guests had fun visiting my office in WP668, our backyard caboose. The food was interesting, plentiful, and delicious. My mother and husband joined the party.  What a delightful group of new friends!

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Images Copyright 2012 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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TechWomen at Huawei

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We are having a good first week with the three TechWomen mentees hosted by Huawei in Santa Clara, California. We are still sorting out offices and equipment and accesses and orientation and starting work on our projects.  Tonight,  John and Paul and I went to a sushi dinner with two TechWomen and then on a tour of the San Jose TechShop where we have a family membership.  We visited the textile area, wood shop (including my favorite Powermatic lathe), metal shop, laser room, and other technical and tool delights.

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