I recently returned from the TechWomen Delegation to Sierra Leone and am still catching up with all of my work and homework. I was happy to be able to travel with my daughter, Jessica Dickinson Goodman, who was also a Delegation Member and who posted excellent daily blogs during the trip. We met with hundreds of girls and boys, entrepreneurs and leaders, schools and organizations, and came home inspired by the energetic and welcoming people of Sierra Leone.
Jessica and I had a long layover in London, so we were able to see an excellent all-female cast of Richard II at the Globe Theater. Once our flight arrived in Sierra Leone, we took the boat between Lungi and Freetown. The next day, we started visiting initiatives around Freetown developed by the creative and dedicated TechWomen Fellows of Sierra Leone, and participating in other events, including
- The Services Secondary School, Juba
- Reception by US Ambassador Maria E. Brewer
- STEM Career Day with secondary students at British Council, Tower Hill
- Fourah Bay College STEM students
- Women’s Leadership Forum at Radisson Blu Hotel
- Connecting the Future networking event and reception at Sierra Lighthouse
- Women in #Techpreneurship at Family Kingdom Resort
- Pitch Night and Startup Exhibition at Toma Boutique Hotel
- Reduce-Reuse-Recycle at Saint Edward’s Primary School
- Hands-on STEM Experience with Students at Buxton Memorial Methodist Church
I gave a keynote on Networking, and Jessica gave a talk on Finding Funding, and we joined all of the Delegation members to help present workshops and activities. Of course, Jessica and I passed out our Notable Women in Computing cards and posters. After the delegation ended, many of us took a bus to visit Families Without Borders in Makeni. Even after a 42 hour trip home, it was a remarkable and fulfilling experience.
Photos Copyright 2019 by Katy Dickinson – Thanks to TechWomen for the Pitch Night photo!
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