A few years ago I started participating more in events that help educate, inspire and empower women and girls in tech not just in the US but globally. I had such an amazing experience meeting and talking with women tech entrepreneurs in Moscow for the first ever Startup Women Forum, I was hooked. So from there I went on and started giving talks in the US to young women in tech, and then to young girls in STEM.
Meanwhile, I was invited to be a trainer at TechCamp Riga and mentored more young women in digital media there. Earlier this year, I had the privilege of speaking to teen girls in the Technovation program, a global group that invites girls and young women to present ideas and get funding to take back to their home countries to start organizations and make their STEM dreams come true.
Now I’m excited to share that I will be an Impact Advisor for this year’s TechWomen program, where women in STEM come from Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia come to Silicon Valley for a month, then present what they’ve learned in Washington, D.C.. My role will be to advise a small group of women from Uzbekistan with expertise in digital media, data analytics, and clean tech.
Participating in programs like these has broadened my exposure to what is truly possible for entrepreneurs everywhere, but particularly for women who dream of changing their cultures and helping their communities all over the world. The challenges they face are so different from what we see in Silicon Valley. I feel so lucky to be able to share what I have learned with these amazing and inspiring women and girls. It’s a dream come true for me to be able to give back by helping them.