About the Author: Suzanne Philion serves as the Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Our inaugural class of 25 TechGirls arrived in New York City late on the evening of Monday, June 25. For almost all of them, it was the first time they had set foot in the United States from their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa. We could immediately see what an amazing, talented, and passionate group of young women we would have the privilege of working with.
In July 2011, Secretary Clinton announced the launch of TechGirls — a three-week, intensive youth exchange — “to encourage innovation and promote the spread of new technologies to give women and girls the support that they need to become leaders in this field.” Our Embassies ran a very competitive selection process, identifying the best and brightest young women with high achievements and aptitude in… more »