Women make up about half of the population. Their ideas demand to be heard.
TechWomen is an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. TechWomen empowers, connects, and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities. Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key networks of professionals, and expands girls’ interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models. [TechWomen]
The Autodesk Foundation supports the people and organizations using design for positive social and environmental impact such as the design and creation of innovative solutions to the world's most pressing social and environmental challenges. Autodesk launched the Autodesk Foundation in 2014 to align its philanthropic giving with its core business and expertise in design and engineering. [Autodesk.org]
The Autodesk Foundation is a host of TechWomen, and this year's emerging leaders included 7 women from various countries with various levels of expertise.
On October 10, I attended the TechWomen Emerging Leaders Breakfast at Autodesk. The event featured 4 women who shared their stories.
Fatima Zzahra Meziane
Fatima is establishing an online platform to increase nonprofit organizations' access to funds and grants. She wants to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
Ola is furthering the work of Professor Mona Marei who developed the first application of tissue engineering in dentistry. Dr. Marei received a patent in tissue engineering in 2007.
Pamela is building a community of learners from the higher institutions in Nigeria who can tap into the free resources made available on the Autodesk Design Academy website.
As someone interested in innovative breakthrough technologies with radical solutions for global problems, Sadaf is working on social impact projects such as reducing the infant mortality rate in Pakistan.
Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in terms of time, resources, and negative impacts (e.g., social, environmental). The Autodesk Foundation supports TechWomen so the world can tap into the creativity of women whose circumstances might not have allowed their ideas to flourish. Regarding doing more and better with less, the world needs as much creativity as it can muster.
Empowerment is alive in the lab.