U.S. Consulate Supports Mentorship Program for Young Women in STEM Fields

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The U.S. government is committed to supporting the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by connecting them to the networks and opportunities needed to advance their careers. and their dreams in technological fields.

On Thursday, the TechWomen Alumni Association of Nigeria hosted the closing ceremony of a U.S. Consulate-supported TechWomen Nigeria mentorship project for emerging women leaders in STEM fields.

For six weeks, 10 mentees aged 18-30 were paired with 10 female STEM leaders. Mentees followed their mentors at leading tech and STEM-related companies in Lagos, including Intel and Microsoft, and attended capacity-building workshops with their peers.

The closing event celebrated the graduation of the participants, who in turn shared their experiences and highlighted how participation in the program has helped them hone their skills and build their confidence to advance in their various careers.

Speaking at the project’s closing ceremony in Lagos, US Consul General Claire Pierangelo congratulated the young female STEM professionals for completing the mentorship program.

Pierangelo stressed the importance of expanding networks of young women in STEM fields, encouraging them to pursue tech careers and ensuring the sustainability of the mentor-mentee model in Nigeria.

“I am happy to see that our TechWomen Nigeria alumni have taken steps to replicate their exchange experience by providing mentorship opportunities to young women in STEM in their local communities,” said Pierangelo.

“The U.S. government is committed to advancing the rights and participation of women and girls in STEM fields, enabling them to reach their full potential in the tech industry. The TechWomen and TechGirls programs are prime examples of this commitment.

Country Account Executive for West Africa at Intel Corporation, Rita Amuchienwa, served as a mentor during the project. She described the benefits of the mentor-mentee model initiated by the TechWomen Nigeria Alumni Association.

“Young women in tech can especially benefit from mentorship as a way to build confidence, improve skills and set attainable career goals,” Amuchienwa said.

One of the mentees, Rofiat Korodo, explained that her participation in the mentorship program has built her capacity, expanded her professional networks and exposed her to the best female role models in her field.

“It was an awesome experience. My mentor provided me with insight into specific business situations, negotiation tactics, opportunities and career goals. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of this training program. mentorship,” Korodo added.

TechWomen is an initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. It builds participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key professionals and develops young women’s interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models.

Since the program’s inception in 2013, 45 Nigerian women in STEM have participated in a unique five-week mentorship program to increase their specialist skills, connect with valuable mentors and build a professional network of like-minded women.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United States Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria.

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