Twitter,Linkedln, Netflix,Others’ Female Executives Visit Nigeria For Mentorship Program

A 16-member delegation of senior women technology executives and professionals from Silicon Valley, California are visiting Nigeria as part of the TechWomen program.

The visit will run from March 18 to 23 and the  delegation has members drawn from organizations as diverse as Twitter, LinkedIn, Netflix, Mozilla, Autodesk, WomenCollegeTech, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Juniper Networks,according to a statement on Monday from the U.S. Consulate in Lagos.

Other are from Fairrer Samani Group, Northgate Environmental Management, Jessica Dickinson Goodman Consulting, and the Institute of International Education.

Head of Mozilla’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Division,  Ms. Larissa Shapiro and Twitter’s Senior Software Engineer, Ms.  Elizabeth Deng are part of the delegation.

Ms. Deng, a computer science graduate of the University of Southern California, co-organized “Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program” for the micro-blogging website in 2017.

Others in the delegation are Dr. Leedjia Svec, Director WomenCollegeTech and former Director of Programs at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, alongside Ms. Maile Smith, Principal Geologist/ Chief Operating Officer at Northgate Environmental Management.


The delegation is working with Nigerian Fellows of the TechWomen program to carry out mentoring sessions in Lagos and Abuja for young women working in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

During the week-long program, the delegation will visit non-governmental organizations, private and public enterprises, universities, schools, tech incubators and innovation hubs to expand networks of women in STEM teaching and learning in Nigeria,the statement added.

Launched in 2011, TechWomen is an initiative of the Department of State, which supports the U.S. government’s global commitment to advance the participation of women and girls around the world in the business and technology sectors.

In addition to sending delegations of American women technology mentors abroad, the TechWomen exchange program brings young women leaders from the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria to the United States for a professional mentorship at leading technology companies. 

Post Author: Tayo Olanipekun