SFIWEF Gran Canaria Summit 2017

Nezha Larhrissi talking about eSTEM Morocco at the SFIWEF Gran Canaria Summit 2017

Last week I attended the 3rd Gran Canaria San Francisco International Women Entrepreneurs Summit, an amazing event where entrepreneurs from all over the globe met to talk about the struggles of living the entrepreneurial life and to share their knowledge and wisdom with the audience, mostly made up of Spanish entrepreneurs and university students.

I have known the SFIWEF staff for a while and I was actually involved in the promotional campaign of the 2nd edition of the summit, but this was my first time attending since I was living in the US around this time last year. I am so glad I could make it for this edition, though! It was a pleasure to witness how this incredible group of women got together to inspire the audience and share their success stories with us.

As a woman who works in a male dominated field and who has experienced first-hand the lack of diversity in places like Silicon Valley, meeting these incredible successful women who are trying to change the world means a lot to me. People like Nezha Larhrissi, president and co-founder of eSTEM Morocco, a platform that is changing how thousands of Moroccan girls think about science, technology, engineering and math. And Soledad Antelada Toledano, founder of Girls Can Hack and cyber-security engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who has been named as one of the most influential Hispanic people in tech in the US. Amazing people who are doing incredible things to shape the odds in other women's favors.

I had such a wonderful and inspiring time, and I was lucky enough to personally meet most of the speakers to talk about their amazing insights and share the kind of work we do here at #ShapingtheOdds. On that note, stay tuned for some articles based on what I learned from the summit and some other cool stuff!

Congratulations to the San Francisco International Women Entrepreneur Forum for organizing and hosting this great event. It was my first but definitely not my last!

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