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Women's Foundation of Boston Empowerment Webinar for Girls and Young Women

Written by

Tiffany Hogan

September 01, 2020

Akamai is thrilled to have been the lead sponsor for the recent Women's Foundation of Boston Empowerment Webinar for Girls and Young Women: Girl Decoded: An Intimate Conversation with Author Rana el Kaliouby about finding your voice, pursuing education and excelling as a woman in STEM.

The Women's Foundation of Boston invests in educational, leadership and financial programs for women and girls in Greater Boston, most of whom come from communities of color and are living below the poverty line. The Women's Foundation empowers Boston's women through economic opportunities and strives to create a more equitable city.  

In this virtual and interactive webinar hosted on Akamai's Webex platform, Rana el Kaliouby shared lessons from her journey on how to overcome obstacles including your own inner doubt and how to embrace your emotions and find your voice. She discussed her journey and her memoir, Girl Decoded: A Scientist's Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. The book follows her personal journey, growing up in the Middle East and moving to the United States to become an entrepreneur, juxtaposed against her work building Emotion AI (Artificial Intelligence).

Almost 100 young women and girls  attended the webinar hosted by Akamai's Senior Strategy & Operations Analyst, and Parents@Akamai employee resource group leader, Sarah Rosehill.  The attendees from the Women's Foundation of Boston included volunteers and grantees such as Big Sisters, Dream Big, Science Club For Girls, Invest In Girls, Strong Women Strong Girls and more. Young women of all ages asked thoughtful questions, and some received free copies of Ms. el Kaliouby's book.

Akamai is committed to encouraging the next generation of technology innovators by supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education through sponsoring and hosting webinars like these.

More about Rana el Kaliouby

Rana el Kaliouby, PhD is an Egyptian-American scientist, entrepreneur, author and AI thought leader on a mission to humanize technology before it dehumanizes us. Rana holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate from MIT.

She is the co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, an MIT Media Lab spinoff credited with creating the category of artificial emotional intelligence, or Emotion AI. Her goal is to inspire girls and women to chart their own paths and be agents of their own lives.

A passionate advocate for ethics, diversity and inclusion in tech, Rana has been recognized on Fortune's 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech. She is a TED speaker, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and co-host of the PBS NOVA Wonder series. 

Watch the full webinar here.



Written by

Tiffany Hogan

September 01, 2020