For the first time, a delegation of 18 influential American women from business, law enforcement, research and policy institutes, think tanks, politics, the media and law, traveled to Israel with the AIFL. For most of the delegation it was their first visit. However, whether you were a first time or return visitor, this experience created opportunities for new understanding for everyone. The program showcased Israel’s vibrant culture, diversity and vast contributions to the world in science, technology, medicine, environmental protection and art .
In addition to visiting traditional historic and religious sites across the country, the women were briefed by military, municipal and national government officials. They met with the President-Elect of the Supreme Court, toured Natal, Israel’s Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War and were hosted by Dalia Rabin, daughter of the late Israeli Prime Minister for a special program at The Yitzhak Rabin Center. At SOSA they met with pioneers of the Israeli innovation community, and at Olim Beyahad, they became acquainted with the ways of integrating Ethiopian Israeli university graduates into suitable jobs at the forefront of Israel’s workforce, while providing them with the support and tools to excel and advance.
“I cannot thank each of you enough for considering me as a delegate for the recent trip. The trip was not only educational, but also was self-reflective. The composition of the delegation was amazing. All of the women were very distinguished and we established great friendships. I really have a different outlook on your country from its beauty to your politics.
I plan on blogging about the trip and potentially sharing my experience as part of a networking group to which I belong.
Again, I cannot express my gratitude enough. I appreciate the opportunity and hope to stay connected to all of you.” – Nicol Turner Lee, Ph.D., Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation – Governance Studies, Brookings Institution