Conversation about belonging in tech and finding your voice as a Latinx. This chat is part of She’s Tech conference.
She’s Tech is a movement that aims to strengthen the female presence in the technology sector through 3 pillars: inspire, engage, enable women to seek knowledge and undertake careers and technology-based businesses.
Gretchen Rodriguez, a Senior Product Manager at Santander Digital in Palo Alto born in Cuba. Alma Lopes is a Product Owner at Roche who came from Mexico.
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BONUS: Decolonizing Design from a Latinx and African perspective with Guidione Machava 🇿🇦🇲🇿 and Jane Vita 🇧🇷
How can we create more inclusive environments? Why do we have only 3% of Latinxs working in tech in the United States? How do we know some solutions might be experienced differently by marginalized groups or groups outside your own? Diversity has the goal to bring more people to the table, and decolonizing is more about proposing an exercise to influence the way we think.
Guidione Machava - Entrepreneur, Designer and Author; Jane Vita - Designer Lead at VTT; and Thaisa Fernandes - Podcast Host & Producer and Program Manager, will explore colonialism's effect on design standards in regards to the influence of ideas perception and also representation in different industries, especially tech.
You will learn how solutions might be experienced in someone else’s shoes in a different way, and also how we all should be an active agent of change and help to foster a more inclusive environment.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3hXdbRN
Luis Curiel currently sits on the People Team managing strategy and operations at Twitter, and also serves as the global co-chair for Twitter Alas, our Latinx business resource group.
Luis, a first-generation American, traces his Latinx roots to Honduras. Born and raised in California, he studied biopsychology and worked in agricultural research before making the transition to tech.
In this episode we talked more about how previous skills and experiences can be transferred to tech, the impact Latinxs are making in tech which makes the scenario totally different from 5 years ago but at the same time how we still have a lot of work to do. Luis shared with us his perspective as our @recruiterfriend to those who made it and now have the opportunity to make an impact for others.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3xNNCrS
We talked with Cynthia Orduña, a career coach and talent development advisor with a background in recruiting, career development, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has helped over 50 startup companies in LA, SF, NY, and Chicago recruit and retain talent and has coached over 300 people in all stages of their career from entry to senior levels.
She specializes in helping people enter the technology industry, build their business, and create their brand. Her life mission is to amplify as many voices, cultures, and backgrounds as possible by helping people develop themselves personally and professionally.
In this episode we talked more about the perspective of someone with the background in recruiting, career development, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3vp3ZcE
We talked with Lita & Destiny about how they run a business with a mission to empower women and children around the world through the power of intentional play, and more details about their entrepreneurship journey creating ethical and fair trade products.
Lita Barreda has spent her entire career in the garment industry, pulling inspiration from the places she was raised including Peru, Ecuador & Venezuela. She studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). After falling in love with California, Lita stayed in the United States to design clothing and fashion accessories for major retailers.
Destiny Conner is a social impact entrepreneur at heart. As a first generation Peruvian, Destiny also studied at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and started her career designing bridal accessories before her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3fJktYr
We had an inspiring conversation with an incoming freshman at Pitzer College in California. Diana Vicezar plans to double major in Computer Science and Economics.
Elected one of 33 young adults more influential in the world by Global Teen Leader 2019, she advocates for international students and has the goal of sharing opportunities with other minority groups.
We talked more about the process of applying to college in the US and also how we can look for more opportunities for international students.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/2PbnlSQ
Conversation with Carlos Gonzalez de Villaumbrosia, the Founder and CEO of Product School. We invited Carlos to our podcast because he has an interesting journey building global companies and digital products and this is a subject we’d like to bring to our podcast.
Technically he’s not a Latino, but a Hispanic since Carlos is from Spain, and we think we share a lot of similarities with each other. We talked about his journey, entrepreneurship and of course Product Management.
Carlos has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Industrial Management, and Computer Science. He also studied Global Business Management and Marketing at UC Berkeley.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/3j8aY4O
We talked with Nathalie Marchino, as our first guest of 2021, a former professional rugby player born in Colombia who lived in Switzerland and has turned into a great tech business leader.
With a BS Finance in International Business, Nathalie is helping to make design accessible as an EMEA Head of Sales at Figma. She has also worked at Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
We’re always so inspired to hear stories from people who break into tech, and Nathalie shared her story of how she started out as a top athlete and how she broke into tech and is now an EMEA Head of Sales at Figma.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/3nZowR1