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
Conversation with Linda Ruiz David, an Industrial Engineer from Mexico City. Linda is currently working as a Principal Recruiter at Growth by Design. She founded and led Pinterest's first Latinx and Hispanic community, Todos Pincluidos. Linda works on creating inclusive, empathetic and fun work cultures. She was also on the Board for Latinas in Tech, worked at IBM, and General Electric among others.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/2KTCUwv
Senior Director, IT Program Management at Electronic Arts. Cristina Rufeisen is an accomplished IT leader with experience in the high-tech, digital media, and life sciences industries leading global teams to develop, deploy and support business solutions. In this episode we talked about leading IT teams in the game industry, finding your voice and asking for what you need, the power of the Latinx community and the secrets for having self compassion and growing your career.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/3rLwMah
Chicago-based Afro-Latina author, playwright, poet, and producer who has performed as an actress and has written, published, and produced short stories, children’s books, indie films, and full-length plays. Diana is a former English teacher, IT sales executive, and fashion entrepreneur. We had an inspiring conversation about her childhood, using the written language and the theater to express herself and find her voice, entrepreneurship, and many laughs.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/351VSrP
Conversation with Rosa Parra, a Chicana born and raised in East LA. Rosa became interested in films at a young age and just recently decided to become a film critic. She’s currently working towards her Bachelors's in Film and Media studies. Rosa's primary job aids in the medical field as she's a certified electron microscopist, that means a specialized lab technician and works in a hospital in Los Angeles. In this episode, we will talk about why we use the word Latinx, the difference between the term Hispanic and Latinx, the Latinxs representation in the film and television industry, and where Latinxs can make an impact.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/2X4wu0a
Thelma Neves is a Latinx in Power because she's a Brazilian who decided to follow her dreams, moving to the UK and working as a Designer Manager for a long time. Thelma Neves has experience managing design teams from the agency-side and also the client-side, and she’s a Product Designer Manager at BT. Thelma has a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and a master's in Communication Design. She initiated her career as a Graphic Designer and transitioned to User Experience over the years. In this episode, we talked about being a manager and leading a team as an immigrant woman, the qualities of a Product Designer, and Thelma’s journey in the UK.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/3hzE7VG
Inspiring conversation with Leo Gomez Blum who told us a little bit more about her story that started with a single act of kindness. Leo is an inspiring and successful immigrant from Ecuador who started her design career in advertising agencies, then transitioned to Product Design and working at Grubhub, Spotify and now as a Senior Product Designer at Disney streaming services. In this episode, we talked about transitioning your career to Product Design, the importance of mentorship, sponsorship, and personal projects. And of course, Disney!
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/386ePeB
A first-generation Guatemalan and Salvadoran immigrant, Jacobo Pereira-Pacheco is now preparing to leave the Bay Area as he enters the world of academia again and begins his PhD studies in Statistics and Scientific Computing at UC Santa Cruz. We had an inspiring conversation in which we discussed the world of Data Science and what a Data Practitioner does, the similarities between Statistics and Environmental Studies, and the queer Latinx community.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/2KKw3pi
Valerie made improbable leaps into the most competitive, elite universities and top tech employers. In this episode, we had discussions about coming from a humble background, and clawing your way to break into power, and using it to make space for others. Valerie also demystified and explained the role of a Product Manager, we talked about why Product Management can be a powerful and natural function for Latinxs.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/3pyUwMW
Inspiring conversation about service design, value creation, design pillars and the importance of holistic thinking with Jane Vita, Design Director at Digitalist Group & Network. We had discussions about learning the design tools and also improving your communication and crafting your narrative skills. A designer should be able to use the design tools but also learn how to extract information from stakeholders, knowing how to extract value creation and experience for the users.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/3d5dRjU
We had an inspiring conversation about how machine learning and cloud-based solutions can be a huge help in the fight against cancer. Alma is a Latinx in Power. She’s a successful Product Owner at Roche who came from Mexico as a Computer Engineer and transitioned her career to Product. We talked about the importance of negotiation skills and how communication is so important for better negotiation. Alma mentioned how negotiation is also about hearing people, and a lot of times we don't talk about hearing and listening to people anymore.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/3hBRbtJ
Conversation with Gretchen Rodriguez, a Senior Product Manager at Santander Digital in Palo Alto. We asked her questions about her journey and role as Product Manager. We talked about establishing herself in a new country, changing careers, using frameworks like Agile that can improve your life and work, and embracing the 80/20 rule. Gretchen also shared amazing tips for folks who are transitioning to Product Management.
Gretchen was nominated as one of the Latinx Product Leaders by Product School recently. Congrats, Gretchen! ✨
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/3cPnqTY