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.
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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!
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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
Amazing conversation with Olivia Lobo Goulart, a Media Content Editor, working onsite at a Fortune 100 Company. We asked her questions about her career and transition to different areas of work like International Relations and Affairs, Design and Visual Communications, and Localization. Olivia shared interesting insights about following your purpose, how our experiences are unique and help to shape our strengths.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/3hBR4OP
Our goal is to demystify tech and the way we do that is by interviewing Latinx leaders all over the world to get their perspective, encouragement and insights. We’re on a mission of interviewing Latinxs leaders from all Latin American countries. The Latinx community is an ensemble of unique identities and backgrounds, and I love when we come together. In each episode we'll be featuring insightful interviews, conversations about their journey, stories behind their trajectory, plenty of laughs and learnings.
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