2018 LiT Summit Spotlights: Latina Women Making an Impact in Tech

by | Nov 14, 2018

The sold-out conference takes place this week in San Francisco and
will feature more than 300 tech industry representatives.


SAN FRANCISCO, November 13, 2018 Latinas in Tech, a non-profit organization focused on connecting and empowering Latina women working in tech, will host its second annual Silicon Valley Summit this Thursday, November 15 in San Francisco. The topic of this year’s Summit is “Changing the Conversation: Empowering Latinas to Make an Impact in Tech.”

The sold-out conference will feature a special address by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, followed by a dynamic lineup of speakers including Christine Flores, General Counsel, Pinterest; Karla Gallardo, Founder, Cuyana; Lilian Rincon, Director of Product Management, Google Assistant at Google, and Cathy Hackl, Futurist at You Are Here Labs.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Paola Reyes, News Anchor of Telemundo 48 de la Bahía, who will also serve as the moderator for various sessions.  

These women will be joined by more than 30 other speakers representing the entire tech ecosystem, with sessions covering everything from the future of Artificial Intelligence, Latinas at NASA, creating a movement through women in tech organizations, and investing in the Latina startup community.

The full lineup of speakers include:

  • Pilar Manchon, Vice President, AI, Roku
  • Carolina Barcenas, Vice President, Data Science & AI for Data Products, Visa
  • Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO, Girls in Tech
  • Laura Donnelly, Founder, Latinitas
  • Lala Castro, Founder, #LatinaGeeks
  • Hannah Levy, Community Manager, Tech Ladies
  • Ali Guarneros Luna, Electrostatic Discharge Program Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Jessica Marquez, Human Space Exploration Researcher, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Mónica Simó Black, Partner, TheVentureCity
  • Maria Salamanca, Principal, Unshackled Ventures
  • Liliana A Monge, CEO, Sabio
  • Paola Santana, Founder & CEO, Social Glass
  • Marcia Chong, Investment Analyst, Village Capital
  • Marisa Moret, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Airbnb
  • Sely Colon, VP and Editor-in-Chief, Univision News Digital, Univision Communications
  • Lenette Posada Howard, VP Operations, Niantic
  • Cynthia Maxwell, Engineering Leader and Startup Advisor
  • Tania Herrera Martinez, Director Cloud Solutions, Oracle
  • Lorena Hernandez, California Director Community Investment & Communications, Comcast
  • Cruz Nieto, Portfolio Manager, Office of Digital Innovation, California Department of Technology
  • Paola Colombo, SVP & Managing Director, R/GA
  • Sandra Cano, Executive Talent Acquisition, Global Human Resources, Visa
  • Laura Reyes, Diversity Recruiting Leader, Facebook
  • Renata Naoumov, Vice President and Chief People Officer, HeartFlow

Panel Moderators

  • Claudia Cruz, CNET en Español
  • Karina Cabrera, Host, Reach MAMA Podcast
  • Lili Gangas, Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center
  • Heidy Vaquerano, Senior Counsel, Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP &Managing Director, Girls in Tech – Los Angeles
  • Natalia Moreno, Principal, Pramana Collective, Latinas in Tech Board Member

The full speaker agenda can be viewed here.

This is the second year Latinas in Tech will host this annual gathering focused on engaging and leading the discussion about diversity and inclusion in tech. This year’s Summit will conclude with a “LiT Recruit Reception” that will allow companies and candidates to meet and mingle during a speed networking session.  

“We are thrilled to see our Latinas in Tech Summit grow year over year. This year’s Summit sold out weeks before the event, which shows the passion that exists for fostering more diversity and inclusion in tech, and how Latinas are a driving force for creating an impact within the tech industry,” said Gretel Perera, co-founder of Latinas in Tech.

This Summit was made possible thanks to the continued support from Comcast NBCUniversal, which contributed $100,000 to Latinas in Tech earlier this year to help further their mission. Comcast NBCUniversal is a presenting sponsor for this year’s Summit, the Cocktail sponsor is Visa, and Gold sponsors are Asana, Facebook, Twilio, Visa and Zendesk.

“We are grateful for the tech companies that are supporting our Latinas in Tech Summit, from sponsoring the event, to purchasing tickets for their employees to attend, to serving as our speakers, it shows that the tech industry is eager to take action on the diversity and inclusion movement,” said Rocio Medina, co-founder of Latinas in Tech.

The Latinas in Tech Silicon Valley Summit will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15 at The Pearl in San Francisco from 9:30am to 5:30pm, followed by a LiT Recruit and Closing Reception from 5:30 to 8:00pm. For more information about the Summit, visit the event page.

To view portions of the Silicon Valley Summit via a live webcast link, sign up here.

About Latinas in Tech

Latinas in Tech is a non-profit organization with the mission to connect, support and empower Latina women working in technology. The group is comprised of more than 3,500 women, representing over 15 countries, working at more than 50 of the top technology companies. The group began in Silicon Valley in 2014 and has since then expanded to Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, Sacramento, New York City and Mexico City, to connect and support the Latinas working and living in those cities. Latinas in Tech focuses on three key pillars: professional development, recruiting, and mentorship. For more information, visit https://latinasintech.org/about.


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