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Rocío Medina van Nierop

Co-Founder

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Rocio van Nierop is Cofounder and Executive Director of Latinas in Tech.

Latinas in Tech is a non-profit organization with the mission to connect, support, and empower Latina women working in technology and a vision to achieve fair representation in leadership positions. The organization comprises more than 14,000 women working at more than 100 of the top technology companies. The group began in Silicon Valley in 2014 and has since then expanded to 16 other cities: 

Rocio was previously Director of Product Marketing at Prezi, launched and led Prezi’s operations in Latin America, and has worked in technology for the last 15 years.  

Rocío is  Cofounder and Executive Director of Latinas in Tech, an influential non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and connecting Latinas in the Technology Industry. 

Latinas in Tech is a non-profit organization with the mission to connect, support, and empower Latina women working in technology and a vision to achieve fair representation in leadership positions. The organization comprises more than 16,000 women working at more than 100 of the top technology companies. The group began in Silicon Valley in 2014 and has since then expanded to 16 other cities:  

Rocío graduated with honors from Tec de Monterrey with a degree in Marketing. Until recently, Rocio was the Director of Product Marketing at Prezi where she spent several years launching Prezi's products nationally and internationally. Prior to her role in Product Marketing, Rocio was General Manager of Prezi Latin America making Prezi one of the leading presentation platforms pushing the boundaries of innovation and effective communications.

Rocío has been an advocate for tech inclusion, participating in multiple boards of charitable organizations that push forward the participation of underrepresented minorities. Besides Latinas in Tech, Rocio has co-founded Silicon Valley Day - a conference that brings the best minds of Silicon Valley to multiple cities and countries in Latin America, helped start Red Global de Talentos Mexicanos in San Francisco, as well as the EXATEC alumni group in San Francisco, 

Born in the Bay Area to Mexican parents, growing up in Mexico, Germany, and Boston, Rocío is a proud wife and mother of two and she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, literature, and extreme sports.

Rocío es cofundadora y directora ejecutiva de Latinas in Tech, una poderosa organización sin fines de lucro que tiene como misión empoderar y conectar a las mujeres latinas en la industria tecnológica.

Latinas in Tech busca una representación justa en puestos de liderazgo en las grandes empresas de Tecnología. Además, busca aumentar el número de mujeres emprendedoras. 

La organización está formada por más de 16.000 mujeres. Inició en Silicon Valley en 2014 y desde entonces se ha expandido a otras 17 ciudades alrededor del mundo.

Actualmente, Latinas in Tech cuenta con el apoyo de empresas como Google, Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Pinterest y PayPal, entre otros.

Rocío se graduó con honores del Tec de Monterrey con una licenciatura en Marketing y, después de desempeñar el cargo como Gerente General de Prezi Latinoamérica, Rocío destacó como Directora Global de Marketing de Producto de la famosa plataforma de presentaciones. 

Por más de una década, Rocío ha dedicado gran parte de su tiempo al activismo por los derechos de la mujer y promoción del talento mexicano y latinoamericano, creando y participando en múltiples mesas directivas de organizaciones benéficas que impulsan la participación de minorías subrepresentadas.

Además de Latinas in Tech, Rocío ha acelerado el crecimiento de Silicon Valley Day, la Red Global de Talentos Mexicanos en San Francisco y la asociación EXATEC San Francisco.

Alexandra Navarro

Chief Staff Officer

Alexandra Navarro is the Chief Staff Officer of Latinas in Tech. A passionate executive with extensive experience in corporate and workforce development sectors, education by addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Alexandra has been breaking barriers for women and Latinx people for over 20 years. She believes that we all can be change-makers and supporting Latinas to unleash their power and achieve their goals. She dreams of seeing a tech industry where Latinas are well-represented throughout all ecosystem levels by empowering them to be innovators and leaders.

Alexandra was previously Director of Digital NEST’s consulting program, bizzNEST -a program that gives Latinx youth valuable on-the-job technology experience working with local businesses.

 

Alexandra has been breaking barriers for women and Latinx people for over 20 years. She launched and drivesthe strategic vision of Digital NEST’s consulting program, bizzNEST -a program that gives Latinx youth valuable on-the-job technology experience working with local businesses. She also heads Digital NEST’s @831-a community-focused e-commerce platform created by Digital NEST and Looker, a Google company. @831 trains Latinx small business owners to be active participants in the digital economy while connecting them with the NEST’s junior advisors. Both programs support youth in their progressional development to gain the confidence and skills needed to launch successful careers.

Alexandra left her native Colombia at the start of her career, driven by a dark period in her country’s history. Her industrial engineering degree was not recognized when she arrived in the U.S. Determined to rebuild her career from the ground up and to serve the Latinx community facing similar challenges, she created a program to unleash the potential of Latinx leaders and help them with work-life balance. In 2017, Alexandra founded Blue Leaf LLC to provide leadership and wellbeing coaching services to Latinx leaders of companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola. She is a sought-after speaker across Latin America on corporate social responsibility, women leadership, women in technology and work-life balance.

The co-author of three books on diversity, women’s self-esteem and work-life balance, Alexandra has received several awards including the Titans of Tech, NEXTies’ Mentor of the Year and Silicon Valley Women of Influence. She sits on the board of TITI, the first app that empowers seniors to take control of their healthy aging by connecting their support systems to their care. Alexandra is a strong advocate for youth in underserved communities and is committed to helping them join the workforce with a competitive edge. She is motivated by her family, and strives to ensure her children, and all youth, do not have to endure the same challenges she faced to be successful.

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