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2017 Latinas in Tech Silicon Valley Summit

September 28, 2017 - San Francisco



Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017


6:00 – 9:00 PM                    Opening Cocktail Reception, courtesy of Zendesk.


Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017


8:00 – 8:45 AM                    Registration and Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 AM                   Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Latinas in Tech: Gretel Perera & Rocio Medina, Co-Founders
  • Latino Community Foundation: Sara Velten, VP of Philanthropy
  • Global Gift Foundation: Alina Peralta, Co-Founder
  • Comcast NBCUniversal: Lorena Hernandez, California Director, Community Investment

9:00 AM                                  Welcome from Master of Ceremonies: 

  • Blanca Garza - News Anchor, Telemundo 48 Área de la Bahía

9:00 – 9:30 AM                   Keynote speaker:

Carla Piñeyro Sublett, Former CMO, Rackspace

9:30 – 10:05 AM                Latina Investors: Why Investing in Diversity Makes Sense

  • Monika Mantilla, President and CEO, Altura Capital Group; Managing Partner, Small Business Community Capital II, LP (SBCC)
  • Nathalie Molino Niño, CEO, BRAVA Investments
  • Carolina Huaranca, Principal, Kapor Capital
  • Kellie Menendez, Member, Pipeline Angels
  • Moderator: Erica Argueta, Multimedia Producer, CNET en Español

10:05 – 10:40 AM               Latina CEOs: An Insider View

  • Nuria Santamaria Wolfe, CEO and Co-founder, Canticos (Encantos Media Studios, PBC)
  • Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, CEO and Founder, DREAMers Roadmap
  • Agustina Sartori Odizzio, CEO and Founder, GlamST
  • Martha Hernandez, CEO and Founder, madeBOS
  • Moderator: Betty Yu, Reporter, CBS San Francisco

10:40 – 10:50 AM               Coffee Break

10:50 – 11:25 AM               Trailblazers: Latinas Making an Impact in Tech

  • Cathy Hackl, Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Producer
  • Pilar Manchón, Director of Cognitive Interfaces, Amazon
  • Natalia Villalobos, Head of Global Programs - Women TechMakers, Google
  • Dioselín González, Lead Principal Engineer, Mixed Reality research, Unity Labs
  • Marcela Denniston, Senior Director, Threat Intelligence, Visa
  • Moderator: Rosa Jiménez Cano, Silicon Valley Correspondent, El País

11:25 AM – 12:00 PM               Building an Inclusive Environment

  • Maria Cuba, Experiences Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, Airbnb
  • Laura Reyes, Diversity Recruiting Leader, Facebook
  • Marisela Rylander, Global Director of Talent Acquisition, HomeAway
  • Emoke Starr, Senior Director of Human Resources, Prezi
  • Moderator: Claudia Cruz, Reporter, CNET en Español

12:00 – 12:20 PM               Fireside Chat:

  • Elena Gomez, CFO, Zendesk
  • Moderator: Natalia Moreno, Univision

12:20 – 1:00 PM                 Challenging the Status Quo: Why Diversity is Good for Business

  • Sonja Gittens-Ottley, Head of Diversity, Asana
  • Yolanda Mangolini, Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Google ​
  • ​Candice Morgan, Head of Diversity, Pinterest
  • Bernard Coleman, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Uber
  • Patty Dingle, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Visa
  • Moderator: Megan Rose Dickey, Reporter, TechCrunch

1:00 PM                                Transition to Women’s Empowerment Luncheon