Inclusion + Purpose
October 9, 2019 - The Hibernia Bank Building
A DAY FULL OF INSPIRATION, LEADERSHIP, AND CHANGE
This year, the Latinas in Tech Summit will be part of the LTX Fest with the goal of bringing a spotlight on the Latina entrepreneurs, innovators, rising stars and executives who are pushing the boundaries to stand out in the tech industry. The Summit will feature a variety of keynote speakers, panels, multi-track workshops, and recruitment events.
Master of Ceremonies
Sarahi Espinoza SalamancaCEO and Founder, DREAMers Roadmap
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the Founder and CEO of DREAMers Roadmap, a mobile app platform that helps undocumented students across the country navigate the necessary resources to access higher education. This is Sarahi’s latest project in a longer trajectory of activism within and for the undocumented community, which has placed her in the spotlight of continued conversations centered on national immigration policy.
Sarahi was a Champion of Change at the White House in 2014, has received 2 House of Representatives Awards, was named in Forbes 30 under 30 of 2016 and most recently on 100 most powerful women in Fobes Mexico 2017.
A former undocumented student who once had to drop out of school to support her family, Sarahi’s personal experience informs her unwavering vision: to help hundreds of thousands of students eliminate the barriers to success and achieve their full potential.
Verónica FernándezVice President Ecommerce and Marketplaces, Visa Inc.
Veronica Fernandez is Visa’s Vice President for the Ecommerce and Marketplace vertical in the Merchant Sales and Solutions organization. Ms. Fernandez is responsible for managing Visa’s largest ecommerce and marketplace partners; advocating and working across innovation, product, marketing, and consulting to deliver results and growth opportunities for these clients. She joined Visa in February of 2007. In her twelve years at Visa, Ms. Fernandez has held various business development positions across Global Commercial Business Solutions and Consumer Prepaid and is passionate about her customers and driving growth on their behalf.
Prior to joining Visa in 2007, Veronica held product management and business development roles at U.S. Bank Corporate Payment Systems in Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Fernandez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. She is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and lives with her husband and six-year-old daughter in the Bay Area.
Anasofía Sanchez JuárezCountry Manager México, Waze
Anasofía Sanchez Juárez
Anasofia is currently Country Manager at Waze Mexico, responsible for creating strategies, managing operations and promoting mobility in order to provide better solutions to our users and customers to fulfill the mission of ending traffic all together.
Before joining Waze, Anasofía was the second person that Facebook hired in Mexico during 5 and a half years she served as Business Director in Mexico and Central America. Previously Anasofia served ad Brand Solutions Manager for Google and was a Commercial Leader for YouTube Mexico where she was responsible for the successful commercial launch of the brand.
Anasofía started her career in customer service at Teran TBWA and Leo Burnett agencies, she has a degree in Marketing from the Tecnológico de Monterrey and has a Master's degree in Communication, Advertising and New Media from the National Institute Supérieur D'Etudes Economiques et Commercial (INSEEC) of France.
Soledad Antelada ToledanoNetwork Security Team Lead, SC19
Soledad Antelada Toledano
Carolina Reis OliveiraCo-founder and CEO, OneSkin Technologies
Carolina Reis Oliveira
Founder and biotechnology entrepreneur. Holds a biochemistry degree and a Ph.D. in stem cell biology and tissue engineering. Following her passion for science and living life to the fullest, she co-founded OneSkin, a longevity company developing solutions to extend the healthy years of life. Carolina is an alumnus of IndieBio, the world's largest seed biotech accelerator, which helps scientists to build successful biotech companies. She has moved from Latin America to Silicon Valley 3.5 years ago and she has been able to overcome numerous challenges from fundraising to building a brilliant team able to develop a disruptive rejuvenation technology.
Asaia PalaciosFounder, STREAM This
Asaia is a curious soul, always up for the next adventure. Born in Mexico City and raised in Texas, Asaia ventured to the Czech Republic after graduating from university to teach English and Spanish overseas. Following her passionate inclination to support the growing social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Mexico, she pursued consulting in the East Coast for sustainable social impact organizations. A Women Who Code NYC meetup ultimately inspired and solidified her interest to get into tech, specifically, for software engineering. While tackling a computer science foundation in San Francisco, she jumped on board to research the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Oakland workforce for Kapor Center as a Tech Fellow. Asaia's focus in AI lies in bringing to light the positive social impact innovations - like an AI-powered hearing aid device to help filter background noise so you can hear and converse with the person next to you. Asaia is hard-of-hearing/deaf in one ear and would benefit from a device like this. Currently an Entrepreneurship Fund Grantee thanks to the support from Immigrants Rising, a Bay Area organization that empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals, Asaia is leading the creation of STREAM This - video content series inspiring the next generation of tinkerers and makers to explore AI early on via a get-started DIY mindset. As a non-DACA undocumented individual, she desires to lend a voice to this community in tech and bring to light the need for a pathway to citizenship. Passage of the DREAM Act or legislation like this will allow Asaia to dream even bigger - become an AI engineer for a leading AI research organization/tech company and, ultimately, lead a sustainable and fulfilling life.
Julissa RamírezTechnical Program Manager, Google Nest
Julissa Ramirez is a Technical Program Manager for the Google Nest team. Her team owns the module
technical & quality readiness for new products across the Google Devices & Services team – from Pixel to
Prior to Google she worked at Intel as a Technical Program Manager on the Drones team, a Global
Product Manager for Intel processors, and an Industrial Engineer in the Intel Mask Ops labs. Prior to Intel,
she was a Manufacturing Engineer at Northrop Grumman managing manufacturing operations on the
Submarine “Missile Launch Tube” program, and served as a Continuous Improvement Lead for the
Launcher SBU Marine Systems department.
Julissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology, a Master of
Science in Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems from the Rochester Institute of Technology in NY, and
a Green Belt in Six Sigma.
A tireless advocate for women and underrepresented minorities, she is a co-founder and the Executive
Director of LISTAS, a Bay Area non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of women in
STEM fields through mentorship and exposure for Middle School students. She also serves as a Global
Lead for Google’s LatinX ERG – HOLA, and sits on the progression committee for Google’s Devices and
Services product area.
Julissa is a recipient of Google’s 2019 Connect Impact Award. In 2018 she was selected by the
Rochester Institute of Technology’ s College of Applied Science and Technology and received the Alumni
Rising Star Award. She was a recipient of the Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility’s 2016
Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever Award. In 2015 she received an Intel Division Recognition award,
and was the recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) in 2014.
In 2013 she was an honoree and recipient of the Silicon Valley Latino “Top 40 under 40 Latinos to watch”
award for Science and Technology.
Madelyn TavarezSoftware Engineer, Pinterest
Madelyn Tavarez is a Software Engineer at Pinterest. Throughout her time as a software engineer she’s built countless features, participated in major rearchitecting initiatives across the Android application, and implemented key cross-platform features in React Native. For the past two years, Madelyn has also volunteered as a national ambassador for TECHNOLOchicas, a grassroots effort by the Televisa Foundation in partnership with the Eva Longoria foundation which aims to inspire more young Latinas to develop and pursue interests in STEM disciplines and careers by teaching introduction to technology and coding workshops for young girls and their parents across the nation. More recently Madelyn has been working on The Opportunity Guides, a new initiative to democratize access to alternative learning opportunities around the country for students in grades K-12. When she’s not working, building side projects or volunteering you can find Madelyn traveling the world, dancing bachata, cuddling up with a good book or hiking.
> You can read more about her journey and work on Univision, Brit.co and the Breaking into Startups podcast.
Itzel MartinezSoftware Engineer, Pandora
Itzel Martinez is a Software Engineer at Pandora and the Founder of the Latinas Engineering Leadership Program (www.latinaengineers.com), a virtual mentorship program designed to support Latinas pursuing a degree in Computer Science and help them land their first technical internship. Her experience growing up in a low-income community, being a DACA-mented, and a first-generation college student has inspired her to mentor younger generations, and to expose students in her community to technology and Computer Science. She also co-created a YouTube Channel (danteanditzel) where she shares her experience working in the tech industry as well as professional development advice (careers in tech, resume tips, what to expect during an internship) for college students interested in tech.
Itzel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She is a member of the Advisory Committees for Code.org and FabFems - an initiative that aims to expose more girls to role models in STEM. She also serves as a Tech Advisor to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and is a Code2040 Alum, Latino Board Leadership Academy Fellow, and a 2019 Westly Prize Winner.
Lili GangasDirector of Civic Innovation
Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center working to create new and more inclusive tech innovation ecosystems regionally & nationally. Her work is centered at the intersection of technology, economic justice, and action driven partnerships to tackle pressing social and economic inequities of underrepresented communities head-on. Her areas of focus and interest include tech advocacy themes such as closing the Digital Divide, Future of Work(ers), and Responsible Technology particularly as they relate to new models with cross sector partners. Lili believes that it is critical that we help prepare and upskill communities of color for the future, today. She was a New America CA fellow focused on Tech for Good, was recognized as SF Business Times Most Influential Women in Business and SF Business Times 40 Under 40, and is an MBA lecturer at Mills College. Lili was recently a featured Salesforce Dreamforce and TEDxOakland speaker.
Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team. She was also a founding member of the Innovation Services team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions at the federal level. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on software and hardware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Lili is a proud immigrant from Bolivia who believes in fostering inclusive tech ecosystems for all. She is an advisory board member to tech focused nonprofits such as AI-4-All.org, 1Degree.org, and Techqueria.org as well as Latinx serving organizations like The Unity Council. Lili is passionate about helping our Latinx communities thrive in tech innovation economy. She was the co-lead for Latinx in Tech Startup Weekend Series that scaled to 10 cities reaching 300+ community members and LTX Fest that last year reached 1300+ community members alongside amazing partners such as Latino Community Foundation, Latinas in Tech, Techqueria and more.
Audrey GaloFounder, AG Voiced
Audrey is an entrepreneur, creator, strategist, speaker and expert career transitioner. She trained as an architect, wore a hard hat on construction sites, raised money for global humanitarian programs, catalyzed the disaster resilience movement, grew an online platform for social services access and founded AG Voiced, a company dedicated to helping women of color get the careers they deserve. She is a fierce advocate for women of color and through her national weekly career newsletter, Amplify, she connects women of color to resources, events and stories created with their experiences at the forefront.
Maxeme TuchmanCo-founder and CEO, Caribu
Maxeme Tuchman is the CEO + Co-Founder of Caribu, an interactive video-calling platform that allows parents and grandparents to read and draw with children when they’re not in the same location. Caribu made Fast Company’s list of World Changing Ideas for 2019, was named one of the ‘Top Ten EdTech Companies to Watch’ in Forbes, and became one of the most innovative startups in the world by winning the 1776 Global Challenge Cup. Max has been the winner or finalist in 30+ pitch competitions, is the 59th Latina in the US to raise over $1M in venture funding and the first Latina to raise $1M in Equity Crowdfunding, and was recently named as one of INC Magazine’s top 100 Female Founders for 2019.
She has worked in almost every level of education from being a public school teacher, a consultant at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Executive Director of Teach For America, and manager of education projects under NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Before co-founding Caribu, Max was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She is a first-generation Cuban-American and college student, and a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and the Miami Fellows Leadership Program. Max is a 2018 Toyota Mother of Invention and received her MBA & MPP from Harvard.
Ana CuellarLearning Designer and Facilitator, Airbnb
Ana is a Learning Designer and Facilitator at Airbnb and a leader of Airbnb's Latinx ERG, Juntos. Ana is passionate about leadership development as a vehicle for driving the growth of organizations. She is first gen, and has a BA from Brown University in Ethnic Studies and a MA from the Stanford Graduate School of Education in Learning, Design and Technology.
Lucrecia IruelaFounder, Meliora
Lucrecia embraces leadership first hand, as a successful business woman, directing human resources departments, as a former attorney, or partnering with individuals, she supports and helps leaders to take their careers to the next level. She helps leaders to maximize their potential through identifying what is serving their purpose and what should be changed or added. She believes that leadership development is about changing ineffective patterns, approaching issues differently, cultivating different thinking processes, and taking action to meet desired outcomes. Through coaching, Lucrecia can merge internal values and strengths with external goals and results, helping clients to be successful mindful leaders.
Lucrecia has 15 plus years coaching leaders. In a simple way she connects your soul, with intellect and body to create the success you deserve.
Joshua TorresDirector of Tech Talent Advancement, Kapor Center
In his new role as Director of Tech Talent Advancement, Josh Torres is excited to engineer new systems of empowerment as a part of the innovative Ecosystem Team at Kapor Center. Building on his work as Latinx in Tech Program Manager, Josh is expanding his scope to help provide resources to all people of color working in tech advance into senior leadership. Josh is excited to leverage his startup industry experience to build more equitable access for communities of color with the ultimate goal of building more generational wealth for underrepresented communities.
In his free time, Josh loves hiking, reading comics and novels, visiting awesome vegan restaurants, listening to podcasts, backing Kickstarter projects, and hosting brunches. Still technically a newlywed, Josh is excited to celebrate his upcoming 1 year anniversary with his partner Kyle next month.
Pamela VelazquezContent & Partnerships Manager, Swell Investing LLC
Pam Velazquez is a first-generation Mexican-American tackling sustainable finance in Los Angeles. Facing political persecution in Mexico, the Velazquez family was forced to leave their home in Michoacán and re-settle in Portland, Oregon in 1990. Though she came to the US as an infant and was raised American, Pam’s tenuous citizenship status has been an enduring shadow of instability and doubt. The introduction of DACA in 2012 labeled Pam a ‘Dreamer’ and afforded her a sense of stability that she had never encountered before. DACA was intended to be temporary, and while its establishment heralded improvements, life under the program is still far from a dream. Today, with a career in tech spanning a decade, Pam works as a part of the Silicon Beach startup scene in LA, specifically focusing on sustainability and financial technologies. Most recently, she headed up community and partnerships at Swell Investing.
Sofia Rodriguez MataCommunity Manager, Salesforce
Sofia Rodriguez Mata
Sofía is passionate about educating, empowering, and enabling others. Currently, she's living out the dream as a Community Manager for a 3 million-member community at Salesforce. Sofía drives content strategy for community programs and works to connect the company’s technology initiatives and thought leadership to their customers. She's also Global Vice President of Latinoforce. This group provides a platform where the Latinx community can network, celebrate culture, and inspire others to take philanthropic actions within their communities.
Sofía is from México, enjoys live concerts and festivals, making more succulents out of existing succulents, and inspiring people to take action around their personal passions.
Margarita RojasHead of EMEA Marketing and Localization, Asana
Margarita Rojas is the Head of EMEA Marketing and Localization at Asana, where she leads the regional marketing and localization teams and works closely with the sales team on the go-to-market efforts to grow the EMEA region. Before joining Asana, Margarita worked on marketing and operations roles in different technology and CPG companies such as Weebly, Evernote, Procter and Gamble, and Colgate. Before joining Asana, Margarita worked at Weebly as the Senior International Marketing and Operations Manager, where she launched Weebly in 14 different languages and worked on the expansion of Weebly in Latin America and Asia. Prior to Weebly, Margarita led the regional marketing efforts for Latin America at Evernote, where she grew the user base from 2 million to 18 million. Margarita was one of the founding team members of Latinas in Tech and sits on the board of directors.
Marina BichoffeSoftware Engineer, Twilio
Originally from Brazil, Marina graduated with a degree in International Relations at started her career as a marketer, working for companies in the real estate and transportation/logistics industries. After moving to San Francisco, she carved a new career path for herself by completing a 3-month immersive engineering school for women at Hackbright.
Today, Marina is a full-stack software engineer at Twilio where she works on tools and services that simplify the debugging experience for developers. She is also a lead on the Twilio Latinx Employee Resource Group.
In her free time, she volunteers for organizations like Hackbright and CodeNation, which teach software development to people from underrepresented groups.
Tanya MenendezCo-founder and CEO, Snowball Wealth
Dalana BrandVP, People Experience and Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Twitter
Dalana Brand is a seasoned human capital executive with significant global leadership
experience in various industries, Dalana has established a career profile that includes both
corporate finance and human resources. This dual background allows her to uniquely add value
to any organization as she can leverage the link between people and the bottom line. Dalana
Brand has worked at some of the world’s foremost Fortune 500 companies where she led global
teams to design and develop innovative compensation systems and reward solutions that
equitably engage employees, create a fair and inclusive culture, and help advance the business
strategy of the company. Dalana is currently VP People Experience and Head of Diversity &
Inclusion at Twitter, Inc.
Dalana’s most important work is serving as a fierce equality advocate. She is a frequent industry
contributor and speaker on the topics of women’s equality, gender pay equity, diversity and
inclusion, and other women’s empowerment topics. She passionately serves as career coach
and salary strategist for women seeking to break the glass ceiling by encouraging them to
recognize their full value and worth.
Firmly believing in “lifting others while climbing,” Dalana is always involved within her community
and supports several non-profit organizations. She is currently a board member for Enterprise
for Youth and also serves as an Ambassador in the inaugural cohort of the United States of
Women where she works within the community to convene and amplify voices in the movement
for full gender equality.
Dia BondiCommunications Coach & Founder, Ask Like An Auctioneer
For the last 20 years, some of the most extraordinary world leaders, CEOs, philanthropists and
innovators have considered Dia their secret weapon. Over thousands of coaching sessions, she’s
helped them tap into their power and move their businesses forward.
Dia helped Rio secure the 2016 Summer Olympics. Her clients include a wide range of
organizations in technology and beyond. She’s coached changemakers at the Clinton Global
Initiative and the Commonwealth Games Federation.
In 2018 Dia Launched Ask Like An Auctioneer, a project to help 1MM women ask for more and
get it using the mental model and frameworks from the world of Auctioneering. Her drive is to
help women be more courageous in how and what the ask for, gain a sense of control and
confidence in their negotiations so they can reach their goals faster.
Dia is a SheEO activator and sits on the Development Board for The Coaching Fellowship,
accelerating extraordinary women leaders in social impact. In 2016, she took up the mic as an
auctioneer to maximize fundraising for non-profits benefiting women and girls. Dia is direct,
magnetic, fierce and insatiably curious — and she’s passionate about helping women succeed.
Annelise Hagar PreciadoProgram Manager, Inclusion & Diversity, Lyft
Annelise Hagar Preciado
Annelise Mirella Hagar Preciado is an enthusiastic change-maker navigating the rideshare transportation industry as Lyft’s first-ever Program Manager for Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) Operations. She is a leader in fostering meaningful partnerships & developing creative solutions, employing outstanding communication skills throughout.
Driven by the desire to continuously make an impact on the Diversity & Inclusion sphere, previous to joining the I&D team at Lyft in September 2019, Annelise founded & led Lyft’s Latinx, Hispanic and Spanish-speaker employee resource group (ERG) for three years. The group now has over 350 active members across 47 offices globally.
Outside of Lyft, Annelise champions initiatives for both the Black and Latinx communities as an Advisory Board Member for Our Collective (powered by the Kapor Center) which recently launched its inaugural ERG Summit in August 2019. Annelise was instrumental in designing and executing the event which successfully drew 150+ new & existing ERG leaders from companies across the Bay area.
In all things, Annelise endeavors to be her best and builds up others to do the same.
Agustina Sartori OdizzioCEO and founder, GlamST
Agustina Sartori Odizzio
Agustina Sartori Odizzio is the CEO and Founder of GlamST, a Virtual Makeup Platform designed for beauty brands and retailers that allows women to try on makeup from anywhere, anytime. The technology can be embedded in mobile apps, e-commerce and tablets for in-store. GlamST provides the most realistic and accurate effects that drive +15% more purchases and +52% more engagement as well as a unique analytics platform providing insights to purchasing behavior and choices. Some of their clients include: Ulta Beauty, Becca Cosmetics, Neiman Marcus, Maybelline NY, Clarins, Dior, YSL, Lancome, Shiseido, Dufry.
Anne DiazProduct Manager, Airbnb
Anne's nontraditional career path includes founding a statewide nonprofit organization, helping open a Caribbean restaurant in downtown Palo Alto, and consulting for the state of California. Her professional journey first started in the nonprofit sector, and her community organizing background has helped her focus on building inclusive user experiences since transitioning over to the tech sector. Over the last 4 years at Airbnb, Anne has been a research lead and manager, spearheaded the initial product work for in-home accessibility, and is now the Product Manager for the Anti-Discrimination product team. Anne has a B.A. in Urban Studies, with an emphasis in Community Organizing, from Stanford University.
Ashley QuintanaPublic Policy Manager, Facebook
Ashley Quintana is a Public Policy Manager at Facebook. She focuses on community outreach at headquarters by engaging and fostering stronger relationships with local community members and organizations. Ashley also serves as a co-leader for Latin@, one of Facebook's nine employee resource groups. Additionally, she is active in her community through her involvement with the Redwood City Library Foundation Board, Spark Advisory Board, Theta Alumni Chapter and recently appointed to the Redwood City Arts Commission. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diplomacy & World Affairs from Occidental College. She is fluent in Spanish and based in Menlo Park, CA.
Valeria Avila GuerreroMaster's in Robotics and Mechatronics, Santa Clara University
Valeria Avila Guerrero
Valeria immigrated at age sixteen from Mexico with her family leaving a violent environment due to drug cartels. She quickly had to adapt to a new culture, language, and new education system. With the support of great mentors and teachers, she was able to attend community college and transfer on a full ride to Santa Clara University. She graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is now pursuing her Master's in Robotics and Mechatronics. Her next challenge is to find alternatives for STEM professionals to practice their field via entrepreneurship as she prepares to become a consultant herself. Her dream is to combine her love for making and engineering and increase access to those who face constant obstacles to pursue their education
Frances CoronelSoftware Engineer, Slack
Belen Cruz ZapataDirector of Technology, Latinas in Tech | iOS Software Engineer
Rosa Jiménez CanoChief Ecosytem Relations, TheVentureCity
Rosa Jiménez Cano
Rosa Jiménez Cano runs Ecosystem Relations at TheVentureCity, a VC fund and Tech Accelerator. Prior ro this she was the Silicon Valley Correspondent for El País, where she is still a contributor. Rosa covers technology, business and cultural subjects. On a personal note, she is also the founder of silicio.soy/Silicio, an online site dedicated to sharing news about Latinos making an impact the startup world.
Cynthia MaxwellStudio Engineering, Netflix
Melisa Márquez-RodríguezeCommerce Android Engineering Manager, Square
Melisa is the eCommerce Android Engineering Manager at Square, where she manages the Weebly by Square app that empowers entrepreneurs to start their small business journey to sell online. She was also the former board chair for San Francisco Community Health Center which works to provide medical care for all marginalized communities in the Tenderloin area. In her spare time she’s also a fitness enthusiast and avid dancer.
Alaska TranSenior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Alaska Tran is a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting
firm that serves government and commercial clients. She has over six years of experience supporting
the Department of Defense (DoD) through a variety of competencies including cyber security, computer
network defense systems, business and system design. Alaska also provided project management
assistance across program offices for enterprise-wide projects including network installations and
Alaska currently consults with a homeland security focused laboratory that supports the needs of the
first responder community in New York. The laboratory provides knowledge products and services to
help first responders prepare, protect and respond to homeland security threats. Alaska provides
project management expertise to guide the successful completion of various test and evaluation
projects. She also serves as a IT consultant and continues to refine internal business processes through
IT system integration.
Alaska graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Management of
Information Systems. She moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2019 by way of San Diego. On her free time, Alaska
loves exploring the city by bike, enjoys New York’s music scene and is an aspiring drummer.
Rocío van NieropCo-Founder and Executive Director, Latinas in Tech
Rocío van Nierop
Rocío is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Latinas in Tech. Rocío graduated with honors from Tec de Monterrey with a degree in Marketing, and 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, and Rocío serves as an advisor to the cultural festival MEXAM in San Francisco.
Born in the Bay Area to Mexican parents, growing up in Mexico, Germany, France, and Boston, Rocío is a proud wife and mother of two and she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, literature, and extreme sports.
Amber Gonzales-VargasSenior Program Manager, Latino Community Foundation
Amber is on a mission to leverage the energy and potential of all Latinxs to create a more equitable society. In her current position as Senior Program Manager, Amber executes and manages the strategic vision of our core initiatives – the Latino Giving Circle Network and the Latino NonProfit Accelerator. In this role Amber supports our philanthropists and grantees to maximize and unleash their own power and power of our communities. She uses storytelling to help shape a new narrative about Latinxs in California and across the country.
Amber is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she received Bachelor’s Degrees in both Political Economy and French and minored in global poverty and practice. She carries a California spirit and Peruvian soul in her personal and professional life. These days, that translates into pursuing her dreams of writing a New York Times bestseller and visiting 30 countries by the time she turns 30.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
Registration starts | Coffee + Networking
Welcome Words | Latinas in Tech + Presenting Sponsor
Opening Keynote: A Dreamer Story
Panel: $1 Million Latina Founder Club
Panel: Getting a Seat at the Table
Keynote: A Spotlight on Cyber Security
Panel: Rising Starts in Engineering
Panel: Leading an Employee Resource Group
Panel: Intersectionality in Tech
Tribute to Wendy Martinez - Latinas in Tech DC Metro Area
Panel: Latina Dreamers
Fireside Chat: Bio Tech with Maricel Saenz
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