Latinas & Brasilerias in Silicon Valley
It all started with a simple idea in 2014. At that time, both Rocio and Gretel were working at tech companies in the Bay Area as part of their Latin America teams. They had the idea to bring together the other women who worked on their teams, in addition to some other ladies from Latin America they had met over the years, so everyone could get to know each other. So about 10 Latinas gathered together at a bar in Redwood City, California, and they quickly realized they all had a lot in common with each other and a lot to share with one other.
They decided to continue hosting Meetups every couple of months at different trendy locations, and every time, the group of ladies kept getting bigger and better as more and more Latinas began hearing about the group. Soon enough, they became too big of a group to fit in a bar, so they switched the gatherings to the cool offices of the different technology companies where they work.
Today, the group is comprised of more than 1,000 women, representing more than 12 countries, working at more than 30 of the top technology companies in Silicon Valley.
Gretel Perera is a public relations professional with more than 15 years experience in communications at Fortune 500 companies, international markets, agency and tech startups.
Currently, she leads global public relations for HomeAway, the world leader in vacation rentals. Previously, Gretel was responsible for leading communications efforts in Latin America for Evernote, where she was part of a small yet powerful team that grew the company’s presence in the region from two million users to more than 18 million users over a three-year period.
Prior to Evernote, Gretel worked at Dell managing Latin America communications, including a year she lived in Brazil to lead the company's communications in that country. Gretel began her career working at global public relations agencies Cohn & Wolfe and Ketchum in Washington, D.C.
Gretel is originally from Venezuela and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Rocío is currently Director of Market Development at Prezi and leads their operations in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. From the get go, Latin America grew to become the largest and fastest growing market for Prezi outside the United States.
Rocío has spent over ten years in the tech and advertising industries helping companies build their brands locally and internationally, including Mexicana de Aviación, Mangas Gaming, and McDonald’s. In the past few years, Rocío has participated as keynote speaker at events like TEDx, SXSW, Campus Party, Silicon Valley Day and many others.