As the year comes to an end, we wanted to look back and celebrate what has been undoubtedly our best year yet. 2018 was a year of growth and impact for Latinas in Tech. We are proud to now have more than 4,000 women and seven local chapters that make up the Latinas in Tech community.
We are proud of the steps we’ve taken to grow our community, and are so grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout the year in such meaningful ways.
Here’s a few highlights from the year:
- New Chapters!
Los Angeles, Sacramento, New York City and Miami now have a local Latinas in Tech chapter! Chapters in different cities bring a myriad of perspectives and opportunities for Latinas working in the tech industry. We are so grateful for our chapter Board Members who are stepping up to organize local activities, expanding our reach and enabling us to further our mission in such amazing ways!
- Latinas in Tech Career Hub
In an effort to continue building strong bridges between top Latina talent and tech companies, we launched the LiT Career Hub in May. The LiT Career Hub was made possible thanks to the support of Comcast, who provided a generous grant to further our mission of connecting Latina talent to the tech industry. Since our launch, more than 98 companies have shared 210+ job opportunities on our platform.
Through the LiT Career Hub, you can search for career opportunities using keywords that align with your expertise and filter by location, sector, and skills. On the employer side, companies are able to post jobs that will be featured in bi-weekly emails to our Latinas in Tech database, and gain access to new and diverse talent pools.
- LiT Recruit
In May, we also introduced a new event format: LiT Recruit, a speed networking event where participants have the opportunity to meet recruiters from different tech companies. This year’s event included representatives from Comcast, Evernote, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Indeed, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Uber, Visa, Workday & Zendesk. We hosted our second LiT Recruit during our annual Summit in November and remain laser focused on widening opportunities for our community. We look forward to hosting many more LiT Recruit events in 2019.
- Leadership Series
In June, we launched our Latinas in Tech Leadership Series, a hands-on career workshop led by executive coach Lucrecia Iruela. These workshops were designed to help members from our community grow in their professional career, whether just starting or more senior in their trajectory. Next year, we look forward to continue creating professional development opportunities for all our members.
- 2018 Latinas in Tech Silicon Valley Summit
This year, we celebrated the second annual Latinas in Tech Silicon Valley Summit. The event brought together more than 300 participants from across the U.S. and Mexico. More than 30 speakers took the stage throughout the day, and showcased the diversity of talent and backgrounds. We had engineers, investors, business leaders, creators and dreamers share their experience with attendees on topics like how to get a seat at the (leadership) table, how to build a movement through women in tech organizations, how to go after your moonshot ideas, and the status of investing in Latinas, to name a few.
We were honored to have a very special guest, the Mayor of San Francisco London Breed, who shared with us her vision for how her administration will fight to support underprivileged communities.
We closed out the full-day of inspiring keynotes and panels with a LiT Recruit networking happy hour and in true Latina fashion, impromptu samba and salsa dancing. Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting our Summit: ComCast NBC Universal, Visa, Asana, Facebook, Twilio, Zendesk, Prezi, Airbnb, Turo, Twitch, HomeAway, Salesforce, Pinterest, Stripe, Uber, Maniak, and Solière.
We look forward to making this signature event stronger and better in the coming year.
Thank you again to all our partners and supporters, and to all the Latinas who make up our community. You are what fuels us, inspires us, and makes us better.
Here’s to a great year ahead!
Latinas in Tech