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
The sold-out conference takes place this week in San Francisco and
will feature more than 300 tech industry representatives.
SAN FRANCISCO, November 13, 2018 - Latinas in Tech, a non-profit organization focused on connecting and empowering Latina women working in tech, will host its second annual Silicon Valley Summit this Thursday, November 15 in San Francisco. The topic of this year’s Summit is “Changing the Conversation: Empowering Latinas to Make an Impact in Tech.”
The sold-out conference will feature a special address by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, followed by a dynamic lineup of speakers including Christine Flores, General Counsel, Pinterest; Karla Gallardo, Founder, Cuyana; Lilian Rincon, Director of Product Management, Google Assistant at Google, and Cathy Hackl, Futurist at You Are Here Labs.
The Master of Ceremonies will be Paola Reyes, News Anchor of Telemundo 48 de la Bahía, who will also serve as the moderator for various sessions.
These women will be joined by more than 30 other speakers representing the entire tech ecosystem, with sessions covering everything from the future of Artificial Intelligence, Latinas at NASA, creating a movement through women in tech organizations, and investing in the Latina startup community.
The full lineup of speakers include:
- Pilar Manchon, Vice President, AI, Roku
- Carolina Barcenas, Vice President, Data Science & AI for Data Products, Visa
- Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO, Girls in Tech
- Laura Donnelly, Founder, Latinitas
- Lala Castro, Founder, #LatinaGeeks
- Hannah Levy, Community Manager, Tech Ladies
- Ali Guarneros Luna, Electrostatic Discharge Program Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
- Jessica Marquez, Human Space Exploration Researcher, NASA Ames Research Center
- Mónica Simó Black, Partner, TheVentureCity
- Maria Salamanca, Principal, Unshackled Ventures
- Liliana A Monge, CEO, Sabio
- Paola Santana, Founder & CEO, Social Glass
- Marcia Chong, Investment Analyst, Village Capital
- Marisa Moret, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Airbnb
- Sely Colon, VP and Editor-in-Chief, Univision News Digital, Univision Communications
- Lenette Posada Howard, VP Operations, Niantic
- Cynthia Maxwell, Engineering Leader and Startup Advisor
- Tania Herrera Martinez, Director Cloud Solutions, Oracle
- Lorena Hernandez, California Director Community Investment & Communications, Comcast
- Cruz Nieto, Portfolio Manager, Office of Digital Innovation, California Department of Technology
- Paola Colombo, SVP & Managing Director, R/GA
- Sandra Cano, Executive Talent Acquisition, Global Human Resources, Visa
- Laura Reyes, Diversity Recruiting Leader, Facebook
- Renata Naoumov, Vice President and Chief People Officer, HeartFlow
- Claudia Cruz, CNET en Español
- Karina Cabrera, Host, Reach MAMA Podcast
- Lili Gangas, Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center
- Heidy Vaquerano, Senior Counsel, Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP &Managing Director, Girls in Tech – Los Angeles
- Natalia Moreno, Principal, Pramana Collective, Latinas in Tech Board Member
The full speaker agenda can be viewed here.
This is the second year Latinas in Tech will host this annual gathering focused on engaging and leading the discussion about diversity and inclusion in tech. This year’s Summit will conclude with a “LiT Recruit Reception” that will allow companies and candidates to meet and mingle during a speed networking session.
“We are thrilled to see our Latinas in Tech Summit grow year over year. This year’s Summit sold out weeks before the event, which shows the passion that exists for fostering more diversity and inclusion in tech, and how Latinas are a driving force for creating an impact within the tech industry,” said Gretel Perera, co-founder of Latinas in Tech.
This Summit was made possible thanks to the continued support from Comcast NBCUniversal, which contributed $100,000 to Latinas in Tech earlier this year to help further their mission. Comcast NBCUniversal is a presenting sponsor for this year’s Summit, the Cocktail sponsor is Visa, and Gold sponsors are Asana, Facebook, Twilio, Visa and Zendesk.
“We are grateful for the tech companies that are supporting our Latinas in Tech Summit, from sponsoring the event, to purchasing tickets for their employees to attend, to serving as our speakers, it shows that the tech industry is eager to take action on the diversity and inclusion movement,” said Rocio Medina, co-founder of Latinas in Tech.
The Latinas in Tech Silicon Valley Summit will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15 at The Pearl in San Francisco from 9:30am to 5:30pm, followed by a LiT Recruit and Closing Reception from 5:30 to 8:00pm. For more information about the Summit, visit the event page.
To view portions of the Silicon Valley Summit via a live webcast link, sign up here.
About Latinas in Tech
Latinas in Tech is a non-profit organization with the mission to connect, support and empower Latina women working in technology. The group is comprised of more than 3,500 women, representing over 15 countries, working at more than 50 of the top technology companies. The group began in Silicon Valley in 2014 and has since then expanded to Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, Sacramento, New York City and Mexico City, to connect and support the Latinas working and living in those cities. Latinas in Tech focuses on three key pillars: professional development, recruiting, and mentorship. For more information, visit https://www.latinasintech.org/about.
In an effort to continue building strong bridges between Latina talent and top tech companies, Latinas in Tech launched the LiT Career Hub in May of this year. Since our launch, more than 40 companies have shared 73+ job opportunities and our platform has received close to 2,000 views.
Through this platform, members of our community are able to search for career opportunities using key words that align with their 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.
Did you know that Latinas represent less than 1% of the workforce in the tech industry? We believe that diversity not only fuels innovation, but also helps to create better, more inclusive technology for everyone. This is why we hope that this Career Hub becomes a hotspot for recruiters to find the talent they need, as well as a platform for Latinas to take their career to the next level. Since the launch of the Career Hub, we have already placed Latinas in some of the most sought after companies. One example is Paola Correa, who now works at Facebook elevating stories from diverse entrepreneurs that are doing amazing things thanks to the platform’s tools.
During the pilot phase, the Latinas in Tech Career Hub will be free of charge to companies, and we encourage you to post often and exclusively on our platform! If you are a recruiter and are interested in sharing a job listing on our Career Hub, please contact us. We’ll set up your login credentials and you will be able to manage multiple job postings on your company’s dashboard.
Our wish is that this Career Hub helps close the gap for Latinas who want to work in this field. Help us make it a reality! If you work in tech, talk to your company about publishing new job openings on our Career Hub, share the listings on social media, and help us spread the word! As always, we are stronger together.
 National Center for Women and Information Technology, Women and Information Technology By The Numbers, April 9, 2018.
Today is an exciting day for Latinas in Tech. Today is a day that shows that authentic passion and drive for making an impact and helping Latinas advance in the tech industry is being recognized.
Today we are thrilled to announce that Comcast NBCUniversal is contributing $100,000 to Latinas in Tech. This investment will help us fuel new programs that we are launching this year:
- Recruiting programs, such as the LiT Recruit event we are hosting in San Francisco on May 23, and the launch of a new LiT Career Hub that will connect our Latina members with job opportunities within tech companies, while serving as the bridge for tech companies that want to diversify their talent.
- Mentoring programs to foster the advancement of Latinas in technology careers.
- Providing hands-on leadership workshops and online professional development opportunities.
These funds will also support LiT’s Annual Summit, which will take place on Nov. 15, 2018 in San Francisco. And at the core, we will continue hosting our regular Latinas in Tech Meetups and even increasing their frequency, while introducing new chapters throughout the country.
Rocio and I had the honor of meeting Lorena Hernandez, the Community Impact Director for Comcast in California, last year during our Latinas in Tech Silicon Valley Summit. Our admiration for her was mutual, Lorena is leading Comcast's efforts to support organizations that drive an impact in the community and in the tech industry.
In Lorena's own words: "Latinas in Tech’s mission aligns perfectly with Comcast’s commitment to investing our resources in ways that help communities realize the transformative potential of media and technology to solve problems, improve lives and to create opportunity. Comcast is proud to partner and invest in Latinas in Tech for their ongoing strategic focus on empowering and educating Latinas. We believe this investment will help create a more diverse workforce in the technology industry".
We are beyond grateful to receive this contribution from Comcast. These funds will allow us to take our efforts to the next level and further enhance our mission of empowering Latinas working in tech. We look forward to all the great things we will accomplish together with the support Comcast.
Thank you / Gracias / Obrigada Lorena and Comcast for believing in Latinas in Tech!
We're excited to announce that Latinas in Tech will be expanding to three new cities: New York City, Los Angeles, and Sacramento! Each new chapter will allow us to further our mission to connect, support and empower Latina women working in tech.
After four successful years, and with more than 2,000 women in our current membership across Silicon Valley, Austin, and Mexico City, these new chapters will allow us to deliver professional development, recruitment and mentorship opportunities for Latinas who are looking to grow in their careers more than ever.
We want to be a catalyst for elevating Latinas working and leading the technology industry, and we want to have your back in the process. Now we have more places to make sure that happens.
We will be hosting launch events in each city, please be sure to share the news and invite your fellow Latinas in Tech to the events! We also invite you to visit the new chapter sites so you can learn about the local Board Members.
- New York City: May 17 at Skillshare (RSVP)
- Sacramento: May 24 at Urban Hive
- Los Angeles: June at Uber
Bienvenidas Latinas in Tech in NYC, Sacramento, and LA!