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The tech industry still struggles to move the needle on workplace diversity. Latinx account for one-fifth of the U.S. millennial population, yet only 8% of the tech industry, according to Tech Crunch.
This event features Latinx leaders in tech who are working to change that narrative.
Join us for inspiring talks from five Latinx changemakers who will share their career journeys, how they reached their level of success, and the hurdles they overcame along the way. They will also impart advice on how we can collectively create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture to encourage more Latinx leaders to enter and stay in tech fields.
Brilliant Brand Club
Pamela Barba, founder of the Brilliant Brand Club, takes you from doing sh*t you don’t care about to getting paid to do the thing you would do for free. Her process, which has been described as being “equal parts magical and practical” combines personal branding + mindset techniques. Her grounded advice has been featured on Forbes and on stages nationwide.
QA Engineer ,
Ximena Cortez received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Aurora University and works as a Jr. QA Engineer for Kenna Security. Ximena started her career as a Software Test Engineer at a FinTech company in Chicago where she was the only Latina engineer out of 150 engineers. As she battled with imposter-syndrome, Ximena thought about different ways she could change the numbers of diversity in tech. She has shared her journey and passion for tech with students at different schools and organizations. She led ChickTech's first Spanish workshop on cybersecurity. She spoke at the University of Illinois Chicago for Girls Who Code. Recently, she shared her story with La Ley's En Tu Comunidad morning show. Ximena volunteers with Nuevo Foundation and serves as AnitaB Chicago Chapter Co-lead.
Karen Rodriguez La Paz
Founder & CEO,
Code in Color
Karen Rodriguez La Paz is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Purple, and the Founder and CEO of Code In Color, an organization focused on helping black and brown young adults gain access to high-quality tech education and job opportunities.
She’s an expert in helping organizations improve their company cultures and create more equitable opportunities for diverse employees. Rodriguez, a lobbyist and current Marketing Director at Utah Black Chamber, grew up in New York City and has worked on statewide and national anti-poverty, healthcare, and immigration policies before founding Code In Color. A recap of her life story can be watched in Netflix’s The Kindness Diaries.
Seam Social Labs / co:census
Tiasia O'Brien is a social entrepreneur with a decade of professional experience in leading strategic communications, fundraising, business development, and public-private initiatives. She is the founder of Seam Social Labs, a mission-driven company working to empower disinvested communities. Seam Social Lab's survey tool, Co:census (formerly Synergize Insights) is an inclusive survey and polling software pioneering the collection and analysis of public sentiments for organizations. Our SMS surveys are developed in up to 50 languages and our sentiments analysis provides deep insights on constituent needs, conditions, and experiences to deliver transformational outcomes.
Tiasia's experience in working with community-based organizations and small businesses has given her deep insights into the complex nature of economic development. Academically, Tiasia is a Qualitative Research Scientist with an Advanced Diploma in Data Analytics from NYU and an M.A. in Sociology from The New School, where she researched civic and community innovations to resolve social inequalities. Her research examines how models of civic engagement are working for low wealth communities. She coined the term, Civic Gap, which highlights the correlation between wealth and civic engagement. Her research focused on Harlem in the early 1900s and two different black communities — one wealthy and one low income and how they were civically engaged.
Celeste A. Barron
Content Development Manager,
Born and raised in the small town of Hanford, Calif., Celeste Barron is a proud graduate of California State University, Fresno. Her professional writing career started in elementary school with her published haiku, and she continues publishing poetry to this day.
From radio and TV scripts, to digital and print persuasive copy for B2B and B2C clients, she’s written it all. After living and working in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Southern California the Central Coast—she ended up finding her true and meaningful career right back in the Central Valley working in tech. Before her current role as Content Development Manager for Shift3 Technologies, she worked for various-sized ad agencies and several non-profit community service organizations.
Celeste also sits on community boards and volunteers with Rotary International, ValleyPBS, Human Rights Campaign, Fresno Justice Coalition and San Francisco Pride.
Latinas in Tech (LiT) is a non-profit organization with the mission to connect, support and empower Latina women working in technology. Today, the group is comprised of more than 3,000 women, representing over 15 countries, working at more than 40 of the top technology companies. The group began in Silicon Valley in 2014 and has since then expanded to Austin, Texas, and Mexico City to connect and support the Latinas working and living in those cities.
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