12 Latine/x Women in Tech You Should Know

September 15, 2023
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As we kick off Latine/X Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15, 2023), we’re spotlighting and celebrating some of the inspiring Latine/x women who’ve joined the Girl Geek X community as SPEAKERS and THOUGHT LEADERS at our various Girl Geek Dinners and ELEVATE Virtual Conferences over the past 15 years.

#1 – Aubrey Blanche-Sarellano – Culture Amp Senior Director, People Operations & Strategic Programs

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Aubrey is The Mathpath (Math Nerd + Empath), Senior Director of People Operations & Strategic Programs at Culture Amp, and a startup investor and advisor.

Through all her work, she seeks to question, reimagine, and redesign the systems and practices that surround us to ensure that all people can access equitable opportunities and build a better world. Her work is undergirded by her training in social scientific methods and grounded in the fundamental dignity and value of every person.

Her professional expertise covers a broad range of equitable enterprise operations, from talent lifecycle programs and accessible product development to event design and communications & media. She is the inventor of the balanced teams approach to building proportional representation and a culture of belonging in the workplace, as well as the Balanced Teams Diversity Assessment in the Atlassian Team Playbook. She works to open source these methods for all practitioners and business leaders, and releases thought leadership and tools to create positive change at aubreyblanche.com.

She is an advisor to a variety of groups seeking to build a more just world, including Aleria Research and Joonko. Her work has been featured in Wired, the Wall Street Journal, the Australian Financial Review, USA Today, Re/Code, First Round Review, and more. She also has previous academic affiliations with Stanford and Northwestern, and an appointment at the Equity by Design Lab at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Despite the accolades listed here, she asks that you engage with her work to judge her competence: traditional proxies of merit and/or competence help reinforce the systems that keep incredible people from the opportunities they deserve.

We met Aubrey when she first joined us as a speaker for a Girl Geek Dinner while working at Atlassian, where she joined a panel titled “Thank u, next: How “diversity” gets in the way of gender equity.” Then while working at Culture Amp, she joined us for a 2020 ELEVATE talk titled “Every Job is a D&I Job. Every. Job.” where she explained how we can all have an impact in our current roles, without taking a job that focuses specifically on diversity & inclusion.

Our favorite quote from Aubrey:

“When you take a diversity and inclusion job, in most organizations, you give up all of your power but still have all of the responsibility. So what I’m suggesting is that you go into a place in an organization where you have great power, and then take great responsibility.

Let’s say you’re a Director of Marketing. You’re responsible for hiring and promotions, compensation of your people, the culture in your organization, you probably have control of a budget, and you have influence over how others in the organization act and think about these issues. You can simply demand that the hiring processes in your organization are fair and that they’re audited. You can insist on pay equity audits to make sure that people are compensated commensurate with their value. For the culture, you can enforce standards of behavior and respect for other people. And you can influence, just by your behavior, the way that other leaders in your organization can show up as allies.

So when I say don’t get a diversity and inclusion job, I’m not telling you to give up on creating systemic change. What I’m recommending is that you go from influencing people to bring equity and justice in the world to actually bringing equity and justice into the world yourself.

#2 – Cindy Alvarez – Microsoft Director of UX, PowerPoint

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Cindy is the author of “Lean Customer Development: Building Products Your Customers Will Buy” and Director of UX at PowerPoint (Microsoft). Previously, she was the Director of Customer Research at GitHub, and also served as Director of User Experience for Yammer (a Microsoft company).

She has over a dozen years’ experience leading design, product management, user research, and customer development for startups, and used that background to drive intrapreneurial change within Microsoft.

Cindy has spoken at Girl Geek Dinners at Yammer, GitHub, and she joined us virtually for our inaugural ELEVATE virtual conference in 2018, with an evergreen talk titled: The Customer Is Not Always Right.”

Here’s one of the top takeaways from Cindy’s ELEVATE talk:

“A lot of us, when we’re interacting with customers and hear a demand for features, it’s hard to ask why. But it’s useful to take that step back. I like to announce it as such, and say, ‘Just a second. I want to be sure I understand something. It sounds like you’re asking for this feature. Just to be sure I understand, if we had already built it, what would it allow you to do? Essentially, how would it make your life better if you had this thing?’

When you ask people some polite version of ‘how would it make your life better?’ a lot of times you get a non-answer. You’ll get an answer like, ‘Well, it would just be nice to have,’ or ‘your competitor has it.’

Once in a while, you might hear: ‘Oh, you know, it would take me half the time to sort my data. Oh, I wouldn’t have to waste head count on this position. We could start coding tomorrow.’ When people have a story, that’s something worth doing.”

#3 – Citlalli Solano Leonce – Palo Alto Networks Director of Engineering

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Citlalli is a Director of Engineering (Network Security) at Palo Alto Networks. She has also worked as Director of Engineering at Splunk, where she oversaw the Enterprise Security team. Citlalli previously served as Director of Cloud Security Engineering at Palo Alto Networks, where teams develop the backend of the Public Cloud Security service that protects enterprises as they unleash the power of the cloud.

Citlalli has navigated her teams through M&A integrations while successfully building highly distributed API-based SaaS security platforms.

Earlier in her career, she developed software for CirroSecure, Cisco, Apple and The Central Bank of Mexico. Citlalli holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Tecnolgico de Monterrey in Mexico, and an MS in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA. She’s also an advisor at Techmmunity.

Citlalli joined us for a panel on “Building High Performance Teams” at ELEVATE 2019 that’s packed full of useful insights for managers, and at a Palo Alto Girl Geek Dinner where she gave a lightning talk.

Our favorite words of wisdom from Citlalli: “One of my values is transparency, so as a leader, I would rather know the good, the bad, and the ugly upfront, because then I can do something about it. During interviews, I’m very transparent. I’ll say: ‘I think you’re a great fit. I really want you to work for us, but you’re going to face this, this, this, and that,’ and even in the questions ask them, ‘How have you dealt with this type of situation?’ So, ‘Tell me the worst mistake you’ve made and how you came out of it.’ And you can tell when people have done it before or learned something, and that reflects their own transparency.”

#4 – Diane Gonzalez – Amazon VP of Technology

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As a pioneering woman in tech, Diane began her tech career at Hewlett-Packard as a Senior Software Engineer in the 80’s. Diane is a proven, respected technology executive, currently serving as Vice President of Technology at Amazon, and she previously oversaw Amazon’s AWS Commerce Platform in a VP role.

Prior to joining Amazon, she was Vice President/GM of Platform Services at VMware. She was also Vice President of Engineering for the Online Services Division at Citrix. She has worked as an Executive Consultant with several start-ups where she functioned as the Vice President of Engineering, and served as VP of Product Development at Intuit. She is an active member in various women and minority forums.

Diane joined us as a speaker at one of our earliest Girl Geek Dinners in San Francisco — way back in 2012! Her talk remains relevant today: “Dealing with transitions and change in Engineering.

Our favorite excerpt from her talk: “In my career, I’ve never really met anyone who would admit to being a bad decision maker. We all think we’re good decision makers. Maybe that’s true. I mean, we’ve all probably made bad decisions in the past. But in my opinion, the worst thing is no decision. There’s a lot of analysis paralysis. Probably one of the most important things around making a decision… is to make a decision. You can’t just pore over the information over and over again.

Part of what I do is make sure I really understand the opportunity. Determine the expected return on investment — is the return sufficient to out weight other possibilities? What is the opportunity cost for investing in this instead of something else? You could be doing something really cool, but completely miss out on another opportunity. You have to really understand and think about what that means to you. Solicit different opinions. Have a sounding board, share your thought process, get feedback. Then step back, look at the facts, and make the decision. People get caught up in the should I, or shouldn’t I, and you just have to be bold sometimes and make those decisions.”

#5 – Geysa Dantas – ServiceNow VP of Product Management

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Geysa is the Vice President of Product Management at ServiceNow. Previously, she served as Senior Director of Product Management, Customer Experience at AppDynamics. She also worked at Adobe and Get Satisfaction as a Director of Product Management.

Originally from Brazil, Geysa graduated in the top 5% of her class from Universidade Federal da Bahia with a degree in Computer Science. She started her career as a programmer, but later went back to school to get her MBA in Marketing and Finance and then switched careers to move from development to Product Management. Through a series of big and small companies, Geysa found herself at AppDynamics to rejoin their CEO David Wadhwani who she worked closely with at Adobe, to build AppDynamics Customer Experience.

#6 – Jessica Dene Earley-Cha

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Jessica (she/her) is a Latina developer, educator and advocate in tech. Most recently, she served as a developer relations engineer at Google, connecting with developers and creating resources. She is on the board of Girl Develop It and a Women Techmakers ambassador. Jessica worked with at-risk youth and adults facing mental health challenges before pivoting to working in tech.

At our recent ELEVATE Virtual Conference & Career Fair on September 6th, she shared her 7-step tried-and-proven process for excelling in technical interviews. She covered whiteboarding tips and tricks, how to navigate difficult questions, and resources for frontend and systems architecture.

Our favorite advice from Jessica: Next time you get stumped during a whiteboarding exercise, don’t panic. You’re not going to say “I don’t know,” and you don’t have to apologize or feel bad for not instantly knowing the answer or the next step. Instead, try: “Hmmmm. This is interesting.

Saying “this is interesting” buys you time.

Now you can think about it, or discuss why you find it interesting. You can think through it out loud, or turn it into a collaborative discussion without getting flustered.

Don’t let getting stumped on a whiteboard — which isn’t even part of the actual job — ruin an otherwise great interview!

#7 – Jomayra Herrera – Reach Capital Partner

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Jomayra has experience working with early and growth-stage companies both as an investor and an operator. She is currently a Partner at Reach Capital, and sits on the Board of Directors at both SomosVC and WorkWhile. Previously, she was a Principal at Cowboy Ventures, and prior to that, she spent nearly 3 years as an investor at Emerson Collective.

As an early hire on the investing team, she played an important role in creating internal processes, building key investment theses, and helping to grow the team. During her time there, she worked on a diverse range of investments, including traditional venture investments and buyouts, and developed a special interest in companies tackling issues related to the Future of Work. She also worked at BloomBoard, an early-stage education technology company, where she focused on customer success and growth.

She is incredibly passionate about partnering with entrepreneurs to help grow and scale their companies.

At ELEVATE 2020, Jomayra gave a talk on “The Link Between the Future of Work, Education and Care:”

“We’re seeing a flipping of the whole employment model on its head, which is the ability to not even rely on the concept of an employer to generate income. Self-employment isn’t new, but what is new are platforms that help to enable new types of self-employment. So if you’re a writer, you no longer have to rely on large publishers to monetize your writing. You can use Substack. If you are an educator and you want to teach about art or poetry or creative writing, you can use Outschool and generate either supplemental income, or something that actually generates a majority of your income and have that optionality on your own. We’re moving into a world where you have more ownership over your career than ever before. And with the rise of options, the rise of data, and the rise of having access to communities that can help you, we have the ability to be more conscious workers.”

#8 – Lili Gangas – Kapor Center Chief Technology Community Officer

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Lili is the Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact. In her role, Lili helps catalyze Oakland’s emergence as a social impact hub of tech done right – where tech, diverse talent, and action driven partnerships can tackle pressing social and economic inequities of our communities head-on.

Lili advises inclusive tech entrepreneurship ecosystem building activities Oakland initiatives such as Oakland Startup Network, TechHire Oakland, Latinx in Tech, Kapor Center Innovation Lab.

Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team, based out of Silicon Valley, building bridges between startups and commercial clients. 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 is a proud immigrant from Bolivia who believes in fostering inclusive tech ecosystems for all. She’s been an active Startup Weekend organizer – helping launch Women’s Edition, Impact Edition, and Latinx in Tech Editions. She also helped organize the first ever TEDxOakland. She is an advisor to tech focused nonprofits such as AI-4-All.org, 1Degree.org and Dreamwakers.org.

Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and Systems Engineering Certification from UCLA Extension.

In her 2019 Girl Geek X talk, “Tech Stayers & Leavers,” Lili shared some poignant advice for managers and execs who want to stop women from leaving their companies:

“If you’re a C-Suite exec at a tech company, or you’re a manager, there are ways that you can directly really help create a more level playing field for everybody in your workplace, and ultimately, women, we really just want to have equal pay. We cannot believe that we’re in 2019 and we still have issues that we’re still being underpaid. Specifically, Latinas in the US are significantly underpaid. They’re about 56 cents on the dollar compared to a white male.

Second, improving company leadership is critical. Without having the C-Suite, the CEO, and also the managers across the different angles being able to advocate and really create and put forward new policies… this is going to continue. We have to lead by example. 

Promotion is also important. This is an area where a lot of women that were surveyed, specifically expressed that this is why they were leaving, in addition to wanting to have a better work/life balance. If you’re not finding the opportunity internally, you’re going to leave. But sometimes if your job at the moment is providing you a great work/life flexibility, it’s harder to make that change. Sometimes our careers start plateauing, but we have to be mindful that there are other opportunities and options. Ultimately, we just want to have a much more positive and respectful work environment.”

#9 – Luiza Pena – Cadence Lead Application Engineer

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Luiza is a Lead Formal Verification Engineer at Cadence Design Systems in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She is working in the Semiconductor industry by driving usage success and business across several top notch US-based companies remotely. She believes women can boost their career through good strategies and overcome the networking challenges of remote work. With this mindset, she has worked with mentorship and career counseling volunteer projects for STEM women inside and outside Brazil.

Luiza joined us on International Women’s Day at ELEVATE 2023 to share her top career advice: “The 4 Allies You Need to Boost Your Career.”

Our fave quote from Luiza’s talk: “You need to build self-awareness by understanding your position and where you can go in the company – what are your strengths and where can you get with these skills that you can stand out? And you always need to work on your personal branding so people see what you’re doing and the results that you’re getting. And you need to understand who are the key people that are going to help you amplify your impact and take the next step in your career. This is stakeholder’s awareness. Be intentional and pro-actively connect with the people who can help your career.

#10 – Maria Lucena – Fidelity Investments Director of Architecture

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Maria is a Director of Architecture at Fidelity Investments, and has been in Software Development for over a decade. She started as a freelance web developer in 2009, with only a Web Development Diploma.

As a working mom/wife with limited education, she had to build her skills and learn on the job. HTML, CSS, JavaScript with MySQL were her bread and butter.

Once she had a solid portfolio, she landed a compelling opportunity at Santander Bank in Boston. After working with Java, Oracle, Microsoft SQL servers, and Angular 1, Maria was ready for her next adventure.

In 2015, she was going to school part-time for her Associate’s in IT and landed a job at Fidelity Investments. Here’s where Maria’s career took off. She is a full-stack engineer, but her best work has been backend work, which is where she prefers to spend her days. In the last two years, she has applied for two patents with a college at Fidelity, one of which has been accepted.

During our ELEVATE 2022 Virtual Conference, Maria partnered with her colleague Divya Mahajan (Director of Architecture at Fidelity Investments) to give a tech talk on “AWS, GraphQL, with Apollo, Vue.JS: Delivering Enterprise-Grade Applications.

#11 – Rocio Montes – Github Senior Engineering Manager

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Rocio is a Senior Engineering Manager at Github. She leads the Actions Compute team, ensuring the massive capacity required to power Actions runners. Prior to this role, she was engineering manager and tech lead for inner source and open source at Intuit. She is a true community builder, and works to connect and collaborate with software engineers to deliver amazing end-to-end solutions.

She is also currently Co-Chair for Grace Hopper Conference’ Open Source Day.

Outside of work, Rocio is the Co-founder of “Emar”, a small business with a mission to connect US small businesses with technology needs to software engineering interns in Peru.

We’ve featured Rocio as a speaker at multiple Girl Geek X events! Her first session was an engaging conversation with Intuit CTO Marianna Tessel, titled “How to Quickly Ramp Up on Open Source.”
Rocio was invited back again for our March 2022 International Women’s Day conference, and spoke on a career panel: “It’s A Hot Job Market. Do You Stay or Do You Leave?

Our favorite takeaway from Rocio’s talks: When planning your next career move or making a big decision, go back to “What are you passionate about? What excites you in the morning?”

Let what you’re passionate about drive you to really find the right role or company, and to make the leap to changing roles.

#12 – Sandra Lopez – Microsoft GM / VP / CMO

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Sandra is an internationally recognized business leader, currently serving as GM/VP/CMO at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft, she built an impressive career at Intel spanning nearly 16 years and leading multiple departments. Most recently, she held the role of Vice President for Intel Sports and Media, responsible for partnering with the sports and media industry to provide the future fans and consumers with the next generation of immersive media experiences. Her team at Intel was focused on leading the business, marketing, and market development efforts of Intel Sports and Intel Studios.

She also previously worked within Intel’s New Technology Group, leading and managing the Fashion wearable business. In this role, she was a vocal advocate for the convergence between fashion and technology. Earlier in her Intel career, she held various roles within corporate marketing, including director of new business marketing and director of consumer marketing. In the latter role, she led Intel’s brand repositioning work to earn an Intel Achievement Award in 2010. She also earned industry honors.

Before joining Intel in 2005, she worked at Adobe Systems Inc., Macromedia, Computer Associates International Inc. and several other technology companies where she earned a reputation for transforming and growing businesses. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in economics and textiles and clothing from the University of California at Davis. In addition, she attended the Stanford Intel Accelerator Program. As part of contributing to the community, she is focused on building the next generation of women leaders and is a vocal advocate for equality.

Since 2018, Sandra has co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on AR/VR. She has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Latinas” (ALPFA), Most Powerful Women in Tech” (National Diversity Council), “Top Women in Media” (Cynopsis), “Top 10 Latina Executives” (LatinaStyle), “Top 100 Most Influential Latina” (Latino Leaders) , “Most Influential and Notable Hispanic Professionals in Information Technology” (HiTec) and “Game Changer” (Sports Business Journal).

Sandra has spoken at several Girl Geek X events going back as far as 2015, including our 2019 ELEVATE International Women’s Day Virtual Conference, where she shared poignant advice on being yourself in her keynote talk: “Being Unapologetically You.

One of our favorite takeaways from Sandra’s talks: “If I could go back and advise my younger self, my advice would be… be your unapologetic you.

In being yourself, in refusing to assimilate or mold yourself to your surroundings, once you stop trying so hard to fit it… you discover what you’re capable of. In the process, you gain confidence, and you find your voice.

“As a Latina, when you’re born, the culture tells you never to challenge seniority. But challenging seniority in a corporate setting is really about intellectual curiosity, and trying to do what’s right for the business. And so, I have found the confidence and the voice to have those conversations by being my unapologetic self.”

Honorable Mentions – Latine/X Women We’d Love to Hear From!

The above list is just a snapshot of the dozens of remarkable Latine/X leaders and innovators who’ve joined us at Girl Geek X / Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners over the past 15+ years. There are many more we’d love to invite back to speak again, or feature at a Girl Geek event for the first time!

Adriana Rojas Garzón – Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Bain Capital

Alejandra Meza – Head of Product Design, Huckleberry Labs

Alma Islas – Global Deployment Manager & Co-Founder of Oracle Latinos Alliance, Oracle

Amy Jiménez Márquez – VP of Experience Design, Zillow

Ana Arriola – Director of Product Design, AI & Insights, Cloud + AI, Microsoft

Ana Corrales – Chief Operating Officer, Google Consumer Hardware

Ana Pompa Alarcón – CEO, Founders Registry

Annie Benitez Pelaez – Vice President of Product Management, Genesys

Beatriz Copelli – SVP, CIO North America, Danone

Carolina Barcenas – Head of Platform Data Science, Airbnb

Carolina Galleguillos – Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Google

Catalina LaverdeEngineering Manager at Spotify

Christina Cuarón – Managing & Chief Operating Officer, Core Technology Infrastructure, Bank of America

Claudia Barrera – Senior Vice President Global Applications, Colgate-Palmolive

Cristina Rodriguez – VP / GM, Wireless Access Network Division, Intel Corporation

Cristina Rufeisen – Senior Director IT, Program Management, Electronic Arts (EA)

Cynthia Maxwell – Vice President of Software Engineering, Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology

Dena R. Jones – Vice President, Office of the CIO, Fannie Mae

Denise Hernandez – Program Manager, Artificial Intelligence, Meta

Diana Centeno-Gomez, Chief, Smart Sensing and Electronics Systems Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center

Diana Toscas – Director of Engineering, Developer Productivity & Operations, PayPal Checkout

Diana TrujilloAerospace Engineer & Flight Director, Artemis Program, NASA

Élida Cruz – Vice President, Head of Business Experience Design, Capital One

Elizabeth Agosto – COO, Global Cybersecurity, BNY Mellon

Ester Peña – VP, Software Engineering, Travelers

Evelyn Miralles – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Xploration LLC

Gloria Candelario Hossri – Associate Vice President, Digital Supply Chain, Merck

Grecia Castaldi – Director of Community, Women Who Code

Gretel Perera – Co-Founder, Latinas in Technology

Guayente Sanmartin – General Manager, Global Head of Commercial Systems & Displays Solutions, HP

Gyssela Moreno-Stephens – Strategy and Integration, Business Execution Director, Wells Fargo

Ina Fried – Chief Technology Correspondent, Axios

Irma Olguin Jr. – Co-Founder & CEO, Bitwise Industries

Jacqueline Guichelaar – Customer Experience Officer, APAC, Cisco

Julie AcostaSenior Web Analytics Manager, AutoZone

Katia Beauchamp – CEO, Victoria Beckham Beauty & Co-Founder, Birchbox

Katty Coulson – Vice President IT & CIO, Oracle NetSuite

Keria Bermúdez-Hernández, PhD – Principal Data Scientist, Sonos

Kristen Sonday – Co-Founder, Paladin

Lidia Fonseca – Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Executive Vice President, Pfizer

Lidiane Jones – CEO, Slack (Salesforce)

Lidia Santos – Vice President of Information Technology, UPS

Lilian Rincon – Senior Director of Product Management, Google

Lisa Morales-Hellebo – Co-Founder, The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation / Co-Founder & General Partner, REFASHIOND Ventures

Liz Munoz – Chief Creative Officer, Torrid

Loni Olazaba – Director, Technical Recruiting, Robinhood

Lori Castillo Martinez – EVP & Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce

Lynette Midy Senior Director Of Engineering, SpotHero

Marcela Escobar Alava – Deputy CIO, White House, Executive Office of the President

Maria Cuba – Director, Community Partnerships, Airbnb

Mariely Bandas-Franzetti – Vice President, Information Technology, Cisco

May Garcia – Senior Producer, Internal Game Studios, Netflix

Megan Hogan – Global Head of Talent & Chief Diversity Officer, Goldman Sachs

Miriam Flores – Software Engineer III, BlackRock

Monica Caldas – EVP, Global Chief Information Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Monica Esparza Younger – Vice President, Dell Financial Services IT, Dell Technologies

Nellie Borrero – Managing Director, Senior Strategic Advisor – Global Inclusion & Diversity, Accenture

Patty Arvielo – Co-Founder & President, New American Funding

Pilar Manchón, PhD – Senior Director of Engineering, AI Research Strategy, Google

Rachel ten Brink – General Partner & Co-Founder, Red Bike Capital

Roasanna Durruthy – VP, Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, LinkedIn

Rocío Medina van Nierop – CEO & Co-Founder, Latinas in Tech

Rosa Gonzalez Welton – Director of Product Management, Intuit

Sandra Mosquera – Vice President & API Marketplace Product Manager, JP Morgan Chase

Sandra Rivera – Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Data Center and AI Group, Intel Corporation

Sarah Ricketts – Director Business Solutions, Intuit Mailchimp

Susan Doniz – Chief Information Officer, Boeing

Tanya Menendez – Co-Founder & CEO, Snowball Wealth

Tatiana Dominguez – Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Deloitte

Thamara Ramirez-Walker – Global Vice President Sustainability ESG Marketing, SAP

Want to speak at a future Girl Geek X event or know someone who should?

We’re always looking for inspiring stories, unique voices, and helpful insights from both new and established speakers! We host IRL events in the San Francisco Bay Area, plus virtual events every quarter, and submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Read about what types of talks we’re looking for, then submit your speaker proposal here!

We also accept speaker suggestions/nominations, so if there’s an awesome Latine/X woman or non-binary individual you think we should invite to speak at a future Girl Geek X event, head on over to our LinkedIn post and tag her in the comments!

Plus We Have Bay Area Volunteer Opportunities for Latine/X Month!

On Monday, October 2, 2023 (1:00pm-2:30pm), Girl Geek X Community Volunteers will read books to 2-3 elementary school classes that celebrate Latine/x culture in a 90-minute volunteer shift. Books and sample questions to guide conversations are provided by the nonprofit Oakland Public Education Fund.

Volunteers do not need to identify as Latine/x to participate, and those who do identify as such are encouraged to participate and share about their culture with students.


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