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12 Latinas Leading in Tech That You Should Follow

Sydney Stern Miller, Sep, 21 2020 | 10 min read

  
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For those nerds out there reading this article I need you to know something. Researching this blog post and learning about these women felt like this scene from Avenger’s Endgame. 


If you don’t already know, September 15th officially kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month in the US. Not only is this a time for celebration, recognition, and education - it’s also a specific and special time to highlight inclusion.

Today I am beyond excited (like girl-gang, Rosie the Riveter, women straightening other women’s crowns excited) to highlight women in the Latina community who are the next generation of leaders.

The heroes of this story:


Edaena Salinas 

Software Engineer at Microsoft, Executive Producer of The Women in Tech Show, and Executive Producer of The 5-Minute Mentor Podcast


Watch
TECHNOLOchicas interview with Edaena about how she got started, her role at Microsoft, and what motivates her.


Linkedin | @edaenas @techwomenshow @Microsoft



Rocío Medina van Nierop

Cofounder & Executive Director at Latinas in Tech, public speaker, activist and advocate for diversity and inclusion


Listen to Rocío and another one of our features (Carolina Huaranca Mendoza) on this
Tech Inclusion Panel Discussion on impact and leadership, by Google for Entrepreneurs.


Linkedin | @latinas_tech



Johanna Figueira

Marketing at Wells Fargo | Code for Venezuela 🇻


Listen to
Johanna’s TED Talk, simple, effective tech to connect communities in crisis, where she discusses her work with Code for Venezuela -- a platform that gathers technologists to address Venezuela's needs for information and medical supplies -- and shares ideas for how it could be used as a model to help other communities in need.


Linkedin


Evelyn R. Miralles

Associate Vice President for Strategic Information Initiatives and Technology, UHCL. Former NASA Chief Engineer, BBC 100 Women World, 2xCNET, Speaker, and Consultant

Nerding out over human space exploration? Check out Evelyn’s Videocast "Why Human Space Exploration is important for Sustainable Living on Earth" with retired astronaut, educator, geologist Dorothy Lindenburger.

Linkedin | @vrevelyn

 

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza

Advisor at Kapor Capital, Board Member at Latinas in Tech


Carolina has been recognized by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) as a Latino Leader and a Cosmo Latina Fun, and Fearless Award Winner alongside Jessica Alba. She has also been featured in TechCrunch, CNN Money, Univision, SF Chronicle, USA Today, and Latina Magazine
. Learn more about her role as a Venture Capitalist in this video by Voice Latina!

Linkedin | @carohuaranca



Lisa Morales-Hellebo

Co-Founder & GP at REFASHIOND Ventures


Take a look at
Lisa’s recent interview with Entrepreneur.com, Catching up With Supply Chain Expert and Disrupter Lisa Morales-Hellebo, about how she is dedicated to fixing the fashion industry's supply chain problems.

Linkedin | @lisahellebo @REFASHIOND 

 

Jennifer Arguello

Senior Product Manager on Work.com at Salesforce. Previously at Github, Kapor Center for Social Impact, Google, Latino2, Mozilla, and Microsoft.

Listen to Jennifer talk at the SheCodes Conference about the importance of
little girls learning to code, how being a geek is the best thing that ever happened to her, and how telling girls “YOU GOT THIS” makes a difference.

Linkedin | @engijen

 

Christina (Diaz) Hernandez

Mars2020 PIXL Instrument Engineer, NASA

Christina was recently interviewed in the NASA News. Check out the full interview here: My Culture, My Voice.

Linkedin | @estrellasycafe @NASAPersevere

 

Selene Mota

Scientist and interdisciplinary explorer of emotion recognition and personalized machine learning, Samsung

“I think we have a lot to offer not only as Latinas but also as women in technology,” said Selene. “I think that we can offer new ways of seeing problems, new ways of solving a problem. It’s just very important that you follow your passion and enjoy what you do.”

Linkedin | @SeleMota

Pilar Manchon

Senior Director of Research Strategy @GoogleAI, Board Member at Latinas in Tech and the Artificial Intelligence Advisory Board with the Government of Spain.

Last year Pilar was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Hispanic Leaders in Tech in the US by HITEC.

Linkedin | @pilarmanchon @googleAI




Kety Esquivel

Senior Marketing & Communications Executive, Principle & Co-Founder of Esquival McCarson Consulting, TEDx Convener, and Published Author

Kety joined AnitaB.org last year, a nonprofit social enterprise inciting a movement to achieve 50/50 intersectional equity in the global technical workforce by 2025. AnitaB.org engages with tens of thousands of women to help advance their careers in technology and also works with leading organizations around the world. AnitaB.org/365 programs empower women and underrepresented communities in technical fields, guide the organizations that employ them, and support the academic institutions training the next generation.


Linkedin | @KetyE


Iliana Quinonez

Senior Director of Solutions Engineering & Latinoforce Advisor, Salesforce

Check out the Beyond Barriers Podcast, Episode 90: Celebrating Latinas In Tech with Salesforce’s Iliana Quinonez           

Linkedin | @iquinonez

 

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