Advancing Education, Business, Careers and Quality of Life Through Technology
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Last year the Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion (LICI) in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), as well as several national Latino organizations, hosted the first Latino Tech Summit in Santa Clara, CA. This year we are proud to announce its return from October 27 - 28 at Santa Clara University.
The Latino Tech Summit (LTS) is designed to increase, retain, and elevate Latinos in the tech sector. During the summit’s plenaries, industry experts will discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion, share best practices for creating a more equitable tech workforce, and foster the next generation of tech executives.
This year, LTS is offering three circuits designed to enhance the individual’s skill-set and expertise based on their career-level.
Entry Level: Whether you are fresh out of college or only been in the field a few years, our entry level circuit will give you the skills you need to succeed. Workshops will address topics such as strengthening soft skills, resume and cover letter building, shared resources to stand out and excel in your field.
Mid-Level: Got a few years under your belt? Professionals with over 5 years working in the tech industry are encouraged to join our Mid-Level circuit to learn how to prepare for management positions and next steps to strengthen your career.
Senior Level: Join the Senior Level circuit for robust conversations with other seasoned professionals to discuss employee resource groups (ERGs), community and relationship building, and issues Latinos in the tech sector face. Senior Level sessions will be presented as forums where presenters and attendees will collaborate and strategize to bridge the diversity gap.
Community Based Organizations (CBO's) Insight: -Wondering what role CBO’s play in the tech sector? Sessions with this indicator will highlight how CBO’s and companies work hand in hand to help create a larger impact. CBO insights will be hosted throughout the summit
Individuals of all genders and ethnic backgrounds who are in or aspire to join the tech workforce are invited. More specifically, young adults looking to join the workforce, young professionals looking for additional guidance in the workforce, mid-level professionals who aspire executive level positions and executives who are dedicated to helping create a more diverse and inclusive tech sector.
Submit your Resume
If you would like your resume shared with tech companies in attendance, please submit it here by October 19th. Students who submit their resumes by the October 19th will receive a complimentary registration. Student complimentary registrations are limited and are on a first come first served basis. Resumes will be shared with specific sponsors of the LTS, please note that submitting a resume doesn’t guarantee a job.
Want to be a speaker?
If you would like to speak at our 2018 Latino Tech Summit, please complete the Speaker Nomination Form.
Come and listen to the most amazing and inspiring speakers on technology topics. Speakers are listed in no particular order. More to come.
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Registration will be open from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Plenary: Decrypting Diversity and Inclusion
Technology is universal and therefore needs to reflect the diverse users, creators and innovators that shape the technology of tomorrow – which starts with employing a diverse and inclusive workforce. There is much improvement needed to reach that goal - in 2015, only 4.7% of Tech professionals were Hispanic. Clearly creating a diverse and inclusive tech sector requires a collective effort. During this plenary we will discuss a macro and micro approach to creating a more diverse and inclusive tech workforce, including creating a diverse culture, removing unconscious bias, and recruitment strategies.
Wayne Sutton, Co-Founder, Tech Inclusion (Confirmed)
Ron Gonzales, President and CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (Confirmed)
Olivia Green, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Logitech (Invited)
Sponsored by Univision From 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
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from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Network Power-Up Hour
|9:40 am to 10:50 am
|Be the Optimal You
Staying true to your authentic self can be difficult in a work place where your culture is often times underrepresented. Panelists will provide their experiences and advice on how to navigate the unspoken culture in the workplace such as image, self-care, navigating conversations for a promotion and more. Audience members will engage in the conversation by sharing their own experiences and receive advice with current difficult situations.
Maria O’Hollearn, Program Director, Family College Success Center, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (Invited)
Karina Deras, Staffing Services Associate, Google (Confirmed)
Leo Sosa, CEO and Executive Director, <dev/Mission> (Confirmed)
Adriana G. Bothelo, CEO, KeepCoding (Invited)
Tamara Mendelsohn, General Manager of Consumer, Eventbrite (Invited)
Rosario Monge, Marketing Manager, VMware (Invited)
|9:40 am – 10:50 pm
|Collaboration is Key
Creating and building relationships is key to being part of company change. As an ERG it is vital to foster relationships inside your company and in your community in order to be at the forefront of issues important to your target population. In this workshop, you will learn the importance of partnerships in order to help incubate the next generation of leaders, provide resources and most importantly foster diversity and inclusion in the workforce.
Speakers: Henry Villar, Senior Performance Consultant, VMware (Confirmed)
|9:40 am to 10:50 am||Tech Policy
Raul Alvillar, Government and Public Affairs Strategist (Confirmed)
Jason Poturi, Co-Founder, Votizen (Confirmed)
Marco Palacios, Cyber Security Analyst, NASA – Contractor (Invited)
|11:10 am to 12:20 pm
|Networking, Resume and CV
Sponsored by: Indeed
|11:10 am – 12:20 pm
|Round Table: Fostering an Inclusive Environment
This roundtable will feature a discussion on how to help ensure equality at your company, foster success amongst your team and avoid unconscious bias. Together we will build off our experiences and knowledge in order to ensure the Tech industry not only continues to build and retain a diverse workforce but also understands how to work together to ensure everyone in the industry is treated equally and is successful.
Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO, Latino Community Foundation (Confirmed)
Merritt Anderson, VP of Employee Experience and Engagement, GitHub (Confirmed)
Sandy Visoso, Audience and Acquisition Manager, VMware (Confirmed)
Gretel Perera, Global Public Relations, HomeAway (Invited)
Jorge Plasencia, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Republica (Invited)
|11:10 am – 12:20 pm
|Transform Your Workplace Culture
Individuals in leadership positions face the challenge of creating a work environment that is fair to all and captures the needs of their employees. During this discussion, we will look at the institutional barriers within the tech industry and how company leaders can work through them to create an efficient and welcoming workplace for all their employees that fosters growth and teamwork.
Alberto Roco, Founder, EquitableTech (Confirmed)
Patrick Dupudis, Senior Vice President, Simplicity, Quality and Productivity, PayPal (Invited)
Christine Bastain, VP, HR for Engineering, Cisco Systems (Invited)
Veronica Avila, Senior Director, HR of Operations, Logitech (Invited)
Innovation and Leadership Luncheon
Plenary: Maximizing ERGs
ERG's are essential to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion within their companies. During the plenary, we will discuss strategies that ERG's could adopt in order to meet their maximum potential and to help create change both inside and outside of their work environment. ERG's will learn how to foster a credible, visible and respected group in the eyes of their organization, senior executives and CBO's.
Alex Casas, Manager, Corporate Accounting Strategy and Operations, Salesforce (Confirmed)
Luis Madrigal, Latinx Lead, UBER (Confirmed)
Liliana Gil Valleta, Co-Founder and CEO, Cien+ (Invited)
Jennifer Simmons, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (Invited)
LaTreece Morton, Senior Manager, Product Operations, VMware (Invited)
Plenary: Women in Tech
Women continue to make strides in our current workforce, but there is still much more work to be done. In 2016, women held only 26% of professional computing occupations in the U.S. workforce. This plenary will open a space for women in the tech industry to share how they were able to move up and gain leadership positions despite the obstacles they faced and how others can help open doors for young Latina professionals looking to enter the tech industry. Panel features Technolochicas Ambassadors from Televisa Foundation’s campaign.
Gabriela González, Deputy Director, Intel Corporation (Confirmed)
Meghan Conroy, CEO, Captureproof (Confirmed)
Maria Pantoja, Technolochicas Ambassador (Confirmed)
Madelyn Tavarez, Technolochicas Ambassador (Confirmed)
Aida Alvarez (Invited)
Michelle Glauser, Founder and CEO, Techtonica (Invited)
Speakers and Panelists & counting!
All Registrations include continental breakfast, lunch as well as access to all workshops and career expo.
If you would like your resume shared with tech companies in attendance, please submit it here by October 19th. Students who submit their resumes by the deadline will receive a complimentary registration.
Recent Graduate (One Day)
Recent Graduate (2 Days)
General (One Day)
General (Two Days)
A lack of a talent pipeline, especially as it pertains to STEM degree acquisition, has long been the scapegoat for why there is a lack of Latino diversity and inclusion in the technology field. However, it has become clear in recent years that increasing the amount of Latinos with STEM degrees has not translated to an increase in diverse hirings by these companies. By partnering with our partners in the technology space this conference will help empower the next generation of Latinos in tech careers.