Cultura Ambassador Laura Gomez takes aim at Diversity Issue

 

Silicon Valley Latino Cultura Ambassador and Advisory Board Member Laura I. Gómez is part of an amazing team of women who are tackling the Diversity Issue in Tech. Here is yet another article highlighting who they are and what they are shooting for.

How are you taking part in battling this issue?  Share your actions and thoughts here.

Congrats Laura and keep up the great work!
‪#‎Latina‬ ‪#‎LatinaMentor‬ ‪#‎LatinaLeader‬

Rewritten anti-nazi poem directed to all of us!

 

Today we share a rewritten version of what Pastor Martin Niemöller wrote sometime ago when an evil movement took hold of a large nation and eventually the entire world. The poem has been rewritten by Gideon Lichfield by making a call to all of us to (((raise our voices & take action))) to prevent this type of movement from occurring ever again. Being part of a diverse group as latin@s what will you do to make a difference?
Please share your thoughts and actions after reading this poem!

 

ITVS.org shining light on Independent Producers

We invite you to learn about this wonderful Independent Television Service (ITVS) that brings to light stories and points of view that are not covered by mass media.  As we, Silicon Valley Latino, are accustomed to highlighting and promoting the positives that Latin@s do within the community we wanted to share this organizations contributions and their similar Mission as ours.

http://itvs.org/films/visiones

 

Mission Statement

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) brings independently-produced, high-quality public broadcast and new media programs to local, national and international audiences. The independent producers who create ITVS programs take creative risks, tackle complex issues and express points of view seldom explored in the mass media. ITVS programs enrich the cultural landscape with the voices and visions of underrepresented communities, and reflect the interests and concerns of a diverse society.

Jesse Martinez to speak at CGI 2016!

 

Cultura Ambassador & Silicon Valley Latino Advisory Board Member, Jesse Martinez, has been invited to present at this year’s CGI 2016 in Atlanta along with several dignitaries, Corporate & Non Profit Executives and past Presidents of the United States.  We congratulate him and all of the work he leads!

See article here ==> https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative/meetings/cgi-america/2016/speakers

Jose Armando Perez Vega – SVL Collegiate Cultura Ambassador

 

Jose grew up in Northern California in a small town called Windsor where he along with his parents and two older brothers emigrated from Mexico in 1994. He is a first generation college student and thanks his parents and both brothers for his success; if it weren’t for them he wouldn’t be where he is today. He strives to one day repay them for all of the sacrifice they have done for him.

Jose Armando Perez Vega - SVL Cultura AmbassadorHe enjoys playing soccer on his down time, as he used to play competitively before college, also a four-year varsity soccer player in high school. He enjoys running and staying in shape and enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports like soccer and basketball, and exploring San Francisco and the cities surrounding it.

He is an active member of two organizations Hermanos Unidos de SFSU and ALPFA at SF State. However, he is currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain taking Business Administration classes.

Hermanos Unidos – a non-profit organization that engages in events like community service, academic, and social networking with the intention to break social Latino stereotypes. He took the leadership role of Community Service Chair during the academic year 2014-2015 where he planned community service events benefitting the Latino community in San Francisco.

ALPFA – a non-profit organization where he participates in workshops that improve skills in public speaking, networking, resume building and professionalism. He has taken various leadership roles, Director of Social Affairs Fall 2015, and currently the Director of Corporate Partnership.

action 1With the help of ALPFA he interviewed and was offered an internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for summer 2015 to join their Start Internship program. After completion he was offered and accepted an extension for this upcoming summer of 2016 where he will join the Start Master Internship. He also served as an informal liaison to PwC in bringing new talent from San Francisco State to join the firm. Two of his ALPFA referrals who are now members will be joining him at PwC in the summer.

He aspires to become a CPA (Certified Public Accounting) after graduation and towards the end of his career payback by first obtaining a master or PhD in education and teach High Schools students in his hometown of Windsor, CA.

 

Cornershop App shops 6.7 Million USD from Investors!

 

Silicon Valley Latino is proud to share the news that this Chilean-Mexican-Swedish startup Cornershop App for raising USD 6.7 million this past week from some big players here in the valley and overseas for their operation in Chile & Mexico.
We ask where do you see more money going to in the near future? Latino Startups who focus on all of America seems to be the growing trend as Latin America hosts more than 500 mm people. That is a big market!!

2016 Academy Awards – A turning point for cultural diversity?

 

Guest blog by Omar Mendoza:

The 2016 Academy Awards were a turning point for the culture surrounding Hollywood diversity – or lack thereof. The overarching theme of the night was addressed through comedy, music, and the occasional serious speech. Individuals see this high-profile event as an opportunity to really speak to the masses. With millions of people tuning in, it’s difficult but necessary to turn the spotlight away from the individual and onto the bigger issues.

 

Diversity is not only about ethnicity and race. People from all walks of life can come together to create a masterpiece – within the film industry and beyond. If everyone in a team was the same age, sex, and socioeconomic status – the product would be a one-dimensional disaster. To create a masterpiece, you need the perspectives of multiple people from different backgrounds. Below are moments where diversity was highlighted at the Oscars through visibility and awareness.

 

Sexual Abuse Diversity

Lady Gaga may not have won an Oscar, but she won the Oscars with her performance of “Till It Happens to You”, an anthem from the film The Hunting Ground. Lady Gaga, herself a victim of sexual abuse, was introduced by current vice president Joe Biden. Biden used this moment to bring awareness to his #ItsOnUs campaign, a movement that encourages people to come together to support victims of sexual assault regardless of their background or situation.

2016 Oscars Diversity

As usual, Lady Gaga delivered a powerhouse performance that ended with 50 sexual assault victims joining her on stage, hand in hand. Looking at the stage, it is evident that sexual abuse is not confined to a specific gender or race. Bringing awareness to this issue was in itself an accomplishment almost as powerful as winning an Oscar.

 

Racial Diversity

We went into Oscars expecting a discussion on the lack of diversity in Hollywood, and we sure didn’t leave disappointed. The elephant in the room was addressed right away by host Chris rock through his opening dialogue:

2016 Oscars Diversity

Throughout the show, countless presenters and awardees mentioned the lack of Diversity in Hollywood. Although the focus was on the lack of African-American nominees, Hispanics and Asians are also among minorities who do not have the opportunity to share their voice and perspective on film. As we saw at the Oscars, a film doesn’t start when filming – it begins early on during screenwriting. To be successful, diversity has to start in the writing room not the marketing room.

 

LGBT Diversity

The LGBT community got a shout out from Sam Smith, who dedicated his Oscar for “Best Original Song” to the community. Although he wasn’t the first openly gay person to win an Oscar, the problem is you can count the actual number of gay winners in two hands.

LGBT Diversity 2016 Oscars

Gay artists are insecure that coming out would ruin their personal brand and hold them back from the accomplishments a straight person can achieve. As more of these openly gay artists win awards, more people will be inspired to authentically express themselves through art.

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The point of bringing awareness to diversity and the lack of minority representation is not a plea to hire more “colored” actors. Minorities are not begging to get hired – they are simply asking for the same opportunities that their white counterparts get.

 

In the end, it’s not about diversity – it’s about comfort. Imagine walking into a job interview and realizing you are the only person of your race at the company? Would you feel uncomfortable? Compelled to turn back? Now imagine this happened to you everywhere you went. That’s how minorities feel, and many of them are here. If we want to continue growing as a nation, it’s crucial for us to include the voices that have been quiet for so long. Diversity may not have been nominated for an Oscar, but it sure did win the night.

 

Share your thoughts and opinions here or on our social media pages.

To read more articles from Omar on Technology, Diversity & Creativity visit his blog page

Don’t just look for a Mentor: Develop your Personal Board of Advisors!

Article originally posted on LinkedIn by Cultura Ambassador Leandro Margulis

In this series, professionals thank those who helped them reach where they are today. Read the posts here, then write your own. Use #ThankYourMentor and @mention your mentor when sharing.

“You need a mentor.”

 

If you’re like most working professionals, this is one of the first pieces of advice you heard around college graduation or upon landing your first job.  (Stressed out at work? Get a mentor. Not sure how to navigate office politics? Get a mentor. Want to know whether going to grad school or switching careers is the right option for you? Get a mentor. Ad nauseum.)

But whether you received this advice from one of your professors, your mom, your neighbor, or a co-worker, finding a mentor is a lot easier said than done. (It’s not only hard to locate someone with the professional chops and time to help you out, it can be even harder for some people to ask for help in the first place.) And how do you know whether the mentor you do eventually hook up with is the right person to help you with your current challenges, let alone professional issues you encounter five or ten years from now?

Here’s the thing—you don’t.

The reality is that we need more than one mentor throughout our careers. We need many different mentors for many different things. We not only need different mentors over time as our careers grow and change, we also need different mentors at the same time.

Again, easier said than done, right? Well, not if you play your cards right.

You probably aren’t close friends with the all the people you spent every weekend with in high school anymore. Why not? Because you’ve changed a lot since high school, that’s why—you have an adult life with adult responsibilities. And just like you’ve moved on from several of your old high school friends, the close confidants you have at your current job or career stage may not be able to relate to you a decade down the road when you’re navigating the complex issues a top manager or executive faces, either.

Mentors are human—they have their own strengths and weaknesses, just like you do. They grow and change, just like you do. And the people you look up to as role models now might not be the role model you want a decade or even a year from now. Or you may find yourself needing help in a pinch for a unique business or personal situation that your current mentor has no concept of.

You Need a Team

This is where having a team of mentors, rather than just one, can come in handy. Take it from me—I once relied on only one professional mentor. But I soon found I needed more than that. So I eventually evolved past having just one mentor to having what I like to call a Personal Board of Advisors.

My advisors come from many different walks of life. Some are young—even students—while some are my age or older. Some work in my field, and some come from other fields. Some are still working, and some are retired. In all cases, though, they have a certain type of expertise or experience that I’m lacking—whether it’s a deep trove of professional contacts, financial acumen, the ability to speak frankly about difficult topics, or wisdom gained from many years of experience. (Or in the cases of my young/student advisors, it’s often youthful energy and a better understanding of new technologies like Snapchat, Periscope, or other emerging social-media platforms.) This allows me to have a variety of people I can choose from when I need specific advice about different topics at different times.

In this way, my personal board of advisors is similar to the boards of directors that advise CEOs at major corporations. Corporations make a point to build advisory boards where each member contributes according to a different specialty or strength. Why not have the same kind of board for your professional and personal development?

As my own personal board of advisors illustrates, not all mentors are gray-haired businessmen in drab suits. They are young and old, male and female, working and retired, in your industry and outside it.

Your own Personal Board of Advisors is out there, waiting to help you. You just need to go out and find them, and build those relationships. (Be prepared to mentor them in return, too—a big part of relationship-building is reciprocity.)

Ivan Reyes & Gabriel Lomeli guiding Latino youth!

 

We are delighted to feature the work and involvement of two Silicon Valley Latino Cultura Ambassadors, Ivan Reyes Martinez and Gabriel Lomeli. We are very proud of how Ivan has dedicated his career to supporting and empowering our local Latino youth through the work he leads as the Director of MACLA’s Digital Media Academy and of course Gabriel is often here offering his expertise and support to the program’s youth. Nicely done gentlemen, please continue to inspire the next generations of creative Latinos, we will continue to feature your collective work.

Modern Latina presents Fashion Fights Back Event

 

A runway event benefiting Latinas Contra Cancer

 

It will be a night of fashion, culture, and community honoring and celebrating breast cancer survivors. Guests will have a great time as they enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, while viewing the latest fashion, including the reveal of the finished looks from our Frida Kahlo Inspired Look contest. Guests will have the opportunity to shop from our participating local artists, crafters and small businesses and have the opportunity to bid on the many unique silent auction items!

Latinas Contra CancerVIP reception includes some pre-festivity pampering, networking and VIP treatment with an exclusive gift bag, drawings and a sneak peek at the silent auction items. At the VIP reception, guests will meet Modern Latina’s Commemorative 10th Anniversary Edition Featured Latina, Tina Aldatz. Tina is a self-made, successful Latina entrepreneur who founded Foot Petals and is now the CEO of Savvy Travel. She will be sharing her compelling and heartwarming personal story of success against all odds from her book, “From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange.” Books will be available for sale and book signing.

All proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction benefit Latinas Contra Cancer, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about cancer in the Latino community, increasing access to quality care, working to decrease mortality and improving the quality of the health care experience. Latinas Contra Cancer provides support services and resources for the Latino cancer patient and their family; collaborate with other small agencies to provide education and outreach services; partner with health care institutions to bridge the gap through culturally competent outreach and medical care.

This wonderful program will be emceed by community leader Mrs. Guisselle Nuñez, Director of Marketing, Public and Government Relations for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. Fashion will be featured from local Latina designer Sindy Hernandez de Cornejo who will debuting her 2015 #SINDYCollection as well as styles from Banana Republic and Dress Barn. The looks will be modeled by members of Latina Coalition Silicon Valley.

Enjoy a fun evening out while helping to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.

 

Location: San Jose Woman’s Club, 75 South 11th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) ; 6:00 VIP entrance

 

General Admission $35 (After 9/23/15 $45) Entrance at 7pm

General admission includes entrance to fashion show with wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Entry at 7 pm.

 

VIP Reception Admission $55 (After 9/23/15 $65) Entrance at 6pm

VIP Reception Admission includes early entrance at 6 pm to enjoy some pre-festivity pampering, networking and VIP treatment that includes an exclusive gift bag, drawings and sneak peak at the silent auction items.

 

Purchase Tickets: http://bit.ly/1dzzsRp