Jorge Escobar recognized at HITEC 100 Awards Ceremony

 

Silicon Valley Latino is delighted to announce, SVL Cultura Ambassador and education champion Jorge Escobar, Vice President for San Jose City College, was recently recognized as one of the HITEC 100 Corporate Award Honorees.

For many years now, Silicon Valley Latino has enjoyed covering this special annual awards presentation where many of our Cultura Ambassadors are regularly recognized. Current and past recipients include Guillermo Diaz Jr. -CIO at Cisco, Jorge Titinger – Founder & CEO of Titinger Consulting, Diana Albarran-Chicas – GEO Product Line Manager at Spac Systems Loral to name a few.

Jorge Escobar currently serves as Vice President of Administrative Services at San Jose City College (SJCC). As a member of the Presidential cabinet, his portfolio includes the following strategic areas: bond program for facilities development and operations; campus buildings and grounds management; financial services; business services; technology; campus police and safety; and operational performance of the 55-acre campus.

Before SJCC, he served as Vice President of Campus Operations and as Executive Director of Operations at Laureate International Universities (LIU), at the National Hispanic University (NHU) in San Jose, CA, and St. Augustine Universities, respectively.   At different times during his trajectory, he was responsible for multiple teams at the campus and functional expert in areas of Bursar, Financial Aid, Operations, AP, Facilities, Real Estate, Risk Management, and Information Technology. As a Sr. Leader in the organization, he supported the attainment of University goals and objectives in accordance with the institutional mission and strategic vision.

Prior to joining LIU, Jorge worked for Princeton University, where he served as senior associate director of planning and operations for the Office of Development creating a resource request to launch the Aspire capital campaign. The $1.75 billion campaign required the development of strategies relating to the allocation of resources in support of strategic plans (short and long-term).

Throughout his career, Escobar, a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, has applied his broad expertise in operations and technology at large institutions worldwide. For almost 10 years at Merrill Lynch, he performed global business reviews in Toronto, Tokyo, and London and became Vice President of Global Business Strategies and Solutions managing initiatives in data strategy, systems integration, performance metrics, and cost savings.

Escobar is an advisor to the International Commission of Science and Technology in the Dominican Republic and works with SENACYT (Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación) evaluating research and development projects funded by the Panama government and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Escobar has led the National Hispanic Employee Network at Merrill Lynch and volunteered for AARP, Habitat for Humanity, and other community-focused organizations. In addition, he is a board member for HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Student’s Performance Achievement) a non-profit organization providing role models to students in middle school. Finally, Jorge spearheaded Latino Princetonians, an employee resource group at Princeton University.

Educationally, Jorge has achieved a Master of Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University; Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Thomas Edison State College; Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Rider University, New Jersey.

Additionally, Escobar is bilingual in Spanish-English, he is highly trained and proficient in multiple technology applications and has completed relevant professional seminars and conferences including the Looking Glass Experience, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Enterprise Architecture Modeling, Financial Reporting, Conflict Resolution, Advancement Services, Leadership Through People Skills, Results-Oriented Communication, and Market Data Management.

Jorge has also received numerous awards and commendations including a Special Recognition Award from Princeton University (2011), the Donald Griffin ’23 Management Award, Princeton University (2010), and the Special Achievement Award, Merrill Lynch (1997).

We would like to congratulate Jorge once again for being recognized as one of the HITEC 100.

 

 

Guillermo Diaz Jr. – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

Guillermo Diaz, Jr. (“G” or Memo) is the Senior Vice President of Information Technology accountable for Cisco Systems’ Enterprise IT architecture, technology strategy, and IT services/operating model. Also, the IT executive responsible for Sales/Channels – 85% of Cisco’s business, Cisco Services $12B business unit, Cisco’s “Software as a Service” (SaaS) IT platform architecture and operations, and regional IT services.  He and his team also drive “Cisco on Cisco” – a key company process that showcases the use of Cisco’s technology solutions and processes inside its own $50B business helping customers understand how Cisco uses what it offers. G is the IT leader for Cisco’s major transformation program known as Accelerated Cisco transformation, a top Cisco priority. This focus is to align all company priorities, investments and business models to drive optimal return on investments. He is also the executive sponsor of Conexión, Cisco’s Hispanic/Latino employee resource network, and a key leader on Cisco’s Diversity Council. Through his leadership and commitment since 2001, Conexión has grown to be one of the largest, most relevant and active Latino employee resource networks in the country.

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Prior to joining Cisco, he held senior IT leadership positions with some of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies including Director of Global Network Services for Silicon Graphics, Senior Director of IT for Intelligent Electronics (Ingram Micro), and Manager, Telecommunications for Alza Corporation (Johnson & Johnson). 

He began his career in telecommunications with the United States Navy where a military scholarship led to his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University, Colorado.

GuillermoInTuxHe was recognized by the Silicon Business Journal – 2014 “Best CIO” Community Champion.  Also the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) as one of the “Top Hispanics in IT” from 2009-2014. Other awards include the “National Eagle Leadership Award in 2010, CIO Magazine’s “Ones To Watch Award” in 2007 and Silicon Valley Latino’s Latino Trailblazer in Tech Honoree in 2013 to name a few.

Guillermo&students[2]G is also very involved in his community through various groups and is always ready to speak and engage with Latino youth through his “Inspire Higher” approach. He is also a member of the Hispanic in IT Executive Council Advisory Board and Sacred Heart Nativity Schools Board of Directors.

Guillermo’s family, including his wife Gema, four children and the beloved grand-dog Stitch are based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He is proud to be from the “Eastside” of Pueblo, Colorado and is die hard Denver Broncos fan.  When he is not solving IT problems, inspiring others and cheering on his Broncos you’ll find him on the greens perfecting his other passion, golf.

 

We are also proud to have him as Silicon Valley Latino Cultura Ambassador and an SVL Champion!

Photo summary Q4 HITEC 100 & Awards Gala 2014 – Silicon Valley

 

Q4 HITEC SUMMIT 2014 - Silicon Valley

Hispanic IT Executive Council,HITEC, held their 4th Quarter Annual recognition event in Palo Alto this year.

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Latinos in Tech at the Q4 HITEC 100 & Awards Gala Summit – Silicon Valley

 

Redefining what it is to be a Latino in Tech and it looks incredibly appealing and inspiring!

I have been attending a variety of conferences and summits over the years ranging from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs to smaller regional events for the last 20 years, and thus can speak from experience when I say, that the leadership of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) have come up with a high impact and winning formula. Since 2011 I’ve attended their Q4 Executive IT Leadership Summit in Silicon Valley and each year this conference has improved dramatically. There has been a growth in attendance and sponsorships as well as in corporate executive participation.  It all seems to be moving forward with great momentum. However, the element that impresses me the most is the organization’s mission to impact those who it touches. Once again this was clearly displayed at this year’s summit through its “push up, pull up” approach. The enthusiasm was evident as I talked to the various attendees from renowned, emerging and established brands like HP, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Disney, ESPN, Oracle, Accenture, AT&T Apple, Coca Cola, Intel and Microsoft.

HITEC 100 & Awards GalaThe summit had an appealing and comprehensive agenda which included numerous hard hitting and relevant topics such as Diversity & Inclusion, The New Style of IT and The Digital Business Economy to name a few. I was particularly impressed with the authenticity of the presenters which included Ramon Baez (Global CIO at HP), Isaura Gaeta (Director, Product Enabling & Ramp Operations at Intel), Marina Escobar (VP of Visual Technology at ESPN), Shari Slate (VP, Chief Inclusion & Collaboration Officer at Cisco), Gustavo De La Torre (De La Torre D&I Consulting) and Guillermo Diaz JR (Sr. VP of IT at Cisco). Each person shared the real and genuine aspects of their incredible journeys. Many of us were truly touched by their openness and generous manner of relaying their challenges and successes.

 

As usual several hundred Latinos attend the summit and it’s always inspiring and refreshing to see that these Techies are nothing close to the traditional stereotypes. They are vibrant, charismatic, warm, accomplished and genuine about their desire “push up & pull up.” Oh yeah, I forgot to add good looking, hip and trendy… These are not your grandparent’s nerds – they may be techie but nonetheless bringing “sabor” to the industry.

 

I think most of us have heard the perception that Latinos are not good candidates for the tech job or that there aren’t enough of us or that we’re not qualified. Well, I have to say that my friends at HITEC are certainly demystifying those perceptions. A perfect example of how they are doing this is by recognizing the TOP 100 Latinos during the annual awards gala. I’ll drop a few names from the 100 to offer a sampling of what I’m talking about. Ramon Baez at HP, Isaura Gaeta at Intel, Myrna Soto at Comcast, Marina Escobar at ESPN, Jorge Titinger at SGI and Tim Campos at Facebook. These Latino are not only excelling in Tech but they are also leading technology within their premiere brand companies.

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One of my personal favorite elements of the summit is seeing Latino high school and middle school students invited to attend the summit. This year the schools that participated were Cristo Rey High School and Sacred Heart Nativity Middle School, both from San Jose. It is exciting to see these young men and women leave so inspired and motivated to be the next generations of Latinos in tech that will take it to the next level.

 

 

We would like to thank the HITEC Board of Directors for another great conference and a special acknowledgment to HITEC President Andre Arbelaez and HITEC Chairman J. Alberto Yepez for their vision, dedication and leadership. Silicon Valley Latino once again looks forward to the next summit!

 

Lastly, we would like to give special credit to Elba Linscott of Intuit for sharing her photos for this article.

If you had a chance to attend the event share your thoughts with us here or on our facebook page!

 

Here’s what other had to say about the summit:

 

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The Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) brought together the premiere technology executives together from all over the United States to celebrate their success during the Leadership Summit and the HITEC 100 Gala.  No greater group of leaders has ever been assembled in the technology industry, let alone with the fact that they were Hispanic.  A great achievement for our community!

Andre Arbelaez

President – Hispanic IT Executive Council

 

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“Technology is transforming the world, Hispanics are transforming the technology.”

Dr. Pablo G. Molina – Chief Information Officer and Adjunct Professor, Association of American Law Schools

 

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“Driving the future of America by inspiring Hispanic youth to pursue education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) — Great role models!!!!”

Alberto Yepez – Chairman, Board of Directors HITEC

 

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“I got inspired in so many ways at HITEC, but I loved the reminder from HP’s CEO Meg Whitman about the importance to ‘do something you love.’”

Elba Linscott – Bay Area Lead for “Latinos Connect @ Intuit”

 

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“The HITEC summit offered students from Sacred Heart Nativity School a window into their own futures. They saw that they could “be what they see,” as one summit participant said. Seeing a room filled with Latino executives and thought leaders showed our students what was possible once they finish their college degrees – a goal we lay the foundation for at SHNS during their middle school years. Many thanks to HITEC and Cisco for broadening the horizons of our students!”

Sonya Cotero Arriola – President at Sacred Heart Nativity Schools