One Step Forward…Two Steps Back by Cultura Ambassador Maria Hernandez, PhD

 

The events of this past week weigh heavily on many of us—particularly the Latin@ professionals who dedicate their lives to advancing diverse and inclusive workplace environments. As if the national headlines are not enough, this month’s Harvard Business Review has published a series of articles with titles that suggest diversity training has not worked during the past 30 years—not quite a true depiction of the article’s content but sensational titles do help sell even in academia!   There is no question that the nation has made much progress in the past 40 years.  But clearly we just experienced the proverbial one step forward, two steps back.

For the better part of the past 25 years, I have had the opportunity to be invited into organizations that want to recruit, engage and advance diverse employees or to develop strategies to better compete for diverse consumer markets or serve diverse constituents. There are successes but no quick fixes.   Based on my experience, there are two key factors that I look for as a sign of potential success.   Executives who demonstrate a strong level of self awareness is key.  Since the majority of senior executives are white males, I look for that leader’s ability to be aware of their personal impact on others.  Do they understand that being a white male has an impact on their views, their leadership, and their own cultural reference point as they navigate their work life?  At some point the conversation of unconscious bias and its corollary of privilege lets me know if there is capacity for psychological insight necessary for authentic conversations.  This personal awareness coupled with clear data that points to how the organization is missing opportunities is the first step in moving forward.

One of the tools that many D/I professionals have pointed to is Implicit Association Test, which is useful to outline unconscious bias.   The harder construct to appreciate is privilege.  The Whiteness Project recently emerged as a resource for this discussion.  Take a moment to watch a few of these short statements. I’m sure you will find these remarkable young people describe how they have privilege with painful clarity.  They are not all men and not all white.  Privilege comes in different forms in our society despite our strong belief that we live in a meritocracy.  There is no more cherished value than a belief that each of us gets where we are by our own effort.  The possibility that gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or skin color serves to either help or hinder our advancement in the nation is the hardest conversation.  It’s soothing to see the next generation may be ready to see this in clearer focus.

The next step is to introduce the idea that cultural humility requires that we look for ways to understand and see situations as others see them.  Empathy is the new gold standard for leaders.  The national conversations surrounding affirmative action, equality and equity are much easier to have when leaders can see the situations through diverse perspectives.  And as the global economy continues to dominate the financial success of multinational companies, the ability to be effective in other countries cannot happen if we think of American culture as synonymous with human nature.  There are many ways in which people across the globe see the world and we all need to appreciate those truths determine the context in which companies engage in a region’s market.

Once these conversations about self-awareness and cultural humility take place, the best news I can share with an executive is that the behaviors most associated with inclusive leaders across the globe can be learned.  The ability to navigate multiple cultures is a skill.  The ability to engage in authentic dialogue with a person different from yourself is a skill.   This week’s events call upon all of us to harness these skills and take two steps forward.

 

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!
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Maria Pina-Carrasco – SVL Collegiate Cultura Ambassador

 

We take great pride in presenting Silicon Valley Latino Collegiate Cultura Ambassador Maria Pina-Carrasco.  A true example of hard work and determination until reaching her goals and success!

Growing up in an environment where Maria’s father would tell her to speak English outside the home and only Spanish at home, was confusing and it made her feet lost trying to figure out her identity.

 

Maria went to Washington elementary school, where the majority of the population looked like her. Maria can still remember hating ESL classes and thinking how pointless they were. Today she embraces her dual cultures, Mexican and American. Thankfully Maria listened to her father mainly out of respect, and now she can speak, read, and write in Spanish. Although at times she encounters difficulties with accents, she is proud to say that she can help more latin@s. Maria has always been an outgoing and happy child, but growing up she also realized the financial hardships her parents faced, especially her mother. Maria’s mother worked real hard to keep a roof over their head, have food on the table and raise Maria, her two sisters and two brothers on a tight budget. Maria now knows that five kids weren’t easy for her mother, but her mother has always demonstrated strength and perseverance.

 

Teenager/High School:

IMG_5045Although Maria started to embrace her cultures as a child, as a teenager she found herself encountering different challenges. By senior year of high school, Maria was six and a half months pregnant with her son and graduating. Maria was going to CCOC to study to become a medical assistant, and was eager to meet professionals in the medical field and find a job. To her surprise, it will also mark one of the toughest journeys for her. She was not prepared to have her teacher from CCOC tell her privately that she was disappointed in her. That Maria would end up like her parents on welfare and that she could still give her unborn child for adoption. When she told her mother what happened at school, she replied with another surprise comment, “Maybe she saw something in you, and she did not mean any harm.” Maria kept battling internally with the way her teacher treated her and how her mother couldn’t see that her teacher was in the wrong. Maria’s mother has always been strong at so many things, but she was always afraid to advocate for herself, and did little to stand up for her kids. Maria felt alone, knew it was wrong, and recognized that she needed to express to her teacher how she felt. Long story short, Maria found her voice and her passion, to not ever let a teacher or anyone look at her different because she was another “teen mom” statistic. Maria wanted more for her unborn baby and she was not going to be afraid to advocate for herself, for her baby, and for others.

 

Adult/Community College:

Even though Maria’s high school time was a new challenge and the CCOC experience was not a positive one, she realized that it was time to conquer a different fear, to go to college and give teachers a chance. Maria didn’t believe that she was smart enough and she thought it was impossible because a little of that negative experience lingered in her mindset.

 

By her mid twenties, Maria faced more challenges. Maria tried to attend Evergreen Valley College (EVC), but she did not feel the need to get a higher education because her number one priority was to earn a wage to raise her son. Soon after enrolling at EVC, she quit and focused on working full time for the City of San Jose, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS). However, it was not until Maria was pregnant with her second son and the City experienced economic downfall. While some employees got their pink slip, others were transitioned to other departments or roles, and Maria’s hours were now strictly to 1,140. Maria gave birth in May of 2005, and that very summer was laid off because she went over 1,140 hours. Maria for the first time experienced unemployment and faced the reality that a high school diploma was not enough education to support her two children and herself. A higher education was beyond needed, and she was determined to accomplish any obstacle in order to succeed and have a brighter future.

 

Maria felt blessed as many people entered her life, at the very right time. They were able to motivate her to return to EVC and helped with the entire community college experience. From the beginning, Maria asked for help, was involved in different organizations and clubs on campus, and eventually stepped out of her comfort zone.

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Some of the clubs/organizations Maria was a member of were: ENLACE Honors Society, ENLACE Student Association, Honors Institute, Phi Theta Kappa, International Honors Society, EOP&S, CalWorks, and many more. Some of her accomplishment at EVC: Maria was the MC for two years for the ENLACE honors society, MC for the ENLACE student association cinco de mayo event, and she helped her student body government with club rush, promoting special events and informing students about their power to vote. Maria experienced many successes, and her last year at EVC was pregnant with her youngest son. Maria’s perseverance and determination to attain a higher degree was still her goal, she walked the stage Spring 2013 and graduated Summer 2013 with a GPA of 3.7 and with honors. However, the GPA didn’t define her, it was her believing in herself, working very hard, and surrounding herself with supportive people. Maria accomplished her A.A. in business administration and transferred to San Jose State University Fall 2013.

 

From Fall 2013 to Spring 2016, Maria still had other challenges but as her past record to overcome them, she did full of optimism and faith. On May 24, 2016 Maria walked the 2016 EOP Spring Graduation Ceremony. Her three sons, Damian who is 14, James who is 11 and Armani who is 3, her mother Maria, and many other friends and family, surrounded her. Maria will officially graduate this summer with a B.S. in business, concentration in marketing. She is extremely eager to see what more challenges await, and what her future will bring.

 

Maria’s achievements at SJSU winning a $2,000 AAUW-San Jose local college scholarship, both in Spring 2014 and Spring 2015. Since then AAUW members sponsored her membership and today she is blessed and honored to pay it forward. Maria has volunteered at the AAUW holiday boutique fundraiser event, where proceeds go towards the local college scholarship. This year she translated an entire PowerPoint presentation from English to Spanish and was a panel speaker for the AAUW-Strong Girls, Strong Women Conference. Maria is passionate in empowering others for them to recognize their potential. Maria wants to be that person that planted a seed in someone’s mind and heart and tapped into their own ability to conquer fears, stereotypes and negative people. She looks forward as a member in helping AAUW with their numerous organizations in ways that she can to make a positive difference.

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Maria is a warrior! She continues to fight for what is fair and right. She is also a very spiritual person, who always prays and believes in something bigger than her. Faith has kept her focus and positive. Maria is a proud first generation Latina, mother of three, oldest sister of five and daughter to a strong and empowering Mexican mother. Maybe it took her a while to learn why her mother viewed things differently, but she has come to realize that no matter what, her mother fought for her and her four siblings in her own way. Her mother and children continue to motivate her.

 

Other things she looks forward to are obtaining a full time marketing position in a tech, corporate, or a growing small business. Maria is looking to expand her professional development skills. Maria wants to grow in a company and find a place that she can call her extended home and family.

Cultura Ambassador Isabel Valdés appointed to U.S. SBA

 

We are excited to share that SVL Cultura Ambassador Isabel Valdés has been appointed to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region IX Regulatory Fairness Board by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.

Isabel has been a long time supporter of not only our small business but many others and this comes as a result of all her hard work and dedication to the Latino Community throughout the country.

 

 

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Contact: Marlow Schindler (415) 744-6771
Release Number: Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news

 

California Small Business Owner Isabel Valdés Appointed to Federal Advisory Board

 

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco small business owner Maria Isabel Valdés has been appointed to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region IX Regulatory Fairness Board by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.

Regional Regulatory Fairness Boards in all 10 of SBA’s regions represent the voice of small business on regulatory fairness issues. Each Board is comprised of five small business owners who serve as a resource and point of contact for small business owners who feel they have experienced excessive federal regulatory enforcement and compliance actions.

Regional Regulatory Fairness Board members advise the Acting National Ombudsman, Yolanda Swift. Together, The National Ombudsman and Board members host regulatory fairness hearings and outreach events nationwide where small business owners report concerns about burdensome federal regulations.

“With extensive multi-cultural communications and marketing experience working with Fortune 50 as well as 1000 companies, across business categories such as retail, healthcare, financial services and insurance, as well as entertainment and media, Ms. Valdés is uniquely positioned to understand and advocate for small businesses,” Swift said. “As a member of the Region IX Regulatory Fairness Board, she will play a vital role in insuring that the voice of small business is heard by federal regulators, while facilitating regulatory solutions that save small business owners time and money.”

As a Region IX Regulatory Fairness Board member, Valdés will serve as a local resource for small businesses and will work with small business trade groups and other entities to address regional concerns about federal regulatory enforcement and compliance issues. SBA Region IX includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and Guam.

Valdés is the president of IVC, a boutique marketing consulting firm. Valdés is also a VP of the Chile California Council (CCC) and is the Chair of the Center for Multi-Cultural Sciences, with previous positions with PepsiCO/Frito-Lay’s Advisory Board; The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI); and The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) San Francisco. Valdés can be reached by email at isabel@isabelvaldes.com or by phone at (650) 444-3924.

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA), created five-member Regulatory Fairness Boards in each of SBA’s 10 regions. As representatives of their local and regional small business communities, Board members provide insights and recommendations on regulatory challenges facing the small business owners they represent – perspectives that are critical to eliminating ineffective, duplicative, or outmoded regulatory business barriers to small business success. For more information about the Office of the National Ombudsman and the Regional Regulatory Fairness Boards, visit www.sba.gov/ombudsman.###

6 Latina Self-Made Entrepreneurs Seizing Technology and Building Winning Businesses

 

This article was originally posted on Hispanic PR Blog

6 Latina Self-Made Entrepreneurs Seizing Technology and Building Winning Businesses

 

Seasoned or budding entrepreneurs, all of these women have a few things in common. They’re Latina, self-made, have untraditional business models that have been built from the ground up, and are leveraging the tech world in smart and innovative ways.  They are without a doubt changing the face and perception of Latinas in business.  Here they are in alphabetical order:

 

  1.    Jessica Alba, The Honest Company – Making “Toxic-free” Trendy

Jessica Alba may be a well-known Hollywood starlet, but she has also proven to be a phenomenal business woman – growing her non-toxic, e-commerce business into a multi-million dollar machine with a current valuation of $1 billion.  The Honest Company’s product lines, which range from baby care products to household cleaners, are now also making their way onto retail shelves across America, including retail giant Target.

 

  1. Marie Forleo, B-School – Her Life As A Brand

Despite landing enviable positions on Wall Street and in magazine publishing, Marie Forleo could not shake off the feeling that there was something better out there for her. Naturally a people-person, she decided to take an online course and pursue a less familiar career path as a life-coach – a title that she admits she initially found to be “cheesy.” After deciding to develop a newsletter on the topic, Forleo leveraged her personal network to establish a loyal following.  Today, Forleo is a marketing and lifestyle expert, bestselling author, and Oprah certified business woman (yes, Oprah interviewed her).  She is teaching individuals how to succeed in business and life through B-School, an online business school for modern entrepreneurs developed by Forleo.

 

  1. Laura I. Gómez, Atipica – Tech Diversity Guru

In spite of having arrived to the United States at the age of 10 as an undocumented immigrant, Laura I. Gómez has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.  Gomez went on to graduate from a top college, receive U.S. residency, and work with leading tech companies including Twitter, YouTube, and Jawbone. She is now taking her tech know-how to the next level with her recently launched startup.  Her company, Atipica, helps the tech industry address its diversity challenge by working directly with hiring managers to improve companies’ recruitment and retention efforts.

 

  1. Maria Theresa Kumar, Voto Latino – Transforming The Latino Millennial Electorate

Since its founding in 2004, Voto Latino (VL) has registered nearly a quarter-million voters. Founder and CEO, Maria Theresa Kumar, started VL out of her apartment in New York.  Her vision: develop a platform that will empower Latino millennials through civic engagement. Today, VL is stronger than ever and recently launched what many are calling its most innovative program yet – VL’s Innovators Challenge. The program helps Latino millennials translate their “tech savvy” into technology work and is helping pave the way towards greater Latino entry into the Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM) fields.

 

  1. Michelle Rosado, Raging Babe – Engineer Turned Boxing Promoter

Michele Rosado may have started off as an engineer but her passion for the sport of boxing has led her down a road less traveled, perhaps untouched by most Latinas. Her company, Raging Babe – originally founded in Arizona – is taking the boxing community by storm and has significantly contributed to the resurgence of the sport in Arizona.  Today, Rosado is taking her business to an entirely new level with a Raging Babe online store, radio show, and a social media following that is helping to promote her brand to more than just your typical boxing aficionado. Rosado is blazing new trails for women and smartly leveraging technology to help build her boxing empire, which today extends well beyond Arizona.

 

  1. Lynette Spano, SCI Consulting – Triple Threat

After working as a receptionist for a software company, Spano’s interest in technology quietly developed into one of the largest woman-owned federal contracting companies in the country – SCI Consulting.  But serving as CEO of a multi-million dollar IT firm is not all Spano does, she is also a Latin recording artist – a path she pursued after suffering from a life threatening brain aneurysm. In 2010, Spano founded Stars, Stripes, and Hearts, a nonprofit initiative that raises funds for Hispanic service members suffering from mental health conditions.

 

Laura Berrocal is a Contributing Writer on tech and diversity issues at Silicon Valley Latino.  Follow her on Twitter at @1LauraB

 

Latina Coalition’s “Getting to the C-Suite” Panel

 

Latina Coalition's "Getting to the C-Suite" Panel

Four highly accomplished Latinas share their journeys in a very honest and authentic manner while sharing their successes, trials and lessons learned.

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Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley held a great panel discussion that featured four exceptional Latinas at Symantec’s World Headquarters (Norma Olmos – VP of HR at Symantec, Ana Depelo-Garcia – Administrative Director of Patient Access Services at Stanford Health Care, Raquel Gonzalez – Silicon Valley Market President for Bank of America and Ana Luz Acevedo-Cabrera – CEO & Co-founder of Vrenergy. We are delighted to note that both Norma and Raquel are Inaugural “Silicon Valley Latino List” Honorees.

Special acknowledgement to Consuelo Cervantez (Business HR Manager at Intel) for doing a great job in moderating the evening’s panel discussion.

It was wonderful to listen to these highly accomplished Latinas share their journeys in a very honest and authentic manner while sharing their successes, trials and lessons learned.

Nicely done Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley!

 

Paying Tribute To The Women Who Inspire Us

 

In honor of Women’s History Month we would like recognize the numerous women that inspire us everyday.

In an effort to pay tribute to these women we’ve put together this album featuring our Silicon Valley Latino Cultura Ambassadors, Advisory Board Members, Honorees, friends & supporters.

May you all continue to create positive impact for those around you and continue to inspire us all through the work you lead!

Paying Tribute To The Women Who Inspire Us

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[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_amanda-renteria.jpg]260Amanda Renteria
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_amari-thomas.jpg]240Amari Thomas
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_ana-carolina-uribe.jpg]260Ana Carolina Uribe
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_anabel-arreola-trigonis.jpg]430Anabel Arreola Trigonis
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_anne-marie-olholm-azzi.jpg]490Anne-Marie Olholm-Azzi
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[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_beatriz-medina-pratt.jpg]410Beatriz Medina Pratt
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[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_blanca-garza.jpg]320Blanca Garza
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_carmen-sigler.jpg]230Carmen Sigler
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_cepeda-aurora.jpg]270Aurora Cepeda
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_darcie-green.jpg]340Darcie Green
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_diana-albarran-chicas.jpg]230Diana Albarran Chicas
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_diana-campoamor.jpg]220Diana Campoamor
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_diana-estrada.jpg]240Diana Estrada
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[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_fanny-diaz.jpg]510Fanny Diaz
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_gloria-pena.jpg]330Gloria Peña
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_guadalupe-rodriguez.jpg]350Guadalupe Rodriguez
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_ileana-rivera.jpg]340Ileana Rivera
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_isabel-valdes.jpg]260Isable Valdes
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_ivonne-valdes.jpg]220Ivonne Valdes
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_jaqui-guzman-hilda-ramirez-maria-fernanda-perdomo-arciniegas-amanda-montez.jpg]240Jaqui Guzman, Hilda Ramirez, Fernanda Perdomo Arciniegas & Amanda Montez
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_jennifer-arguello.jpg]230Jennifer Arguello
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_jenny-flores.jpg]200Jenny Flores
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_jessica-ruvalcaba.jpg]310Jessica Ruvalcaba
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_jessica-valenzuela-santamaria.jpg]260Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_julissa-ramirez-lebron.jpg]360Julissa Ramirez Lebron
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_karina-deras.jpg]270Karina Deras
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_katty-coulson.jpg]310Katty Coulson
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_laura-aida-amador.jpg]500Laura Aida Amador
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_laura-garcia-cannon.jpg]440Laura Garcia Cannon
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_laura-gomez.png]280Laura Gomez
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_leticia-pena.jpg]440Leticia Pena
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_ligia-urtecho-debbie-gentry-rao.jpg]320Ligia Urtecho & Debbie Gentry-Rao
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_margarita-quihuis.jpg]300Margarita Quihuis
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_mari-castro.jpg]230
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_maria-consuelo-vargas.jpg]230
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[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_mia-perez.jpg]410
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_nancy-rosales.jpg]390
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_pilar-manchon.jpg]240
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_portrailtredlorraine.jpg]200
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_rosario-dawson.jpg]270
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_sandra-jewett.jpg]260
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_santalynda-marrero.jpg]250
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_soco-castaneda-liles.jpg]410
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_sonya-cotero-arriola.jpg]260
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_tamara-mozahuani-alvarado.jpg]270
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_teresa-alvarado.jpg]400
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_teresa-caseras.jpg]480
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_veronica-cedillos.jpg]1280
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_veronica-giggy.jpg]410
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_yolanda-perez.jpg]260
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_ysabel-duron.jpg]200
[img src=http://svlatino.com/wp-content/flagallery/paying-tribute-to-the-women-who-inspire-us/thumbs/thumbs_zana-lugo-porcher.jpg]180

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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Laura I. Gomez interview on USA Today!

 

 

Maricela Castro – SVL Cultura Ambassador

Maricela Castro, was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She attended Andrew Hill High School and San Jose State University. She has been in the Human Resources industry for over 10 years and has worked at several high-tech companies and a CRO (Clinical Research Organization) in Silicon Valley. She is currently the Human Resources Manager at dB Control located in Fremont, an Electronic Technologies Group (ETG) division of HEICO Corp., that supplies mission-critical, often sole-source, products worldwide to military organizations, as well as to major defense contractors and commercial manufacturers. dB Control has a high number of Latino Engineers, Managers and Supervisors. Maricela is very proud to work with this very diverse workforce.
Maricela Castro 1-2-2012

She also takes great pride in helping our community and getting the entire organization involved. Each year dB Control participates in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, The Alameda County Community Food Bank Drive and they conduct a yearly Toy Drive and donate all the toys to a non-profit organization. She truly enjoys her role as a Human Resources professional and making a difference in the company and the community.