Katty Coulson – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

Katty Coulson is the Regional IT leader for Latin America and Canada at Cisco Systems.

Katty Coulson - SVL Cultura AmbassadorLeader of a multi-country team, she is responsible for driving the strategy to enable Business & IT alignment and customer intimacy to enhance sales opportunities and business value across the region. Operationally responsible for increasing productivity and ensuring a superb user experience across the region in close collaboration with the service owners across the IT organization.

Katty is also an active member of Cisco’s Latino/Hispanic Employee Resource Organizations, having served as president from 2011-13.

As an innovative leader, Katty has created and implemented a variety of programs with game changing potential for the Hispanic / Latino community and the enterprise like Program Escuela and Stretch Assignment Marketplace.

Katty is a committed member of the community with special interest in promoting STEM education and improving opportunities for underprivileged students.  She currently is responsible for four Cristo Rey High School students being sponsored by Cisco during the current school year.

She was awarded “Cisco IT Manager of the Year” in 2012 and recognized by HACR, Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers program in 2013 for her leadership, professional success and commitment with the Latino Community. She was recently recognized by Cisco Sales Latin America as Support Function “Person of the Year” in 2014.

Katty Coulson -  SVL Cultura Ambassador

Katty is a born and raised Mexican. Today she resides in San Jose, CA with her husband and 3 children. She is an avid runner and enjoys giving back activities, traveling and spending time with her family.

Latinas in STEM “STEM 101 Conference”

 

Latinas in STEM 101 Conference

On Saturday November 8th I had the great pleasure of experiencing Latinas in STEM’s “STEM 101 Conference” hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. I was fortunate to attend the event as the conferences media sponsor as well as a parent because both of my children attended as participants.

Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"
Latinas in STEM's "STEM 101 Conference"

 

On Saturday November 8th we had the great pleasure of experiencing Latinas in STEM’s “STEM 101 Conference” hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. I was fortunate to attend the event as the conferences media sponsor as well as a parent because both of my children attended as participants. The event began with registration at 8AM and a light breakfast. This was followed by a heartfelt welcome and a very touching and inspiring keynote speech delivered by Patricia Millan, Sr. Research Statistician at Nielson. She shared her real life experiences as a high school student in a Latino household facing the challenges of dealing with familia expectations, exploring her prospective opportunities and simply trying for figure out how to best navigate the journey from high school to college. She was open and honest about how she and her family managed a difficult process and how they came out fine at the end of it. Her anecdotes seemed to genuinely resonate with the audience that was comprised of 250 students, parents, STEM professionals, sponsors and volunteers.

 

Once the keynote speech concluded the real fun began as some of the students went into either a hands-on STEM learning workshop or presentation on careers in STEM while the parents participated in a different workshop where they addressed what to expect as their students apply to colleges and how to best support them. The absolute highlight for the students was when they were instructed on how to build a Lego robot programmed to do a variety of actions. My daughter certainly enjoyed that one the best and is looking forward to the next Latinas in STEM conference.

 

Diana Albarran Chicas, co-founder of Latinas in STEM and Near Field Range (NFR) Test Section Manager at Space Systems Loral, spent sometime with us in order to conduct a brief interview. When we asked Diana how she felt the conference was going, her reply was “it’s going very well. For us it’s about impact, it’s about connecting with these young girls and awakening the spark from within them and an interest in STEM while educating the parents on the journey and all the steps in between so that they are best equipped to support their girls as they apply to colleges and pursue their higher education.” We also asked her how they were able to make all of this happen and her response was “It truly takes a village to execute at this level. Our village is composed of numerous committed volunteers and sponsors like Google, Cisco, Symantec, IBM, Chevron, Nielsen, NASA and collaborators like LISTAS, Winton Middle School, Latinovating by Grace Tiscareno-Sato and of course the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle school.”

 

The conference concluded with special acknowledgements to sponsors, partners and volunteers as well as door prize drawing announcements. Silicon Valley Latino was honored to have participated as a media sponsor and looks forward to participating in the next one. Adelante Latinas in STEM!

 

For more information on Latinas in STEM visit http://www.latinasinstem.com/

2014 Manos Angel Network One Day Conference

2014 Manos Angel Network One Day Conference

Laura Gomez, Latina Entrepreneur, interview on Nueva Latina Pt 2

 

Laura Gomez, Latina Entrepreneur, interview on Nueva Latina

 

We are proud to share part one of this interview of Laura Gomez who is one of our Advisory Board members and a 40 under 40 Latin@s2Watch. Let’s give her a big hand in the great job she has done and is doing!

 

Beatriz Pratt – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

We want to salute today’s SVL Cultura Ambassador Beatriz Pratt:

Beatriz Medina Pratt was born and raised in Southern California. It was there that her parents raised her and her four siblings with proceeds from the cleaning business they ran from their garage. A big accomplishment given that Beatriz’ mami and papi had a 3rd and 6th grade education respectively when they left their hometowns in Mexico.

BeatrizMPratt_Feb2014_highresBeatriz is currently an Operations Program Manager at Cisco Systems, a global leader in information technology. She is responsible for managing operations & leading program communications for the corporate quality organization. She relocated to the Bay Area in 2003 when she joined Cisco through the Linksys acquisition. Prior to Linksys, she held sales and operations positions at several IT companies, including Kingston Technology.

While her operations work is rewarding, she is passionate about working with Latino students in Silicon Valley to achieve equitable representation of Latinos in corporate America. To this end, she is Co-President of Conexión, Cisco’s Latino Employee Resource Organization (ERO), where she manages the strategy and direction of a global 950-member team. Under her leadership, Conexión has been recognized by Latino Magazine, LatinaStyle and other organizations for their programs aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Last year, over 1500 Latino students benefited from these programs.

 

Beatriz is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and received her B.S. in Human Services from California State University Fullerton. In April 2014, she was recognized by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) as a Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever™ for her leadership and contributions to the Hispanic community.

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She loves reading, music in any language and as a mom of two girls, is in constant pursuit of the perfect homemade cupcake frosting.

 

Ivonne Valdes – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

Ivonne Valdes

VP WW Go-To-Market Technology Services Sales, Marketing & Operations

Hewlett-Packard Company

 

As Hewlett Packard’s worldwide Technology Services Go-to-Market leader, Ivonne and her team are responsible for driving sales of HP’s premier Technology Services at Hardware point-of-sale.

Ivonne is an instrumental leader within the HP Enterprise Group, advocating solution selling and developing Go-To-Market programs that garner lifelong customers while staying in step with the changing IT landscape.

She works closely with HP customers to understand the needs of the market and strives to go above and beyond by working across HP to create go to market programs that exceed customer requirements.

Ivonne Valdes - SVL Cultura Ambassador

Bio

Ivonne is a highly-accomplished executive and is experienced in building and leading successful global sales teams. With over 25 years of experience, Ivonne takes a creative approach to solving problems of the CXO and has exemplified an excellent ability to link technology to business impact and ROI. Additionally, she has the proven ability to develop and implement strategies that deliver organizational efficiencies.  Throughout her career, Ivonne has demonstrated success building rapport across cultures, levels and functions and has guided virtual teams through complex business challenges.  Prior to joining HP, Ivonne held numerous global sales leadership positions at Sun/Oracle.

 

Currently based in Los Gatos, Ivonne holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Caldwell College. In 2014, Ivonne was recognized as one of the TOP 100 most influential Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry.  Most recently, Ivonne completed the Latino Board Leadership Academy and is an active supporter of the Silicon Valley Hispanic Foundation and My New Red Shoes.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, family-time and donating her time toward philanthropic activities.

Diana Albarrán Chicas – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

Diana Albarrán Chicas was born in Mexico and came to the United States under her parents’ vision of a better life for their children. She was the first one in her family to graduate from high school and attend college. She grew up undocumented until she was a junior in high school and remembers accompanying her parents to the strawberry fields as a child. 

Diana Albarrán Chicas

Ms. Albarrán Chicas graduated from MIT with a degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently the Near Field Range Test Section Manager at SSL, where she is responsible for the company’s unique antenna subsystem test facility. She is the first Latina in the history of SSL to hold this position.

 

Ms. Albarrán Chicas has been awarded the Estrella Award by the SHPE-Silicon Valley Professional Chapter, the Science & Technology Emerging Leader Award by Silicon Valley Latino, the Rising Star Award by HITEC, named a Latina Leader by NBCLatino and Latino Leaders Magazine, featured on “25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech” by Latina Magazine, and interviewed by CNET en Español. She is Co-Founder of Empower Educational Services, the Latinas in STEM Foundation, and LISTAS.

 

technovation Hack Day!

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Build a Game in a Day w/ Beta (SF)

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