Jessica Ruvalcaba – Cultura Ambassador


We are excited to announce that Cultura Ambassador, Jessica Ruvalcaba, will be joining Samsung SDS America as their new senior marketing manager.

Jessica has been with Cisco since 2010 where she started as an MBA intern. Shortly, there after Jessica was promoted as a marketing manager for the Americas in 2011 and has serve on Cisco’s Employee Resource Organization (Conexion) as the Director of Talent Pipeline.

JessicaJessica is an enthusiastic marketer who strives to inspire her team and has been passionate about delivering great results for Cisco’s partners, the field, and community. She contributed to Cisco’s mid-market growth by implementing marketing strategies that align to Cisco’s mid-market goals.

Under Jessica’s leadership as the Director of Talent Pipeline for Conexion she has produced excellent results by delivering strategic events and strengthening relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. Her efforts are focused on closing the STEM skills gap and engaging top prospects to contribute to Cisco’s growth, innovation, and competitiveness. Jessica has been instrumental in engaging Silicon Valley Latino as a partner to Conexion with several activities such as the Conexion High School Career Fairs.

Please join us in congratulating Jessica on her achievements, as well as in wishing her all the best and continued success with her new endeavor. Adelante Jessica!

Pilar Manchon – SVL List Honoree


Pilar is an innovator in tech and a 20 year veteran in Speech & Natural Language Processing.  She has built and led high-performance teams with top talent, developed leading-edge conversational agent technology and tools, successfully deployed disruptive solutions internationally and raised millions in venture capital.  Additionally, she has been presented with multiple international awards for her work in this space and driven her company through a successful exit.

She is passionate about disruptive innovation, overcoming great business & technological challenges, and inspiring others to grow, lead and prevail.  Her strong technical background together with an extensive business-intensive track-record and result-oriented focus have made her a strategic thinker, a big dreamer and a relentless go getter. She is a big fan of lean and product-oriented development, inter-team coordination and value-driven organizations.

Her technical expertise ranges from Speech Recognition & Synthesis, to Natural Language Understanding, Multimodal Dialogue Management, Machine Translation and Language Technologies in general. She is particularly interested in Intelligent Conversational Agents, Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience and Artificial Intelligence.

She envisions a world where smart and multimodal conversational interfaces will improve the lives of billions of people, and is proud to be one of the architects that will make this vision come true.


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