Edward James Olmos interview (Part 2)

Silicon Vally Latino had the pleasure of spending some time with the one and only Edward James Olmos prior to his interview with Cultura Ambassador Rick Najera as part of the Latino Thought Makers series. Mr. Olmos was gracious enough to allow our intern Roberto Alvarez, sophomore at the Luis Valdez Leadership Academy, to interview him. Roberto asked some great questions and Mr. Olmos shared outstanding wisdom with him. Take a moment to view the interview and share it with those in your networks.

Great job Roberto!

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

Carlos Barraza – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

Silicon Valley Latino is delighted to present our latest Collegiate Cultura Ambassador, Carlos Barraza. Carlos is a dynamic, vibrant and focused young man who is currently a third-year student at San Jose State University. He is pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Business Management. He lived in El Salvador for seven years where he was immersed in the Latino culture and learned to perfect his Spanish.

Carlos Barraza - SVL Cultura Ambassador

Residing in a different country inspired his travels to various countries and to study the intersection of business and culture, specifically to investigate how culture impacts business practices, strategies and approaches. Carlos has been able to apply these unique insights in his classes on business and human behavior. Throughout the past couple of years he has also held various jobs that have allowed him to experiment and apply different project management skills in roles such as a high school substitute teacher, marketing intern (at a startup) and a street team member for a Major League Soccer (MLS) team.

 

These experiences coupled with his initiative and drive to be an effective contributor, have allowed him to be a productive and valuable team member. He has certainly been team oriented in his approach both in school and at work, which has helped him work well with others in projects and allowed him to adapt quickly to shifting situations. In one of his classes, he was on a team that was assigned a project on how to solve for,  “How can companies better attract and retain millennial talent?”  Carlos was able to inspire his team to work collaboratively and develop an effective presentation for Google employees that received very positive feedback. His positive attitude allows him to work well with others and even inspire others to elevate their game. His focus and perseverance are other very valuable traits that others around him appreciate and have come to count on.

Carlos Barraza - SVL Cultura Ambassador

Carlos is also an active member of the San Jose State University Latino Student Business Association where he participates in engaging discussion on how to enhance offerings as well as in their corporate tours where they visit various Silicon Valley companies. Additionally, Carlos is also an active member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity at San Jose State University. There he is also an active member of the Judicial Committee where he helps oversee the administrative justice of other fraternity members who have not up-held appropriate behavior according to the Delta Upsilon bylaws.

 

When Carlos isn’t studying he enjoys living in Downtown San Jose and also loves heading up to San Francisco and experiencing the many dining options the city has to offer. He also enjoys playing basketball and challenging himself in the gym as well as salsa dancing. Currently Carlos is looking for exciting internship opportunities so if your company is looking for a great intern, Carlos is your man!

 

We look forward to following Carlos’s collegiate endeavors and introducing him to the rest of the Silicon Valley Latino familia!

 

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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Andreas Silva – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

We are proud to present this emerging Latino and our latest SVL Cultura Ambassador Andreas Silva;

Andreas Silva - SVL Cultura AmbassadorAndreas Silva is a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual. He graduated high school from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and double majored in Global Business and Spanish at the University of Redlands.  At Bellarmine, he was apart of the leadership team for the Latino Student Union on campus and played soccer for two years.  At University of Redlands, he was a four-year starting goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team and a member of the International Business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi.  Growing up in a Latino household, Andreas is very passionate about helping other Latinos understand the importance of financial planning and is looking to be a figure in the community where people can go to for help.

Edward Avila – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

Edward Avila is the CEO of Manos Accelerator, a first-of-its kind accelerator targeting the development of Latino entrepreneurs.  He is a native of San Jose and has worked in Silicon Valley over the last 20 years as a Human Resources Professional, Executive Coach with companies such as Philips Semiconductors and Intersil Corporation and as an Entrepreneur.

Edward Avila - SVL Cultura Ambassador

Edward graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University.

Edward has been recognized by PODER Hispanic Magazine as a Top 20 Latino Entrepreneur and also as a Game Changer by Hispanic Executive Magazine and has also been featured on ForbesTechCrunch, and The Wall Street Journal.

He is also proud to serve as an Advisory Board Member to Silicon Valley Latino.

Josef Castañeda-Liles – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

We are excited to continue with the SVL Cultura Ambassador highlight of Josef Castañeda-Liles:

Josef Castañeda-Liles holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has written on the topics of immigration, race relations, and mixed race identity, among other areas.  He is the editor, along with his wife Dr. Maria del Socorro Castañeda-Liles, of Portraits of the Dream, which features narratives of formerly undocumented individuals working as professionals in various sectors.

Josef Castañeda-Liles - SVL Cultura Ambassador

He currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Prospect Research at Santa Clara University, where he provides research support to the fundraising team. He also serves on the board of Sabor del Valle, an annual event that brings together boutique vintners and restaurants at History Park San Jose to raise funds for local nonprofits. He is passionate about promoting the ways in which Latinos contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of this region and this country.

Ray Singh Castaneda – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

Ray Singh Castaneda is the Chair of the Sabor del Valle.  He’s deeply committed to provide services to children and youth and has dedicated many years to promoting Latino/Latina and boutique vintners as well as restaurants in Northern California.  Sabor del Valle was founded in 2009 and is an annual celebration of local wine, food, art, music and cultural richness of the Latino community with proceeds that benefit worthy non profits that provide social and educational services to individuals in need.  Some of them include Rotacare San Jose Free Medical Clinic, Teen Challenge Alum Rock Women & Children’s Center, Valdez Math Institute and TeatroVision.

Ray Castaneda - SVL Cultura Ambassador

Sabor del Valle is proud to convene Latino/Latina and boutique vintners from Santa Clara County, Calaveras County, Sacramento Valley, Napa, Sonoma and Mendecino County for its unique siganture event.

Additionally, Ray has been an active member of the Rotary Club of San Jose. Rotary is one the largest service organizations in the world and the Rotary Club of San Jose is one of the largest in the West Coast. Ray participates as an active member in the following committees: RotaCare, Hospitality, Fish, Event and Fun & Fellowship.

 

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/SaborDelValle to learn more about Sabor del Valle and to purchase tickets for this year’s event.

 

 

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5 Tax Filing Tips for Young Latino Professionals and Entrepreneurs

It’s that time of the year again, tax season!

I understand why you would get anxious every year about your taxes. Filing your taxes can be complicated and time consuming; especially if you are doing it by yourself. The US tax code changes every so often and sometimes you may be uncertain whether you will get money back from the IRS when you file your taxes.

Below, there are five tips for young professionals and entrepreneurs to consider when filing their taxes:

1. If you are still paying student loans, make sure to take advantage of the student loan interest deduction which allows $2,500 to be deducted every year.

2. Health Savings Account (HSA) offers tax-free contributions, tax-free earning from interest and investments, and tax-free payments for qualified medical expenses. Individual maximum contribution is $3,250 and for a family is $6,450. If you are 55+, there’s a $1,000 annual catch contribution.

3. If you have a home business, you can deduct $5 per square foot of your home that it’s used for business purpose (maximum of 300 square feet). Also, home-related itemized deductions can be claimed; for example, real estate taxes and mortgage interest.

4. People with low- and moderate-income may be eligible for the saver’s credit. It allows a $1,000 tax credit for an individual and a $2,000 for couples who save for retirement (A maximum contribution of $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples).

5. Donation to charity can be deducted as well. You can deduct a maximum of 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), however if you exceed that amount, the excess amount can be carried forward for upto five years. For cash contribution remember to always keep your receipts.

Remember that before talking to your CPA or tax advisor, the first thing you must do is to make sure to gather all the documents necessary to prove your income and/or deductions. Those documents may include your paystub, checks paid, bank statements, receipts, property taxes documents, charitable gift documents, student loan interest payments documents, medical bills, retirement contributions, etc. Once you have all the necessary documents at hand, make copies to bring to your CPA or tax advisor and keep the originals in a safe place.

 

Juan F Polanco

Financial Advisor

Disclosure: I am not a legal or tax advisor. This article was written for education purpose only. I recommend you talk to a professional (for example, a CPA) about your specific situation.