WiSci (Women in Science) Technology Camp for Girls

We, at Silicon Valley Latino, are excited to share the work that Intel, Google, United Nations Foundation, APEC, GirlUp and the US Department of State are leading through the WiSci Tech Camp for Girls. We are also delighted that one of our Cultura Ambassadors, Julissa Ramirez Lebron (Product Manager at Intel), participated as one of the women in tech that exposed girls to tech and served as a role model as to what they may aspire to be as professionals. Julissa keep up the great work, we’re proud of all the work you lead to inspire the next generation!

This past summer Julissa along with many other women went to Peru and presented tech to numerous girls from various countries including Mexico, Chile, USA and of course Peru. This initiative is also taking on the gender equality issue and inspiring many young girls become the innovators of tomorrow.

We invite you to view this video that features a very cool camp and what the girls had to say about the experience.

To close the gender gap in the tech industry, we will achieve greater results through collaboration. This “WiSci” public-private partnership is just one of many examples of the steps we’re taking. See what the experience meant for girls who learned new skills as they worked together to innovate technologies for positive social impact in their communities.





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

Five Cisco executives extend a hand to Cristo Rey San José students


Article originally posted on Hispanic Executive

Cisco partners with Silicon Valley high school to build the pipeline for Latino STEM leaders

Five Cisco executives extend a hand to Cristo Rey San José students

By Olivia N. Castañeda


Cristo Rey San José High School, founded in the fall of 2014 and located in the Silicon Valley area, is on a mission to end the cycle of poverty. The school’s founders believe the key to prosperity is education. It is affiliated with 28 other urban Cristo Rey Network education institutions that span the country, and unlike the average high school, an admissions prerequisite is that the student comes from a low-income family. Each school’s curriculum includes an adjunct to their academic studies called the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP), in which four students team up to alternate daily at an assigned nine-to-five job, Monday through Friday.

In its first year of operation, 129 freshman-level pupils make up the entire student body at Cristo Rey High School in San José; 92 percent are Hispanic and eight percent are Asian and black. Currently, there are 28 different corporate sponsors in collaboration with the high school for CWSP.

Cisco Executive VP Randy Pond



These corporate sponsors hire one team of students for the school year: September through June. Cisco, one of the school’s corporate sponsors, has exemplified what the program hopes to achieve. “Cisco has been very different from the typical experience. Their level of engagement and support of our students has been truly remarkable,” says Matt Bell, the school’s director of the Work Study Program.

The global IT company with 70,000-plus employees has the following vision statement: “changing the way we work, live, play, and learn.”


Anne-Marie Azzi, marketing manager at Cisco, says that the company’s interest in participating in CWSP is to share a passion for revolutionizing the world through technology with younger generations. CWSP is a STEM initiative with a goal of building the pipeline for Latino leadership in STEM. By sparking interest at an early age, companies will more likely to be able to recruit from this talented and passionate pool. Photo: Mauricio PalomarAnnemarie








Cisco Senior VP of IT Guillermo Diaz, Jr.

Practicing what they preach, Cisco’s executive vice president Randy Pond sponsors two teams, contributing $30,000 per student. Pond has also smartly linked the program to Cisco’s Latino employee resource group,


“[The corporate sponsorship] is not a charitable contribution. This is a business expense for our corporate sponsors,” says the Rev. Peter Pabst, Society of Jesus, who is the president of the high school. The business pays 50 percent of each student’s tuition, the school contributes another 40 percent through grants and fundraising, and the families pay the remaining 10 percent of the total $15,000 balance.

Cisco Senior Manager of Latin America IT Katty Coulson

KattyAnother huge supporter of the collaboration is Cisco’s Guillermo Diaz Jr., senior vice president of IT. “Guillermo has just been the champion of this program,” Pabst says.

Diaz helps the students make connections with other Cisco employees; building their confidence in the process and creating mentor-mentee situations.

“Inspire exponentially” was Diaz’s phrase of the year for his students in 2014-2015 school year. “That means waking up everyday and inspiring ourselves and others through the use of technology,” he says.

The student IT team at Cisco is lead by Katty Coulson, who is the senior manager of Latin America information technology. Working in a high-energy environment amongst recently hired college graduates, the high school students assist in web-page development, blogging, and creating presentations.

Cisco Senior VP of Project Operations Ana Corrales

anacorralesThe second team leader is Ana Corrales, who is Cisco’s senior vice president of product operations. Managed by her team she calls “product operations central,” the students assist with events or product showcases that are targeted to the company. “It has been quite delightful,” Corrales says. “It’s a very rewarding experience to see [the students] grow.” She is recruiting the same students to return next year to continue building their skill sets and give them direct product experience the second time around.

In addition to students gaining work experience, there is an “unexpected by-product,” as Pabst calls it, resulting from CWSP. The students feel excitement as they look forward to working in a professional setting and stand proud as their fellow adult colleagues treat them as professionals.

They also enjoy having real-world responsibilities and having others rely on them in the office. From the beginning of the program to today, the students have developed into mature, confident, and courageous future Latino leaders.


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute event at Arnoldo Avalos home


Many Silicon Valley Latinos enjoyed an evening with Esther Aguilera, President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. The event was graciously hosted by Arnoldo and Alma Avalos at their lovely home in Pleasanton, California.

Guest included philanthropists, venture capitalists, educators, activits, entrepreneurs, community leaders and the young men of Hermanos Unidos.

Ms. Aguilera articulated about the great work the CHCI leads through its various programs and initiatives. She also talked about the visit they will be conduct to Silicon Valley in June with several Hispanic Congrssional members, keep an eye out for more news on it in the near future.

At the conclusion of the evening Alma presented Alvaro with elegant congratulatory tres leches cake on his recent confirmation to the Board of Governors for the Community Colleges of California. Congrats once again Arnoldo!

Silicon Valley Latino was delighted to be in attendance.

Juan Carlos Gutierrez – SVL Cultura Ambassador


Mr. Gutierrez is a global information technology and business consulting executive with more than two decades in top leadership roles in Global 500 organizations and national non-profits.

Juan Carlos Gutierrez - SVL Cultura AmbassadorMr. Gutierrez is Group Vice President for Oracle Corporation, where he is responsible of the Consulting business for the Latin American and Caribbean regions. Mr. Gutierrez also serves as Board Member and Chairman of Advisory Board at HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council); a Board Member of CHLI (The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute), and also a Member of Enova Thinking Board, a network of top business leaders with the goal of speeding up sustainable business growth in the Americas.

Mr. Gutierrez expertise in business and technology consulting has been constantly recognized in the Americas. He has been awarded as one of the HITEC 100 executives by HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) during 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. These awards are given to the top Hispanic executives in the US in recognition for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the IT Industry.

He was also recognized in 2014 by Great Minds in STEM in the Information Technology category, and was named one of the Most Influential Hispanics in Technology by the Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine in 2011.

Mr. Gutierrez has been invited to address technology issues in prominent forums including the United States Congress, CHLI Leadership Forum, HITEC Summits and Oracle Open World, among others.


Mr. Gutierrez is a Computer Engineer graduated from the University Simon Bolivar of Venezuela, with graduate degrees in Management in Telecommunications from the University Simon Bolivar and the “Institut National des Télécommunications” of France.

Mr. Gutierrez volunteers as a runner and cyclist for charitable organizations as the ADA (American Diabetes Association) and Life Runners. He is married with three children and lives in Davie, Florida.


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.

Guillermo, Bush & Chambers


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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Simon Vielma of Listar

This week in Dublin Ireland some of the most powerful players in tech will congregate in this northern country for what is known as the the best technology conference on the planet”


Attending this event to pitch their company that was selected as one of the few is this weeks highlighted tech entrepreneur Simon Vielma, a Venezuelan living in Miami, founder of Listar an ecommerce and social networking site that allows friends, family and public to discover products via tagged photos, blog posts, shareable lists and much more.


You may ask how does Simon fit into all of this? Well, he founded Listar after an experimental social app that he created for Amazon generated more than a quarter million dollars in sales in the first month of launch.


We are wishing him the best in his pitch and don’t forget to check out his site here


Rich Garcia – SVL Cultura Ambassador


Rich Garcia Co-founder of Blyve.com, Live Q&A Platform.

Rich Garcia was born and raised in the South Texas border town of Weslaco, TX.

Rich Garcia - SVL Cultura Ambassador

Born to parents of Mexican descent, he is the 3rd generation in the USA and considers himself fortunate that Spanish was spoken at home.  Rich graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Rich started coding web pages in 1996 and by 2006 he was the lead frontend engineer on the Yahoo! Front Page.  He was also the first frontend engineer on My Yahoo!.  A seasoned user-interface developer for 18 years, he has created applications for some of the world’s most trafficked sites including Yahoo!, AOL and eBay.

In 2008, he co-founded Blyve.com, a live Q&A Platform that boasts customers such as the LA Times, the U.S. Department of State, and Shell Oil.  An internet and social entrepreneur with a passion for technology, he has devised programs that inspire kids to pursue STEM topics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiGyR7fvTlw and https://www.facebook.com/ProjectCangrejo

In 2013, Rich was awarded Silicon Valley Latino Advisory Board Member of the Year for creating the mobile version of SVLatino.com

A “soccer-holic”, he also finds euphoria in performing music, speaking Spanish, fatherhood, and the Fightin’ Texas Aggies.”