What do you do?
I always cared about technology for social good, so all my career had this focus: I worked in big corps, in small startups, the government and in non-profits to make sure I do my part to use technology that empowers people and causes.
Now, as a program manager, I oversee different programs and projects from my organization and collaborate with folks in different teams, providers, programmers, and consultants to define what, how and when we are going to build in our team: the Innovation Lab
Why did you choose this field?
I studied Computer Science. To be honest I wasn't sure what it was. I wanted to be independent from my family so I was looking for opportunities with a lot of job openings and big salaries, which were flexible enough to apply into different fields (in my case social good). It was 2006 at the time, so maybe the market was different back then, but I was lucky enough to be able to find a job as a developer in an international non-profit in my first year at the University.
I didn't have a role model, especially not someone who looks like me: a woman from Latin America with an interest in social causes. I faced a lot of opposition from my family about the career I chose. But I'm very happy with the results: I traveled the world, studied in New York and California, received scholarships and awards, met interesting people and I could be totally independent at age 21. I'm now a mother of a 2 years old boy and I'm able to work part time.
The path was difficult: I faced discrimination and more, but I found support from my female colleagues. This is why I want to change this landscape for the generations to come.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Technology and social impact have a lot of intersections!
Why do you love working in STEM?
Always learning and a lot of collaboration!
Best advice for next generation?
Stay strong and find your community
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model