Latinas in Tech (LiT) in Sacramento Valley, which started up just over a year ago to connect, empower and support Latina women in the IT sector, is hosting a get-together next week featuring a couple of high-profile guest speakers. Headlining the meeting will be:
- Liliana Ferrer, consul general for Mexico in Sacramento;
- Lizette Mata, California deputy secretary of state for operations; and
- Cynthia Guerrero of California Strategies Ltd.
Among the topics to be discussed is strategies to increase the 1 percent of Latinas working in tech.
Latinas in Tech (LiT) is a nonprofit that began in Silicon Valley in 2014 and has since then expanded to Los Angeles, Sacramento, Austin, New York, Chicago, Miami and Mexico City.
“We are engineers, cyber security experts, data scientists, business development leaders, public relations professionals, sales professionals, journalists, bloggers, entrepreneurs, investors, marketing professionals, recruiters and everything surrounding the tech ecosystem,” the group says in its online announcement for the event.
Through its meetups, job fairs and other events, the group focuses on:
- Professional Development: We want to help Latinas grow in their careers through hands-on training and leadership workshops.
- Recruiting: We want to connect our Latina members with job opportunities within tech companies, while serving as the bridge for tech companies that want to diversify their talent.
- Mentorship: We want to connect Latinas with mentors that can guide and help them grow throughout their professional careers.
The event is free and begins at 6 p.m. July 18 at the Consulate General of Mexico, 2093 Arena Blvd., Sacramento.