Part of working to achieve fair representation in all industries is to join forces and organize — if you don’t believe me, just ask Latinas in Tech.
The nonprofit, founded in Silicon Valley in 2014, began organizing to empower Latinas in the tech industry to be innovators and leaders. Since then, it has expanded to many cities around the world.
Latinas in Tech covers the entire technology ecosystem. They are engineers, cybersecurity experts, data scientists, business development leaders, public relations professionals, sales professionals, journalists, bloggers, entrepreneurs, investors, marketing professionals, recruiters, and everything surrounding the tech ecosystem.
Their mission? To get Latinas well represented at all levels.
To achieve this, Latinas in Tech have focused their efforts on opportunities to grow and have a seat at the decision-making table. Its annual conference is the epicenter of that mission.
Since 2017, Latinas in Tech has hosted its yearly Latinas in Tech Summit conference, the largest gathering of Latina professionals in technology. As the organization explained in a press release, this year’s summit, Leading with Purpose, will virtually bring together more than 2,000 Latina technologists, business leaders, philanthropists, investors, developers, innovators, designers, and content creators from May 18 to 20.
This conference aims to explore the state of Latina leadership in technology, reduce disparities, break down barriers, and provide resources and opportunities for Latinas to thrive, innovate, and lead in technology.
“The Latinas in Tech Summit is the most important event of the year at our organization. We discuss topics that are not often discussed in the tech industry, like what it means to lead with purpose, the importance of trusting and believing in your work, and how to move from empowering to taking action,” said Rocio van Nierop, CEO at Latinas in Tech. “I have seen the impact that this event has on individuals and organizations, and its growth is a clear reflection of the needs and opportunities that our community has.”
The Latinas in Tech Summit will include the 2nd edition of its Tech Startup Competition as a response to the capital gap that Latinas are encountering.
A recent report by Bain & Co. has revealed that, despite their rapid growth, Latina-owned companies are not receiving their fair share of capital from the investment community. The report says that less than 1% of funding from today’s top VC and PE investors ends up in the hands of Latino-owned companies.
The Latinas in Tech Startup Competition aims to support the Latina tech founder ecosystem by awarding non-dilutive cash prizes of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 to its top three winners. Eligible participants must have at least one Latina co-founder whose ownership percentage is reflected in the capitalization table and must have a robust technology or technology-enabled component. Applications are open until April 22nd at 11:59 pm PST at https://latinasintechsummit.org/startup-competition-2022/.
The conference program will hold multiple workshops, including a special track designed for senior employees looking to grow to Executive Director positions, ERG leaders, and members striving to drive their ERG towards excellence. This year’s themes are Why Representation Matters: Becoming an advocate for Latinx talent in Tech; Your Path to Corporate Boards, and Empowering Internally: The Importance of recruiting, advocating, and mentoring amongst Latinx Employees.