Latinas Think Big™, a progressive platform and national tour dedicated to the advancement of Latinas in technology and innovation, will be meeting at the Google’s Mountain View campus -better known as the Googleplex– this Friday October 3rd to showcase and promote groundbreaking projects spearheaded by Latina innovators.
Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin, a top national influencer devoted to advancing and supporting Latina innovators, is leading the Latinas Think Big™ Innovation Summit. Dr. Perez-Litwin’s intention is to bring to a national debate the disparities in Latinas’ career development in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), with an emphasis on technology, and to address the digital divide in this country.
Although the number of Latinas (Millenniums, in particular) engaged in the creation of new technologies is growing, their capabilities are many times limited by lack of resources, mentors and infrastructures designed to scale up their innovation.
Latinas earn less than two percent of computer science bachelor and engineering degrees, according to a 2009 report by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and a 2011 report by American Society for Engineering.
“With 1.4 million computer specialist job openings expected in the U.S. by 2020, and Latinas as the fastest growing female population in this country, it is imperative that we support and advance Latinas in technology and across STEM fields,” said Dr. Perez-Litwin, PhD, a tech social entrepreneur and psychologist.
Google is the Title Sponsor and host of this year’s Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit but the event also received the support of Wells Fargo, Ford, The Kapor Center for Social Impact, Farmers and BodenPR as part-sponsors.
National government officers will be speaking at the Summit including Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Dr. Frances Colon, Deputy Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State; and Alejandra Castillo, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency, at the United States Department of Commerce.
Other speakers, panelists and presenters include Sylvia Flores, Co-Founder of Manos Accelerator, Lisa Morales-Hellebo, Co-Founder of New York Fashion Tech Lab, and Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder of the Pipeline Fellowship and an impressive panel of speakers, professional Latinas in STEM, innovators, tech entrepreneurs, government officials, influencers and students that will address opportunities and challenges, and present Latinas, who are avid consumers of digital and mobile technology, as the “new face of American innovation.”
“My vision with Latinas Think Big™ is to bring talented Latinas and thought leaders to the stages of well-regarded institutions and powerful companies. I want the world to ‘see’ how Latinas are contributing to this country’s social and economic well-being,” Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin concluded.
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