We need to hold a mirror up within the tech community to see the reality of being a woman or person of color in tech. You cannot solve problems that you don’t fully understand.
The purpose of this film was originally to show first hand the [person of color, woman, LGBTQ]'s unique daily pains and struggles within the tech & startup ecosystem so that we can start to find real solutions to address the conscious/unconscious bias, brogrammer culture, gas lighting, and the rationalization of "culture fit". We have realized that this film can have a much larger purpose — to humanize pain and create a productive and much needed dialog.
We all know that tech is changing our world, but many of us have not even noticed who it has been leaving behind. This documentary aims to tell the story of the two sides of the tech coin and perhaps find our similarities, humanity, and the inherent good that lives in all of us, which will allow us to work together in creating opportunity, compassion, and acceptance for all. Tech has made us more distant, but perhaps we can explore ways that it can also help bring us together.
NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Trade & Commerce Mission
Mentor for presenting startups, Fashion Tech Investment Conference
Presenting an Intro to Fashion Tech & Digital Retail
VC Insider / Beyond the Fabric
Best of DC Party
Latinas Leadership Caucus
MUJER speaker series
Panel on Fashion Tech with Bindle & Keep and Equal Period
I was honored to be asked to keynote at this Latino MIT event.
The East Coast Chicano Student Forum (ECCSF) was developed in the 1980s to create structure and leadership, to promote solidarity, to strengthen collaboration, and to defend Latino entrepreneurial existence and mutual independence.
Member schools include: Brown University, Connecticut College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, College of the Holy Cross, MIT, Mt. Holyoke College, University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College, Yale University, and Williams College.
Presentation and Q&A — Intro to Fashion Tech
Marie Custodio Collazo was kind enough to interview me for the largest newspaper on the island, El Nuevo Dia, prior to my speaking engagements at The Founder Institute and the Puerto Rican Science & Technology Trust.