NEW YORK, August 25, 2014 – Latinas Think Big™, a progressive platform and national tour, is proud to announce the Latinas Think Big™ Innovation Summit, to be hosted on October 3rd, 2014 at Google’s Mountain View campus . This pioneering event marks the third stop of the Latinas Think Big™ national tour.
Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin, PhD, an established leader devoted to advancing the careers and influence of Latinas, created the Latinas Think Big™ national platform to showcase the innovative ideas, talents and groundbreaking projects of Latinas. “My vision with Latinas Think Big™ was to bring talented Latinas and thought leaders to the stages of well-regarded institutions like Columbia University, and powerful companies. I want the world to ‘see’ how Latinas are contributing to this country’s social and economic well-being,” says Dr. Perez-Litwin. Google is the Title Sponsor and host of this year’s Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit. The Innovation Summit is also sponsored in-part, by Wells Fargo, Ford, The Kapor Center for Social Impact, Farmers and BodenPR.
The Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit sparks a national dialogue on the current state and future of Latina innovation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fieds, with an emphasis on technology, and addresses the digital divide in this country. Latinas earn less than 2% of computer science bachelor’s degrees and less than 2% of 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,” says Dr. Perez-Litwin. Although there is a growing number of Latinas (millenniums, in particular) engaging in the creation of new technologies, their innovation is limited by lack of resources, mentors and infrastructures designed to scale up their innovation. The Summit addresses these opportunities and challenges, and presents Latinas as more than avid consumers of digital and mobile technology – as the ‘new face of innovation.’
An impressive panel of speakers, professional Latinas in STEM, innovators, tech entrepreneurs, government officials, influencers and students will convene to actively participate in the Summit. Dr. Frances Colon, Deputy Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State, will deliver the morning keynote speech, followed by Alejandra Castillo, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency, at the United States Department of Commerce. 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.
Attendees will engage in high-caliber networking and intimate breakout sessions with seasoned professionals in STEM careers, entrepreneurs and innovators. The afternoon keynote speech will be delivered by Diana Albarran Chicas, Co-Founder of Latinas in STEM Foundation, followed Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
The Summit culminates with the exciting Latinas Think Big™ showcase — a series of Lightning Talks by six invited Latina innovators across STEM fields, followed by an evening cocktail reception. The Latinas Think Big™ national tour successfully launched last year at Columbia University, in New York City, and made a second stop in Los Angeles. This inaugural Latina Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley marks the third stop of the Latinas Think Big™ national tour, and promises to become the go-to annual gathering for aspiring, emerging and accomplished Latina innovators.
ABOUT LATINAS THINK BIG™
Latinas Think Big™ is a progressive platform and national tour, created to showcase the innovative ideas and groundbreaking projects of Latinas around the country. These dynamic live events convene thought leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and influencers to promote ideas, connect and promote social impact. The Latinas Think Big™ showcase presents a series of powerful short talks by invited speakers, in front of a live audience. Talks are video recorded and archived online for further dialogue and educational purposes.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Recognized as one of the “Top 50 Influential Latinos” in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2013, Dr. Perez-Litwin is an established leader devoted to advancing the careers and influence of Latinas in the United States. Named a “Latina Tech Leader” by NBC Latino, Dr. Perez-Litwin has leveraged technology and social media to connect Latinas to trainings, resources, mentorship and influential networks. Perez-Litwin is a regular contributor on the Huffington Post, and has made guest expert appearances on National Public Radio (NPR), Today Show, PBS News, Univision, Telemundo and HTIN. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University, and a PhD from Fordham University. She is an alumna of the NHLI’s Executive Leadership Program, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education.
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