Entrepreneurship: The intersection of Latinx Culture and Business Creation

Thursday, April 22, 2021



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Latinx Speaker Series 2021

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley is thrilled to invite you to the first Latinx Speaker Series of 2021 happening on Friday, April 22, 2021, at noon via Zoom! Latinx-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S small business ecosystem. Now more than ever before, more Latinos are starting businesses!

Join us on as we'll pull back the curtains to see what it's like to be a Latinx entrepreneur and hear from a panel that is paving the way for generations to come. As we aim to connect, engage, and foster Latinx leadership through the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Silicon Valley, we'd like to emphasize the importance of our community coming together to celebrate our successes.

The Latinx Speaker Series has two objectives: 1) bring various sectors of our Silicon Valley Latinx community together, 2) to learn what it's like to navigate within those sectors. For sponsorship opportunities, please email clara@hfsv.org.

Meet our panelists:

Ivette Carolina Agudelo-Lopez Ivette Carolina Agudelo-Lopez - Ivette Carolina Agudelo-Lopez is an EMMY® award-nominated producer. With a broad formation as an actress, producer, and digital marketer. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of 3 Lopez Media Inc, a media company that helps businesses and organizations across the US to tell stories that create and foster meaningful connections using audiovisual, graphic design, and storytelling tools. Learn more about Ivette here.




Javier DiazJavier Diaz (CEO & Co-Founder) - Over 25 years of heading Managed Services and Staffing solutions to leading Global Technology Companies, Javier has placed the advanced Engineers and R&D teams who have developed some of the leading products we use today. As the CEO of OSI he has created a go-to firm for many of Silicon Valley’s top companies who need specialized experts in ground-breaking technologies. As CEO he has built a firm that supplies all levels of staffing, including scaling teams through complete RPO services, to diverse companies from start-ups to the Fortune 100. Javier is highly customer-focused and is deeply committed to client growth and success.


Joe LopezJo Lerma-Lopez has always had a passion for innovating in order to generate change. In the 90’s, Jo’s creativity manifested itself San Jose’s Upstairs Records, which at the time was the only independent record label in the country to have songs reach the Top 10 portion of the Billboard chart multiple times. Jo was a trailblazer in the music industry, at the forefront of bringing independent artists to the mainstream marketplace. For her entire career, she worked to fill a void in radio across the U.S., convincing radio programmers that Latinos could share the playlist with the pop icons of the time. Learn more about Jo here.



Jeniffer GarciaJennifer Garcia is the Interim CEO at Latino Business Action, whose mission is to strengthen the United States by empowering Latino business owners to grow.  The goal is to double the number of $10+ million, $100+ million, $1+ billion Latinx businesses by 2025. 

Under her leadership, she oversaw four successful cohorts of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative Education (SLEI-Ed) Scaling Program empowering nearly 300 Latino and Latina entrepreneurs to complete this prestigious program.  Her contributions have been significant in developing the national ecosystem of scaled Latino and Latina small businesses across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Prior to LBAN, Jennifer spent 12 years at Bloomberg L.P. She managed the West Coast buy-side trade order management product specialist team and the electronic trading team. Previously she was responsible for managing a $6 million portfolio and C-suite relationships. Throughout the years, Garcia has illustrated distinguished passion and service to the Latino community. She is a participant and graduate of the inaugural class of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Latino Board Leadership Academy, with the mission of recruiting and training Latinos to serve as potential board members. Jennifer co-founded NALA, Lambda Theta Nu’s alumnae association, whose mission is to promote academic excellence in the Latino CommunityTo learn more about Jennifer click here.


Ruben Dario VillaRuben Dario Villa- Chicano unicorn @Google growing the brand, impact and presence of the global Latinx Googler network. Over 10 years experience as a corporate imposter. Raging side-hustler, brand marketing miyagi, and design genie Founder of Fúchila, a Chicano, Latinx pop culture inspired line of air fresheners and nostalgic collectibles founded in 2015 and always made in the USA. To learn more about Ruben click here.





Facilitator
Pedro David EspinozaPedro David Espinoza- 26-Year Old TED Speaker, Bilingual Hustler, Diversity & Inclusion Expert, Board Member, Entrepreneur, Tech Investor, and Co-Author of Differences That Make A Difference. To learn more about Pedro click here.







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