April 2021 Newsletter
Get to know our Executive Assistant and Office Manager Margarita DeAvila
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) hired Margarita this month 11 years ago. Since then the organization has seen tremendous growth with Margarita being a part of the journey. A native to Silicon Valley, mother of three, and now a recent grandmother to Erick, Margarita shares with us what she has learned about an organization supported, managed, and led by Hispanic leaders in Silicon Valley.
If you missed the Ron Gonzales CEO Message for the month of April click here to view his message.
Thrilled to announce the Hispanic Foundation has received close to 100 Latinx applicants for our 2021 Latinos in Technology Scholarship. This scholarship is for Latinx juniors and seniors in college pursuing a degree in STEM. If you have not had a chance to check out our Latinx Scholar Chats please do so by clicking here.
The Latinx Scholar Chat is an interview series with our 399 Latinos in Technology Scholarship Recipients, and the President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, Ron Gonzales. The interview series gives you a glimpse into our scholars' lives, unveils their aspirations, and their college journey, one conversation at a time.
Hispanic Foundation College Success Center
Last week, we wrapped up our final Girls Who Code Graduation of Winter 2021! 79 students graduated. Huge shoutout to our incredible Latinos in Technology Scholars who took part both as Club Facilitators and Graduation Keynote Speakers. We are so grateful to have an amazing group of Latinx scholars, work with students to teach, inspire, and mentor the new generation of STEM Scholars
Latino Board Leadership Academy
In just a couple of weeks Class XVII, composed of 44 Latinx professionals, will be ready to serve on nonprofit Board of Directors in Silicon Valley. This class marks by far our largest cohort to date. With 17 out of the 44 obtaining Masters degrees and 5 Ph.D.'s, there is no telling of how much they can contribute to the Latinx community. The sky's is the limit.
Join us in congratulating Class XVII of the Latino Board Leadership Academy. On Thursday, April 8, 2021, 43 Latinx professionals graduated from our academy.
The following week the Hispanic Foundation began its second cohort of 2021 with Class XVIII with a total of 46 Latinx professionals. We were thrilled to learn that 25 out of the 46 were born outside of the U.S. 11 were born in Mexico, 5 in Columbia, 2 in Ecuador, and others are from Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. This makes for the largest and the most diverse LBLA Class we’ve ever had.
We are looking forward to seeing these Latinx professionals not only grow individually through our program but for them to come together and unite with the LBLA network to create change and maximize their impact in Silicon Valley.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the first Latinx Speaker Series of 2021. On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Latinx community of Silicon Valley gathered for a conversation around Latinx entrepreneurship. We shed light on some of the challenges, risks, and rewards of starting and owning your own business. The purpose of the Latinx Speaker Series is to foster community and convene the diverse sectors of our Latinx community in Silicon Valley.
Thank you to all of the attendees, event sponsor (NetApp), media partners (LBAN/Latino Business Action Network, Silicon Valley Business Journal, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group), and media influencers for making this event a true success. But more importantly, special thanks to the panelists and facilitator for their candid conversation and inspirational stories.
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley depends on donations from individuals like you. With your involvement, we are addressing the needs of the Latino community, expanding the philanthropic pie and increasing our charitable impact.