Recap of the 2021 Latinx Speaker Series - Latinx Entrepreneurship

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Dear Friend,

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. We all know 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 and leverage community, culture, and technology to run sustainable businesses and employ many.

The purpose of the Latinx Speaker Series event is to foster community and convene the diverse sectors of our Latinx community in Silicon Valley. We invite you to stay close to our emails and social media channels. To learn more about our convening and engaging initiative click here.

Once again thank you to all of the attendees, event sponsor, media partners, 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.

As our friend Ruben Dario Villa, owner of Fuchila Fresheners said, "Let your weirdness shine!"

Until next time,

Ron Gonzales,
President & CEO,
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

 Event Panelist

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.

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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