Learn more about the amazing speakers and sponsors from our October 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Lifting Latin Voices All Over The World; 4 days of fireside chats, panel discussions, networking sessions, and our 2-day virtual job fair featuring 16 companies.
From discussions on what it means to be a member of the Latinx community to the correct terminology to refer to this diverse community - we covered it all! If you tuned in, thank you! If you didn't, you can relive the entire experience on our PowerToFly website.
We want to extend a HUGE thanks to our Gold sponsors Pluralsight, UnitedHealth Group, Autodesk, Smartsheet, PwC, NGA, and American Express plus our Silver sponsor dv01. (All of those companies are hiring, by the way) This summit would not have been possible without the contributions of our Influencer sponsors Techqueria, Latinas in Tech, and APCO Worldwide.
Also, don't forget to visit our Merch Store and grab yourself some PowerToFly apparel, we donate 100% of the proceeds from our sales to TransTech Social, supporting transgender people in tech.
Registration for our last Diversity Reboot 2021 summit: Supporting Military and Veteran Spouses is now open! If you're a veteran or a military official looking for a civilian role that will leverage your prior skills and experience, or a spouse looking for a job that can accommodate your mobile lifestyle, we hope you'll join us to hear directly from companies committed to supporting military members and their families!
Special Moments from the Summit
Rep. Ritchie Torres: "If We Don't Care Enough to Fight, No One Else Will"
"If We Don't Care Enough To Fight, No One Else Will" www.youtube.com
Fostering a DEI Community as a Latin Leader
Fostering a DEI Community As A Latin Leader www.youtube.com
Claudia Romo Edelman: Creating Support Networks in the Latin Community
Creating Support Networks In The Latin Community www.youtube.com
When You're Aligned with Your Passion, "Magic" is Not Enough To Describe It!
When You're Aligned With You Passion, "Magic" Is Not Enough To Describe It! www.youtube.com
Dr. Anthony Ocampo's Take on Queer+Immigrant Identity
Dr. Anthony Ocampo's Take On Queer+Inmigrant Identity www.youtube.com
Our Gold Sponsors
Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies, Pluralsight is the technology skills platform organizations and individuals in 150+ countries count on to innovate faster and create progress for the world.With assessments, learning paths and courses authored by industry experts, our platform helps businesses and individuals close skills gaps in critical areas, innovate faster and deliver on key objectives.Our technology skills platform helps companies create life-changing products that better the lives of their customers. It empowers technologists to dream big and do big. And this is what motivates us every day.
UnitedHealth Group is on a mission to help people live healthier lives and to help make the health system work better for everyone. A Fortune 6 company, they're focused on helping people live healthier lives while making the health system work better for everyone. Here, they seek to empower people with the information, guidance and tools to make personal health choices.They work harder and they aim higher. They expect more from themselves and each other.
And, at the end of the day, they're doing a lot of good for more than 142 million people worldwide.
Their biggest point of differentiation is their people - and the collective talent, energy, intelligence and drive their force of 305,000 individuals around the world bring to our mission every single day.
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They make software for people who make things. From the greenest buildings to the cleanest cars, from the smartest factories to the biggest stories, amazing things are created every day with Autodesk. Over four decades they've worked together with their customers to transform how things are made, and in doing so, they've also transformed what can be made. A car's performance now inspires the method of its manufacture, a city's infrastructure helps predict the unpredictable, and the creation of ever-bigger universes shapes ever-bigger stories.
Today their solutions span countless industries empowering innovators everywhere. But they're restless to do more. They don't believe in waiting for progress, they believe in making it. By combining and recombining technologies. By blurring boundaries, reinventing rules, and merging fields. By unleashing talent and unlocking insights across industries. By helping their customers converge on solutions to the challenges they all face today. At Autodesk, they believe that when they have the right tools to work and think flexibly you have the power to transform what actually needs making. The power to design and make a better world for all.
In 2005, Smartsheet was founded on the idea that teams and millions of people worldwide deserve a better way to deliver their very best work. Today, the company delivers a leading cloud-based platform for work execution, empowering organizations to plan, capture, track, automate, and report on work at scale, resulting in more efficient processes and better business outcomes.Smartsheet went public on the New York Stock Exchange in April 2018 and currently enables collaboration, better decision making, and accelerated innovation for over 76,000 domain-based customers in 190 countries, including 96 of the Fortune 100.Smartsheet is a passionate team of 1500+ employees spanning offices in Seattle, Boston, London, Edinburgh and Sydney.
Join their community of solvers. They're inspiring and empowering their people to change the world. Here, you'll learn with purpose, lead with heart and put your skills to work to make a meaningful difference in the world. As part of a diverse team, you'll build trust and create innovative client solutions in unexpected ways. Their purpose, vision and values are what connects the more than 284,000+ people across the PwC global network of firms and helps distinguish us in the marketplace and with our clients. Discover more about the firm including our impact on society, our commitment to creating a culture of belonging, and how we are investing in technology and our people.Discover their new ways of working at PwC. Their hybrid work model includes three ways of working: virtual, flex and in-person. They're expanding the availability of the virtual option to eligible client service staff and new hires. Now, you can live anywhere in the continental US and work for PwC.NGA
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders.Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on NGA.NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT, that provides a decisive advantage to warfighters, policymakers, intelligence professionals and first responders. Both an intelligence agency and a combat support agency, NGA fulfills the president's national security priorities in partnership with the intelligence community and Department of Defense. For information about the NGA's mission, vision, and goals, click here.NGA is headquartered in Springfield, Virginia and has two major locations in St. Louis and Arnold, Missouri. Hundreds of NGA employees serve on support teams at U.S. military, diplomatic and allied locations around the world.
As a global company, it is vital to our success that our employees are as diverse as the customers and communities we serve. American Express has built a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace— a culture we are committed to continuing.Through our Global Diversity & Inclusion strategy, we're able to channel our efforts in specific ways. We aspire to continue to develop a talent pool that brings together unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. We foster a workplace culture where differences are valued and expressed freely and all employees have the support they need to take risks, learn, and collaborate.
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Our Silver Sponsor
They are dv01, the leading capital markets fintech driving technological innovation and transparency in structured finance. They built the world's first data management, reporting, and analytics platform tailor-made for lending markets to help prevent a repeat of the 2008 global financial crisis.
On their engineering team, they'll collaborate closely to create and develop products that promote accountability, data reliability, and transparency. They're looking for dreamers, thinkers, and doers to help us modernize Wall Street's tech stack.
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Hispanics are 100% Hispanic and 100% American. They believe in the American dream and are incredible contributors to this country. US Hispanics represent 60 million people, 18% of the population, 12% of the country's GDP, $1.7 trillion of purchasing power, the youth population - and the list goes on! Yet, they are often invisible, negatively portrayed, seen as takers. Hispanics contribute so much to America, and now it is time for others to see just how beautiful and resilient they can be. Hispanic Stars Rising: The New Face of Power shares the stories about the experiences, challenges, and successes of Hispanic Stars nationwide. It showcases the diverse backgrounds, obstacles and contributions made by this strong and resilient population nationwide and shines a light on the beauty of this fundamental American community.
This compilation of stories includes some of the most important names in aviation and space exploration. From the Wright brothers, who invented the airplane, to Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and the first to flyin the space shuttle, these stories will offer the readers the chance to understand how curiosity and hard work (and a little bit of fearlessness), allowed ordinary individuals to become extraordinary. Learn about how their actions contributed to the progress of humankind and how they became an inspiration for every person that has had an impossible dream.
Is race only about the color of your skin? In The Latinos of Asia, Anthony Christian Ocampo shows that what "color" you are depends largely on your social context. Filipino Americans, for example, helped establish the Asian American movement and are classified by the U.S. Census as Asian. But the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the Philippines means that they share many cultural characteristics with Latinos, such as last names, religion, and language. Thus, Filipinos' "color"―their sense of connection with other racial groups―changes depending on their social context.
The Filipino story demonstrates how immigration is changing the way people negotiate race, particularly in cities like Los Angeles where Latinos and Asians now constitute a collective majority. Amplifying their voices, Ocampo illustrates how second-generation Filipino Americans' racial identities change depending on the communities they grow up in, the schools they attend, and the people they befriend. Ultimately, The Latinos of Asia offers a window into both the racial consciousness of everyday people and the changing racial landscape of American society.
Disney Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family's last hope. Girls and boys ages 4 to 6 will love this Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader based on the animated feature film. Step 2 readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. For children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.
B.R.A.N.D. Before Your Resumé: Your Marketing Guide for Veterans & Military Service Members Entering Civilian Life by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
Student veterans, military spouses, veterans in their first, second, or third career transitions will all learn valuable self-marketing skills, guided by a veteran who knows the transition chaos (and success!) firsthand. This book is essential if you're joining the ranks of veterans choosing the entrepreneurship track, if seeking your first career after leaving the active-duty force, or pursuing your first internship or full-time job after completing your degree as a student veteran.
Readers will complete the "extracting product attributes" exercise, see ample examples of great branding created by veterans Graciela has personally coached, and be able to write their own authentic personal branding to influence their intended target audience. Graciela teaches the reader a repeatable marketing messaging process that will be useful for years to come.
Those who wish to collaborate live with Graciela who will coach them to perfecting their branding and/or discussing their business startup idea will be offered the option to do so.In this marketing guidebook, Graciela guides you in becoming an epic storyteller of your unique value, long before you write your resumé which she reminds us all is a marketing deliverable. Taking this approach as she did during her career transitions means that your audience for your new forward-looking branding will be so intrigued by your value that they'll ASK for your resumé!
You'll be empowered to confidently communicate your value to make things happen, as Graciela did during her transformation from military aviator to technology marketing manager. Graciela freely shares the communication process she followed during her highly successful military-to-civilian transition, in which she was mentored by women veterans every step of the way.
Stop going at it alone.
And most importantly, stop listening to those pushing you into writing your resumé (or worse yet your LinkedIn profile) before you've done the essential work to understand your personal values and interests, your value to civilian organizations and the target audience you need to attract.
Learn to B.R.A.N.D. Before Your Resumé with a marketing-savvy fellow veteran at your side.
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Moving Up (And Around) the Career Ladder: Three Tips for Professional Growth from American Express’ Karina Alvarez Silverstein
Any seasoned professional can tell you that advancing in your career isn't only about moving up the ladder, it's also about moving around it. Karina Alvarez Silverstein, Engineering Vice President at American Express has done just that during her 12-year tenure with the payments company. "I love finding new challenges when I have an itch for something new," says Karina. Her career growth at American Express has allowed her to increase professional impact without having to switch companies.
We sat down with Karina to learn more about her career journey and glean some key lessons for steady career growth.
Moving Around the Career Ladder at Amex
Karina's experience with American Express began after an interaction with a recruiter at her university's career fair in 2008. "I was really intimidated about joining corporate America," reflects Karina, "but the experience during recruitment and interviewing was so positive that I wanted to join the company."
Twelve years later, Karina's journey at Amex continues. She's had the opportunity to grow and reinvent herself during that time. "I've been able to switch domains or positions almost every 18 months." Karina attributes her consistent career growth to her insatiable drive to learn new things. "Being in technology, you always have to be learning to keep up; otherwise it's easy to feel irrelevant," she says. "I truly believe that learning is how someone gets better. I'm always striving to be a better version of myself in all dimensions, day to day."
Through the years, as she's gained experience working across functions and teams, Karina has gotten to learn about different areas that interest her. "Deciding what challenges to pursue next is influenced by what is sparking my curiosity." Amex makes learning and exploring new concepts easier for employees like Karina by offering plentiful career development opportunities.
"We have a program at Amex called 5+ Development Days," shares Karina, "where you get to invest in your professional development and personal growth over five uninterrupted days, so you don't have to take time off to learn something new." Through this program Karina has obtained certifications, completed courses, and taken advantage of job shadowing, all of which helped her tremendously as she took on new roles.
Karina's most recent transition from Engineering Director to Vice President of Engineering was particularly challenging as she dealt with changes in her personal life. "It was definitely overwhelming at first, as it was the same time I found out I was going to be a mother." She leaned on her leaders and mentors to help her navigate those challenges after she accepted the role. "I learned that work-life balance is in my control and I really appreciated the value they brought me during this change."
3 Key Lessons (and a Mantra) for Constant Career Growth
Whether you're just starting your career journey or are eager to try something new, here are Karina's top three lessons, and a reassuring mantra, to help you advance your career:
Build meaningful relationships. Building true connections with your colleagues facilitates collaboration. "In most instances, bringing a win to the enterprise means working with others," Karina explains. Go beyond superficial gestures and reach out to people in your circle to get to know them better. You never know, they might teach you something new or help you get your next promotion!
Don't be afraid to fail. "Failure is not a bad thing. It's how we learn," says Karina. "What is important is how you recover from a failure." Being afraid to mess up can cause you to be hesitant to take that next step in your career or even prevent you from doing it all together. Take on new challenges as learning opportunities. That way if you fail, you learn something new along the way.
Keep learning and challenging yourself. "Don't become complacent in your current situation," advises Karina. "We live in a rapidly changing world. If you want to change your situation, constantly remind yourself the status quo is there to be challenged." Find ways to upskill and reskill so you don't fall flat when a new career opportunity presents itself.
Don't give in to imposter syndrome. One thing Karina wishes she knew earlier in her career is avoiding imposter syndrome through positive self-reinforcement. She uses this mantra to combat self-doubt: "Don't get in your own way. You were offered a role for a reason, you were invited to a meeting for a reason, you were sent an email for a reason. Your opinion and direction are valued, so do not doubt yourself."
Learn more about the amazing speakers and sponsors from our September 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Early Career Connections & Mid-Career Pivots; 4 days of fireside chats, workshops, panels, networking sessions, and an interactive virtual career fair.
Our Early Career Connections & Mid-Career Pivots summit welcomed 8,000+ registrants to the PowerToFly community! From pro-tips on how to kickstart your career as a young professional to restarting your life after caregiving - we covered it all! If you tuned in, thank you! If you missed the summit, you can now relive the entire experience! If you're feeling the itch to pivot or learn some new skills, make sure to use your special PowerToFly code: POWERTOFLY750 to get $750 off your next course with Springboard.
We want to extend a HUGE thanks to our Gold sponsors Smartsheet and American Express and our Influencers Palo Alto Networks, amazing.community, Path Forward, and APCO Worldwide. Also, don't forget to visit our Merch Store and grab yourself some PowerToFly apparel, we donate 100% of the proceeds from our sales to TransTech Social, supporting transgender people in tech.
Last but not the least, registration for our October summit Lifting Latinx Voices at Work is now open! With topics ranging from bilingualism to growing Latinx representation in the C-suite, you won't want to miss this free opportunity to connect with your peers, network with top companies, and learn from leaders who've been in your shoes!
Our Gold Sponsors
In 2005, Smartsheet was founded on the idea that teams and millions of people worldwide deserve a better way to deliver their very best work. Today, the company delivers a leading cloud-based platform for work execution, empowering organizations to plan, capture, track, automate, and report on work at scale, resulting in more efficient processes and better business outcomes.
Smartsheet went public on the New York Stock Exchange in April 2018 and currently enables collaboration, better decision making, and accelerated innovation for over 76,000 domain-based customers in 190 countries, including 96 of the Fortune 100. Smartsheet is a passionate team of 1500+ employees spanning offices in Seattle, Boston, London, Edinburgh and Sydney.
As a global company, it is vital to their success that their employees are as diverse as the customers and communities they serve. American Express has built a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace— a culture they are committed to continuing.
Through their Global Diversity & Inclusion strategy, they're able to channel their efforts in specific ways. They aspire to continue to develop a talent pool that brings together unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. They foster a workplace culture where differences are valued and expressed freely and all employees have the support they need to take risks, learn, and collaborate.
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Take charge of your career and create a life full of learning, adventure, joy, and success utilizing these never-before-shared leadership principles Ann Hiatt learned working alongside the world's top tech CEOs—Google's Eric Schmidt, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and Yahoo!s Marissa Mayer.Whether you're stuck in your current job, starting your first job and wondering how you can use it as a stepping stone towards your dream career, or mid-career and wanting to finally be recognized for promotion or a leadership role, this book is for you.For the first time, Ann Hiatt shares both the daily habits and long-game strategies she learned working side-by-side for decades with the giants of technology at Amazon and Google.
Next Move, Best Move: Transitioning Into a Career You'll Love by Kimberly B. Cummings
Kimberly B. Cummings, author of Next Move, Best Move: Transitioning into a Career You'll Love, leaves no stone unturned with this thorough, expert guide for professionals seeking to understand how to navigate the world of work, from beginning to end, starting with uncovering personal and professional values in an effort to align their expertise and skills to roles and companies that will finally change the trajectory of their career and set them up to be leaders in the workforce. As a former career development adviser in some of the nation's top universities and a diversity + inclusion professional in a Fortune 100 company, Cummings has recognized that people work for the sake of working without understanding how to leverage their unique gifts and position themselves for success. As a result, Next Move, Best Move: Transitioning into a Career You'll Love shares transformational lessons to ensure success and puts the ball back in your court.
At twenty-five, Tracy Timm experienced a crisis of identity. She had a life that many would envy, but was plagued by the guilt that she was deeply unhappy with her career. Trapped on a Wall Street trading floor for more hours than she cared to add up in a week, and unfulfilled by her daily activities, Timm knew that there had to be more to life than this. But, much to her disappointment, she could not find a proven system that would help her identify her ideal career. That's when Tracy did the unthinkable: she quit her six-figure job, joined the undergraduate program Semester at Sea, and set out to discover her dream job. After two years of soul-searching, three years of human capital advisory work, and countless career and mentor conversations, Tracy made an incredible breakthrough.
Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado
For over a year, the Bronx has been plagued by sudden disappearances that no one can explain. Sixteen-year-old Raquel does her best to ignore it. After all, the police only look for the white kids. But when her crush Charlize's cousin goes missing, Raquel starts to pay attention--especially when her own mom comes down with a mysterious illness that seems linked to the disappearances.
Raquel and Charlize team up to investigate, but they soon discover that everything is tied to a terrifying urban legend called the Echo Game. The game is rumored to trap people in a sinister world underneath the city, and the rules are based on a particularly dark chapter in New York's past. And if the friends want to save their home and everyone they love, they will have to play the game and destroy the evil at its heart--or die trying.
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PowerToFly finished out 2020 with not one but TWO virtual events featuring leaders at American Express.
American Express is one of the world's most recognized brands. What goes on behind the scenes to create the premier service company and largest credit card issuer by volume? Just ask their technology organization. During our two 90-minute sessions, you'll learn about upcoming projects, gain career advice, discuss job opportunities, and discover how to get your foot in the door for a new career.
American Express is a global services company that provides consumers and businesses with exceptional access to products, insights, and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. They make it easier, safer and more rewarding for consumers and businesses to purchase the things they need and for merchants to sell their goods and services through innovative payment, travel, and expense management solutions.