Although 17% of the US population identifies as Hispanic, Latin@s make up just 3% of the workforce in tech. In spite of being staggeringly underrepresented, women from the Hispanic community are making incredibly impactful contributions to the tech industry. Last week, Women of Silicon Valley joined Latinas in Tech, a non-profit organization with the mission to connect, support and empower Latina women working in technology, at their annual Latinas in Tech Summit. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re sharing stories from some of the amazing members of their community.
Karla Lopez is a product manager and has worked in EdTech for most of her life. She came to Silicon Valley 5 years ago, after graduating in the first class of Startup Chile. You can follow her on social media @vivoandando.
What’s a challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it?
The most challenging thing that I have had to do (and still do every day) has been reminding and convincing myself that I belong in this industry. I try reinforce this for other women through my work with a group called Girl Develop It San Francisco.
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