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Latina at a Silicon Valley Unicorn: Frances Coronel, Software Engineer @ Slack

In this episode, Hugo welcomes Frances Coronel, a Peruvian-American software engineer for the Customer Acquisition Team at Slack, a collaboration hub that brings the right people, information, and tools together to get work done; connects teams and unifies systems to make businesses go forward. Frances was born and raised in Norfolk Virginia, and studied in New York City and California. Join in as they talk about France’s journey into computer science, her motivation to earn a master’s degree, her experience being a female Latina software engineer, and her role in Slack and the company’s growth.
Latina at a Silicon Valley Unicorn: Frances Coronel,  Software Engineer @ Slack

Show notes:

  • 00:20 – Welcoming Frances Coronel
  • 00:26 – About Frances
  • 01:36 – Using the word Latinx
  • 05:45 – France’s first interest in computer science
  • 10:02 – Discovering Meetups and other engineers
  • 11:37 – Motivation in getting a masters degree
  • 15:33 – Frances’s opinion about short, intensive and rigorous courses “Bootcamps”
  • 19:59 – What makes a successful Coding Bootcamp
  • 24:28 – Linkedin Nextplay
  • 26:22 – France’s current role in Slack
  • 27:38 – About Techqueria
  • 28:39 – How Frances got to Slack
  • 32:18 – The thing Frances likes the most about Slack
  • 35:50 – What Frances looks forward to everyday
  • 41:49 – Influencers, forums and sites frequented by Frances either for programming or because of interest
  • 50:24 – France’s parting words to audience curious about STEM and software engineering

Key Takeaways:

  • “You don’t need a computer science degree to be a successful software engineer”
  • Look for actual data on linkedin and program graduates when choosing a coding bootcamp
  • Coding bootcamps are much more accessible to break into tech industry
  • There are lots of alternative paths breaking into tech, You don’t have to be an engineer to be in the tech industry
  • “It is very important to bring your true self to work”
  • Diversity is very important when working in the tech industry

Mentioned resources:

  • Meetup NorfolkJs
  • Nextplay Events – Events where students and professionals of color connect to opportunities in tech
  • Hack Reactor – Software Engineering Program and Coding Bootcamp
  • Galvanize – Urban campuses where people can access the skills and network they need in-person or online to level up in tech
  • Techqueria – A non profit representing one of the largest communities for Latinx professionals in the tech industry
Connect with her via linkedin:Frances Coronel

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To MBA or NOT to MBA: Roxana Ruvalcaba, Operations Finance Specialist @ Intel Corporation

In this episode, Hugo welcomes Roxana Ruvalcaba, a Mexican-American industrial engineer born in LA, working as an operations finance specialist at Intel Corporation. Roxana went to Berkeley University to study industry engineering and operations research, and at the time, had her first exposure to business school in an intense summer venture at Harvard Business School. Once graduated, she joined the Pacific Gas and Electric Company through the Energy Procurement Rotational Program. Dive in as they talk about her decision to apply to an MBA while living at home and having a fulltime job, the programs and processes she went through and the experience she had being a mexican-american female engineer.

Show notes:

  • 00:18 – Welcoming Roxana Ruvalcaba
  • 00:30 – About Roxana
  • 03:03 – About Yale and people who attend their Pre-MBA Programs
  • 03:57 – Programs and application process for business school
  • 09:56 – About MLT program (Management Leadership for Tomorrow) and what comes next
  • 12:32 – Balancing full time work and MLT
  • 13:36 – Why UCLA?
  • 13:50 – Applying to an MBA through consortium program and what it is
  • 18:59 – UCLA and MBA experience
  • 23:57 – MBA internship at google and what it was like working there
  • 25:45 – Two things to be considered in any MBA program
  • 28:09 – Mexican-American, female and engineer getting in MBA. Different experience to others?
  • 29:29 – Job searching process. Balancing between MBA classes and interviewing for companies
  • 33:00 – Roxana’s parting words for the audience

Key Takeaways:

  • Taking time off and focussing on course leads to a better outcome
  • Depending on the style of studying, taking on a tutor will attend personal needs and be more intensive
  • “Having solid foundation in finance will help no matter what she decided to do after; it is important to know  how to manage a company”
  • “Even though you are not prepared,do it, you will learn later on”
  • “GMAT good for five years, so if you have time, get it out of the way; there are ways of funding”
  • “Doing an MBA is a great. You gain a lot of personal and career experience”

Mentioned resources:

  • MLT Program (Management Leadership for tomorrow) – programs that start in college to help set milestones to apply and get ready for an MBA program
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) to gain entrance into an MBA program
  • Manhattan Prep > GMAT Prep courses

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Boricuas on Mars: Nicole Gonzalez & Elio Morillo, Engineers @ NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

In this first episode, Hugo welcomes Nicole Gonzalez and Elio Morillo, Puerto Rican engineers working at Nasa JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Nicole is an electronic engineer who develops electronic systems for both the Mars 2020 and Psyche exploration missions, and Elio is a testbed engineer that verifies avionics, payloads, and software, to ensure that operations on route and on the surface of Mars are fully characterized. Dive in as they talk about how difficult living and growing up in Puerto Rico is, their talented and diligent work in the NASA and the week they spent back in a school of Puerto Rico, after having been recovered from hurricane wreckage and gang destruction, voluntarily giving STEM workshops to school students in between eight and fourteen years old. This is a story about how Puerto Rico rises #PRseLevanta

#PRseLevanta

Boricuas On Mars Cover

Show notes:

  • 00:01 – Welcoming Nicole Gonzalez Cejo and Elio Morillo
  • 02:28 – Nicole’s role at Nasa JPL
  • 05:08 – Elio’s role at Nasa JPL
  • 06:30 – Aspect of redundancy
  • 07:30 – Robot or human missions (JPL robotic space exploration hub)
  • 09:48 – About Puerto Rico and the lack of their daily supply of power
  • 13:55 – STEM Program; Voluntarily teaching kids from 8 to 14 years old STEM back in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • 19:46 – Projects and things Elio and Nicole built with the kids in Marisa’s community centre “Sinergia Los Naranjos”
  • 23:16 – The story about Marisa “La Guerrera” and how she recovered the school from hurricane wreckage and gang destruction
  • 27:57 – Next steps with projects to continue showing what engineering is
  • 31:33 – Sharing stories during their week in Puerto Rico
  • 38:35 – If you want to help, connect with Elio and Nicole on their program Stemcoqui, via linkedin: Nicole Gonzalez Cejo Elio Morillo, or instagram: Elio Morillo

Key Takeaways:

  • “Sleep one hour less and use it for your side hustle”
  • Everybody’s background can find a solution to problems
  • Rethink with what there is accessible in order to elaborate new things and create new solutions

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