The League of United American Citizens (LULAC) recently partnered with Capital Factory and Prospanica Texas to host the 2018 LatinX Tech Summit. The idea here was simple: Bring the best LatinX minds in the country together for a day and use peer-to-peer discussions, panels, and speakers to facilitate the exchange of ideas.
LULAC is a 90-year-old organization, the oldest surviving Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. Similar to organizations such as the NAACP, LULAC’s mission is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide.
This year, the turnout was phenomenal. Here are some key takeaways from the speakers:
Daniel Weingarten, a comedian from Los Angeles with both Argentinian and Mexican heritage, talked about the importance of identifying with your culture. According to Weingarten, the beautiful part about being Latino is its diversity in regards to culture, experiences, and identity. Regardless of the diversity, though, Latinos understand one another and are bound together by the parallels in their journeys.
Gretel Perera, founder of Latinas in Tech, spoke alongside other members about how to empower Latinas to make an impact in tech. She made it known that Latinas are in Silicon Valley, are at large tech companies, and are there to stay. Regardless, everyone benefits from Latinas binding together and helping one another learn more while furthering their careers.
Ruben Cantu, founder and CEO of LevelUp Institute, discussed “waking up” by finding and nurturing what it is that you were meant to do.
“Life is too short to spend your days doing things that you don’t feel inspired, and energized by,” said Cantu.
A special thank you to LULAC, Capital Factory, and Prospanica Texas for putting this event together, and for representing the LatinX community so well.