In the News: Laura I. Gomez leads the diversification of the tech workforce

Tamanna Gulati

 

Laura I. Gomez is the CEO and Founder of Atipica, a venture-backed startup streamlining the job recruiting process through data driven platforms that promote diversity in hiring while connecting companies with top talent. Being among the meager 3% of Hispanic workers in the tech field, the social impact of her work is a chief motivator for her, as is providing a business intelligence tool that helps companies adapt to a rapidly evolving workforce. Laura’s career in tech began at seventeen with an internship at Hewlett-Packard; she has since worked at Google, YouTube, Jawbone, and led the expansion of Twitter en español. As a founding member of their International team, she headed the localization of Twitter into 50 languages and dozens of countries.

 

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Gomez has observed the lack of diversity in tech firsthand throughout her career, and as a woman of color, faced discrimination and sexual harassment. Though she was no stranger to adversity, having immigrated to the United States in a harrowing journey when she was just nine years old and living as an undocumented immigrant until college. A staunch believer in public education, Gomez opted to attend University of California, Berkeley over Stanford and Harvard. Despite isolating early experiences as a woman and minority studying computer science, she has grown to become a prominent tech influencer. “I’m an entrepreneur — first and foremost…and I think that’s so important that people see a different face of undocumented America, when they see me.” In the current political climate, Gomez remains steadfast in her mission to encourage diversity through her involvement with non-profit organizations and as a founding member of Project Include. “Everything that the current administration thinks that doesn’t work… I am a product of it. I am a product of immigration and public education and successful.

 

 

 

 

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