4th Annual Latino Entrepreneurs – Their Visions & Journeys
Join us for an exciting conversation with an amazing group of Bay Area Latino entrepreneurs. Come listen to their success stories, their journeys, and how their “disruptive innovation” is dramatically reshaping the business and social landscapes that are driving a social movement to empower Latinos. This a must attend event for anyone interested in hearing from the nation’s leading Latino business leaders.
Note: This event is part of San Francisco Small Business Week.
6:00 – 7:00 PM – Networking
7:00 – 8:30 PM – Panel discussion with Q&A
8:30 – 9:00 PM – Networking
Register early because this event will sell out fast!
Alex Torrenegra, is the founder and CEO of Bunny Inc. He won the Colombia TR35 “Innovator of the Year” award from MIT’s Technology Review. Alex founded his first business at the age of 14. After migrating to the US, he has co-founded several successful tech companies including WeHostels, Voice123, and BookingMarkets. Alex is also a Co-Founder of Torrenegra Labs, an incubator for online marketplaces, which was named one of the top immigrant owned startups in the US by Forbes Magazine.
Mara Perez Ph.D. is a Latino futurist who writes and speaks about social change, philanthropy, and immigration and what the future may hold for Latinos in the United States. She is currently working on a new proposition with a project she has created called LATINO FUTURESsm. This project focuses on Latinos as a key catalyst for national growth and prosperity. She is also founder and principal of Fund Development and Planning Services, which provides fundraising and strategic planning services to local, national, and international nonprofits. She holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago and is on the board of Marin General Hospital.
Thais Rezende is the CEO of BizWorld.org, a nonprofit organization teaching elementary and middle school children across the U.S. and in 100 countries around the world how to run a business through entrepreneurship programs. Thais has 12 years of experience in the nonprofit world, with a special focus on micro-enterprise development. For 8 years she lead the growth of innovative programming and organizational expansion at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment where she set a national standard for entrepreneurship support services.
As an Investment Professional at Propel, Cecilia Alvarez, works directly with the Investment Team, identifying new opportunities, conducting due diligence and preparing LP advisory meeting presentations. Prior to Propel, she was at BBVA Ventures, where she helped the team spin out of the forward-thinking bank into its own independent fund. Cecilia brings a diverse background to VC as she began her career working in nonprofit sector at the United Nations Foundation and then joined the federal government as a Financial Analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Immediately following CFPB, Cecilia was awarded a Fulbright Scholar and spent a year working at an early stage VC in Mexico City, where she managed the fund’s incubator projects and internal operations.
Jesse Torres has served as deputy director/small business advocate in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development since April 2015. Previously, Jesse had served as regional director of the Los Angeles Small Business Development Center Network at Long Beach City College from 2011 to 2015. He was director of alumni relations at Pepperdine University from 2009 to 2011, where he was also director of alumni and corporate relations from 2005 to 2009. Additionally he served as regional director at Orange County and Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network in 2009 and associate director of development, grants and communications at Geffen Playhouse from 2002 to 2005. Torres earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University and Bachelors degree in Psychology from UCLA.
Roman Leal is the Co-Founder of QueSee, a social learning platform for Latinos and Co-Founder of Leap Innovation Labs, a go-to-market team for entrepreneurs. Roman has over 10 years of experience in Financial Technology and Financial Services, most recently at PayPal and Goldman Sachs. At PayPal, Roman co-led the next-gen financial services, digital currencies and P2P strategies at PayPal. At Goldman, Roman covered the Financial Technology sector and he was one of the founding members of the Emerging Technology Research and Payment Processing Around the World platforms, where he met with technology startups across multiple industries and countries. Roman is extremely proud to be son of two immigrant parents from Mexico and El Salvador and to be born and raised in the Pico Union Area of Los Angeles.
LAM Network is a multi-platform network connecting Latino professionals online and in person. Through a social media network and inspiring events, LAM creates strong and dynamic opportunities for like-minded individuals to foster valuable relationships. LAM is an exclusive community of influencers, highly educated, newly affluent, and urban Latinos engaging and interacting in social, educational and political advocacy activities. For more information, visit http://www.lam-network.com
San Francisco Small Business Week is a partnership formed to honor and support the more than 85,000 thousand small businesses and entrepreneurs that call San Francisco home. As part of National Small Business Week, we celebrate the contributions and achievements of small business owners by offering a series of educational and networking events designed to inspire, educate and connect the members of our business community. For more information, visit http://www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com
Impact Hub provides community, space & events for people taking collaborative action for a better world. You can learn more about Impact Hub at http://www.ImpactHUBBayArea.com
QueSee is a Social Learning Platform for Latinos. Its platform allows a community of users to aggregate, contextualize and learn from collective experiences. QueSee is currently creating “Pathways”, which are interactive visual representations of an individual’s educational and professional experiences. QueSee enables Latinos to discover, discuss and share solutions important to them and to the community. We believe that together we can harness the information and guidance to reach our full potential. Visit us at http://QueSee.co