Laura I. G贸mez: 2015 HIPGiver

Laura I 200Laura I. G贸mez, Founder of Atipica
In a male-dominated industry where only three percent of the workers are Hispanic, Laura I. G贸mez is not only making a name for herself, but blazing a trail for Latinas to come.
She gives back by being a role model as an entrepreneur who values and promotes diversity, through her participation on civic boards and by mentoring students in East Palo Alto, Calif.
G贸mez was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her undocumented family immigrated to California when she was 10 and settled in Redwood City, on the edge of Silicon Valley. Her tech industry introduction began with a Hewlett Packard (HP) internship when she was 17.
鈥淔ind what you鈥檙e passionate about and go for it,鈥 she said. 鈥淢y passion has always been women and technology.鈥
G贸mez has also worked as the Head of Twitter en Espa帽ol; the Head of Localization at Twitter; an ESPN consultant, and an Internationalization, Localization and International Product expert for Jawbone. Most recently, she founded Atipica to address the diversity issues in the tech industry.
In a December 2014 USA Today article, journalist Laura Mandaro pointed out that one-third of Vyv鈥檚 staff is female and two-thirds are Latin American or Middle Eastern, mostly working abroad. It reflects G贸mez鈥檚 commitment to diversify the sector.
She serves with California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and other policymakers on the board of the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at the California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.
鈥淪omething that is really dear to my heart,鈥 G贸mez said in the May 2014 Nueva Latina, 鈥渋s seeing more Latinas in entrepreneurship. I want to be able to give back 鈥 to another Latina 鈥︹
She also volunteers her time mentoring at Eastside Prep, an East Palo Alto college preparatory school, which its website describes as 鈥渃ommitted to opening new doors for students historically underrepresented in higher education.鈥
鈥淐ulturally we are very much about giving,鈥 she wrote about Latinos for this HIPGivers article. 鈥淪o to formalize your passion and give back is ideal.鈥
G贸mez credited her mother for this commitment to philanthropy. 鈥淪he鈥檚 so selfless and so giving,鈥 she said. 鈥淪he鈥檚 the one who pushed me toward entrepreneurship. Definitely, I think she has taught me humility, and to be selfless and giving.鈥
G贸mez said that authenticity also has helped her to succeed.
鈥淏eing very honest around my own path in discussing immigration, technology, diversity and entrepreneurship,鈥 contributed to her professional achievements, she added.
In striving to change the tech landscape for Latinas, G贸mez is also setting a standard for achievement with genuine, humble grace.
The 31 HIPGivers recognized in 2015 are collectively altering the landscape for our country. They are pushing the envelope by asking for more 鈥 more consideration, more awareness, more compassion, more action, more giving. Be there when the next 32 leaders are honored at our 2016 HIPGiver Gala.