Join Techqueria's Atlanta chapter in celebrating WeWork Lab's launch week! As part of their Diversity in Tech day, Techqueria will be leading a conversation with Latinx entrpreneurs and founders in the tech space.
WeWork Labs Atlanta is powering the next generation of Atlanta's alumni of pre-accelerators, accelerators, incubators, and similar entrepreneur support organizations as well as social impact, sports, media, entertainment, food, beverage, consumer product, women, Black, Latinx, and national/global founders as well as tech nonprofits by connecting them to influencers, corporations, and investors/funders across the world.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Zane Venture Fund
CEO & Co-founder
CEO & Founder
Brilliant Brand Club
Monica is a Programs Manager and Research Faculty at the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) of Georgia Tech. In this role, Monica manages projects in the Latin America and Caribbean region and works with academic institutions, governments, non-profit organizations and private sector entities on initiatives that strengthen their entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. Her projects range from capacity building programs for the development of startup ecosystems to strategic collaborations with governments and private entities to implement technology extension programs. Monica has been in the higher education industry since 2008 and she specializes in the design, development, and implementation of entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology commercialization programs.
Prior to Georgia Tech, Monica was Associate Director of Global Innovation Programs in the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of Stanford University where she managed the Stanford Ignite Program, a certificate program in innovation and entrepreneurship. Before Stanford University, Monica was Director of International Programs in the School of Management of the University of San Francisco where she oversaw a portfolio of certificate and consulting programs for entrepreneurs and innovators. Monica earned a M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco in California and a Bachelor degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela.
Shila Nieves Burney has spent a 20+ year professional career working closely with leading organizations and exceptional talents to create solutions that address disparities through investment in human capital. Her super-power is connecting! After spending a year sourcing investors for a startup that culminated in a $5M term sheet, mentoring and advising founders of color, Shila was able to see first hand challenges founders of color face getting access to capital and the resources they needed to grow and scale their companies. She founded ZANE Venture Fund, a seed fund that would invest in underrepresented founders with the goal of closing the funding gap and generating high returns for investors, and the Founders RoadMap Forums to bring the needed resources to the entrepreneurs in their own backyard.
Christian co-founded Qoins in 2017, right after graduating from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. He started his career in account management at the Coca-Cola Company, and then moved on to lead customer success at Shiftgig, and product marketing at Hirewire.
CEO & Founder of Activvely and Co-Founder of at Startup Sisters USA.
Pamela Barba is a creative strategist, and the founder of Vamos Ladies, a community and self-development platform for Latinas. When she was ten years old, Pamela’s family immigrated to the United States with $500 to their name. Now, using her cross-industry experience, Pamela works at the intersection of technology and social impact to economically empower Latinx and other marginalized communities. A first-generation college graduate, she is passionate about designing spaces where people can find the resources, connections and the community they need to thrive.
Pamela has worn many hats: as a speaker, a strategist, a project manager, an adjunct professor, an activist, a graphic designer, and a tech founder. She has worked in some of Atlanta’s greatest companies including Dragon Army, Turner Broadcasting, Georgia State University, and The Southern Education Foundation. She earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University in 2014.
As an experienced educator, mentor and program manager in multicultural ecosystems, Blanca creates and cultivates spaces where people with diverse stories can feel safe and supported to grow. Her experience has demonstrated that these spaces are critical for sustainable change. She has had the chance build bridges between groups where race, culture, language, gender, economics and history have drawn lines of difference. Her creativity and aptitude for communication has helped her to be successful in implementing specialized and sustainable education & mentor programs, as well as be an expert coach.
She has helped teams and groups collaborate more effectively by healing communication gaps, implementing and modeling diplomacy, creating adaptive educational opportunities that offered relevant tools, presenting innovative initiatives and collaborative strategies. She has helped 100s of early stage founders launch their business to the next level.
Her success comes from:
1. Establishing relationships of trust and acting as a thought leader,
2. Being responsive to individual needs while considering community or workplace context.
3. Identifying points of connection/communication to reveal resources.
Her experience and successes in workplace training and professional development, language services/cultural communication, and mentoring are the foundation to her unique business coaching style. She is currently focused on early stage entrepreneurship and building economic strength in communities of color.
The Home Depot
Chapter Director, Atlanta