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BEATRIS MENDEZ

Place of birth:

San Cristobal, Tachira, Venezuela

Family Heritage:

Venezuela

Education:

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire - double major in Information Systems and International Business University of Arizona - Masters in Management

Current job:

Service Delivery Manager at Microsoft

Bio

I work with great Microsoft customers and help them with their use of the Microsoft Cloud as part of the Cloud Lead team and as a Cloud mentor at Microsoft. I’m the Community Relations Captain for all the Latin-American college hires in the US and Community Fun Captain in my region. I also like to help with recruiting Hispanic/Latino hires to Microsoft. I also volunteer as much as I can at Microsoft and outside of work. I volunteer for DigiGirlz events. DigiGirlz is a Microsoft YouthSpark program that gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops. Also I help the Children’s Home Society of Florida with Office 365 implementation.

Bio

Beyond Microsoft, I volunteer, translate, and interpret Spanish-English-Spanish for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), which represents unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings to ensure that no child stands in court alone, and work with local nonprofits to help resolve their problems through the use of technology. To keep my tech skills fresh I am involved in hackathons all year round, learn about the use of IT to support business processes and the strategic needs of the organization, and the analysis of business processes for redesign and potential automation and enterprise data management. I’m also doing a course at INSEAD in Business Strategy and Financial Acumen.

Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?

Science and technology are great fields of work. There are a lot of opportunities in this field and there are no limitations. Technology has no barriers and you can code and/or configure whatever you like or want. It is like magic, but real. Imagine having the power to make a video game or to create a ping-pong ball that follows your smartphone directions.

Doesn’t it sound fun? YOU can do it! Technology can also help your family to do their daily tasks and you can be there for your friends when they need technical help. I want all the Latina girls to be the future of this world and make great things through the use of science and technology. Let the magic begin!