Session: Following your passion!
Technology is all around us but sometimes we take it for granted. I'd like to inspire you to give back and help those that might not have a role model in their surroundings. Bringing others to tech is everyone's responsibility.
Beatris Alejandra Mendez Gandica is from San Cristobal, Venezuela. She is a security engineer working as a Program Manager at Microsoft. In this role, she manages the daily operations of a bot service platform that performs a variety of functions from validation of files to running static analysis tools. Her work is essential to Microsoft as it yields the most secure services for their customers.
Beatris' enjoys giving back to the community. In 2018 she started a nonprofit organization, Nuevo Foundation, where she works to prepare underrepresented minorities to become tomorrow’s leaders. Nuevo Foundation’s mission is to inspire kids to be curious, confident and courageous by discovering the world of STEM. To date, the nonprofit has taught more than 3,200 students about computer science and STEM education across eight countries and Puerto Rico.
In 2019, Beatris was awarded the HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers’ 40 under 40 award, the UWEC Outstanding Recent Alumni award, and delivered the Winter 2019 commencement address for her alma matter in Wisconsin.