Created by first-gens for first-gens and designed to help break barriers entering the tech industry.
HubSpot's FIRST-GENS IN TECH is an experience for first-generation individuals interested in learning more about what it really means to work in tech.
The tech industry continues to be one of the fastest growing industries all around the world, and there are so many job opportunities in tech just waiting to be filled. After attending our event, you'll not only learn which jobs will help you break into the industry, but also how to ask your imposter syndrome to take the day off (or several) and to gain tips for landing your first job in tech!
Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the context, community, and real life examples of other first-gen people doing great things in tech. We will create an opportunity for you to:
Hear from first-gen leaders in tech from HubSpot and a number of other tech companies through our panels and live talks, how they broke into the industry first-hand, and their tips to help you with some of the common barriers that first-gens face.
We'll cover topics to address some common barriers that first-gens face like how to translate your experience, the types of technical and non-technical jobs you can do in tech, navigating imposter syndrome as a first-gen, resume writing, and more!
Learn the basics behind networking while meeting fellow first-gens like yourself. We'll have a number of opportunities for you to connect and network with first-gens like you.
For the first time ever, we're leveraging a single, integrated platform thanks to our friends at Bevy, where you can watch sessions, network with fellow first-gens, and live chat — all in one place.
Engineering Program Manager
Senior Partnerships Manager
Shiqueen Brown is a creative entrepreneur and social justice visionary. She is a well-sought out leader in the social impact and project management space. As someone who has spent her career in multiple sectors, including non-profit, government, and tech, she has seen the need to share with women across industries tips and tricks for career growth. She is currently a Senior Partnerships Manager at a tech company, leading investments in Atlanta and Washington as a part of its racial equity justice reform initiative.
Her family roots in Central America and the West Indies have shaped her view of culture and community. Shiqueen has been featured on Boss Women Media’s Corporate Queens, December 26er Podcast, and numerous other media outlets.
Director, Emerging Talent Recruiting @ HubSpot
Cortez is the current Emerging Talent Director at HubSpot with over 20 years of experience in the tech industry. He has served in leadership roles for several tech companies, including Airbnb, Zynga, Workday, Yahoo! and Cisco Systems. He has experience scaling programs to be best-in-class and building global strategies in the emerging talent space. Prior to his roles in the high tech industry, Cortez, built his experiences in the education sector as a teacher and administrator for both K-8 and High School. This blend of education and high tech provides Cortez with a unique perspective to innovate and lead his teams.
Cortez was born in Mexico; moved to the United States at the age of 10 and began working in California agriculture until he was 20 years old. He received his formal education at San Jose State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Political Science and a Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision.
Senior Recruiter @ HubSpot
Joni Factor grew up in Canton, Ohio. She was the first in her family to attend college and received a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and later a Masters in Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Joni spent the first 15 years of her career in the educational equity sector working primarily in Philadelphia and Boston gateway cities. Prior to joining HubSpot in 2021, she led recruitment and talent teams for Teach For America, Summer Search and the Phoenix Charter Academy Network.
During her time at HubSpot, Joni has recruited for the People Operations team and is a recipient of the People Operations Inclusion Champion award for her demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through her work. Most recently, she has focused on increasing visibility of HubSpot’s Candidate Accessibility initiatives, recruiter enablement and project management.
Outside of the office, Joni is the mom of two spirited girls (4 & 8), is an elected Town Meeting member in Natick, MA and Girl Scout Troop leader.
Team Lead, Customer Success @ HubSpot
Head of Growth Acquisition @ HubSpot
Emerging Talent Recruiting @ HubSpot
Recruiting Coordinator @ HubSpot
Senior Program Manager, Global Skills @ HubSpot
Going back to school after 40 is not for the faint of heart. Vrnda 'V' Boykin knows this well returning to school in 2017 and obtaining her BS in Marketing Management, MS in Management and Leadership, and Master of Business Administration. Currently, V is working on her Doctor of Business Administration. V's dissertation is directly linked to understanding the social support structures necessary for women to achieve and sustain leadership roles within the tech space. Bravery is in V's bones and she is known for her commitment to equity and innovation. Viewing education as the most effective tool in achieving equity, V utilizes her skills and knowledge to disrupt and redefine training and enablement programs resulting in increased performance and revenue within the Mar-Tech space.
Personally, V is passionate about creating equitable experiences across the technology space. V believes that access, mentorship, education, and first-hand experiences are foundational to equity and advancement. Based on this V actively supports, through mentorship, organizations such as re:work, Braven, and The 100k Mentor Challenge. V’s ultimate goal is to be directly responsible for supporting the achievement of 15 people from marginalized communities obtaining senior leadership roles within the tech space.
Sales Manager, Latin America Mid-Market and Small Business @ HubSpot
Customer Support Manager @ HubSpot
Analytics Engineer @ HubSpot
Associate Recruiter @ HubSpot
Senior Customer Support Specialist @ HubSpot
Human Resources Business Partner @ HubSpot
Senior Growth Marketing Manager, Monetization @ HubSpot
Manager, Partner Operations @ HubSpot
Talent Sourcer @ HubSpot
Talent Sourcer @ HubSpot
Emerging Talent Recruiting @ HubSpot
Our opening session will celebrate what it means to be first-gen and overcome the many barriers we often face. This kickoff keynote will feature a fireside chat with Leo Cortez, the Director of Emerging Talent Recruiting at HubSpot, moderated by Jillian LaRiccia, Emerging Talent Program Coordinator at HubSpot.
Want to feel prepared to crush your next interview? This session will provide you with tips on preparing for your next interview such as how to talk about your experience - including non-tech experience, answering behavioral interview questions, and so much more!
Networking is a skill that can be developed. In this video, Risi Ademola will teach you the tips you need to successfully build your network and make long-lasting connections. Missed the session? Check out the recording by clicking the External Links tab in the navigation bar!
Yesenia Reyna is an expert on using LinkedIn and job board platforms. This video will share tips on leveraging LinkedIn to help you grow your career. Missed the session? Check out the recording by clicking the External Links tab in the main navigation bar!
Write a resume that will help you stand out! This session will review best practices for crafting your resume for your tech career and will also include tips on navigating the job search process to find an opportunity that matches your goals, skills, and experience.
Hear from women that work in various roles throughout the tech industry as they share their perspectives on a number of topics from transferable skills, imposter syndrome, to things they wish they would have known before breaking into the tech industry.
This session will give you the opportunity to connect directly with individuals in various roles to learn more about a day in the life, interview tips, how to break into this specific arena and career growth opportunities.
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