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Latinas in Tech to Discuss ‘Transitioning Into an IT Career’

Latinas in Tech “provides an opportunity to network with your community, and for career growth,” says Monica Barrios, a leader in the Sacramento chapter of the professional organization.

Latinas in Tech, an organization seeking to advance members’ professional growth, will host a forum Wednesday evening in Sacramento on “how to overcome the challenges of transitioning into an IT career.”

The gathering will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the offices of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), 400 Q St. #1600. Attendance is free, and online registration is available.

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Monica Barrios
The Sacramento chapter of LiT is led by Monica Barrios, a former branch chief and IT manager in the California Department of Technology with a deep background in procurement and management. Barrios’ current role is principal with EL(IT)E Elements, a Sacramento County firm specializing in IT procurement and project consulting.

Latinas in Tech, she said, “provides an opportunity to network with your community, and for career growth.”

Barrios added: “As it states on the LiT website for our 2023 Tech Summit, ’With only 2 percent of Latinas part of the tech ecosystem, it’s time to rally together and get loud! This is the place to get inspired, get motivated and get empowered. We’re ALL here for community, career growth, connections and success.’ Essentially this is what we want to bring to the local level as well.”

Special guests at Wednesday’s event include Luz Alcazar and Suzette Loggins, both IT managers with CalPERS.

Barrios said she’s excited about members’ “getting to hear the stories of Luz and Suzette.” Other leaders of the Sacramento chapter are Veronica Gilliard, Jessica Lozada and Eloina Rogers.

Latinas in Tech is holding its annual summit May 18 (in person in the Bay Area) and May 19 (virtually). More information about the summit is available online.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.