Gabriela Contreras-Cisneros

Software Engineer at Threads

Gabriela Contreras-Cisneros

🗓️Wednesday - October 9, 2019

I began attending @Techqueria events ever since I made up my mind on switching careers (from teaching to software engineering) about two years ago. Last October, while I was interviewing for my first software engineering job, I went to an informal lunch in the Mission w/ other Techqueria members (yay for spontaneous meet-ups). After sharing my story, even though we were all essentially strangers, I felt like they believed in me and my ability in getting a job.

A few weeks later, I received an offer from where I wanted to work most (yay), and I can’t help but feel gratitude for the people at that lunch. Something so seemingly inconsequential like someone saying “oh you’ll for sure get it” can truly go far.

So today when I attended the Engineering Dinner hosted by @Techqueria & @crunchbase, I felt in community as a Latina and as an engineer.

(It’s actually the first engineering-specific event that I’ve attended since starting my new career and not once did I doubt my belonging.)

ANYWAY, hype the hell outta people because you don’t know how impactful it may be and find your communities!

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Techqueria is a 501c3 nonprofit that empowers Latinx professionals with the resources and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the tech industry.

To that end, we work with both tech companies and employee resource groups (ERGs) to build Latinx-centered spaces that revolve around career advice, technical talks, mentorship, open jobs, networking events, speaking opportunities, and open-source in order to comprehensively affect change in the tech industry.

Coming from all walks of life, we believe that the diversity of our community is the most reliable asset we have. Our space aims to be inclusive so we invite Latinx from the regions of the Caribbean, Haiti, and Brazil as well as those who identify as Afro-Latinx, Asian-Latinx or LGBTQIA. The term Latinx is used instead of Latino or Latina because it is a gender-neutral and inclusive term.

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