On Wednesday, January 10, SHPE took part in a very special event with the First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden. The event’s conversation focused on “Women Mentoring Women,” bringing together advocates from foundations, companies, social justice, and tech organizations committed to uplifting women in their respective fields nationwide. Representing SHPE with pride during this distinguished occasion was SHPE Government Relations and Public Affairs Director, Mariana Acuña Delgado.
In partnership with the “Know Your Value” movement, a nationwide initiative devoted to supporting, inspiring, and empowering women to reach their fullest potential, the First Lady hosted a candid conversation on the impactful lessons that shaped her career. As a fervent advocate for education, health, and financial autonomy, the First Lady spoke about the crucial role of eliminating biases in order to enhance opportunities of upward economic mobility for women. When asked about what gives her hope about future generations, she turned, noting that all organizations present – SHPE included – serve as exemplar leaders of change for women in their communities.
This conversation was particularly impactful for SHPE’s mission as it aims to increase the representation of Latinas in STEM. It further reinforced the valuable role of SHPEtinas in the workplace and their resilience into creating a stronger support ecosystem in society for all Hispanic women, no matter their age, personal or professional journeys. Mariana Acuña Delgado reflected on the conversation, saying, “Some of the biggest takeaways from the conversation were that career pathways or success aren’t linear. That’s why we must prioritize our well-being along the way and slow down to enjoy every second of our personal and professional growth. Most importantly, celebrate small wins without comparing the timeline of our own experiences to others.”
SHPE is deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been included in this once-in-a-lifetime event. Attending and listening to First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was a tremendous honor. Being in the company of extraordinary leaders and advocates for women from across the nation, while witnessing firsthand the passion driving Dr. Biden’s initiatives aimed at leveling the playing field for women, has provided our team with added strength to persist incentivizing positive change for generations of Latinas to come.
Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC interviews Dr. Jill Biden for a “Know Your Value” segment as part of the “Women Mentoring” Women event.