CORO Graduation

Last day of the CORO Women in Leadership program.

CORO Graduation

Professional Narrative

Hello, I’m Frances and I’m a unicorn that engineers solutions on behalf of another unicorn.

Let me break that down.

The term “unicorn” was coined in the tech industry because researchers found that the statistical likelihood of a tech startup becoming valued at 1 billion dollars or more is about 1%.

And it just so happens that the Bureau of Labor reported in 2016 that only 1% of women in tech identify as Latina.

So now you can see how one can be a unicorn or a Latina software engineer such as myself and can work for another unicorn like the enterprise startup Slack - which is worth 7 billion.

However, I have no desire for the situation to remain this way as my existence in tech shouldn’t have to be this rare and magical event.

Instead, I’d like to band together with other unicorns so that we can lead, influence and inspire the next generation of minority women to not just break into but also prosper.

Together, I believe we can transform ourselves from these mythical creatures to the more common but magnificent stallions.


A big thank you to Tina Lee, the Founder and CEO of MotherCoders for coming in as an interview guest for our Women in Leadership Fall cohort today. @mothercodersorg is a non-profit that’s expanding the tech talent pool by helping women with kids gain the skills, knowledge, and connections they need to thrive in today’s digital economy. #CoroLeads #CoroNorCal #CoroWomen

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Today we launched @coronorcal’s #WomenInLeadership Fall Cohort! Coro’s Women in Leadership program supports the leadership development of women across the Bay Area, establishes a pipeline for professional advancement, and creates a cross-sector network of women who support each other’s career growth. The program will engage mid-career women of diverse backgrounds from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors for intensive leadership development seminars and post-fellowship networking. Coro graduates include: Hon. Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate; Regina Jackson, Executive Director, East Oakland Youth Development Center; Mina Kim, Reporter, KQED; Adriana Martinez, Director of External Affairs, AT&T; and Hon. Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland. Special thanks to the Metta Fund for hosting us. #CoroLeads #CoroNorCal #CoroWomen 👩‍🏫👩‍💼👩‍💻🤱🙋‍♀️

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This morning our Fall 2018 Women in Leadership cohort shared their inspiring professional narratives and received their Coro graduation certificates and Coro pins. The Women in Leadership program supports the leadership development of women across the Bay Area, establishes a pipeline for professional advancement, and creates a cross-sector network of women who support each other’s career growth. The program engages mid-career women of diverse backgrounds from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors for intensive leadership development seminars and post-fellowship networking. Applications are open for our Spring 2019 cohort: https://coronorcal.org/program/women-in-leadership/ #CoroAlum #CoroLeads #CoroNorCal

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Coro Northern California

This morning our Fall 2018 Women in Leadership cohort shared their amazing professional narratives and received their Coro graduation certificates and pins! The Women in Leadership program supports…