” LTX Fest is bringing together the visionary work of Kapor Center, Latinas in Tech, and the Latino Community Foundation. We care about communities and our collective future. No matter the sector, we are stepping in to own our power to own our future. Join us. Now more than ever, we must look to each other for cultural and innovative solutions. We must create spaces where we can honor our leaders, celebrate our culture, and continue to build our collective power. Leveraging tech as a force for good, LTX Fest is creating space for visionaries to convene, share and build strategies that continue to revolutionize tech, philanthropy and build power for our communities.”
I learned about LTX Fest from an online community, Latinas In Tech. I remember sitting at my desk at work and thinking how am I going to one; afford to go and two; get my boss to let me go. tbh I wasn’t too worried about the second, I was going! I used my pitch skills by offering my social media skills in exchange for a ticket and they said yes!
The event was from a Tuesday to Friday. Two days in San Francisco and two days in Oakland. Everyday the event started at 8am and ended at 6 pm. Each day was full of panels, workshops, networking outbreaks, food, drinks and swag. Everyday I went home with key take-away advice, knowledge and inspiration.
My favorite take away from all four days was the talk around philanthropy. We were asked to think about philanthropists we look up to. Some mentioned Oprah, Bill Gates and so on. But what I learned is that I, like many of you, was raised by philanthropist. Growing up I remember by mom and dad giving what they had to friends and neighbors. From the food we had to the carpooling to school or the movies, my parents always made sure to give. I remember the same when going to friends houses, their parents and guardians always were there to give what they had. This practice of philanthropy was instilled in me and you at a young age and can still be practiced today, and we have our family and guardians to thank!2