The mission of Lean In Latinas is to provide a platform of encouragement and support for Latinas in the workplace to achieve higher levels of performance. Discussions provide confidence building, idea exchange, and inspiration.
Recently, a colleague asked me if the Lean in Latinas circle was exclusive to Latinas and with some initial reservation but with final confirmation and celebration, I said yes! Not only do Latinas in the workplace face the same challenges as other women, we also contend with cultural differences that we need to overcome to be successful in the workplace. For many Latina/o families, the woman’s place is in the home and to raise a family. However, this is not the only path many Latinas want to follow, and therefore encounter these challenges in the family. In addition, many Latinas were not raised with the skill sets needed for the boardroom. Thus, for Latinas we encounter a number of challenges to be effective and competitive in the workplace.
“I think as women, and especially Latinas, we are wired differently and it’s not enforced in our upbringing to be competitive or to be ambitious. As a daughter of Dominican immigrant parents, I was pushed to be successful, to pursue the American dream. But the bar was not that high. I was the first one in my family to graduate college. I was very driven from an early age, but it was always ingrained,” Huffington Post, Julissa Bonfante.
The Lean in Latinas chapter recognizes and addresses the needs of the Latina in the workplace. Not only do we need to close the competitive gap among Latinas and non-Latinas but we also need to close the gap in our cultural beliefs expecting Latinas to only be effective in the home versus in the workplace.
Anna Dapelo-Garcia, Founder Lean in Latinas
Anna Dapelo-Garcia is a healthcare administrator with many years of management experience. Anna acquired a masters of public administration with a concentration in healthcare services administration from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor of arts degree in management from Saint Mary’s College. Anna climbed the career ladder in the classic way: a team lead, then a supervisor, then a manager and then a director. She was one of the first in her family to get a college degree, while working full-time. In 2012 Anna received the Future Financial Leaders’ Award from the National Healthcare Financial Management Association organization and in 2013 she was named as a Silicon Valley Business Journal Woman of Influence. She is also a State Commissioner with the California State Senate for Cost Control in State Government and a board member for the University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration program.
Jenny Xochilt Salinas, Co-Founder Lean in Latinas
Jenny X. Salinas is a healthcare administrator with over 10 years of management experience. Jenny completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz in Sociology with an emphasis in Latin American Studies-specifically in South America. Part of her educational journey took her to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to study her third year in college at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio (PUC-Rio). This fostered her immersion into the Portuguese language and Afro-Latin studies. Jenny stumbled into a career in Healthcare which landed her at Stanford Health Care and rapidly climbed the ladder into her former role as Director of Patient Access Services. She is a highly engaged leader who is currently participating in a fellowship at Stanford Healthcare’s Performance Excellence Department where she is learning about Lean Thinking, Consulting, and Stanford’s Operating System within her new role as a Performance Improvement Consultant. Her personal interest includes travel, languages, and learning about new cultures. Her next adventure takes her to Italy in September as part of her Italian Coursework with Stanford’s Continuing Education Program.
Cynthia Petti, Marketing Director Lean In Latinas
Cynthia is a native Californian with over 14 years of management experience in various industries including product management/marketing, telecommunications, and construction. As the Director of Operations at the 280 Group, she is the driving force behind logistics, finance process development, system automation, and operational efficiency. She has expert and first-hand knowledge in human resources, finance and business operations. She has a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Monterey Bay in Human Communications. Cynthia is a volunteer in many causes including community improvement with Lean in Latinas, Board Member at the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, education assistance, and ecological awareness. She enjoys family, community involvement and the outdoors.
Fany Mayfield, Treasurer Lean In Latinas
Fany (formerly Fany Perez-Alvarez) was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the US with her mom when she was 18 years old. With the support and guidance from her mother, she took ESL classes at the SMART center (Adult School in San Mateo) to then transfer to San Mateo College to finish her AA degree in Business Administration. Later she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a double concentration in Finance and Economics from Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont. She is married and has a daughter who has been an inspiration to her. Fany has over 13 years of experience providing administrative and accounting support. She joined Stanford Health Care in 2015 and works with the Charge Description Master & Revenue Capture Department. She is currently studying to obtain her Certified Professional Coder certification by the end of the year. In her free time, she loves to do outdoor activities, travel and always looks forward to family time.
Director of Circle Development
Guadalupe Valencia, Director of Circle Development Lean In Latinas
Guadalupe Valencia is a Healthcare Financial Coordinator with over seven years of experience in financial services and management. Guadalupe is currently pursuing her undergrad degree at Foothill College. Guadalupe’s career began as a Bank Teller. Shortly after that, she was promoted to a Personal Banker and then became an Assistant Bank Manager. Guadalupe’s passion for making a greater difference landed her at Stanford Healthcare in 2012. Since then, her ambition to innovate new ideas, methods, processes and leadership skills have been recognized by various leaders at Stanford Healthcare. Guadalupe’s personal interests include mentorship for young Latinas, women leadership, finding a cure for Cancer and spending time with her loved ones.
Director of Circle Development
Kim Jimenez, Director of Circle Development Lean In Latinas
Kim is a first generation, LA-born and Silicon Valley-raised Latina. Kim’s dynamic career path began in hospitality operations where her servant leadership and commitment to excellence earned her many roles, responsibilities and travel opportunities. After almost 5 years in hospitality, Kim did a quick stint in venture capital administration before transitioning to alumni relations at a higher education institution where she’s currently expanding her horizons. Kim is deeply committed to her roots, her voice and her gender and continues to lead a life of service by empowering the Latina community and by volunteering for causes that align with her values. Kim is a runner and a self-described wanderluster, Reddit junkie and voracious reader. She’s also slightly obsessed with German Shepherd dogs, bullet-journaling, and the Atlas Obscura travel guide. She holds a Bachelor’s in BA from NDNU.
Alicia Rivera, Brand Visionary Lean In Latinas
Alicia is a Chicana with a cause. A huge advocate of mental health awareness and development, Alicia is committed to helping others, particularly women in their work, relationships and lifestyle. Alicia graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Public Relations. This degree has taken her everywhere from social media management and branding to editorial writing and building engaged communities. Alicia likes to say she is “a lover and a fighter” who won’t back down from all she believes in.