Womxn at Work | Champions of Change:
Celebrating Women's History Month

Womxn at Work | Champions of Change: Celebrating Women's History Month

About This Event

General Assembly and Latinas in Tech - Chicago are teaming up to host this special event in celebration of Women's History Month. Five womxn from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences will share lightning talks shedding light on their personal and career journeys. Learn more about the strides that these champions of change made to get to where they are today!

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About the Speakers

Lydia Acuna Photo

Partner  Engagement Manager,
 Cloudbreak Health

Lydia Acuna is a Senior Partner Engagement Manager with Cloudbreak Health, LLC, a leading telemedicine company currently performing over 80,000 encounters per month in over 800 hospitals nationwide. Cloudbreak's mission is to humanize healthcare by leveraging technology to build trusted communication and relationships between patients and providers.

With a career that started in technology, Lydia has a vast understanding of the barriers of communication and cultural differences. Whether it be because of location, or language differences, the primary goal has always been to remove any existing barriers physicians and providers have in communicating with their patients. Finally, Lydia has a proven ability to foster and cultivate strategic relationships, and increase customer base.

Lydia was born and raised in the Northern Mexican State of Sonora, and recently moved from Los Angeles to San Diego. She is currently working in a case study to improve access to language services to LEP (Limited English Proficiency) patients. At the end of this project, she will be obtaining her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from UC San Diego. Lydia also has a B.A. from UCLA in Latin American Studies & Political Science. A certificate in Business from UCLA Anderson and a certificate in Marketing & Digital Analytics from UCLA Extension.

Lydia considers herself a "Cultural Broker" and an activist for undocumented immigrants and refugees. It's a passion born from her own experience; a native of Sonora Mexico, at the age of 20 she moved to the United States alone, pushing herself to study American culture and language. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese; and although she is not a certified interpreter, she highly admires and respects the work medical interpreters do every day to provide the medical care LEP patients deserve.

During this last year, Lydia has been participating as a guest speaker for many Virtual Forums and Panels for General Assembly. She has been a panelist for the Bilingual Virtual Forum at the Miami, Austin and San Diego / Tijuana chapters; the Career Camp and the Womxn at Work. She is also a collaborator for Techqueria, the largest non-profit community of Latinx and undocumented professionals in the tech industry.

During her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, Zumba and, in 2019, she completed a solo 100 mile long backpacking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.


Susan Sly Photo

Co-CEO at RadiusAI, Inc., CEO SIYP Inc., Keynote Speaker, Podcast - The Susan Sly Project

Susan Sly is a best-selling author, professional speaker, trainer, certified NLP coach, and entrepreneur. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Lifetime Television, The CBN, The Morning Show in Australia and been quoted in Marketwatch, Yahoo Finance, Reddit, and Forbes Magazine Online. Susan is the author of 7 books. Her book project with NY Times Best Selling Author, Jack Canfield, made six Amazon Best Selling lists.

She has completed the Boston Marathon 6X and placed Top 10 in the Pro Division of the Ironman Triathlon in Malaysia. Susan is passionate about philanthropy and has dedicated a significant amount of time and money working to liberate girls from trafficking and invest in education to support women and girls who have survived trauma and abuse both domestically and overseas.

Susan is the mother of five children and resides with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona. Find out more about Susan at www.susansly.com

Safa Shameem Photo

Co-Founder of Muslim Women in Technology / Sr. Analyst, Implementations at Amount

Safa Shameem is the co-founder at Muslim Women in Technlology and holds a Bachelors Degree in Information and Decision Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her passion for analyzing data led her into the startup world working for a variety of tech-related roles. Upon graduating, Safa worked at a health tech start up as a data analyst where she built out dashboards highlighting KPIs for executive leadership using SQL/Python. Currently, she is working as a Senior Analyst on the Implementations team for a high-growth fintech start up in Chicago. Safa manages day-to-day execution on new and existing client product launches for Fortune 500 banks and leads implementation project plans across product, engineering, and operations.


Andrea Madero Photo

Payments Project Manager,


Andrea Madero is Payments Project Manager in Bitso, Latin America's leading cryptocurrency exchange with operations in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, where she leads projects to implement new payments alternatives so users can fund, withdraw and make payments with Bitso. Prior to this role, she was part of Bitso's People team, where she focused on improving the area's operation, driving the talent attraction strategy, and also learned about the importance of leadership and diversity within an organization.

Additionally, Andrea is Board Member of Latinas in Tech México, the largest network of latina women working in technology, where she leads the marketing and communications strategy and collaborates to generate new strategic alliances with educational institutions and tech companies.

Before joining Bitso, Andrea worked in IBM as Operations Team Lead for the Cybersecurity and Cognitive Applications Business Unit. Andrea has a bachelor degree in International Business by Tecnológico de Monterrey.

About Our Partners

Latinas in Tech Chicago
Chicago is a community chapter of Latinas in Tech, with a mission to connect, support and empower Latina women working in the Chicago Tech community.

Muslim Women in Tech
Muslim Women in Technology (MWT) is a non-profit organization that started in 2018 with the vision to bring together Muslim womxn and underrepresented groups for the prupose of career advancement and opportunity to uplift one another. Our organization provides awareness, education, and career advancement to womxn in the tech industry so they can become leaders and builders in their communities.

AnitaB.org envisions a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it. Through our programs, services and events, we continue our mission of empowering and supporting women technologists to drive towards a world of inclusive technology.

About General Assembly

General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love.

What began as a co-working space in 2011 has since grown into a global learning experience with campuses in 20 cities and over 35,000 graduates worldwide.

As individuals and companies struggle to compete in an increasingly technological economy, General Assembly provides award-winning, dynamic training to close the global skills gap.