“I have a twin brother and grew up in a Cuban family that was very old school and traditional and quite a bit machista. Having this person that was the same age – the same everything made me aware when my brother got more liberties than I did. And at a young age I would tell my parents that it wasn’t fair and they acknowledged what I was saying- and it changed them. There was no room for argument because we were twins. That shaped me. I was able to to stand up for myself in a very concrete way.” – Cristina Tamayo works for parallel18 and is pregnant. She is expecting a girl.
“I got fired from my own company when I filed for divorce. Although I was the one who put in the capitol, I didn’t realize my name wasn’t on the business. Part of it was that I was asleep at the wheel. I think a man wouldn’t have allowed that to happen. They would have made sure their name was on the papers.” – Cam Kashani is the Co-Founder and CEO of COACCEL, the human accelerator.
“When I was a young girl I was encouraged to be a performer, to be an actress and singer. My grandmother would take me around as a cute little girl to sing at different community places. That enabled me to be a storyteller, to be able to walk into a room and be comfortable. I was one of the first women in tech in Philly and that has given me good access and opportunity because people were looking for diversity. I don’t see being a woman as a challenge I see it as a benefit.” – Danielle Cohn is the Director of Entrepreneurial Engagement at Comcast and leads the Lift Lab for entrepreneurs.