Featured Geek: Angelica Perez. She's Geeky About Leveraging Tech for Women.

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angelica-perez-latinageeksThis week’s featured geek is Dr. Perez-Litwin Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She’s the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

Dr. Perez-Litwin has leveraged online technology, social media and digital media to promote the careers and personal empowerment of women. She’s the publisher of NEW LATINA an online publication for bicultural and career driven Latinas. She is the founder and community leader of the Latina Leadership Network, an online community with more than 3,200 Latina leaders, professionals and experts. She has been recognized as a “Latina Tech Leader” by NBC Latino; as one of “Six Bloggers to Watch” by USA Today Magazine, and as the Top Latin@ Blogger by LATISM. Dr. Perez-Litwin is a regular contributor on the Huffington Post and a regular guest on National Public Radio (NPR). She has made guest appearances on the Today Show, Univision, Telemundo and HTIN.

Connect with Angelica on twitter at @DrAngelicaPerez.

What is your full name and tell us about where you are from.

My full name is: Angelica Perez-Litwin (PhD)

I was born and raised in NYC, the first daughter of Dominican parents. I consider myself a bicultural Latina — bien Latina and bien Americana.

I lived most of my life in Washington Heights, a Dominican enclave in Manhattan, NY. I went to Columbia University as an undergraduate and have lived in NY all of my life.

Tell us about your Latina background and your family. What does your family think about your geeky passions?

My mother is still trying to figure out what I do online. It’s all a blur to her, but she supports what I do 100%. She still does not know how to use a computer, but we are encouraging her to learn and go online.

My 4 children, on the other hand, love the fact that mami is tech-savvy and digitally connected. I text my kids even when we’re at home to ask them to come to dinner. And, my daughter (who’s in college) and I have a Facebook secret group together, which we use to communicate on important issues.

Tell us about your geeky passion. What are your interested in and why?

My geeky passion is to leverage technology, social media and new media to advance the lives and careers of women. ELLA Leadership Institute is a multi-platform professional development organization that meets women where they are — online, at work, in their community or college. We know that ambitious Latinas are digital Latinas, so we offer educational and networking opportunities online.

The Latina Leadership Network, now with more than 3,200 professional women and leaders from a wide range of sectors, has become one of the most supportive online communities on Facebook. Members find support, guidance and peer mentoring around career, education and leadership matters. Most importantly, they get to connect and build relationships with like-minded women from across the country.

Another geeky passion of mine is the LATINAS THINK BIG national tour, which I launched this year in NYC. We are now heading to Los Angeles, to host our second event at Google’s office in L.A.

The LATINAS THINK BIG event showcases Latina thought leadership, innovation and ambition via a 4-hour live event that focuses on innovative ideas and social impact. The event offers high-caliber professional networking, stimulating conversations and inspiration. These events are live streamed by Google, our partner and sponsor, on Google Hang Out Air.

To learn more about the LATINAS THINK BIG event in Los Angeles, visit:www.LatinasThinkBig-LA.eventbrite.com.

Are you bilingual? If so, how does it help you in your career?

Yes, I am fully bilingual.

Being bilingual has contributed significantly to my career — from job opportunities, to being able to work with diverse populations. Being bilingual has contributed significantly.

Tell us about the gadgets you have in your purse right now. What top 3 gadgets do you need to have in your purse to help with your day-to-day tasks?

I do not leave my house without my iPhone or my Mac lap top computer. I become anxious without them…LOL!

What is your website and/or blog? What does it focus on?

I am the founder of ELLA Leadership Institute,www.ELLAInstitute.com. We focus on professional development for early- and mid-career women, with the goal of promoting women leadership in the workplace. We offer webinars, live events, conferences and a network of exceptional women to connect to.

I also have a digital media platform, NEW LATINA (www.NewLatina.net), the first blog to focus on bicultural Latinas and career/personal development. The blog was launched in 2010, and has published over 400 articles.

Where can we find you online? Please share your social links with us!

LinkedIn: Angelica Perez-Litwin, PhD
Facebook: Angelica Perez
Twitter: @NewLatina, @DrAngelicaPerez @ELLAInstitute