ALLvanza’s Mentorship Program

Diversity is notably lacking across all sectors, particularly in fields related to innovation. However, it’s widely acknowledged that diversity enhances creativity, productivity, and profitability. Therefore, it’s crucial for industries essential to our country’s economic success to harness the established advantages of diversity.

ALLvanza focuses on empowering Latinos, and young members of underserved communities, at every point in their path towards fulfilling and impactful careers in innovation-focused industries.

ALLvanza works with Latinas and Gen Z Latinos to:

  • Empower, mentor, prepare and advance Latinos in the STEM fields
  • Encourage Latinos, of all ages, to pursue STEM education, certifications and other training to be successful in STEM fields
  • (Re)define technology jobs to fully convey the scope of career opportunities
  • Partner with key stakeholders to ensure Latinos and other underserved groups get the information, education, and tools necessary for entry into innovation-focused industries.
  • Create networking and mentorship opportunities designed to provide encouragement and build strong professional networks
  • Engage corporate partners to ensure they understand the urgency and opportunity of making their industries more inclusive, and advise them on tangible steps to make that a reality

ALLvanza’s Fireside Chat Initiative

The rapid pace of developments in innovation-focused industries requires smart and effective policies to ensure that innovation serves all communities. And therefore, it is critical that policy leaders—working closely with all stakeholders—move quickly and strategically to ensure that innovation serves all communities and protects our rights and our wellbeing. As part of its work to encourage the development of policies that protect the rights and promote the wellbeing of Latinos and other underserved communities, ALLvanza’s Fireside Chat initiative convenes policy leaders for in-depth conversations focused on issues of equity and inclusion. The goal of the initiative is to create an exchange of ideas and identify strategies that lead to better policies and a more robust and diverse innovation ecosystem; which can lead to real changes that can make a profound difference in the lives of all people living in the U.S.

Program Mentors

Jose M. Hernandez



Fausto Guillen

US Navy Veteran 

Process Engineer at the Boeing Company Commercial Airplanes Division


Barbara Venegas-Donato

Senior Software Engineer 

3M’s Health Information Systems Division


Teresa Ramírez, Ph.D.

Program Manager 

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)


Darwin M Rivera-Ortiz



Mario Lozoya

Executive Director & CEO

Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation (GBIC)


Eric T. Gonzalez

Naval Officer