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Skillz VP of Engineering Speaks at Lesbians Who Tech

Our VP of Engineering, Miriam Aguirre, works tirelessly to empower marginalized groups in the tech industry. Besides advocating for women in male-dominated industries like gaming and eSports, she also actively participates in events such as Wonder Women Tech, Hopper x 1 Seattle and more.

Skillz VP of Engineering Speaks at Lesbians Who Tech
From left to right:
Terry Albarella (VP of Enterprise Architecture, Prudential)
Jen DeLoyd (Global Practice Manager, McKinsey & Company)
Miriam Aguirre (VP of Engineering, Skillz)
Rani Urbas (Group VP of Cloud Operations, Oracle)

Last weekend, Miriam spoke at Lesbians Who Tech Summit, an event focused on increasing visibility and tech industry participation for both women and queer communities, two historically underrepresented communities. Along with 5,000+ LGBTQ women and allies from all areas of tech, Miriam and her fellow participants gathered at the Castro Theater, just down the road from our San Francisco headquarters, to discuss future initiatives and honor the work of queer female leaders in tech who are contributing to change.

Miriam was featured in the closing session of the summit, alongside leaders from McKinsey & Company, Oracle and Prudential. Their panel was called “Leadership Lessons, Persistence and How to Become an Executive,” and focused on what it means to be a good leader, plus different opportunities or obstacles that they have personally faced in their impressive careers.

Skillz VP of Engineering Speaks at Lesbians Who Tech
Miriam speaking on stage with her fellow panelists

Apart from speaking on this panel, Miriam also had the chance to attend a number of other sessions, network with fellow industry experts, and discuss how various sectors such as artificial intelligence, venture capitalism and politics relate to diversity and inclusion. She recalls how informative and inspiring the event was, and appreciates that something like it exists to celebrate and advance the work of LGBTQ women.

Thanks to Miriam, and many other fearless leaders pushing for change, there are an increasing number of advocates fighting to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Learn even more about Miriam in her Skillz employee spotlight blog post!