IAM: Innovate, Achieve and Mentor


Recognizing the importance of empowering a new generation of talented young women and men, Kalypso and Women in Technology recently hosted an event for technology students called I AM: Innovate, Achieve, Mentor. At this event, we had the opportunity to get close to undergraduate students from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and provide them with insights and tools for their professional development. ITESM is one of the top performing universities in Mexico specializing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers and graduated many of Kalypso's Monterrey Technical Center professionals. 

The day started with Kalypso’s managing partner, Bill Poston, sharing his five tips for success:

  1. Your work should make you come alive
  2. Proactive leadership is a clear differentiator
  3. Fight for what is right
  4. Be trust – worthy
  5. Understand value and money

Our second speaker was Kalypso partner, Helayne Angelus. She pulled from experience at Proctor & Gamble in Venezuela to talk about unconscious biases. Attendees learned eight different ways to look at bias and how to overcome it. As we all know, nothing productive happens in our comfort zone; Helayne reminded us to get out of our comfort zones while maintaining relationships with individuals who share our values - and of course to never, never give up!

Global Senior Manager of Talent, Kendall Hawkins and Kalypso partner, Cathi Crist led a workshop after lunch on reaching your potential. Cathi told us how she evolved in every stage of her career and shared five ways she believes students can unlock their potential:

  1. Be real
  2. Follow a star
  3. 6 degrees
  4. Fight above their weight
  5. Be a student of innovation

After guided discussion, the audience broke into teams; the smaller work groups allowed the participants to have focused discussions on one of the five areas above and network with likeminded individuals.

The day concluded with a panel discussion called Women at Work. Our panel members came from varied backgrounds and shared stories about how they excelled in their careers. Panel members included:

  • Elda Quiroga, dean of IT degrees at ITESM
  • Karla Machuca, New Product Engineer at PepsiCo
  • Alicia Chong, founder of Mujeres en Tecnologia (MENTE) and IT engineer at HP
  • Teresa Almaguer, National Dean at the Escuela de Graduados en Administración y Dirección de Empresas Business School
  • Lumi Velazquez, Director of the Women and Enterprise Center at ITESM.

The questions covered work/life balance, female leadership, and mentorship. The diversity of the panel fostered a great dynamic and there were excellent questions from all of the attendees.  

Over 40 undergraduates, teachers and international exchange students attended IAM. We look forward to more events like these; there is no doubt that bringing professionals closer to undergraduate students allows them to innovate, achieve, and one day, to mentor. 

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Karime is a new product development (NPD) consultant, committed to enhancing clients performance by merging business strategy, product development processes, and information technology.
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