Latinx Heritage Month Talk for GSA

Spoke for the U.S. General Services Administration during Latinx Heritage Month.

Table of contents


  • Date & Time
  • 1 pm to 2 pm PT
  • Wednesday, October 13
  • Participants
  • Frances Coronel
  • Moderator
  • Pia Zaragoza
  • Format
  • 50 minutes of chat
  • 10 minutes of Q&A
  • Icebreakers throughout
  • Key Topics
  • Techqueria
  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Latinx community & civic techch
  • Audience Makeup
  • GSA/TTS/PIF/Center of Excellence
  • Latinx ERG members
  • very wide range of backgrounds
  • ~40 in attendance


Frances Coronel is a software engineer specializing in UI development on the Customer Acquisition Team at Slack where her mission is to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.

Outside of Slack, Frances volunteers as the Technology Director and a Board Advisor for Techqueria, a nonprofit that serves the largest global community of Latinx professionals in tech.

Previously acting as the Executive Director, Frances helped Techqueria become the largest global community of Latinx professionals in tech with over 16,000 members and allies and over 7 active city chapters.

Frances has worked in technology since 2015 and entered the nonprofit space in 2019 when she joined Techqueria’s leadership team. Outside of work, Frances enjoys going out and exploring new trails in Inglewood, CA where she lives with her two Corgis and younger sister.



5 min - 1:00 to 1:05

  • LatinX Group Overview (Dahianna) 
  • PIF Overview (Pia) 
  • Frances Coronel Bio (Pia) 

Presentation on Techqueria

15 min - 1:05 to 1:20

Overview of Techqueria | Frances Coronel

  • Topics to touch on
  •  Leadership perspective
  • Advice on jumping into it
  • Experience on leading techqueria
  • ERGs
  • No Tech for ICE 
  • TTS - open up avenues - professional spectrums - Omar - demystifying a space where Latinx technologists 
  • How Techqueria has been trying to open up avenues - you are needed here, trying to represent
  • 2020 census results
  • Misconceptions of working in government
  • Icebreaker: Which communities do you love and why?

Fireside Chat

15 min - 1:20 to 1:35

  • How have you been celebrating LatinX Heritage month? Any ideas/dreams/vision for future celebrations?
  • Icebreaker: What holidays do you enjoy celebrating and why?
  • Intersectional identity
  • Icebreaker: How would you sum up your identity in a tweet?
  • What have your experiences been like as a LatinX professional? What are some challenges that you have experienced? How did you overcome it?
  • Icebreaker: What challenges have you had to overcome in your life and if they didn't kill you, how did they make you stronger?
  • What have your experiences been like in organizing LatinX ERGs / BRGs?
  • Fuego ERG Best Practices
  • Icebreaker: How have you been an ally to other ERGs?
  • If you had a magic wand, what changes or improvements would you make around the LatinX community in civic tech?


5 min - 1:35 to 1:40

  • Okay Frances, I know we're nearing our time for Q&A. Any final pieces of advice you want folks to take away from this conversation?
  • If you are underrepresented, take up more space. Speak up more. If you are aware you are someone who listens more and becomes aware of what blind spots you have.


20 min - 1:40 to 2:00

  • Okay let's break for Q&A. Please type into chat any questions you have for Frances or feel to come off of mute and ask your question to her directly

If there's no questions from Q&A

  • With COVID-19, there's a new way of working now. How has that shifted the way you work and focus on work/life balance?
  • What is it like being a dog mom to 2 Corgis?
  • How can someone stay in touch with you?

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