Hi, I'm Paola. Call me Pao!Yes, its pronounced "POW!"
I love tech and innovationand I can sell it in 3 languages
But it's the diversity gapthat I'm building a career to solve. Are you with me?
HOLA! Soy Paola.
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in Sunny Miami, where communicating with cultures and nationalities from around the world became my passion at an early age. As a trained classical ballet dancer, I dreamed of becoming a prima ballerina and received an academic scholarship to dance at American Heritage School in South Florida.
My love for technology began while recovering from a life-changing injury where I was unable to walk for almost 2 years. Yup, I learned a lot about tech from a wheelchair when "surfing the web" was the only active thing I could do without standing.
Facebook, Google, and Instagram became my best friends, and the places I'd go for asking questions about my injury and keeping friends and family updated on my recovery. If technology had the capacity connect me to places and people around the word, how could I, too, use technology to create more human connections?
I studied Advertising & Marketing at The University of Miami, in hopes of becoming the next Don Draper. I dreamed of starting a multicultural ad agency to help brands create better Spanglish ads for the US-hispanic market. Alas! My idea of a timeless advertising campaign was forever changed at the search bar... where I got lucky (and started working in tech!)
Please enjoy reading about my work experience through this site! :)
After 7 years in tech and a miraculous recovery, I'm inspired to be a Latina in the tech space and I'm passionate about being able to bridge the diversity gap in Silicon Valley. I'm currently a contributing writer at #LatinaGeeks, an active member of Latinas in Tech, which aim at empowering Latinas in the tech workplace and promoting personal & professional development. I have been asked to speak at CLICSF's panel of Colombian Leaders in Silicon Valley to share my story and build the Colombian tech community in SF. I also serve on the Board of Latinas in Finance, and will soon serve as the Marketing Chair for Prospanica's Bay Area chapter. I am also the co-founder of #LaNube LatinX in Cloud Technologies, a global community of Latinos building, disrupting, and leading in the Cloud Technology industry.
My passion for diversity and inclusion is not just in the workplace- but in impacting diverse markets through disruptive technologies!
I'm on a life mission to discover and (one day) support the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies and brands at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems.
In order to best channel my curiosity and passion for innovation, I am looking for a diverse work environment, with team members from around the world speaking different languages, and exhibiting cross-cultural awareness and understanding. With the right mix of talent and perspectives, we can bridge the knowledge gap between Silicon Valley and the world’s growing tech creators!
Have you gotten this far? Let's work together!
Spanglish / Portuñol
Let's build your brand?
• Google Adwords & Analytics
• Facebook & Instagram Campaigns
• Doubleclick for Publishers
• Adobe Photoshop & InDesign
• PowerPoint, Word, Excel
• Prezi presentations
• Toastmasters Speeches
I've worked with:
And I'm a part of:
Time to em PAOer your brand!
I enjoy rolling up my sleeves and getting into the nitty gritty of marketing communications, yet my goal is ultimately to be a 'thought-leader' and provide ideas and inspiration.
I believe every team needs team building, and I work exceptionally well across all key functional areas including Sales, Development, AdOps, Design and Engineering.
I don't believe in communication without purpose. I see marketing communications as a science and believe that design plays a role in solving problems that improve the consumer experience.
Think globally. Act locally. I work like a business owner and think like the customer to identify opportunities for brand growth, customer retention, and memorable products.
I see marketing communications as an art and a driver of smiles and customer delight. I'm the catalyst that mixes ideas, pushes concepts, and finds the best way to energize brands through an identifiable voice.
I'm always looking for opportunities for improvement and aren’t afraid to take risks for the sake of making things better. If it's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission... WHY NOT try to improve?
I've been very lucky for to learn from many inspiring tech companies, start-ups, and innovative brands. Please enjoy reading about each of my work experiences!
Optime ConsultingMarketing & Social Media Specialist
Promoted Loyalty Programs for HP and Adobe Partners in Latin America through Spanish and Portuguese telemarketing, email campaigns, and social touches. Created and monitored Optime’s social media content in Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French for Partner loyalty program clients including: HP, Adobe, Citrix, and Avaya.Read More
PASSION PROJECTS & VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Empowered leaders empower leaders! I am so grateful to the mentors, advisors,and exemplary organizations who have shared their continuous support in my professional journey. GRACIAS AMIGOS!!
Pao is the greatest person you will ever work with. She'll leave a smile on your face and a memorable mark in her work!— Dr. Claudia Rodriguez Pao's mom
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.— Gabriel García Márquez Colombian Nobel Prize Novelist
Some people see things as they are and as, Why? I dream dreams that never were ans ask, Why Not?— George Bernard Shaw