Thank you again for participating as our guest speaker for our recent Hispanic Heritage Month event. I appreciate the great contribution you made in advancing and emphasizing the importance of diversity and inclusion as well as taking the time to share practical examples of best practices for inclusion, equity, and diversity. Nadim Ahmed – President and Executive Vice President, Hematology at Bristol Myers Squibb
Pedro inspired and delighted our organization with his well documented collection best practices, igniting new conversations and guiding the team in the exploration of new avenues to accelerate and deepen the inclusion journey. Antonio Boadas -Chief Communications Officer at GE Appliances
Pedro spoke of his experiences with passion, purpose and authenticity. He has surrounded himself with such a diverse group of people that have all played a role in making him who he is. A lesson for everyone…to embrace and celebrate all that makes us different and unique. Brendan Reidy – Chief People Officer at Titleist
From a simple idea to bring together a panel on Diversity & Inclusion was born a long-term partnership with a strong bond and like-minded vision. Pedro unabashedly gave a voice to the voiceless. He spoke to our captive, life sciences Human Resources audience about inclusion, creating a transparent atmosphere, speaking honestly and comfortably as if to family in the room. At the end of the evening, we walked out of the BIOCOM auditorium in solidarity, knowing how far we’ve come and yet, how much further we have to go. Respect and gratitude to Pedro for sharing Differences that Make a Difference with us in San Diego and San Francisco. Looking forward to your next book, because you certainly have made all the difference in our progress towards inclusion. Linda Sierra – Managing Director of McDermott + Bull
Pedro and Jorge had a fireside chat with our senior management team on Inclusion and Diversity, inspired from their recent book Differences That Make a Difference. The conversation with this dynamic duo, a seasoned tech executive and a brilliant entrepreneur, was engaging and entertaining. They brought the topic live on the stage with many practical examples and actionable steps for our team. Invaluable event for any company who wishes to build an inclusive culture as a competitive advantage for innovation. Amy Leong – CMO of FormFactor
On November 1, Blue Shield of California’s Latino ERG held its annual signature event themed ‘Human, Honest, and Courageous’ Pedro delivered an engaging and enthusiastic keynote that highlighted the importance of building bridges by finding the commonalities with others, challenging our unconscious biases, and being bold enough to take the first step. His message transcends generations, from baby boomer through Gen-Z, proving that what will help you succeed is the power of your relational skills and the quality of the networks you build in the following areas: operational, personal, and strategic. Read his book, ‘Differences That Make a Difference’ to learn more. Monica Raffety – Latino ERG Chair of Blue Shield
Pedro is an impressive young man with gifted speaking skills. His personal testimony and story shared at the Connect Silicon Valley event last quarter stirring and motivating for marketplace people of all ages and from all faith backgrounds. His personal honesty in traversing his own faith journey reveal a man who knows himself well and the searching heart of his fellow man. Michael Griego – MXL Partners
It’s critical in this post-modern age to have researchers and tech leaders that are diverse, particularly from the Latino community which is the fastest growing ethnic group in America. Although he is a part of The Academy and walks with the giants in the tech community, this former car mechanic has not forgotten his past or his people. Pedro is changing the game on several fronts! John Heath – Government Relations Manager at Turo
Pedro led a workshop at the Virginia Council of CEOs Retreat that was motivational, inspirational and informative. His experience overcoming cultural challenges and bringing that experience to our group was amazing. You’ll find him to be energetic, articulate and a great leader. JJ White – Chair at Virginia Council of CEOs
The You Advantage
“It’s better to give than to receive.” We’ve all heard that, but Pedro Espinoza takes it a step further: “If serving is beneath you, then leadership is beyond you.” That motto has been the basis of Pedro’s journey, from growing up in Peru to attending Berkeley and becoming the founder of a Silicon Valley startup at 19. In this session, join Pedro as he tells the story of his life, and how he used his talents for a better purpose—to make an impact—and push yourself to go beyond your comfort zone, to ask yourself “what bridges am I building today?”
Build the Bridge
Pedro’s goal with his ventures is to close the opportunity gap for minorities (Latinos, Women, Immigrants, etc) by building bridges. When Pedro was volunteering 12,600 feet above sea level in the Andes, he met a teenage Peruana in Pampas Grande who aspired to be an engineer. This keynote highlights Pedro’s mind shift toward his realization that it is better to give than to receive, which is the engine of his venture-backed SmileyGo.
Future of Silicon Valley
“You can fail many times, but that doesn’t mean that you’re a failure; it’s called unfinished success.” Pedro firmly believes that if you want to succeed, when life gets difficult, one must keep pushing, and that the best environment to do that in is one where you are surrounded by people who will encourage and mentor you. In this speech Pedro shares his thoughts on the keys for success in business and life in the long-run: perseverance and support.
- Why Diversity Matters | Adobe | San Francisco, CA
- Creating Your Tribe | Blue Shield of California | Long Beach, CA
- Build The Bridge | Latinx Tech Summit | Denver, CO
- Against All Odds | Silicon Valley Connect | Palo Alto, CA
- TEDxGeorgetown | Georgetown University | Washington, D.C.
- How To Build Your Startup | Colegios Boston | Cancun, Mexico
- Hispanic Shark Tank | Univision | Los Angeles, CA
- Inclusion Matters | Oracle | Redwood Shores, CA
- Corporate Disruption | Virginia Council of CEOs | Williamsburg, VA